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Artful Lies | Jodi Ellen Malpas

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Genre: Adult, Romance

Date Published: 30 April 2020

Format: e-ARC

Date Started:  20 April 2020

Date Finished:  28 April 2020

Goodreads rating: 4.66/5

My rating: 5/5

Source: Social Butterfly PR

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Warning: Some indelicate language may be used. Read at your own discretion.

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A brand new irresistible and passionate romance from the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of the This Man series

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…

Move over Jesse Ward and Christian Grey, it’s time to fall in love with Becker: the ultimate alpha hero!

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Disclaimer: I received the e-ARC from Social Butterfly PR in return for my honest review.

I have to agree that I absolutely love Becker Hunt. It’s so hard not to fall in love with him, despite his warning.

“Don’t fall in love with me, princess.”

I’d be truthful, and tell you guys that I wasn’t as hooked on the book immediately (this could be because I was reading it on my phone/tab). But as the pace picked up I loved Elanor and Beck’s chemistry. It took me frigging 8 days to finish this book. I thought I’d be rating the book at a 4.75 max but that ending deserved a 5-star rating! It’s been ages since I read a cliffhanger that made me want the sequel immediately. 

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So let’s dive into Becker boy and Elanor’s world shall we?

Elanor leaves her hometown to London to get the job and life she desires. After a horrific past, all she wants is to live her dream. She reminded me a bit of Ava (not completely – Ava had more sass and bite) from This Man. But this is also a woman who would now cow down to a man just coz he lights her up emotionally, physically and mentally. She knows how to stand her ground.

Until she bumps into Becker Hunt. I loved how Jodi pictured him as someone nerdy but is all hotness. Becker comes in at a close #2 after Jesse Ward. It is utterly difficult not to actually fall for this guy. He’s smart, mysterious, confident (to a fault), an ass, and most importantly he’s Becker. I loved how complex his character is. He has numerous internal demons and while some are revealed to us, others are teased which makes him more intriguing.

The only shame I feel is that he’s grouped up with Christian Grey. If you’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and This Man, you’d realise that both alpha males are different in terms of how they pursue the woman of interest. Becker is more like Jesse Ward, Miller Hart, Drew and Ty Christianson.

The chemistry between Elanor and Becker is felt almost immediately. It’s electric and angsty, that it radiates off the pages. If you’ve read Jodi’s recent books, you can see how much she has matured as a writer. Her writing no longer depends on the hot and steamy sex (no don’t get me wrong I am still a sucker for hot steamy sex scenes), but her stories are now much well rounded.

I also loved the chemistry between Elanor and Mr H and Mrs Potts (Beauty and the Beast much?). The warmth that was radiating between the three of them added dimension to the book. And not to forget Lucy, Elanor’s friend. I wish that girl gets a book of her own. Lucy is Elanor’s only friend in London and she has a mouth that’s brutally honest.

What happens when Elanor can’t help but fall for him? She knows that love for him would be the main source of her annihilation, but can she stop herself?

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There’s only one bloody thing I hated about this book! The damn cliffhanger! What the actual ……….? (fill in the blanks at your own discretion.) I can’t wait for the sequel.

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