Crown of Lies

Crown of Lies

THREE YEARSSince I ran away for the night, danced in New York streets, and almost got killed in an alley by two thieves. Until he showed up and saved me. THREE DAYS Since I threw a drink at the man my father expected me to marry, then found myself slammed against a wall with Penn Everett’s seductive voice whispering a proposal I couldn’t refuse. THREE HOURSTo fall into hat...

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Title:Crown of Lies
Author:Pepper Winters
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:313 pages

Crown of Lies Reviews

  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    Feb 02, 2017

    Okaaay ladies, first of all please do not forget this name. :)

    This man, this smart ass / sexy motherfucker was sooooo HAWT! Ahhhh I don’t know how many times I changed my panties while I was reading this book but I don’t give a damn about that details because it was totally worth it. :D This book literally burned me up like hell! :D IT.WAS.SUPER.HOT!

    Ahh what can I say? Penn is one of my book boyfriends now and I wanna know everything ab

    Okaaay ladies, first of all please do not forget this name. :)

    This man, this smart ass / sexy motherfucker was sooooo HAWT! Ahhhh I don’t know how many times I changed my panties while I was reading this book but I don’t give a damn about that details because it was totally worth it. :D This book literally burned me up like hell! :D IT.WAS.SUPER.HOT!

    Ahh what can I say? Penn is one of my book boyfriends now and I wanna know everything about him. Because he’s a mystery. Who is he? Where does he comes from? What is he really wants from Elle? And thank God we won’t wait too long for the 2nd book and Pepper, I want to hug you for that. Thanks a lot my Queen for not waiting us too long! :)

    Throne of Truth - Expected publication: February 28th 2017

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    Jan 21, 2017

    was gripping, alluring, mysterious, filled with twists and turns, suspense, intrigue and steam. Needless to say, I couldn’t put it down for one minute. Pepper Winters delivers an enthralling read that will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time with its captivating story-line and thrilling characters. If you are a fan of this author, you don’t want to miss this fantastically written erotic, suspenseful tale.

    was gripping, alluring, mysterious, filled with twists and turns, suspense, intrigue and steam. Needless to say, I couldn’t put it down for one minute. Pepper Winters delivers an enthralling read that will keep you at the edge of your seat the entire time with its captivating story-line and thrilling characters. If you are a fan of this author, you don’t want to miss this fantastically written erotic, suspenseful tale.

    Noelle ‘Elle’ Charlston, the heiress of Belle Elle lives a fairy-tale life – a doting father, a powerful job and a future blessed with financial security. Belle Elle is her duty, her birthright, her father making sure she’s capable of running the company ever since she was just a child. She works hard, being powerful and successful, but sadly she doesn’t have a life. She wants to live, to experience life, she wants a “normal” life, she doesn’t want to feel trapped anymore or to be sheltered. Deciding to put herself at risk, just to live a little, Elle makes some decisions that change her life completely.

    Three years later, Elle is still haunted in some way by the events that happened

    night. Elle’s life is turned upside down when she meets the mysterious, sexy Penn Everett.

    Bossy and possessive, Penn lets Elle know from the moments they meet that he wants her in his bed, that he’s intrigued by her, that he wants to mark her and to make her surrender her body to him.

    As time passes and Elle and Penn start a dangerous game of seduction, Elle figures out that Penn is more than mysterious. The lies he spins are alluring and the truth he hides dangerous. What will happen between these two when Elle realizes that her past collided with her present.

    An erotic suspense story,

    sucked me in from the very beginning. Every single aspect of this story was alluring and so well done. The story-line was gripping and reading the blurb you will wonder and wonder how the heroine’s past will collide with her present. The plot was fantastically developed and held me captive until the end. While the story is not exactly full of twists and turns, the author managed to held at the edge of my seat the entire time with her addictive storytelling and her fascinating characters.

    Elle was an interesting heroine I really liked. While on the inside she was insecure and quite naïve, on the outside she was strong and determined. Penn was such an intriguing hero. Sexy, possessive and intense, he bewitched me from the moment he was introduced. At times, he wasn’t very easy to like, but I have to say that I loved how smart-mouthed he was and of course his sexy dirty talking. He was a mystery from start to finish and kept me guessing his...everything until the end.

    These two together were really great together, sinfully delicious, their chemistry being off the charts from the beginning. As for the sexy scenes between them – off the charts hot. Pepper for sure knows how to write hot, well written sexy scenes.

    The mystery/suspense aspect was fantastically done and kept me flipping the pages like crazy. I'm dying to know how the story will progress in the second installment and of course uncover the truth.

