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August 13, 2015

Loved It: Just One Lie by Kyra Davis

Series: Just One Night 2
Format: ARC
Release Date: July 28, 2015 
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Romance | New Adult

In the instant international sensation Just One Night, sensible Kasie Fitzgerald unleashed her passions—and found herself—through an explosive affair. In Just One Lie, we meet Kasie’s wild and tortured sister, whose impulsivity and lack of self-control has set off a chain of events that changes her family forever.

Melody Fitzgerald is the opposite of the “perfect” daughter. The lead singer of an indie rock band, she is impulsive and creative, with a rebellious streak that both defines her and becomes her greatest enemy. Her lover, the enticing and unpredictable Ash, shares her free spirit and penchant for trouble. On the face of it, he seems to be her perfect match.

So why is she so drawn to her soft spoken, reliable drummer, Brad Witmer? How can a man who wears polo shirts and reads the financial section of the paper be of any interest to her at all? And why on earth does someone like that appear to be so captivated by her?

Before she knows it, Melody finds herself on a path of self-discovery, passion, and affairs of the heart. But will a dark secret from her past derail it all? Or will its exposure be the very thing that unburdens her heart and allows her to seek a future with the one man who loves her completely?




Kyra Davis fast became a favorite for me. I find her books smart and emotionally stimulating even if it's mostly romance with hints of mystery and a cup of women's fiction thrown in. Her female characters are powerful in that even in their lowest times, they manage to turn that vulnerability into strength. JUST ONE LIE follows that same formula and here are my highlights:
  • JUST ONE LIE is a companion novel to Just One Night . Though the books tells the stories of sisters Mercy and Kasie, it can't get more different than night and day. While Just One Night is a heart-stopping romantica, JUST ONE LIE is an angsty music-themed New Adult-ish romance set in 1999. Yup, whip out your mix tapes because KDavis is going to take your for a joyride.

  • I am not the biggest fan of troubled souls and angry tales, and yet I can't help but get swept by Mercy's tale. Her life's been difficult and the girl's got it from bad to worse, and she's once again hit rock bottom so she can soar to better heights. Mercy's life story is compelling and inspires empathy from its readers. I guess it's the strength in character tempered with a good and snarky sense of humor that made her a likable, if not lovable, MC.

  • I wouldn't say JUST ONE LIE as romance-centric although it did play a big role in Mercy's life. I wasn't a big fan of the love triangle, but in the overall scheme of things, it was metaphorical in a sense: past or present, wallow or move on; and this was a repetitive theme in the novel. The most powerful scene being that Hollywood party, while everyone was doing lines in this dude's library, Mercy was lovingly caressing every book spine, realizing how much she's missed and how much she wanted to take from life.

  • Ash and Brad, the other two sides of Mercy's crazy NA stage. Ash to me is youth, carpe diem, seductive, and fiery. I wasn't a bit fan of Ash but I understood Mercy's attraction to him. In a lot of ways, they're alike so that translates to comfort, but not safety. Brad is more like an earthquake, shaking up Mercy's life and continued to move her years after. He's the stability that Mercy wants, but is afraid to claim because:


-your world can never mine. I can visit it, but if I stay too long I'll just screw something up. It's what I do.


  • Aside from Brad being the logical choice, he is also very ideal in that he's stable and very grounded. I also love that he's a single parent and his daughter, June, is simply adorable!

  • The climax, conflict, and resolution of JUST ONE LIE is possibly its greatest strength. It packed a solid punch and I felt it in my gut. It's simply wrenching, devastating, faith-full, and very brave.


It took some time for me to ease into JUST ONE LIE because I don't do much of new adult, pseudo or not, and the love triangle didn't sit well with me. I did love the music though, as well as the lyrical poems KDavis included in the story; not to mention the captivating writing style that is distinctly KDavis. I eventually found my groove and it was a beautiful journey from there on out. I loved how Mercy's tale unfolded, she took the road less traveled, earned a much deserved HEA. Truly a powerful story that only the numb and heartless will find unaffecting.



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44 comments:

  1. I can't say I like angry tales either, but like with everything, sometimes it just works

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    1. I get anger, it's like any other emotion, and it has to be realistic or appropriate. If it's too much it doesn't feel organic anymore.

