Lovers Lies and Lilies Part One

Rated 4.57/5 based on 23 reviews
Freedom for herself and others from mental and physical abuse leads to love and sexual enlightenment for Sarah Barnes. More

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About Ronald D. Walker

Child of the Baby Boomers. Wanna be Hippie, just could not afford the counterculture of drugs, psychedelic music, psychedelic art and social permissiveness. I especially could not afford the flower covered van. The culture was alluring and rebellion of any form was espoused by hot blooded Americans and many of us followed in our own fashion, leading to social invitations to see the world given by some law enforcement type person. I became a Veteran of the beginning of the Viet Nam era.
I was a brilliant teenager which was both unknown and unappreciated by my superiors for three years two months and six days. I left the military with mixed emotions; joy and happiness.
My stomach was removed in 1980 and my life style changed. I became an over the road truck owner operator for more than thirty years. I have seen our country from a different view than most ever will and parts of our world few will ever see.
Writing since 1990, when I could. Love the way a good story flows. Hate the transitions in the middles when the flow stops. Labor with the how to and again write and edit and edit, to a point of satisfaction that I have tried. And I will try again with another book. A good idea makes a good story line and an enjoyable book.
It is my hope that my books are entertaining and enjoyable.

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Review by: buggy939 on Nov. 15, 2017 :
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: freckles75269 on April 21, 2017 :
This book is not a genre that I normally read, but for the era that it depicts it is good. As a victim of abuse, I can relate to Sarah. I'm looking forward to Part Two.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)

Review by: Audrey on April 20, 2017 :
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I wasn't sure if this story would keep me interested as it's set in the 1940's but I was surprised I really enjoyed it. It's my first by Ronald and will certainly read more of his works. The storyline is well written, I like Sarah who is really strong and when she meets Jon she finally learns to enjoy the sexual act. He teaches her how sensual and erotic it can be, the pages sizzled, I was captivated to the last page. I look forward to part two.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Diana Perry on April 05, 2017 :
Please note this book has triggers for abuse. First book I have had the pleasure of reading of Mr. Walker. From page 1 I was hooked! Could not put the book down! The explicit & naughty sex scenes in this book are off the charts! Book is set in an era where women enjoying themselves in the bedroom during sex is blase. Each character is well written with the total ability to make you feel what they felt. Highly recommend this book & I am looking forward to reading part 2.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Zoe Bancroft on March 28, 2017 :
This is the first book I've ever read by Ronald and wow what a book it was! I loved it from start to finish and never put it down.
I've not read much historical fiction for a while and this was a breath of fresh air from what I'm use to, it tells you how it was and what women really had to put up with from their husbands, they were expected to churn out babies whilst tied to the kitchen sink and if they couldn't do that then they would suffer the consequences because they weren't much use for anything else as far as many were conserved, even if they could sometimes they would still suffer from their husbands hands. It was a man's world and his word was final, both children and women were ruled by fists of steel. Abuse either physical or mental was accepted and nothing was done because up until the early 90's it was classed as domestic violence that the police wouldn't get involved in sadly. This book tells how it is for people living in the 40's.
The main character Sarah is really strong and it shows how she grows with the help of one man that treats her as an equal, Jon is a great character that you can't help but like, he takes Sarah under his wing and teaches her how women should be treated. She'd thought that women didn't have a say in life but he treats her in a way she's never been treated.
I cried a few times throughout the book both for Sarah and the other ladies in it, then just because of the storyline itself, it is hard not to be moved by it.
The storyline is so real you feel as if you know them and could be living alongside them, the description of everything is so precise you can imagine it all and this adds to the reading of the book, page after page I was drawn in and had to read it through to the end wanting to know what happened. I cried with Sarah and for her at times.
Ronald has a brilliant imagination which shines throughout this book and he goes into so much detail with everything making the characters stand out all the more.
It is a brilliant book which is erotic but not overly as some can be, I wouldn't say there was to much or that there was no need, it was in to show you how the characters grew and how it empowered them through it all. It was also quite violent at times but again if it wasn't in the book wouldn't be as believable, the story is about abused women who grow over time so without it the book wouldn't make much sense. I have been abused in a previous marriage and what he wrote was very true and well written and this is how I know that the police turned a blind eye up until the 90's maybe even later and sadly a lot would say they deserved it or had brought it on themselves!
I thought that the characters were brilliant all the way through and even though Sarah and Jon are the main ones there are quite a few that have a big part in it which helps you to draw a mental picture of what people look and sound like, he even writes in such a way as books would have been written years ago and how they would speak, you felt as if you were in that era in every way.
It was like stepping back in time and he captured it brilliantly. This may put some off but to me it made it all the more appealing and realistic. There was nothing about this book that I didn't like and at the end I read part 2 straight away making for very late night or rather early morning, and I can't wait to read Jon's story next to find out about him a bit more.
If definitely recommend this book, it's one that I will read again at least once and probably after I read Jon's story.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Bevharro on March 27, 2017 :
What can I say about this book but HOT HOT HOT!!! What a beautiful man Jon was and Susan his perfect lover. This story is about a very abusive husband and the man who saved her from him.
I really did enjoy this book.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)