    All in all, “Crown of Lies” was a wonderfully written, mysterious erotic suspenseful tale that will keep you at the edge of your seat with a well-developed plot, captivating story-line and vivid characters.

  •  ⊱✿⊰ Kat's Crazy About Books ⊱✿⊰
    Dec 21, 2016

    My review is going to be as spoiler free as I can possibly make it.

    This is going to be as spoiler free as I can possibly make it. It’s spoken in ‘Noelle Charlston' POV and kicks starts us off in the YA genre a twelve year old girls struggle with living the life set out for her, then moves up the stages/ages. She knows her existence in life is to be nothing more than noelle Chariston, the heiress of Belle Elle.

    Then it jumps to where we get a glimpse into Elle's true life s

    My review is going to be as spoiler free as I can possibly make it.

    This is going to be as spoiler free as I can possibly make it. It’s spoken in ‘Noelle Charlston' POV and kicks starts us off in the YA genre a twelve year old girls struggle with living the life set out for her, then moves up the stages/ages. She knows her existence in life is to be nothing more than noelle Chariston, the heiress of Belle Elle.

    Then it jumps to where we get a glimpse into Elle's true life struggles as she's hampered by the burden of running the empire she's been handed on her nineteenth birthday. Never been kissed, still a virgin, never been loved.

    Imagine being nineteen, doted on by a loving father, the world at her feet but is it really? Almost living life a prisoner in her own castle, the walls bearing down on her, imagine living in New York but never actually experiencing all that New York has to offer, to the street vendors, to the hustle and bustle of pedestrians going about their lives, to the smells, the tastes.

    So on her nineteenth birthday ‘Noelle Charlston' (Elle) decides to cut the ties that bind her and makes a rash decision to do just that, to see what life has to offer her outside of her empire. Like a fish out of water she’s totally out of her element. To pissing off a food vendor to not knowing the protocols of small talk with a service girl so we’re lulled into a false sense of security as she finds her stride in the outside world, to things taking a step into what could’ve been a dark situation.

    To a man in a hoody saving her from grace. A man of the night. ‘Nameless’ as she’s aptly named him.

    Feeling and experiencing new things with a boy named nameless, her first kiss, butterflies soaring in her belly, a crush, her knight in shining armour.

    Three years later meeting a man named Penn Everett, a man shrouded in so many mysteries, so many lies, deceit, a man she doesn't even like, but he brings those butterflies back to life that she's thought were dormant for life.

    Going into this I was expecting the usual darkness to surround me like the Queen of darkness usually brings us, this isn’t dark at all, at one stage in a dark alley it could’ve taken a turn for all things stomach curling queasiness. But surprise surprise this author held back on those reins and we’re given something else entirely and that’s what was so uniquely different about this book.

    You know those books that leave you in the biggest book funk and you curse the author because you have a huge line up of arcs to review yeah well this is one of those books!! A book that leaves you hanging by a thread awaiting the next within the series, watching the author as she's on social media and you're silently screaming in your head for her to get back in her writer's cave to bring you the next within the series, yep been there done that with this book!!

    OMG!! GAH!! This is how it goes, so many questions, so many questions left unanswered, so many truths revealed, so many lies uncovered, a book funk of epic proportions then I reached the end and I'm left dangling over a freaking cliffy!! You have got to be kidding me!! GAH!!

  • Elizabeth
    Jan 25, 2017

    is the first book in the Truth and Lies Duet. This suspenseful contemporary romance offers a tale of intrigue that will hold you captive until the very last moment, and when that last moment arrives, you will only be desperate for more.

    Noelle Charlston is the heiress to Belle Elle a New York Department Store Empire. With a loving father

    is the first book in the Truth and Lies Duet. This suspenseful contemporary romance offers a tale of intrigue that will hold you captive until the very last moment, and when that last moment arrives, you will only be desperate for more.

    Noelle Charlston is the heiress to Belle Elle a New York Department Store Empire. With a loving father, a sweet cat, beauty and charm, it seems that she has a perfect life. However, Elle is lonely. When she ventures out alone on the streets of NYC, she finds herself in a terrifying situation. Before terror ensues, an unlikely hero steps up and becomes her savior. Suddenly, her life is changed forever.

    Years later, Elle is still alone. The boy that had changed her life in one moment is gone, and although her dad is desperate to pair her off with a successful businessman to rule the world by her side, Elle wants no part of it. She is perfectly happy to be alone and manage the Belle Empire alone. When Penn Everett enters the scene and makes a play for Elle, his offer becomes too appealing for her to refuse. When pieces from her past and fears for her future intertwine, Elle's life is once again put in danger. Can she find the strength to survive?

