25 August 2014

Pretty Little Indies: Amy Dunne

  I'm really excited to have Amy Dunne around for Pretty Little Indies today! Young Adult LGBT fiction is so important. Keep reading for my review of Secret Lies and to enter to win your own copy!

Secret Lies by Amy Dunne

Genres: Young Adult, LGBT, Romance

Would you face your biggest fear, to save the one
you love?

Nicola Jackson escapes from her abuser, only to realize she has no one to turn to and nowhere to go. In a twist of fate, she accidentally bumps into Jenny O’Connor, the most popular girl at school. They strike up an unlikely friendship. As their trust in each other develops, they share their darkest secrets, and their relationship blossoms into a secret romance.

Jenny loves Nicola, but she is fearful that if their secret relationship is discovered, she might lose her family, friends, and her seemingly perfect life.

Nicola confronts her abuser and blackmails him to leave for good, but things go terrifyingly wrong. Jenny is left with a life-changing dilemma: should she face her fear and accept who she is, or let Nicola take the blame and pretend their relationship never happened?
  What a flashback to my own teenage years! Amy Dunne masterfully captures the moods and emotions of these characters and blends them perfectly into this story. The attention paid to the characters enhances the story so much and makes it so much more enjoyable to watch these complex people evolve and grow throughout this book.

  This book is seeping with reality. Some of it is harsh and hard to read. It's all too real. It's another testament of Amy's that she can bring something to life so well that you feel it just like Nicola does. The evolution of romance is also told in a realistic way that brought a lot of emotions that I've experienced myself to the surface. If I had to sum up Secret Lies with only one word it would be realistic. Amy Dunne makes everything in this story come to life and capture your attention and heart.

  Secret Lies is packed with emotions. It isn't a book to be taken lightly. But still, I recommend it to anyone looking for more LGBT fiction. It tells a story that will resonate with you long after you've finished.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.

Amy was raised in Derbyshire, England. She attended Keele University and graduated in 2007 with a BSc in philosophy and psychology. After graduating, she worked for a while with vulnerable young people until she moved on to deliver training and educational courses. She is currently in the process of setting up her own speech writing business aptly named, Gift of the Gab. She and her lovely partner Lou celebrated their Civil Partnership at the start of this year. They share a love of Dolly Parton and live with their two gorgeous cats and very naughty puppy.

Head over to my Birthday Bash Kick-Off to enter to win a signed paperback or an ebook of Secret Lies.

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