Review by: Jen Thomason on March 26, 2017 :
Lovers Lies and Lilies is a very unusual book, but one that I definitely enjoyed reading. So different than anything I’ve read, the story is set in the early 40’s with a woman named Sarah and her physically and emotionally abusive husband. Sarah is desperate to get away from Calvin but knows that she can’t just leave him, despite the begging from her sister Carol. When she finally gets the opportunity to be away from Calvin, she meets a rich business owner, Jon Bartleaux, who helps her in many, many ways. Jon assists with getting her finances in order, provides her with a wonderful home to start her life over, and opens Sarah’s eyes to how sex should be between two people. Sarah quickly learns that she has never experienced sexual pleasure before Jon, nor had she been in a respectful and loving relationship with a man. Jon employs her to help with his businesses while Sarah also starts up her own business – all while helping another woman escape from her own abusive husband. Everything seems to be going perfectly, except that Jon keeps reminding Sarah that they can’t be together for very long…

Here’s what I loved about this novel. First, I love that this is an erotic romance set in the 1940’s. Women were not meant to have high expectations of physical intimacy at that time and this story is Sarah’s own personal awakening or coming of age novel because she learns so much about her own body, men’s bodies, and what intimacy is really like. Second, I love how empowered Sarah became throughout the course of the novel and how her confidence grew, not just sexually but personally, financially, and professionally. Third, I loved Jon and how caring and generous he was with Sarah. The woman deserved to finally have some romance in her life!

The issue I had with this novel was some of Jon’s forever long dialogue. I found myself skimming as he analyzed men, women, sexuality, etc. Talking about a long-winded man, and I thought that I talked a lot. Also was his formal tone and way of speaking about sexual intimacy. It almost sounded robotic at times and would personally have sent me running out of the bedroom. Nevertheless, the erotic scenes were tastefully written with plenty of detail but not in a “dirty” way.

I was cheering for Sarah and Jon to live happily ever after, but there is a huge twist at the end which left me incredibly eager to dive into Part 2. The author left the ending open but in a hopeful way regarding Sarah and her new life away from abuse. This was a creative and original story that was a quick read but full of characterization and emotion. *Warning about triggers regarding physical and emotional abuse – there are some horrific scenes of abuse involving both Sarah and Twyla.

This was a great read and if you are a romance/erotica fan, this is a very different spin on the topic. I cannot wait to devour Part 2 and will post the review after reading!