    Told in Elle's POV,

    is one twisted tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire read. With a blend of passion, tenderness, and action, the journey for Noelle Charlston has many twists and turns. The pacing is intense as each piece of the plot comes together. Although I would love to offer more commentary on the heart of the story, I don't want to spoil this delicious treat for anyone!

    Overall,

    is an intriguing tale with dark undertones, passion, action, and complex characters. This twisted story is only the beginning of what promises to be an extraordinary series. I am a huge fan of Ms. Winters work, and I am certainly looking forward to finding out how this cryptic saga ends.

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    Dec 25, 2016

    In

    (book 1) we meet heiress

    who has had her whole life mapped out. It is a heavy legacy to carry, but she has done so with pride and dignity

    In

    (book 1) we meet heiress

    who has had her whole life mapped out. It is a heavy legacy to carry, but she has done so with pride and dignity even if it suffocates her at times. For a

    on her nineteenth birthday,

    when a

    rescued her from two villains and then kissed her senseless only to vanish into thin air.

    Fast forward three years and Elle is still missing “Nameless” when in walks the mysterious and infuriatingly sexy

    It’s

    at first sight as Penn taunts her with

    and

    behavior then seduces her with his

    and

    ways and quickly claims her as his own. But does he have ulterior motives?

    Eight words to describe

    complex, enigmatic, commanding, aloof, kinky, devious, possessive and dirty-talker.

    Eight words to describe

    lonely, naïve, reflective, smart, obedient, impressionable, meek and insecure.

    , told from Elle’s POV, is an

    with an unfolding

    Centerstage a beautiful, lonely and innocent heiress with men and the world at her feet, or so it seems. Masterfully written it revolves around the themes of

    ***

    Hero: ★★★★1/2

    Heroine: ★★★★1/2

    Plot: ★★★★★

    Storytelling: ★★★★★

    Sexual tension: ★★★★★

    Sex scenes: ★★★★★

    Story ending: N/A

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  • Jennifer Kyle
    Feb 04, 2017

    I think the only reason I'm eager to read the next book is to find out for sure where/who is hoodie guy…

    Other than that, this was an okay read for me.

  • Candace
    Feb 18, 2017

    Yet again, Pepper Winters has managed to suck me in! In her trademark style, she slowly and meticulously weaved a story of romance, danger and intrigue. Bit by bit, the reader is given morsels of truth, while many facts and details remain elusive enough to keep readers guessing.

    Elle Charlston is the heiress to a retail dynasty. Belle Elle has been in her family for generations and she stands to inherit the department store conglomerate. From a very young age, Elle has been trained to run the bu

    Yet again, Pepper Winters has managed to suck me in! In her trademark style, she slowly and meticulously weaved a story of romance, danger and intrigue. Bit by bit, the reader is given morsels of truth, while many facts and details remain elusive enough to keep readers guessing.

    Elle Charlston is the heiress to a retail dynasty. Belle Elle has been in her family for generations and she stands to inherit the department store conglomerate. From a very young age, Elle has been trained to run the business. While other kids played with dolls, Elle perfected the window displays and learned how to best present merchandise. When other kids focused on basic geometry, Elle mastered complex spreadsheets and earnings reports.

    Looking in from the outside, Elle seems to have a dream life. She leads a life of privilege and has everything that money can buy. Yet, she longs for all the things that money can't buy.

    She's never had anything in common with the kids that she went to school with. Longing for friendship, she allowed herself to be taken advantage of by those who were only interested in what Elle's wealth could do for them. Her father and her cat are the only "friends" that Elle has ever known.

    On Elle's nineteenth birthday, she makes an impulsive decision to sneak out into the city. She wants to spend one night experiencing life and exploring, without the protective oversight of her driver/security guard. She's never been able to be "free" and do the things that other teenagers take for granted. For just one night, she wants to shed the uptight persona that has defined her for the entirety of her life.

    Not long into her explorations, Elle finds herself in a very precarious position. Without her security guard, she has no protection against the dangers that lurk in the nighttime on the city streets. Having been sheltered her whole life, she lacks street smarts and is an easy mark for those who would victimize her.

    Dragged into a deserted alleyway, Elle is robbed and nearly raped. If it weren't for the bravery of an unnamed homeless man, Elle would have faced a fate far worse. Her unnamed hero saves Elle, beating her assailants and chasing them off into the night.

    In the hours that follow, Elle walks the city with the man. The two form an unlikely friendship and eventually more. Sneaking into Central Park after-hours, they share a night of romance and adventure. Elle and her stranger share a kiss that will haunt her for years before their night is abruptly ended and the man is arrested.

