Contemporary Romance

ARC Review: Grand Lies – JC Hawke (The Promise Duet #1)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


They say love makes the world go around.
Mason Lowell set mine spinning.

One night.

Three kisses.

And the promise of more when morning came.

While the city of London slept, he made good on our promise. Only to cut me with his words as the sun broke.

I ran from him—I always ran. But Mason Lowell was different, and he wouldn’t let me go without a fight, finding my flaws and embedding himself into them.

My push was strong. I spent my whole life perfecting it. But his pull was unashamedly stronger, and the rope he bound around my heart was his to pull at will.

Love was shared—so much love. Promises were made—he broke every one. And then just when I think we are playing in the same key…

The music stops.

Grand Lies is book one of The Promise Duet. It is a Billionaire Contemporary Romance and contains themes suited to mature readers.

This book is part of a Duet and is not a standalone.


Grand Lies is the first book in The Promise Duet and sets up the story of Nina and Masen. Nina is a dancer with a difficult past and Mase is your typical billionaire playboy – until he meets Nina that is. Once they meet, Masen becomes overly protective and exceedingly alpha male in his quest to make Nina his.

This is Hawke’s debut novel and I think overall it was a good job. The characters and storyline, while incredibly drama-filled, were consistent throughout; and despite the many ups-and-downs of their tumultuous relationship, you always knew where they stood with each other.

To be honest, I think the biggest thing I personally struggled with in this story was the hero and heroine’s relationship. There was a lot of on-and-off moments that had me wondering about their maturity and how fast they were getting into the relationship. That being said, I think it would be interesting to see how each of these characters will grow and develop as individuals in the next book, and I definitely think both Nina and Masen would benefit from really working on themselves and seeing how that influences their relationship as a couple.

Outside of the relationship, the storyline was full of intrigue with many things hinted at that haven’t yet been fully explained. It leaves a lot open for the second book and especially when you consider the cliffhanger at the end of Grand Lies. Overall, I think this was a good beginning to the story and I think the next book in the duet will provide a great opportunity for Nina and Mase to really develop themselves and their relationship.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Wildfire Marketing Solutions for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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