ARTFUL LIES: (The Hunt Legacy Duology Book 1)
A brand new irresistible and passionate romance from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series,
Jodie Ellen Malpas is now available!
Rachel couldn’t read this book fast enough! Check out her fabulous review!
An irresistible connection, a desire that won’t let go…
When aspiring antiques dealer Eleanor Cole is handed the chance of a lifetime to work for the Hunt Corporation, the renowned antiques dealers, she doesn’t think twice. Only to discover she’ll be working up close and personal with the notorious and insanely irresistible Becker Hunt. He is a man famous for getting what he wants, and Becker wants Eleanor.
But as Becker pulls her deeper into his world, she discovers there’s more to him than meets the eye.
And falling for Becker goes from being foolish to dangerous…
Artful Lies is now available with all retailers!
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Check out Rachel’s fabulous 4-star review!
I have to admit it was the cover that caught my eye when I first saw this new book from one of my favourite authors. I am a total sucker for a beautiful cover and like all covers, this did the trick and prompted me to read the blurb. This book like all Jodi’s books is set in England and if it’s one I love this author for is being unapologetically British! It’s music to my ears to read a book which has not been edited for other reader markets.
“Becker Hunter, you infuriate me.”
“Calm your britches. Don’t worry. I haven’t bitten her. Yet…..”
At the heart of this author’s romance novels there is always one hell of an Alpha male and Jodi certainly delivered with Becker Hunt. He’s everything you’d want him to be; arrogant, mercurial, charismatic, and of course, sinfully sexy! I have to admit it was hard not to like Becker even though at times he needed a swift kick up the backside. He’s a guy who professionally is at the top of his game running the family antique business but is in need of a new recruit to assist him. In terms of his personal life, he’s not in the business of being a one-woman guy as he’s not a believer of love so his world is turned upside down when he employs Eleanor Cole.
“I’m going to violate you in the most delicious ways imaginable, princess.”
Eleanor is new to London after leaving her small home town in search of a fresh start after the death of her Dad and the betrayal of her boyfriend. She’s seeking excitement and when the offer of her dream job at the prestigious Hunt Corporation lands at her feet she’s thrilled to take on this new challenge only doesn’t bank on Mr. Hunt being part of the deal! There’s obviously an undeniable connection between them which, to be honest, at times could’ve set my book on fire! The banter which ensues throughout the book is never-ending, so entertaining; I loved it! I highlighted so many parts of this book but could only share the cleanest parts in my review due to Jodi’s love of British swear words!
“You are the cockiest man I’ve ever met.”
“And you have the most beautiful red hair I’ve ever seen. We’re obviously a match made in heaven.”
I can’t not mention the supporting characters in this read! Becker’s housekeeper, Miss Potts was a hoot and his grandfather was a darling. The interaction between all the characters was really sweet and at times so endearing. They both have the measure of Becker and do their utmost to warn Eleanor off. She’s not one to keep quiet though and its clear Becker has met his match when it comes to his new fiery assistant. The passion between these two is off the charts. It’s obvious they are both trying their best to do the right thing and keep their relationship purely professional but also know the chemistry is something they both can’t and will not ignore but at what price? Eleanor knows she has way more to lose than Becker but these feelings she has for such a complex man she cannot ignore.
“What’s happening here, princess?”
“I don’t know.”
“Me either. You piss me off on an hourly basis.”
It wasn’t until a good third of the way through the book I realised it was a duet which explained why the story wasn’t moving along as quickly as I’d hoped. The writing is faultless and Jodi can certainly craft a story. I would say the first part of the story was character-based but towards the end of the book, it became more plot lead. An underlying feeling of suspense and intrigue which I led me to read on at a much faster pace so much so I had to re-read a few chapters! I had my ideas about what was to come so to say I was stunned by how the book ended was an understatement. Without giving away spoilers all I will say is; roll on November!
Meet Jodi Ellen
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her husband, boys, and a beagle. She is a self-professed daydreamer, a Converse and mojito addict, and she has a terrible weak spot for alpha males. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters has become her passion—a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.
Her novels have hit bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today, Sunday Times, and various other international publications and can be read in more than twenty-four languages around the world.
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