Noelle Charlston lives a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.
However, two meetings with two men changes her happy existence forever. First, she meets the man who makes her heart sing. Three years later, she meets the man who makes her blood quiver.
Broken-hearted from a teenage romance, Noelle's freedom is no longer hers. It belongs to the stranger her father believes is her perfect match. The stranger who pulls his lies over everyone he touches.
Seduced and manipulated, Noelle gives into the mysterious Penn Everett. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he weaves - it's all enough to slowly erode the woman she is and turn her into something else.
Until her past collides with her present.
And it's her turn to lie.
To everyone...including herself.
©2017 Pepper Winters (P)2017 Pepper Winters
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"UGH I HATE CLIFFHANGERS !!! REALLY GOOD STORY"
This was a very different romance story. It's not the typical story. It really sucked me in from the word go. The narration was great and the storyline was compelling. It's worth the credit but since there is a cliffhanger I wish I had waited for the complete series to be released.
"Princess of perpetual peril..."
Crown of Lies is my fourth Pepper Winters book. I'm a fan of her writing, but I have had issues with the narration of some of those books. Happily, this time I am a fan. This is dual narration at its best. Kylie Stewart handles the female dialog competently, while Eric Rolon is exceptional at voicing all male characters. Bravo to Eric...this is the first book he's narrated for audible and he was fantastic! His voice was just right for our hero - he really made the listen sexy.
The story itself kept me interested. Enter Elle - a girl groomed to run a department store empire from a young age. She leads a sheltered life of wealth and privilege, and then one night she rebels against her golden shackles. This leads her to a mugging and attempted rape in a dirty back alley somewhere in NYC. Our heroine is rescued by a young homeless man. Fate removes the anonymous good Samaritan, and Elle's exhaustive attempts to find him fail.
Three years after that night, Ms. Winters keeps the intrigue going. There's a father with a heart condition, a persistent unwanted suitor, and a wealthy and mysterious man who seems to know an awful lot about our heroine.
I like Pepper's erotica. She expertly builds sexual tension in her stories, and then releases it in the steamiest ways. Talk about sex on fire! Fair warning however: this story comes to a close with one hell of a cliffhanger, so be prepared for that upset.
Time for the gripe, and I've alluded to it in my headline. Poor, poor Elle. She must be one hell of an irresistible beauty because by the end of this book, she will have been threatened with rape on three separate occasions. Seriously, is she putting off some type of crazy pheromone that brings all the rapists out of the woodwork!?
All things considered, Crown of Lies kept me listening - great writing and narration. Well worth my credit.
"Great Story Line"
It kept me guessing until the end. This book was wonderfully written with well developed characters.
"DO NOT BUY THIS - IT IS TERRIBLE!!"
I think I've written one other review (whether written or audio), which says a lot because I am voracious reader and Audible lister. I am a fan of Pepper Winters and buy most of her books. However, here are the problems with this book:1. I can't stand the premise that a 19 year old is firing middle aged men "in the board room" and running one of the country's leading retailers. I can't suspend belief enough to finish a book whose premise, in large part, includes this literary gem.2. Authors need to suck it up and ask for advice from professionals prior to making statements regarding certain professions. When the main character, who is 13 (?), has to sign her father's last will and testament so that, once dead, she will inherit his company .................. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. NO ONE HAS TO SIGN SOMEONE ELSE'S LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT. Also, a 13 year old cannot sign a binding contract. The main character goes on to say she's signed so many contracts (she's 13) .... NEXT, YOU CAN'T SUE A MAN YOU JUST MET IN A BAR FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT -- THAT IS A LEGAL CLAIM THAT HAPPENS IN THE CONFINES OF A WORKPLACE. This was, I am embarrased to say, the last straw. 3. If your main character is supposed to be a genius businesswoman (at 19) running a multi billion dollar business (and, supposedly, on the Forbes list of wealthiest people) -- she would never threaten to sue a stranger, not in the workplace, for sexual harassment. UGH!4. The narrator sounds like she is reading a book -- not narrating. It's awful.Worst audible book I've ever purchased. Returning it pronto.
Not this book.
Hire a narrator with experience?
