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Tragic Lies

By: L.A. Cotton
Narrated by: Stefanie Kay,Tyler Darby
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Summary

From USA Today best-selling author L.A. Cotton comes a forbidden age gap romance. Angst...drama...friendship...and football. Will you survive senior year?

Peyton Myers has always been the life of the party.

But behind her smile and sass is a girl lost and alone, searching for her place in the world. 

Xander Chase has always been on the outside looking in. 

But behind his cool indifference and hard exterior is a guy afraid to open his heart to anyone. 

When he saves Peyton from a tragic accident, their lives are entwined forever. But Xander's not the hero of her story...no matter how much she wants him to be.

She’s a girl with her whole life ahead of her. 

He’s a guy who is drifting through life. 

And although these two lost souls might be able to heal each other, there's one glaring problem. She's still in high school...

And completely forbidden.

Tragic Lies is a 100,000-word stand-alone romance in the Rixon High series. It deals with some sensitive issues that some listeners may find distressing. This book is recommended for listeners 17 and older.

©2021 L.A. Cotton (P)2023 L.A. Cotton

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Tragic Lies

This is book 2 of the Rixon High series. Wow what an emotion filled ride. This book may contain some triggers for some. Peyton has not had an easy life. She looses her druggy mother her senior year of high school. Eventhough her mother was always worried about her next fix rather then the well being of her only child. Peyton didn't realize how much she would miss her mother. No one could understand the pain and loss she was experiencing, except Xander. Xander was known as the could-have-been-great loser of Rixon. He could have possibly made it all the way in football but blew his chance senior year of high school. Peyton and Xander both understood the pain and loss they have experienced. Their darkness called to each other. They should not be together in society's eye. This is a dark emotional age gap. I love this book. L.A. Cotton writes all her books with that edge of darkness and angst. This is a spinoff series to the Rixon Raiders series. I can't wait for Ashley and Ezra's book next. Tyler Darby and Stefanie Kay both did an amazing job narrating these characters.

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Tragically Beautiful! Exceptional Story & Listen🎧

L.A. Cotton continues to wow me with another novel set in her “Rixon” world and this one not only captivated my attention, it also tugged on my heartstrings the entire book. The story is moving like no other and the emotions just poured off the pages and into my heart. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with. I adored both lead characters, Peyton Myers and Xander Chase, each struggling with their own demons. Peyton never had a great home life, a father she never knew and a mother who loved her drugs more than she loved her own daughter. Those drugs ended her mother’s life, and it was Peyton who found her. Peyton was lucky to have good friends and a family who opened not only their doors to her, but their hearts, too. But she still felt lost and like she was drowning in sorrow and she almost drowned, but Xander saw her fall into the water and saved her. Xander is an assistant coach in Rixon High, he is good at what he does, but he is not sure if he belongs there, he is not sure where he belongs because he is not in a good place in his life. He knows his brother is getting fed up with him, but he is not sure how to get out of his funk. And then he met her, Peyton, he gets her and what she is going through and it seems like she gets him too. He knows she is off limits for several reasons: age, her grief, she is a student and her connection to his family, but she is determined to make him see otherwise. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a beautifully written and beautifully plotted story with plenty of drama, angst, heartfelt emotions and a slow burn romance. L.A. Cotton, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride. I also loved how much the characters grew as their story progressed, especially in the end. I am looking forward to what comes next in Rixon High series, I am loving these characters and the world you created.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Stefanie Kay and Tyler Darby did a great job bringing these characters to life, humanizing them, giving each their own distinct voice and personality. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, sounding believable in the roles they played and just as I pictured the characters to sound. Stefanie Kay killed it as Peyton, had you feeling her every emotion, Tyler Darby’s Xander was spot on too. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and projected them into his performance. These talented narrators and a versatile voice artists are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this fantastic listen.

Thank you @PinkFlamingoProductions The Flock! @AudiobookObsession AudiobookObsessionReviewer🎧

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Incredibly realistic!