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  2. Of the two, I'm definitely leaning more towards this one first. The music aspect sold me, and I really don't mind a love triangle if it's done well.

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    1. I think you will love this as you're into angsty romances ;)

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  3. Sometimes pieces of a story aren't something you like, but it is great when it all comes together to make a great story. It doesn't happen often, but it is magic when it does. Great review. :)

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  4. I have Just One Night somewhere...just need to find it. Lol. Love triangle is a hard limit for me. So, probably passing on this one.

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    1. If you change your mind, know that it's done well.

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  5. I'm glad this one ended up great even though the love triangle is not your favorite to read about, plus the writing sounds like it really won you over in the end. Yay!
    Thanks for the lovely review :)

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    1. You have to try Kyra Davis at some point, her writing is beautiful!

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  6. This sounds fun, glad you loved it!

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  7. Braine I LOVED your review it's made me want to run out and get Just One Lie, thanks!

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  8. Haven't heard of this one before now, so thanks for the great review. I like it when kids are in books like this as long as they are cute and not brats.

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    1. Not just that, she's neither "too wise for her age" or too baby. She got the voice right!

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  9. I don't do a lot of NA, for the same reason you mention, namely an incompatibility with the whole angry tale spectrum... :) But I think the subgenre does have potential. Yes, it can pack a heck of an emotional punch - I noticed this as a matter of general occurrence. Glad this worked for ya, B <3 I love it so when your little heart rejoices :P

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    1. And this is why you're a frickin' writer and I'm just a lowly blogger. I LOVE this comment!

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  10. Not a huge fan of NA or love triangles, but I do love the sound of the creativity in the book. One reason you have me curious. Not sure if I would enjoy this one, but I may have to give it a try.

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    1. Understandable. If I knew that this was NA-ish, I would've passed up on it too.

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  11. I like that it's set in 1999! I'm not big on NA romance but like Melissa said, I like the sounds of the creativity.

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    1. Not just that, I loved how the romance "spanned" and stood the test of time. So romantic!

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  12. I REALLY hate love triangles but this still sounds interesting to me.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I think I only know one person who likes love triangles in books.

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  13. This sounds like a good series! I sometimes love and other times hate love triangles, but lately I've run into a few that were well done, so my opinion is getting more positive. It sounds like it was well done here with how it illustrated the different sides/ choices. Great review!

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    1. It wasn't an angsty love triangle with lots of posturing and confrontations. It's annoying but believable too

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  14. I don't mind triangles if done well but eh if not they can really make for a bust. Yay for it being a good read though. I passed on these for review and bummed about that now.

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    1. Ooh you should try Kyra Davis some time! Start with Deceptive Innocence, that will get you hooked on her.

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  15. Hmmm...there are definitely aspects here that I wouldn't like but I'm still interested.

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    1. This is one of those books where the writing is so good you can ignore some of the stuff that you don't care for. In this case the love triangle.

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  16. Sounds like my kind of read. I'll have to check out the first book.

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    1. Just know, it's completely different from this. That one's sexier while this one is more romanctic

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  17. I have both of these and had no idea how different they were. I look forward to diving in

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    1. that's good, though it's in the same series, you'll be getting totally different stuff

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  18. That's interesting how they parallel and differ. I like the fire you describe in this one especially toward the end. But the love triangle...gah, I really steer clear of those.

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    1. It can be frustrating when a girl is trying to straddle two different lines

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  19. This one sounds interesting. I like how parallel their lives are, but different. This review makes me want to read it.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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    1. They're long lost sisters. Their parents are assholes

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  20. And now, I want rice pudding, Braine! That is so delicious! And Just One Lie sounds like a really good story :)
    Have a fantastic Friday!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Me too, rice pudding sounds good to me right now

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  21. Great review, girl! I liked your comparisons between the two books. And yeah, love triangles don't sit well with me, either :(

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    1. Thank you. I feel like I got a great 2scoop ice cream, one choco & one vanilla hehe

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  22. I adored Just One Night so when I saw Just One Lie I was ecstatic. I'm looking forward to getting Mercy's tale, even if it is angsty and includes a love traingle. ;)

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    1. I'm tempted to read the novella just because.

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