Release Blitz + Review: Half Truths by Claire Contreras

Genre: Romantic Suspense

You’ve heard of these groups – the secretive ones that only the crème de la crème are invited into, the ones outsiders speculate about for centuries – I’m the second in my family invited to attend, but to them, I’m fresh meat. New blood. New money, too.

They think they’ll elbow past me, that I’m here for their amusement, for them to walk all over, they’ll find out soon enough that I’m not.

I may look like one of them, with my designer bags and clothes straight from the Parisian runways, but I’m not. I’m here for answers, to take revenge for blood spilled on their centuries-old Persian rugs.

I transferred here in search for answers about what happened to my older brother, who hightailed out of here, and my friend who seemingly disappeared into thin air. I certainly wasn’t here for the attention of the star hockey player, regardless of how much he willed my eyes his way. I wasn’t here for his scrutiny or his judgment or to read into his mysterious aura. I was here for the society, because only they held the answers I needed. That was, until I found out that in order to get those answers, I needed to go through him. He’s saying if I want in, I have to play by their rules, follow their lead.

It’s a game I’m willing to play.

I may be the second person I know of to be invited into their society, but I’ll be the first to make it out intact.

Half-Truths is now available and on sale for $3.99, release week only! 

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

The second I started this book I was completely hooked to the story. It had a very secretive, eerie, mysterious, and dark atmosphere. I was kind of hypnotized and I fully immersed myself into the story. I was intrigued and super curious about these secret societies and the black cloaked people walking around campus. The main character Amelia “Mae” Bastón has transferred to this new university, in her senior year, in search for answers about what happened to her older brother, who hightailed out of there, and her friend who seemingly disappeared into thin air. I put my investigator hat on and joined Mae on her journey for answers. I think she was a great character, who was also very smart, and very aware of her surroundings. I don't like it when characters miss the most obvious hints, so I was really happy Mae wasn't like that.

I had a lot of theories and suspects, and some of them I guessed right and others not. I like it when the story keeps me on the edge of my seat, and has twists and turns. This was definitely the case the first half of the book. However, while the story started with a very steady pace it felt rushed towards the end. Especially the relationship/romance was a bit rushed through. I would've liked a bit more chapters from the heroes POV, so I would've been able to connect better with him. I did feel the strong attraction between them, and I liked their interaction a lot. Mae definitely made him work hard for it. I am glad that Claire will write more books in this world, because I think there is still so much to be unraveled and told. She created a great foundation for this series, and also did a good job in introducing all the characters. I can't wait to learn more about them and the secret societies they are a part of. 

About Claire:

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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