Peyton and Xander. Two people that came together because of a tragic situation. Peyton has had it extremely rough. But she has found the one person that totally understands her in Xander. Xander has made some bad decisions, but everything is due to the devastating circumstances of his childhood. He two finds himself drawn to Peyton. But there is a hitch. She is a senior in high school. Xander is a football coach at the school. Age-gap the problem. These two don't think so. Xander being an employee of her school? That could be devastating if they are uncovered. Worthy to be each other's forever? Depends who you ask. LA Cotton has created this Rixon High School community that I have fallen in love with. This spin off is giving us the kids of the original team and getting to see the future of the ones we originally fell in love with is a treat! And no one writes new adult angst like Cotton. She sucked me in, had me captivated, and I listened constantly so I could see how it would all turn out! With relevant topics that are so important to discuss, Cotton has given us a love story like no other. It's an amazing listen and should definitely be on the one click list!

Tyler Darby and Stefanie Kay pour all the emotions into this one. Incredible story telling kept me engaged and invested in this couple. Darby has a great vulnerable quality to his voice, perfect for the damaged Xander. Kay has the best voice for new adult romance, and she gave Peyton all the feels. These two are a wonderful team and made for a fantastic listen.

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Age gap

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The title made me cautious of this book. I’m not a fan of emotional storylines. Luckily for me this wasn’t sad.

Peyton’s mum wasn’t good for her and even in death she’s left her daughter stumbling through life. One night she goes down to the river in a drunken state.

Xander is the assistant coach at Rixon and also has a tragic past. He’s the one who pulls Peyton out of the water.

They try to fight their connection but they have an understanding no one else can see. Both feel broken. Can one mistake offer them both hope?

I really enjoyed this audiobook. It was full of angsty which LA Cotton is so good at. The love between these two is perfect even though it’s unconventional. Highly recommended.

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My Thoughts on Tragic Lies

Normally the age factor in this book would have made it an absolute no for me. I’m all for age gap books when both parties are of age, meaning 18 or older. I even enjoy high school romance, I just normally prefer them both to be 18. Especially in regards to any steamy moments. This book was a combination age gap and high school romance. Except very much with a twist. I wouldn’t even consider it teacher/student. Because Peyton and Xander didn’t interact with each other in that capacity. But as much as I would probably dislike this situation under different circumstances then exactly how it happened in this book, this situation just felt unique and not at all what I was expecting.

Both of these characters were broken. They had both lost so much in their lives and a life altering event brought them together. But they weren’t drawn to each other just because of lust or attraction. There was a connection because of similar experiences and feelings of self-worth and belonging. I don’t know why but in this situation, it didn’t send me running in the other direction. I actually enjoyed listening to the story unfold. And by the end I was happy for them. Well, I was happy until that shocking ending that sets up the next story. Talk about mind blown. And now I can’t wait to hear the next one.

The narration was great. Both narrators did an amazing job and I didn’t have a single complaint. They enhanced the experience for me which is my number one hope with any performance.
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beautiful

I loved the previous 2 books and I had high expectations for this one. it didn't disappoint. loved the characters and the story was well written. great build up. narration was perfect, particularly Stefanie has a very sweet voice and Tyler sounded exactly like Xavier was supposed to sound. looking forward for the next one in the series as the epilogue promised a great book 3.

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I really liked this book

I genuinely sympathized with Peyton. This book had me a mess, and I could not put it down. I made it through and thoroughly enjoyed the story. The narration was well done and fit the story. The characters were realistic and the dialogue was amazing.

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An Age Gap/Forbidden Romance

Peyton and Xander are two lost souls who have grief and loss in common. They form a reluctant bond that they cannot deny even though their romance is forbidden and taboo since she is in high school and he works at the school. Their story is emotional, intense and heartbreaking. Tragic Lies is a nice addition to the Rixon High series. I was excited to get Xander's story after reading about him as a child in the Rixon Raiders series. I'm looking forward to listening to more books in this series. Stefanie Kay and Tyler Darby both did a good job bringing these characters to life.
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Loved it

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I loved narrators for this one, was so easy to listen to and get lost in the story.

Am totally biased as I love everything l.a cotton but I loved this new story.

