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#1 LIE by T. Gephart (#1 Series, #4)
Working in Hollywood meant Jessica Dawson was used to lying. As an assistant to one of the biggest agents in town, biting her tongue and spewing out sugarcoated untruths were an almost daily occurrence. But fabricating alternate realities never spilled into her personal life, until three months ago when she told the biggest lie of all.
While her dear gran lay on her deathbed, Jessica mentioned she’d met her soul mate. It had been Gran’s last wish to see all her grandkids settled down before she went to see Jesus. And as the only one still single, Jessica didn’t have the heart to disappoint her.
No one expected Gran to make a miraculous recovery.
Now, Gran was expecting to meet Jessica’s perfect man at her cousin’s wedding, which meant she needed to find a perfect man fast. Hiring a professional was the only solution.
Enter Dave Larsson, younger brother to one of Hollywood’s elite.
Sexy, funny and just as smoldering hot as his super-famous sibling—he had talent and charm to spare. But most importantly, he was affordable and available.
All she needed to do was haul Dave home, have him meet Gran and the family, then shortly after the wedding, “break up” with him.
It was either that, or admit to her #1 Lie.
Only thing she didn’t plan on was the bigger lie she would need to tell herself when it was time to let him go.
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Jessica’s family is always trying to “fix” her love life. She knows that if she doesn’t turn up to the wedding with a boyfriend, her family will try to set her up with someone there. This might be even worse than just being going to the wedding alone! Jessica knows that she has to come up with something to fool her family, and when a client comes into her boss’s office out of acting work, she thinks she has found an easy way out. While she was on her trip, she finds herself treating her fake relationship with Dave more and more like a real one. She is supposed to break up with him, but the closer she gets to the end, the more she realizes that she doesn’t really want to go through with it.
At first, I have to say that I didn’t like Jessica. The way she just sounded in the writing…it just annoyed me. I don’t know how to describe it! It wasn’t like she was a mean person, I just personally couldn’t connect with how she spoke, This changed throughout the story as I was able to connect with her more when she was with her family and with Dave.
The amount of character development in this romance novel was incredible. Jessica never felt the need to rely on anyone else, and while this wasn’t completely a bad thing, it was nice to see her start to rely on Dave for some things. Dave didn’t really change throughout this book as he had no flaws to begin with. I notice that this is a theme in several romance novels. I wish that Dave had at least one serious flaw that would make him seem human rather than making him without any flaws whatsoever. Also, Jessica and Dave fell for each other too quickly. It was only the first night in the hotel room that they were sleeping together. I wanted them to have a bit more time to at least get to know each other before they fell for each other. Nevertheless, it was still a satisfying story overall.
There is some world-building, but not much description. To be honest, I don’t like romance novels to focus too much on describing the scenes and not enough on the dialogue, so this did not bother me at all. The dialogue was satisfying enough for me to be able to enjoy each scene.
The plot was actually not fast-paced, which surprised me. It was a good sort of surprise though, as I found myself being able to better connect with the characters since there was no rush through the storyline. It was also a bit on the long side for an e-book, which was again, greatly appreciated. I also really enjoy how the story ended. I won’t say anything because, spoilers, but it is definitely a worthwhile ending.
There were no editing errors that I noticed, even though I received an advance copy of the novel. I was able to focus on the story all the way through!
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new fake boyfriend romance story!
Overall Rating: 4/5
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T Gephart is a USA Today and International bestselling author from Melbourne, Australia.
With an approach to life that is somewhat unconventional, she prefers to fly by the seat of her pants rather than adhere to some rigid roadmap. Her lack of “plan” has resulted in a rather interesting and eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history. She’d tell you all about it, but the statute of limitations hasn’t expired yet. But all those crazy twists and turns have led her to a career she loves—writing romantic comedy.
When she isn’t filling pages with sassy and sexy characters with attitude, she’s living her own reality show in the ‘burbs of Melbourne with her American husband, two teenage children, and her fur child—Woodley.
She loves adventure, to laugh, travel, and strives to live her life to the fullest.
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