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Love and Other Lies Kindle Edition
This is officially now my new favourite Winter Renshaw book." - Linda Barrett, Amazon Reviewer
- ASIN : B07G2L5Q58
- Publication date : July 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4410 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 239 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,320 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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""But Love LeGrand doesn't exist anymore. I signed her death warrant by way of divorce papers last month, hardly sorry to say goodbye to a poor soul, stuck in the shadows of a disgustingly rich husband who broke every promise he ever made."
And so the story begins with Love newly divorced, living in a new building and learning to live a new life of her own. She is determined to not give her heart away again.
Enter Jude Warner. Hired by Love's ex-husband to wine, dine and marry her in 6 months so Hunter LeGrand no longer has to pay her alimony and Hunter is willing to pay millions to make it happen.
Love- "We had nothing when we tied the knot, which meant we had no reason to sign a pre-nup, which meant I was entitled to half his earnings as well as alimony."
Jude- "Every time I think about what I'm doing, I hate myself a little bit more than the time before, but if I'm going to do this, I can't think that way. I have to harden my heart, ignore that voice in my head that tells me how f$#@ed up this whole thing is, and keep pushing forward."
Jude has his reasons for doing this "job" for Hunter. You need to read to find out what all the reasons are on your own though.
Love and Jude's first meeting is a set up through Jude's manipulations but of course Love doesn't know that. She is intrigued, curious, and definitely attracted. Pretty much everything from the start is set up to fulfill what Jude has been hired to do, but he is also intrigued, curious, and definitely attracted. This is the heart of the story. Love doesn't want "love" any more and Jude doesn't believe he deserves it because of what he is doing to Love, no matter how desperately he wants it.
Winter Renshaw has written another 5 star read for me. I absolutely love her ability to weave a tale and suck me into the story rooting for the couple. There are engaging secondary characters, there is some angst, there are times you want the opportunity to find Hunter and punch him in the face and lower for being such an a&^hole narcissist, basically all the reasons to recommend that you read this book.
I received an Advanced Reader copy and voluntarily am leaving my honest review, but because I enjoyed this book so much and have to have it in my own personal collection I went ahead and purchased my own copy.
Jude is an aspiring music artist who is currently laid off from work. He not only has to take care of himself, but he also has his sister and nieces depending on him. When the opportunity of a lifetime is presented to him, Jude must do what he has to do in order to save his family.
Love is recently divorced, and living a nice quite life in New York. She is a simple girl, who loves simple things. Living a life of luxury was never for her. Newly divorced, she is now trying to find herself and what she wants to do with the rest of her life. The only thing she knows for certain is that love is not in the cards for her. She doesn't want it or need it.
When Jude barges into Love's life, things don't go as planned. He is to woo her, get her to love him, and then get her down the aisle within 6 months. It's what is in the contract. He cannot fail. But he never counted on Love being who she is. Love is exactly the opposite of what Jude was expecting. And Love is everything that he never knew he wanted.
I truly loved reading this book. I found myself turning the pages in anticipation of what would happen next. I felt every emotion each of the characters fought through. I think I felt even more for Jude. He really was a good person in spite of the bad thing he was doing. We as the readers knew his reasons, we knew what drove him to do this awful thing. We could sympathize with him. I was on his team from the beginning. My heart broke for him as the story went on. When reading, I often find myself connecting and sympathizing with the heroine, but with this book, it was Jude and that never happens. I started to cry when I read this
"Everything happened so fast, and it ended just as quickly. I blinked and I met her. I blinked and I lost her. I lived for those moments in between"
I mean, come on!! Tears!!! He had been through so much in life, and all he wanted was to be deserving of Love.
I was in tears by the end of the book. It was so well written and such an amazing story. I highly recommend reading this book!
What a terrific read! I almost didn’t take advantage of the early copy of this book, but I’m glad I did. This was such a beautifully woven story – authentic, humorous, tender, heartfelt, steamy and just all around amazing! Love was such a wonderful heroine, fresh from the dissolution of a disillusioning marriage, but trying to discover who she was while her innate goodness and generous spirit remained intact. Jude was fascinating to watch as he struggled with a bad choice made out of desperation and his trying to reconcile that with falling for Love. Their story was so perfectly crafted it practically read itself, keeping me glued to the pages until the wee hours of the morning. This one is certainly 1-Click worthy!
*I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
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This is the story of Love Aldridge, who is a newly divorced woman, rebuilding her life and trying to establish a charity that helps women who are experiencing financial challenges. Her divorce left her with a sizable amount of money that she realises gives her the advantage that many women do not have and she wants to help. When moving into her new apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, she meets her new neighbour, Jude Warner.
I loved Jude from the beginning. He made a poor choice but for good reasons which were to help his sister and her children. I could feel their attraction to each other and enjoyed how they took their time to get to know one another. What started out as pretend on his part soon turned into the real deal.
The twist in the story kept me reading and interested in these characters. Although their courtship seems rushed, because of his agreement with her ex, they seemed to really connect. They had great chemistry and their relationship was hot and sweet at the same time.
This story is told from dual POV which is my favourite as the reader gets both points of view which is especially important for this story. I loved how they met at the fountain and how that special spot continued to be included in the story.
5 Stars again Ms. Winter...
I enjoyed the storyline - I was actually worried that I wouldn't due to the deception side of things (broken trust is a huge relationship no no for me), but it was written so well, and the alternating POVs meant we got to see how Jude was feeling through all of it, and his guilt at what he was doing as he got to know Love better.
How it all came out was well written, as was the ending. I loved the glimpse I to their future with the epilogue set 12ths down the track - I actually wish there was more showing us them further into the future as well.
Great story, and a recommended contemporary romance with a difference.