If your looking for two damaged souls that come together this is for you.

It an age gap and forbidden romance but their chemistry and build up is worth reading.

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  • Sophie Koufes
  • 20-02-22
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Rixon High!!!

Tragic Lies (Rixon High # 2) is the next generation kid's and I didn't read the synopsis as I love everything La Cotton writes. However, when I realized it was Cameron's brother Xanders story I was so excited. I loved Cameron so much and my heartbroke for him and Zander losing their mom at such a young age. I adored Zander as a supporting character and now getting him all grown up was awesomeness. Xander and Peytons story is a forbidden age-gap romance blended with angst, drama, and physical chemistry. An addictive storyline, loved it.

Stefanie Kay, Tyler Darby dual narration brings Zander and Peytons story to reality.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 18-02-22
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Intense and Beautiful!

This is the second book in the Rixon High series. Peyton and Xander's age gap and forbidden romance is intense, complex, and beautiful. They are both two broken and lost souls, and they are perfect together. Peyton is such a wonderful and strong character. Her story is heartbreaking. Xander is handsome, enigmatic, and caring. Their story is grippingly well written, and captivating, filled with angst, and heartbreaking scenes. The supporting characters are great. I like the friendship in this story. The ending is beautiful and heartwarming. Stefanie Kay and Tyler Darby did a fantastic with the narration. They are perfect as Peyton and Xander. I am looking forward for more in the series. #TheFlock

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  • The Romantic Rush Blog
  • 31-12-23
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LA’s best

Hands down L.A. Cotton's best book to date! Deliciously angsty, tantalizingly forbidden, and vibrating with rich emotional complexity- I could not put this sexy and heartfelt love story down! I am so in love with everything about Peyton and Xander.

I am a bit of an age gap junkie- it’s my favorite trope, and LA beautifully and deliciously highlights the forbidden and taboo aspect here with the titillating thrall of the illicit student-teacher dynamic. It’s yummy and complicated and so very angsty. But what I loved most about this book is the emotional dynamic between Peyton and Xander. They have plenty of push- dynamics keeping them apart- but the pull comes down to their shared grief- how their broken souls understand each other in ways that no one else who loves them truly can. Two people who learn to embrace their scars, love them even, because they see parts of themselves in the other.

“The strongest glass usually shatters the most.” Oh sweet Peyton- she’s so strong, and so shattered. I love Peyton so fiercely. The vibrant, energetic and joyful girl we met has lost herself after tragedy. There is a kinship amongst those of us who've watched a loved one self-destruct in the way her mother did, a kinship I’ve belonged to since I was her age. I felt parts of my own emotional chaos over the death of my father singing off the page. LA so vividly and delicately adds the emotional layers to her character- her guilt, her resentment, her anger, but most importantly, her loneliness and isolation. How lost she is in her pain, a solitude only accentuated by the normalcy surrounding her. Her friends and their families show up for her in big ways- but no one understands truly. Until Xander. And after fate enables Xander to connect with her in another extraordinary way, there is NO denying their link- like one soul living in two bodies.

And Xander- swoon. He’s so complicated and broody and broken. He finds himself as Peyton’s unexpected hero, a role he never wished to play. He’s no one’s hero- he’s done nothing but mess up. But this enigmatic bad boy is in fact a hero. He’s growly, sure, but he’s also protective and empathetic and so loving- he just hasn’t had a place to put all his feelings. Like Peyton- he’s just longed to be loved and accepted, and who knew a girl 10 years his junior would have the emotional strength to heal his heart.

Their connection is intense- emotionally fragile but somehow unshakeable. Their chemistry is passionate, raw, turbulent, ANGSTY, and so beautiful. LA fuses heartbreaking and healing so lovingly- I was captivated by them. And I LIVED for them- the beauty of their woundedness, their tragic beauty, ways in which they heal each other. Two lonely hearts, shattered by tragedy, shuttered emotionally. Two souls who believe happiness doesn’t exist- until they find each other. From turbulence comes peace, from damage comes beauty.