*Many thanks to Ronald D. Walker for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie on March 24, 2017 :
This story is about a women who is being abused by her husband. Things happen and she meets someone who helps here get through the process.
Warning this book has a lot of sexual content.
The way this book was written just seem matter of fact. I am used to a book that takes a more casual approach. The way the book was written was the main reason why I gave it a three star rating.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

Review by: maggie369 on March 21, 2017 :
This is a story about Sarah and the unusual man she came to love. The first time she met Jon was in a night club. When her husband went to the bathroom, Jon asked her for a dance. She refused out of fear of her husband 's reaction. As her story unfolds, she was a victim of domestic abuse. In time, Jon came to her rescue physically, emotionally and financially. Jon was an observer of life, of people and he enriched her life with his "teachings", both in the bedroom and without. Jon is a fascinating character that the reader loves and gets attached to. The only bad thing about Sarah's story is it ends on a cliffhanger but thankfully, Part Two is available. Recommend this book for all romance readers. Be prepared to heat up in the bedroom scenes and to shed a few tears. Five stars.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Rubbish on Jan. 26, 2017 : (no rating)
The book started off with a violent/abusive storyline until the situation changes and she meets someone else where the story then changes to a sexual and erotic relationship.

For me this book was very well written but it was not my cup of tea, both the violent/abusive marriage at the beginning and also the relationship at the end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Henk-Jan van der Klis on Jan. 24, 2017 :
This vintage erotic romance title is set in 1944, although nothing specific for that era is used as background. The introduction warns of sexually explicit material. Readers must be over 18. And yes, the author's right there. Sarah Barnes is the victim of an extremely abusive husband. But once you think that this book is about a troubled relationship or overcoming sexual abuse, the plot's twisted into a blended mix of a recipe for a perfect murder and a sexual playbook. Jon Bartleaux pops up as a teacher and practitioner of everything intimate, yet hiding a secret for Sarah.

The lack of personality development in this novel is compensated by the abundance of detailed descriptions of explicit content. What's left is a deathly drink for another abusive husband and an open end that will lead to the sequel of Lovers Lies and Lilies. Despite a few inconsistencies the flow of the narrative is okay.
(reviewed 73 days after purchase)

Review by: Diane Caton on Jan. 16, 2017 :
This book grips you immediately I couldn't put it down. The characters were amazing Sarah a beautiful intelligent young lady who has great strength and despite all the bad thrown at her still manages to keep on going. Then there is Jon so gentle and caring and so interesting his character really drew me in so eloquent and smart despite or maybe because of his upbringing who knows.... But one thing I do know is I loved this book the sex scenes were hot yet loving and sweet. This book drew many emotions from me its a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end one i highly recommend. Now to start the second book i can't wait!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: gadomesticengineer on Jan. 07, 2017 :
From page one on, I had trouble putting this book down which is not a common occurrence with me. The book was well-written and the story line grabbed my attention from the start. I was not sure how I would like a period piece but quickly feel in love with the era. Please note that there is a lot of explicit sex in this book. Once I realized this, I decided it was best to remove from my work computer and read on my Kindle. I cannot wait to read part 2.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: honeyboo16 on Nov. 06, 2016 :
Great story with underlying sub-plots and portrayal of the life forced on the women in that era.
I give high praise to the way the author brought to life the situation of women at that time. He writes a descriptive tale of the many struggles some women had to face. His book takes us from the main character being a victim to becoming a hero in her own right. She becomes empowered through a series of events that are both sad, exciting and heartening as her life style changes. Her exploration into her newly found sexuality is a step in her growth and her release, by the death of her husband, is the base of that growth. I was captivated and read the book in two days. It is compelling to the point of wanting to finish reading in one sitting. I wanted to but did not have the time I might have had if I had waited for the needed time during the weekend. I loved the way the plots are weaved together. Great read.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: carlowen1988 on May 03, 2015 :
Wow!!!! Lovers Lies and Lilies is hot! The Kama Sutra gives you positions. Lovers Lies and Lilies gives you instructions on how. Loved it. Pardon the half-hearted pun. I did not put the book down before I finished and started reading again. Wow!!!!!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

