Ten Thousand Lies by Kelli Jean
Series: Ten Thousand #2
on June 10th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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ÔÇ£We were the nightmares of nightmaresÔÇªÔÇØ
On the surface, Ricki Conklin is just an average bloke, a brilliant tattooist with his own shop.Below the surface, heÔÇÖs a vigilante revenge-seeker, atoning for a past he fears will never set him free.
Jaime is his everything, his foul-mouthed Dollface.Covered in ink from collarbone to feet, sheÔÇÖs a wild child after his heart.Set adrift, losing faith in herself and humanity, sheÔÇÖs broken down not by abuse, but by neglect. For years, she exists only so she can finally come home.
This is their story.
#BuddyRead! 10, 000 Lies is the folow-up to 10, 000 Words. This book delves into story of Ricki and Jaime. Their tale is so deeply tied to everyone else that we hesitate to call this a sequel. Rather, weÔÇÖll call this a continue and expansion of the first story as told by Jaime and Ricki. We think youÔÇÖll be tickled to peel back the layers and get to know these two people; there are a bundle of surprises waiting for you. Kelli Jean does a great job, once again, of bringing to life these complex characters. We hope youÔÇÖll enjoy this story as much as we did!
1. This is book 2 by Kelli Jean, a follow-up to 10, 000 Words. Do you feel the second book did justice to the series?
10,000% yes. Though there was a chunk of time between the books, it
was such a seamless transition from book 1 to book 2. The sheer fact of where the author chose to pick up this story felt fresh; it wasnÔÇÖt the customary “first book ends, second book begins”. The blending of the stories and characters was wonderful. I though I knew Xanthe and Rex in book 1, but we picked up quite a few gems this go round. I believe we see how closely knit of a ÔÇ£familyÔÇØ this group is but how intertwined their lives are. It was a case of ÔÇ£I thought I knew, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out I really didnÔÇÖt.
Anja: I couldnÔÇÖt agree more with you, Loredana. This book was the perfect continuation of book one. I loved that we didnÔÇÖt just learn what happened to Ricki and Jaime, but we also learned more about Xanthe, Rex, and Deo. This book took what I thought happened in the past and totally redefined it. I further loved that we got to see more of everyone–more of the close-knit family they made for themselves.
2. We had a ghost of an idea of Ricki in book 1. What did you think of him from the first book to this one?
Loredana: Looking back, I really had no idea who Ricki was and all this man could be. HeÔÇÖs such a dichotomous being. My first impression was that he was a cocky (righfully, so) man and a loyal friend. The author *barely* scratched the surface on his character. He is so sweet beyond measure and I loved getting to know him.
Anja: IÔÇÖll be honest, I didnÔÇÖt pay as much attention to Ricki in book one, I was more concerned with Xanthe and Olli. Yet, looking back I realize that there was a fountain of information to be had on Ricki. I agree again with Loredana and LOVED how sweet he is. His idiosyncrasies are definitely intriguing; between him being a cold-blooded killer and this innocent other side he definitely is a very intriguing character.
3. What about Jaime? What are your thoughts on how they came together and her character?
Funnily enough…I didnÔÇÖt like her too much in the beginning of this book. I wasnÔÇÖt enthralled with some of her views and attitudes. Ricki made me like her more. He brought out the beauty of her soul that she tried to keep buried inside. In many ways, they were opposites, but together they formed a perfect picture.
Anja: I liked her from the beginning. Could I relate to her? Not really, but I understood where she was coming from. However, once she met Ricki I came to admire her. I agree, he did bring out a different side to Jaime that she was hiding before. Yet, I did also like her as her own person. She was strong and resilient while growing up in an environment without much love. As far as their relationship goes, I love how they complement each other. But i think the one thing I love most is how he thinks of Jamie being his ÔÇ£lightÔÇØ.
4. Was there anything you were hoping to see in this book? Did it happen or not?
Loredana: I wasnÔÇÖt exactly sure what I expected in this book. However, I was all around pleased to become so enamoured with Ricki. He truly is a beautiful soul. Even though he becomes ÔÇ£the nightmares of nightmaresÔÇØ, there is such a beauty and innocence to his soul bolstered by a most tender heart. I was hoping to see more of Xanthe and Oliver. IÔÇÖm very happy to say we get some awesome doses of them and get to see them through the eyes of others. So, IÔÇÖll say the book left me satiated.
Anja: To be honest, I had quite a few expectations for this book. I wanted to learn about the past and how they came to be who they are now. And Kelli Jean definitely delivered on all accounts. I not only got to know Ricki and Jamie, but we also learned more about Xanthe and Rex. It gave me a much broader picture of their close-knit family. It also made me look forward to the next book in this series. Kelli Jean has created such an intriguing set of characters I canÔÇÖt get enough of them.
5. Best & worst parts of the book for you? Why?
Worst? The author warned of some of the graphic content/issues. These elements are central to the story and worthy of discussing. However, it was sometimes hard to read. Best? Ricki. I really like who he is. This man is so sweet, I would totally sport a #TeamRicki
shirt if the need ever arised 😉
I agree with LoredanaÔÇÖs assessment, I did have a hard time reading some of the more graphic content. But i was nevertheless happy with how they were handled in the end. And the best part was learning about Ricki and seeing him grow. I loved how he grew as a person throughout this book. And IÔÇÖm totally #TeamRicki