I always love LA’s stories of young love, speckled with heartbreak and angst and deep and powerful first love connections. But, I’ve never been moved by a story in a way that I have this one- this is so much more than first love. She leans into the complexity, the damage and darkness, the melancholic sadness that engulfs these characters- the tragedy. But she also breathes life and truth into them- their story is so raw and vulnerable. My heart broke in places, soared in others. Life is full of unexpected tragedy and pain, but it is also full of unending love and hope. Love is sometimes messy and born out of tragedy, but as Peyton and Xander’s story shows, the right love can heal and restore. The right kind of love is worth the right- and fight they do. I could not love them more- and I can’t wait for more from this amazing world!

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  • 17-11-23
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Wow what a story!

Wow this story was so much more than your average age gap romance. He is older and a bit lost in life looking for where he belongs. She is very young but has lived a hard life and had to grow up before her time. They oddly worked together while bringing all their issues to the surface no matter how much it hurt. Their relationship was hard for all involved and this story told it just that way. I liked the real way their story played out.

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  • Kristina Elizabeth
  • 09-11-23
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Peyton & Xander

I am not sure what kind of magic LA Cotton put in this, but I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this kind of forbidden romance as much as I did. I love a forbidden romance between a student and teacher but I really didn’t think I could get behind the student being in high school. All those thoughts went right out the window and I completely fell in love with Peyton and Xander. Peyton has been through a lot and she really deserved someone to fight for her. Xander may have had some reservations at times and been a coward at times, but he was the perfect person for the job. He saw Peyton for who she was.

Phenomenal job by the narrators. They carried this story with so much emotion and power. I really felt like they were Peyton and Xander.

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  • Jenny Steve-James
  • 28-03-22

great story

i like how this series brings subject matter to the front that real life people struggle with
. it was easy to empathize with the characters. looking forward to the next book.

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  • 11-03-22
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Awesome read

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Want a story that will pull at the heart strings? Then look no further.

I absolutely love this series. It has everything, angst, swoon, tragedy, relatability, drama and so much more.

These characters are probably the most relatable to me in the series so far. Both of them have been through so much and you can definitely sympathise with them in some way. Their chemistry and connection is undeniable and I enjoyed their journey. Both grew in different ways that really complimented each other and they work so well.

The narrators did a great job at bringing this story to life. Each reflected the characters amazingly. Their voices added so much personalities to the characters and added a new experience to reading the story. Their voices complimented each other and their tones were easy to listen to.

Great book in the Rixon series. I can’t wait to see more.

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  • Julie D (Audio and Book Jewels)
  • 10-03-22

Xander the broken hero and Peyton the broken girl….

When Xander saves Peyton from the river.. she feels like he saved her. But who saved who remains to be seen.

There is so much going on here that may seem wrong to people.. but these two people work.

When it gets rough, Jason reels Xander to leave…. And he does.. but will he stay away?

When the other half of your soil is taken from you, how do you survive?

Awesome book with great narration by Stefanie Kay and Tyler Darby.

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  • Trisha C.
  • 08-02-22
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age gap romance

Peyton didn't have a great life. Her mom was a drug addict and had men over all the time. She learned to take care of herself at a young age. It wasn't much of a life, but it was life as she knew it.
When her mother killed herself, it broke something inside ner. She felt betrayed, unloved, tortured.
Peyton was drunk, when walking by the river trying to make sense out of life, she ended up almost drowning in the river.
Xander , saw her, dragged her from the river. Wondering if she did this on purpose??
He was assistant coach, she was a student. This makes it taboo.
Both have a darkness inside, Xander trying to stay away from her. she kept trying to get close to him. He was her savior, her hero and lover.
LA Cotton masterfully written this age gap romance with angst, love/hate, the push/pull emotions.
Stephanie Kay, Tyler Darby narration is very good. I enjoyed listening to this story.
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  • darlene palma
  • 26-01-22
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Angsty!

I loved this book when I first read it but hearing it on audio is a whole new experience. Stephanie Kay and Tyler Darby did a great job bringing Peyton and Xander’s story to life. The angst hits you straight in the feels and you can’t help but root for this pair to get their hea. Such a great audio.

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