ARC Review: Lies & Lullabies by Courtney Lane

Title: Lies & Lullabies
Author: Courtney Lane
Genre: Dark Romance/Suspense
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Female
Expected Publication: July 28, 2016


On the weekends, she’s Sugar, a woman free of the pretty prison constructed by her domineering father, who combs the dangerous streets in search of something she never quite finds. During the week, she’s Simone, the good girl and the illegitimate daughter of the most powerful and hated man in Los Angeles.

Catch—aptly named for his “career” choice—is a man shrouded in mystery with one dangerous purpose. After a whirlwind encounter, Catch draws Simone into his dark and tangled web.

A dangerous game ensues, lives are lost, truths are exposed, and one man may shatter the foundation of a powerful organization on the brink of extinction.

The game of truth or dare won’t end until Catch and Simone strip each other of their façades and uncover the reality of who they were, and who they are fated to become.


ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Simone lived a sheltered life under the iron fist of her infamous father. To rebel against it, she became Sugar on weekends, dabbling in dangerous activities for a taste of freedom she desperately needed. During one of her excursions, she met someone that rattled both her heart and mind.

Catch’s job was to extract information and he would do it by any means necessary. He wanted Simone for his own vendetta, coercing her his way while she tried hard to resist the lure.

When I read the blurb, I found it interesting but not quite exactly sure what it is about, but it ended up being something I enjoyed.

“The more you fuck with me by asking to leave me, the more you offer up pieces of yourself to destroy.”

Catch was darkly sexy with a flip side personality. He could be ruthless but still capable of a gentle touch. I love how he got strength from manipulating weaknesses.

Simone wasn’t happy with the life she was forced into and wanted to stay away from it. But while her heart was her strength, it was also her biggest weakness.

The lies were safe and comfortable. The lies made your life go down a little easier. It made you wake up every morning with hope, thinking every minute and every day had the chance to be better

I like how their relationship evolved and love seeing how he pushed her outside her comfort zone. As the title suggested, the story was riddled with deceit. The characters used lies as coping mechanism and as means to an end. I do like the twists and turns in the story but I felt some of the scenes didn’t connect as well as I prefer it to be.

Lies & Lullabies is a story of two people on a path of destruction towards a common goal that would either make them or break them.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

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