Review by: Kirkashfort on April 28, 2015 :
Erotic and sexually stimulating while painting a sorted scenario. A very captivating story. This book held my attention throughout the time I read it and I read it without a break except to eat. I wished for Sarah. I felt for Sarah. I cheered for Sarah and I applauded Sarah. Imagine people like Ronald wrote into the story do exist, both the good and the bad, the gentle and the cruel. Exceptional reading experience. Thank you Ronald. I am looking forward to other books.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Michelle Brooks on April 28, 2015 :
Go Sarah. A win for abused women written in exceptionally good taste. I loved the book and I love a challenge to think and learn from the reading experience. Stale predictable reading is not my desire and a lot of desire was graphically described in Lovers Lies and Lilies. I would rate it higher than five stars if it was allowed. Ronald did excellent work in development of the story. I want to read about Jon's life. What a wonderful character. Will you write a sequel to Lovers Lies and Lilies? When will the paperback be available? I want it.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: DarrynStephens on April 26, 2015 :
Sarah was such a responsible woman and helped as she was able to free a friend from threat of murder. I cannot imagine anyone giving a sorted review of the heroism and nurturing of a previously victimized woman by saying she was a bully. Fighting fire with fire is sometime the only way to succeed. I loved the story. I was engrossed in the sexual awakening for Sarah and her emotional development. I have two more of Ronald books to read and am truly anticipating the one titled Joshua in the saga of the Crammer family. Wonderful writing.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Sean Parker on April 10, 2015 :
Wow this is an excellent read exactly according to my taste. The theme of love, romance and hate is so entertaining in this book; I totally indulged myself into the story. I am so amazed that how the author beautifully describes so many sexual encounters in the story. The story touched my heart that how the leading character Sarah finds freedom for herself from physical and mental abuse and how it leads her to sexual enlightenment. Reading love, romantic and thrilling books is my favorite hobby but I have never read such a fascinating book ever. The life is full of challenges for women but If they fight with them they can make it become heaven so the Sarah did in this novel she found freedom from the threats of murder and abuse and gain her romantic and love life with her new partner. I love this book it was erotic and sexually stimulating till the end.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

Review by: tandygraves on Nov. 04, 2014 :
Loved this story. I can not describe the anticipation I have for the next novel titled Summer Help wanted. When will Lovers be out in paperback.. I will buy it and keep it on the nightstand.. Thank you for working so hard to entertain us.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: read it on Oct. 25, 2014 :
The book was a bit formal for my taste. I guess I'm accustomed to more slang when describing sexual encounters. And there was plenty of sexual encounters.The abuse Sarah suffered at the beginning was a bit too graphic for me. Guess I'm a wimp on that point. Sarah seems to be turning into quite the bully herself. She justifies it with a good cause but it's still bullying. This is a book that requires one to think while reading. It does not seem to be meant for a quick read. The devil is in the details.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: John on Oct. 07, 2014 :
An excellent read. Can't wait for the next novel, and all future novels by Ronald D. Walker
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

Review by: Donna Kattner on May 26, 2014 : (no rating)
This was a fast moving book from the start. Many can relate to the topics covered. The book was very erotic and sexually stimulating. The author left the ending as one where the reader wanted to see what happens next.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)

Review by: lsmiffy1967 on May 03, 2014 :
brilliant book, great transaction, ready to view immediately, easy to download to kindle.
book: from the beginning didn't want to put the book down, brilliant start to book and throughout :) very happy
cant wait to read the next one by Ronald good author x
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Teresa Preston on April 21, 2014 : (no rating)
This is a great book. It grabs your attention from the very beginning. The storyline is one that everyone can relate to. The abuse of a wife by her husband is spell binding. I cannot put it down. I am spell bound cannot weight to see the ending.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Leo Janowick on April 18, 2014 :
Love the book, kept my interest, this Author is one to watch, look out Dan Brown, and Tom Clancy, you have competition coming your way. Ron, Plz keep up the good work, and I'm waiting for your new one. Best to you
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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