"I Was Constantly on the Edge of My Seat"
I love a little mystery with my romance and Pepper does an amazing job of giving just the right amount to keep the listener fascinated, especially using the duet form of narration. The narrators were so amazing that I felt like the proverbial fly on the wall. The characters were fully developed and some with a mysterious air that adds intrigue.. I really that like that this story is not predictable. There are times when Elle seems like a pathetic little girl and other times like a very accomplished young woman which makes for a great dichotomy of personalities. This dichotomy is perfect for the two men that take up all the residence in her head, Nameless and Penn. I despise most cliffhangers, but I'll make an exception for this one. I will be thinking about all the possible outcomes until the next book is released.
The narrators were absolutely wonderful. This listen held my interest for the entire book. I didn't want to pause for any interruptions. Kylie and Eric are the perfect duo for this duet.
Most definitely worth the credit. I very rarely give 5 stars across the board and this listen absolutely earn those 5 stars all around. Anxiously awaiting the conclusion.
"🗑 No Substance in story - just steam"
Pepper Winters can write a scene that makes you feel it, but she only put that beauty into the steamy parts. There was a great story here but it was glossed over. It ends with a big cliffhanger and yet I have no desire to listen to the next book.
Narration method missed the mark. By "method" I mean they switched to the male voice for all the male characters (whereas in other books there is a chapter from the male point of view and the male narrator reads the entire chapter regardless of who is speaking.) The method used in this book sounded very inserted and choppy. Too bad, because the actors had rich variety in their delivery - it was the method that really distracted from their performance, and unfortunately I never got comfortable with it.
I hate to throw out one star because surly the authors read the reviews, so uhg....sorry. Just like in life, the steam is important but a binding story keeps our attention and loyalty. This book was like a one night stand with whats his name and I cant recall if I even enjoyed it. Forgetable.
🎀 Avid listener - no one compensates me for reviews. (Duh, obviously this time)
"Pepper Winter has gain another Reader"
So mind blowing!!!!!! The ending was so good. Can someone kill Greg already. He is so cruel, annoying and so selfish. He needs to know the "you just got friend zone by Ell" like grow up and move on. Penn!!!!!!! Gosh!!!!
People who like explicit sexual scenes with very little story line, character development or plot development.
Kylie sounded like she was 12. Her intonation and phrasing were immature. When I listen to a audiobook I usually can forget that the person is reading but not with this book. Eric was very stilted and used the same tone for each character. It sounded and felt like a B rated performance.
Annoyance. The use of cliche after cliche after an attempt at alliteration or description caused me to really want to stop listening to the story. I ended up aborting the book half way through. I never abandon a book that I bought either.
I would suggest a writing class for Ms. Pepper- one that focuses on character and plot development.
Why is Elle so useless? She is amazingly naive and stupid. Why are women Alexandrian thisnway.n I'm not sure if I'll read the secondnbook, only because I just don't care what happens tonher.
Meh, meh, meh. It has the kindling of a potentially good story, but the female narrator is clearly bringing it down by steamrolling through the reading. Her voice begins to sound monotonous after a few chapters. She does put more feeling into the dialogue part, but the first-person narration of the story is really dragging this down for me and I'm only 3 hours into this story. The male narrator helps but with so many male characters, his depth of variations of the New York accent can only go so far before they all start sounding the same. I'm just waiting for the fire to really spark and the story to really get going.
my first Pepper Winters book...so we'll see.
probably. With stream of conscious, first person narration, the stories can drone on and on...
As of right now, no. That means the story is toooooooooooo long. But apparently there is a follow-up book.
maybe this book could've been better with two different POVs. Something to break up the female narrator. Her parts are just too long and her voice starts to sound like background noise (sorry to be harsh)!
I found myself listening to this every second I had. At night before I sleep. Which then morphed into in the morning when I get ready for work, both tea breaks, lunch breaks and while I am cooking. I was totally hooked.
I hate to admit it but I did have some tears too, so that doesn't happen often to me.
I was just so engrossed thinking I knew everything all the way through which I was proved wrong every 2 or 3 chapters. It was lovely to not be able to 'think' ahead like you can with some authors.
This I am told made me a very anti social person until I had finished it. Can't wait for Book 2
Pepper Winters at her best
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