Accidental Lies ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Accidental Lies

Accidental Lies by Dana Mason

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Vacation fling pact to not talk about the real world goes bad

I received the ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I give it 3.5 stars.

Emily is a lawyer who lost her husband four years ago and hasn’t been able to move on. Her brother sends her on a vacation to Maui with an itinerary an instructions to get out and live a little. Drew is a single father of two who lost his wife six years ago and spends three weeks a year in Maui while his kids are with their maternal grandparents. He has dated in the past but most women find out he is a single father and are never heard from again.

Drew and Emily meet and hit it off from the start and right away they decide not to talk about anything from home. Emily doesn’t want to think about her loss and Drew doesn’t want to bring up his children so they make a pact not to talk about their pasts other than to tell each other that they are both unattached. The concept is nice and it works well for a few days while they have their fling in paradise. The author does a good job in building the romance while they are in Hawaii. The sex scenes are downright steamy.

When it comes time for Drew to leave, because he was there before Emily came, it gets pretty sad since she isn’t ready for more and doesn’t want to break the pact. She wants to keep it just a vacation fling while Dew wants more. He wants her address and phone details. Since the book is only halfway through at that point I doubt it is giving away spoilers to say they do end up seeing each other again.

My only issue with the book is how long it takes them to end up telling each other all about themselves. There is a lot of angst and back and forth about such a silly thing. Half the time she is not wanting to know and he is trying to tell her that he has kids. If I were him, I wouldn’t preface it with, “I have something to tell you” and give her the opportunity to say I don’t want to do this right now. I would just say, “I have kids” then bam it’s out there. Because when all is said and done, the kids weren’t the issue. The not telling was. Which you could see coming a mile away. Not that she didn’t have secrets too. I hope this is not giving away spoilers, because I saw this coming from the beginning. I just thought it went on a bit too long.

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