    For years, Elle tries to locate her hero unsuccessfully. Without his name, and only a vague physical description, she is unable to track him down. She never gives up though. She is determined that she will find "Nameless", the only man who has ever sparked any interest in her.

    Realizing that he may have sentenced his daughter to a life of loneliness, Elle's father is determined to find a husband for her to help shoulder the burden of running the business. His repeated match-making attempts are futile. Elle refuses to consider the men that her father tries to shove her way. She is only interested in one man and she knows that she's unlikely to ever find him.

    When she overhears her father again trying to set her up with a stranger at a bar, she is appalled. Never has she met a more arrogant man. She's outraged by her father's behavior and this man's cocky attitude. Drenching him in his drink, she leaves the bar certain that it will be the last time she ever has to face the handsome stranger.

    As much as she professes to hate the man, she can't seem to get him off her mind. It is the first time that a man, other than "Nameless", has consumed her thoughts. When she runs into him, again, the sexual tension between her and the sexy, Penn Everett reaches an all-time high.

    One thing leads to another and Elle and Penn begin a tumultuous relationship. The chemistry is incredibly strong between the two, in a love/hate kind of way. They can't seem to get enough of each other, even as they each try to keep the other at arm's length. It was incredibly hot!

    While Elle is an open book, Penn is not. In fact, Elle doesn't seem to know much of anything about the enigmatic man. All of her attempts to get to know him on a more personal level are shut down swiftly. Who he is and where he came from are a big mystery.

    As the story progresses, pieces of Penn's past are revealed. However, each detail only leads to more questions. Who is this man and what does he want with Elle really?

    From start to finish, I could not get enough of Elle's story. Admittedly, this book did start off a little slow for me. However, once I got going, I couldn't put it down. Ms. Winters' writing is impeccable and she never fails to hold my attention.

    The characters were intriguing and the storyline had just enough danger to keep it exciting. I was particularly impressed with the way that Ms. Winters made Elle a personable character that you almost pity. Lets face it, a billionaire "princess" is not a character that most people can sympathize with. However, her kind demeanor and loneliness made Elle very human and easy to relate to.

    Elle Charlston, her unnamed rescuer and the high-handed Penn Everett have completely consumed me. I think I know what happened, but Ms. Winters never fails to surprise me. I'll have to just wait and see if I'm right.

    I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and see where things are headed. I am so glad that I won't have to wait too long for the next book. The minute it is released, I'll be all over it!

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  • Karen Mc ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog
    Jan 26, 2017

    I love to take risks…traveling to new places, trying new food, attempting new sports, living in different states and a country, and even reading books that push boundaries. The best feeling in the world is to get lost in a book where you’re transplanted, almost if by magic, to a new world. A world where you take flight to a new destination. I lived an adventure through Pepper Winters’ latest penned perfe

    I love to take risks…traveling to new places, trying new food, attempting new sports, living in different states and a country, and even reading books that push boundaries. The best feeling in the world is to get lost in a book where you’re transplanted, almost if by magic, to a new world. A world where you take flight to a new destination. I lived an adventure through Pepper Winters’ latest penned perfection:

    .

    I dove into

    , barely surfacing for a break, so drunk on this book while reading. I shut out the world while the light wrapped in dark world in

    became my world. I was both a saint and a sinner as

    BECAME ME. This story swiftly was my air…my ache…my anguish…my addiction…my ALL. I was quickly lost in

    and did not want to be found…EVER.

    Beautiful blonde and blue-eyed Noelle ‘Elle’ Charlston lived a fairy tale of a life with a caring father, powerful position as a young and wealthy CEO of her family’s retail company, and everything she’s ever wanted…everything except a man.

    At just nineteen, a dark-eyed and dark-eyed stranger saves Elle’s life, a broken but beautiful man of no identity…nameless.

    In one night, Elle’s life went from boring to an adventure.

    In one night, she was saved.

    In one night, she was free.

    In one night, her life almost ended.

    In one night, her life truly began.

    Tears dripped down my face, this story hit my heart like a hurricane, a storm of sorrow and swoon. Words of power…passion…and possession invaded every part of me.

    This man, ‘Nameless,’ even they only had one night, he invades Elle’s thoughts…her dreams…her life. She wanted to be his savior like he was hers but that chance was snuffed out in one night, one night that changed Elle’s life forever. A man of mystery who in one night became her world.

    Until another man claimed her, a man she loathed but for whom she lusted: Penn Everest. Tall…dark…handsome…deadly.

