Release Blitz and Review: Twelve Truths and a Lie


Contemporary Romance 

COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow



Aurora Jones has it all—a job she loves as a child and family therapist, supportive friends, and a decent place to live. What she doesn’t have is much luck when it comes to dating men. And not only are her choices terrible, she also hasn’t been boyfriend free since she was a teenager. So she places herself on a sabbatical of sorts. No dating for twelve months.

Cameron Miller has had a crappy year. His girlfriend fell for his best friend and to ease the pain, he drowns his troubles in more booze and women than he can count. When his buddies finally slap some sense into him and urge him to focus on his new position as a special education teacher in an urban school district, he decides to get his act together.

Away from the prying eyes of their mutual friends, Cameron and Aurora agree to hang out once a week in their newly dubbed Chastity Club. Number of members? Two. It’s a chance to find solace, companionship, and something neither anticipated – a burgeoning attraction. But when Cameron invites Aurora to be his fake date at the reunion his ex-girlfriend and best friend will be attending, their passion ignites. What happens in Chastity Club stays in Chastity Club, right? Until they discover that a year of self-truths might actually lead them to true love.


“Well,” I explained, after swallowing a bite, “depends how, um, sexually frustrated you’ve been and—”
“Extremely,” she said without hesitation, and I nearly choked on the cheese sliding down my throat. “I mean, Richard doesn’t even—”
She smashed her hand over her mouth, looking positively mortified. “Shit, never mind.”
“Who’s Richard?” I asked, thoroughly confused, wondering if I’d missed something in the conversation.
“Oh, God,” she said. “Can you forget I even said that?”
“Not a chance,” I replied, knowing it would bug the shit out of me all night if she didn’t fess up. “Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve talked about plenty of things already…”
As she took deep breaths, I tried to match up the name Richard to one of her old boyfriends she might’ve mentioned. Or was she more mortified that I’d brought up the idea of being sexually frustrated?
“Look, I wasn’t trying to embarrass you,” I said, attempting to dislodge her hand from her face. “Guys talk about jacking off all the time, I don’t know if girls do, but—”
“Of course we do,” she finally huffed out, her eyes bulging. “Richard is the name of my vibrator.”
Oh fucking Christ, what a visual. My dick immediately tented against my zipper. In that moment, I was so grateful the tablecloth was covering me. After I got over the initial shock and stimulation of her bringing up her vibrator, I focused in on the fact that she had named it in the first place. Richard.
I couldn’t hold back a snort and that caused a chain reaction in Aurora, who began giggling and then full-on laughing. Her face was so beet red that when we made eye contact and I said, “Richard. As in dick?” she howled even louder, causing the people in the booth behind her to turn around and stare.

To say Christina is a favorite author of mine is an understatement.  I have read EVERYTHING she has written.  Her works are some of my all time favorite.  So when I tell you that this book hit all the feels for me, know that there isn't a bad book on her bookshelf.  This one is just that much MORE! 

First off, this is a love story.  Cameron and Aurora have friends in common.  They both have had some trying personal relationship experience and have sworn off relationships and s3x for the time being.  Together, they form the Chastity Club.  They meet weekly and during that time, not only do they find similar interests because of their professions, but they find a best friend.  If you are used to stories with insta-love---this is not one of those.  Oh, they are attracted to each other, no doubt.  But both are willing to draw the line because their friendship means so much to them.  You will enjoy the slow build with this one.  Lots of humor mixed in with poignant moments make this just a perfect read. 

Don't worry, though.  Love is around the corner for these two.  Friends first is always a great way to start a relationship.  I liked how these two really were thoughtful about what would happen if they moved into a relationship of something more than just friends.  Cameron and Aurora help each other grow as people as much as they rely on each other for support and companionship.  When they finally do come together, things get pretty steamy pretty fast! 

Here's the more:  The author writes from experience.  Her time as a social worker is evident in all her stories.  The reader's encounters with people who are struggling in the book, are very real scenarios for real people. The message in this book:  regardless of who we are and where we come from, we all have the right to be treated equally and with dignity.  This book...from the school children, to Aurora's upbringing, to the expectations put on Cameron's friend Maddie, to the response by the school district, to the color of one's skin....screams for basic human rights for everyone.  Aurora and Cameron are a shining example of the goodness in the world. 

Read the book....cover to cover.  Discover this author.  Big hugs for her as a person and for her stories! 

*ARC provided for an honest review. 

Once upon a time, Christina Lee lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. She spent her days getting in cabs, shopping for photo shoots, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at her favorite hangouts.

Now she lives in the Midwest with her husband and son—her two favorite guys. She’s been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that she realized she could turn the fairytales inside her head into the reality of writing fiction. 

She’s addicted to lip balm and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. 




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