Epic Fail Series – Book 2
By Trudy Stiles
DAX ANDERSON has always been the one to keep it all together.
~ His family~
~ His friends~
~ His band~
His heart is huge, but guarded. He’s the best friend. The protector. The shoulder to cry on. But he’s never been able to protect his own heart or himself. Lies from his not-so-distant past have destroyed his outlook on love – until he meets her.
GISELLE ANDREWS is confident and happy, but cautious. She’s learned to overcome many obstacles despite her past. She’s fiercely loyal and loves beyond measure. When she’s reminded of her past and the pain that she lived through, will her perfect world begin to crumble?
What connects Dax and Giselle, and will the EPIC LIES that they’ve lived through destroy their future?
EPIC LIES is the second book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a STANDALONE novel.
This series is a spinoff of the FOREVER FAMILY series.
Dax Anderson and Giselle Andrews. Who are they to each other? What is their connection? Those are the questions that I found myself asking as I was reading Epic Lies. Epic Lies is a new adult/contemporary romance, and the most recent release from author Trudy Stiles. It’s also the second novel of the Epic Fail series – a series of novels which focus on each member of the rock band Epic Fail. This time around, Stiles writes about drummer Dax Anderson.
Epic Lies is a romance novel about two characters who have been deeply hurt by lies in their past. Lies told by their loved ones. Lies from the very people who they thought they could trust. Whether outright lies or lies by omission, the result is the same. It becomes very hard to trust and give love freely. This lack of trust becomes a major obstacle to future relationships for Dax and Giselle. Can they possibly learn to trust each other? Will they open their hearts to love once again?
Stiles has a very interesting style of writing in Epic Lies. By chapter, she alternates Dax and Giselle’s first person points of view, while also alternating between writing chapters in the past and present. Fate is a huge theme in Epic Lies. Throughout this story, I noticed coincidences, possible connections between Dax and Giselle which kept me guessing and gave Epic Lies the feel of a mystery. By using this style of writing, Stiles reveals events in their pasts – what shaped Dax and Giselle as individuals – while also allowing readers the pleasure of enjoying their budding romance in the present.
Since the beginning of her writing career, I’ve read each novel written by Trudy Stiles. Each story is completely unique, and she doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. In Epic Lies this topic is rape. I’m sharing this with readers because I know rape can be an emotional trigger. There are parts of this story that were painfully hard for me to read, but I also found a large measure of joy, happiness and satisfaction from reading Epic Lies. Epic Lies is dramatic, and I can promise it will take you on a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotions!
Although the Epic Fail series is a spinoff of Stiles’ Forever Family series, Epic Lies can be read as a standalone novel. It’s also not necessary to read Epic Sins, the first novel in the Epic Fail series, prior to reading Epic Lies. If you have never read a novel by Trudy Stiles, I highly recommend that you give one of her two standalone novels – Epic Sins or Epic Lies – a try! Dax and Giselle’s story was a pleasure to read, and I’m excited to give this novel a 4.5 star rating!
Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She’s the author of the bestselling Forever Family series including “Dear Emily,” “Dear Tabitha,” and now “Dear Juliet.” She plans to write many more stories about some of the characters you’ve already met, and maybe a few new ones. Epic Sins is the first of three, standalone, Epic Fail series books.
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She celebrates Wine Wednesday almost every day.