Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a sexy standalone about love, lies and every dirty little thing in between.
It wasn’t just a job.
It was my way back to the top.
After losing my position as a journalist for one of the biggest news publications in the world, I knew I’d do anything to get it back.
Even if it meant breaking a few hearts to get there.
She was the hottest author in the country. Known only by a pen name, there wasn’t a person alive who wasn’t dying to discover her true identity.
And I’d figured it out.
Her real name was Kate O’Malley and not only did I plan on finding her, but I fully intended on learning every dirty secret she had and exploiting it for my own gain.
But I underestimated my prey.
I didn’t anticipate how her words would intoxicate me, or how the curves of her body would consume me.
I never meant to fall in love.
And now I had a choice to make.
Do I give up everything for the woman I set out to destroy, or walk away, making me the biggest fraud of all?
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I waffled back and forth between liking this book and really liking this book. In the end, I had to give it 3.5 stars. Not because I didn’t think the premise was good – it was! Getting to know Kate was a heck of a lot of fun. She was a woman hiding in plain sight and watching as she learned to claim her life was quite the interesting journey. Though I wanted her best friend, Jane, to rub off on her more, I think she did well for herself.
The male love interest Killian started out interestingly. His storyline initially threw me for a loop and I kept trying to guess how he would fit with Kate (I love when a storyline is so predictable). While I did like how Berg made him grapple with his emotions and inner-good guy (I love the good guys), his evolution felt a little abrupt to me. Add in the very limited information about his brother Liam and I found myself going on thought tangents about “Would Killian really do this?” or “What is Liam doing?” These tangents were so distracting to me in the end that I felt that I lost touch with the characters a bit.
Overall, I enjoyed the writing and the story. I would certainly read and review this author again. I think a reader who doesn’t get wrapped around the axel on tangents like this will enjoy this book.
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About J.L. Berg
J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.