Title – The Truth About Air & Water
Author – Katherine Owen
Publication Date – August 25, 2014
Series – Truth in Lies, #2
The Truth In Lies Series. READ This Much Is True, book 1 first, although it’s been written as a standalone. Readers say,don’t do that.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” -Ernest Hemingway ~ A Farewell To Arms
They share an epic love but one moment changes everything. A life together that seemed certain is shattered. One learns you never love the same way twice; the other learns what it means to come home. You only think you know how this love story goes, but do you really know how an epic love can end?
“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
She is living color, and I’ve been in a black-and-white world for far too long without her.
Powerful stuff. It surrounds me. I’ve felt it since I first arrived. The forcefield of her. The magnetism of her. The power she wields over me. I’m alive again because of her, like a dying plant that finally gets some water. I’ve got it bad for this girl.
The light comes through the darkness and shines on me.
She’s my water.
The truth is I breathe with him. He is my air. Raison d’etre.
Author’s note: This novel is part of the Truth In Lies series. It can be read as standalone, however, fans of my fiction already are highly recommending that those new to my work, READ This Much Is True book 1 FIRST.
As Lincoln Presley would say, “do as you must, Princess.”
Well, wow! Much like the characters in this book, I felt like I was hit with a line drive in The Truth About Air & Water by Katherine Owen! I totally didn’t see “the event” coming and thought that the second book would just be more of the couple together. However, I was thrown for a total loop when a twist a rose that I did not foresee and experienced yet another roller coaster of up and down emotions from beginning to end.
“It’s hard to maintain the balance to keep the fire going.”
Linc and Tally must once again overcome horrendous odds and find a way to make their relationship work. My biggest complaint about the first book was that I didn’t see enough of the characters’ chemistry. Even though the events of this book kept them apart plenty, I still felt like we got more of them together. I was able to feel a lot more of their love and their attraction, so I greatly appreciated that. What was really special for me was seeing these Linc and Tally fight their way back to each other. They went through different stages of grief in a way, but it’s only when they make their own journeys and accept themselves that they can be together. I loved the highs and lows and really seeing the drive and fight because in a way, that was exactly what was missing from the first book. They each were so focused on their careers in the past that we didn’t see the passion for their relationship, so it was important for me to get that aspect in this second book.
“You have to fan the flames without putting it out with too much water.”
I’m not going to lie, there were some pretty heavy emotional scenes, particularly when it came to Cara. For someone who never thought she could be a good mother, Tally learned pretty quickly how to love. She put her child’s needs above everything else, which I really appreciated – especially because it could have so easily gone the other way. It was quite moving and awe-inspiring to see the character growth in both of these characters, but particularly in Tally. She didn’t look anything like the broken, lost girl we met in This Much Is True. Although she still had her faults and her demons, the fierce, beautiful adult started to shine through.
“But too little water will burn the fire right up.”
I also appreciated the notion of fate and our life’s path. Tally and Linc thought they had everything planned out and the way their life would go. She was supposed to be a ballerina and he was supposed to play baseball. However, they kept getting hit and forced to accommodate to different directions. The road bumps hit and detours they took never changed the end result though; it always came back to them being together – even after what I think was the true test of forever love.
“Too much fire. Too much destruction. We’re out of control.”
The Truth About Air & Water was a beautiful, epic love story that will cause you to fall in love with these characters. I genuinely enjoyed that not only was it about loving each other, but about learning to love themselves too. It was a wonderful, unique story (I mean, how often do you read about a ballerina and a baseball player?!), and I can’t wait to read more from this author. Even if she did try to break my heart and piece it back together many times, Katherine Owen sure did leave a piece of it with Linc, Tally, and Cara.
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Don’t Miss the Other Books in the Series:
This Much is True (Truth in Lies, #1)
Read our Review HERE
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Tell Me Something True (Truth in Lies, #3)
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Katherine Owen writes contemporary edgy fiction, which translates to: she writes love stories that are contemporary in setting and both edgy and dark. Some readers term her books emotional roller coasters. With her writing, Owen admits she has a fondness for angst, likes to play with a little drama, and essentially toys around with the unintentional complications of love. She contends this began early on when she won a poetry contest at the age of fourteen and appears to be without end. Owen has an avid love of coffee, books, and writing, but not necessarily in that order. She writes both Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction which includes her bestselling TRUTH IN LIES Series (a series despite despising ‘series’) beginning with This Much Is True and her latest release, The Truth About Air & Water. The TRUTH IN LIES series is fan-driven. So. There will be a third book about Linc and Tally released in 2015 titled Tell Me Something True.
About Owen’s fiction…This is NOT the light trope stuff. She travels a unique, writerly path and enjoys writing dark and angsty (a “non-word” she is fond of) emotional love stories. She often warns readers to be prepared with: time, tissues, wine, Advil or your drug of choice. And, as her most favored character, Lincoln Presley, would say, “do what you must, Princess.”