    I loved how Elle is made of steel, this powerful CEO and one of the richest women in the world, won’t let anyone intimidate or control her…or so she thought. Penn Everest would not steal Elle’s soul as it was still searching for Nameless. Though Elle can’t deny the rush of heat that surges through her when Penn promises her pleasure.

    That heat hit me hard. Oh did I feel the passion penetrate from the pages through me.

    Elle could not help but succumb to Penn’s desires, powerless to a powerful man. She’d give him her body but he’d never steal her soul or have her heart; those belonged to Nameless…though Penn would try to take it all…everything.

    Oh Penn. So closed…cocky…crude…crass. I loathed him…I liked him. Hero and villain. Saint and sinner. Penn was a man of many layers. This man was a mystery I wanted to solve. I wanted more from him…needed more.

    Penn and Elle’s kisses were molten lava that melted me from head to toe. I could not get enough of their cat-and-mouse games combined with combustible chemistry that smoldered and seduced me.

    Mr. Mystery is affected by Elle as she is by him though Penn won’t give her any truths. I wanted these truths too. I needed to unwrap Mr. Mystery and steal his secrets. THE SUSPENSE WAS KILLING ME!!!!

    Nameless…Penn…both thieves in the night…stealing a piece of Elle. One reminds Elle of the other…both sinners and saviors. Though Penn is who invades Elle’s body, thoughts, and dreams now.

    Penn and Elle are PURE PERFECTION together. The fusion of hot and cold perfectly blend into magic that melts like molten lava. You cannot help but feel their chemistry-clad connection, two powerful people powerless around each other. These characters captivated me, and I wanted to shake the secrets out of Penn and force him to fess up to Elle as she deserves the truth. She has given this mystery man so much of her and needs more. I NEEDED MORE TOO.

    I burned for this book. I burned for these compassionate and complex characters with off-the-charts chemistry who were perfect together. I burned for more.

    was MY RUSH. This story seduced my soul, so intense and intoxicating that I was indebted to every word…every page…every emotion that escaped, entangling around every part of me.

    was MY CRACK! This story stole my soul like a thief in the night, and all I could do was submit to its power….its passion…its promise of more.

    This book is over but I am still basking in UTTER BOOK BLISS. I’m still stuck in this soul-slashing story! My heart is still pounding out of my chest.

    Pepper Winters outdid herself again! Just WOW!!! I LOVED THIS STORY SOOOO HARD! It may only be January, but I already know that

    is a top January reads and a best book of 2017!

    I want to wear this crown forever as I bask in the glow of a forever hangover!

    ★★★★★

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  • Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
    Jan 22, 2017

    Without fail, this woman's writing managed to blow me away once again. Lies wrapped in truth. Truths wrapped in thinly veiled threats. A mysterious draw wrapped in animal magnetism. This book completely owned me. It hypnotized. It enraptured. It was pure literary magic, weaving a story so spellbinding, it was impossible to put down.

    Without fail, this woman's writing managed to blow me away once again. Lies wrapped in truth. Truths wrapped in thinly veiled threats. A mysterious draw wrapped in animal magnetism. This book completely owned me. It hypnotized. It enraptured. It was pure literary magic, weaving a story so spellbinding, it was impossible to put down.

    It could be said that Noelle Charlston lives a charmed life. Growing up in luxury and set to inherit a retail empire, she wants for almost nothing...except a taste of normalcy. The youngest CEO in the history of the company, she may be rich, but she's not a stranger to hard work. She barely leaves her office and her work is all she knows and all she does. Yearning for just a few hours of normal, she makes a decision that irrevocably changes the course of her life.

    Now three years have passed since that fateful night that she'll never forget. She's a little older, a lot wiser, and even more disillusioned. Given up on love and finding a man that will want her for more than her money and empire, she's lost herself in her work...until a man demands her attention in a way that's impossible to ignore.

    This man is pure animal magnetism wrapped in alluring confidence. He's not used to hearing no and he won't take it for an answer. The sparks fly between them; a mix of antagonism and undeniable chemistry. A hate lust so strong, it practically burns through the pages.

    He wants to own her. She's her own woman. He's determined to break her. She knows no man ever will. He's determined to mark her. She refuses to let him close enough. What takes place is a back and forth that's so delicious, it was enrage you as much as it will captivate you.

    The story is flawlessly written in Pepper's signature fluid and lyrical style. It kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end, completely incapable of putting it down. I read this in one sitting while trying to savor every word because I didn't want it to end.

    This is book one in a duet, and I'm already vibrating to get my hands on the conclusion. If you're a fan of this author, this book is not to be missed.

  • Pepper Winters
    Jan 31, 2017

    He stole my heart with his lies. He'll destroy it with his truth.

    CROWN OF LIES IS LIVE!!

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