Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The (half) Truth by Leddy Harper

From bestselling author Leddy Harper comes a sizzling romance about an aspiring young chef who may discover that the perfect recipe for love involves all accidental ingredients…

Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.”

Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason.

With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m on the fence about my feelings for this book. I really loved the characters and for the most part, the storyline, but I hated that Tatum, the main character, couldn’t just spit out the truth and it takes her most of the story before she finally does. Tatum is working towards her dreams of one day becoming a chef at a restaurant owned by her ex-fiancé... in a kitchen with his new girlfriend, who was given Tatum’s dream job – sous chef. To make an already awkward situation worse, Tatum winds up telling her co-worker she’s dating her roommate’s cousin, Jason, and that white lie spirals quickly.

Jason has just recently moved back home leaving behind an ex who doesn’t want to let go. He meets his cousin’s roommate, Tatum, and the attraction is immediate, but Tatum is a bit quirky. Plus, his cousin has vehemently warned the two from getting involved not wanting her friendship to be jeopardized. Tatum and Jason wind up having a bit of a secret fling but Tatum hasn’t spilled the beans about the fact that her coworkers think they’re dating – and things go from bad to messy when Jason shows up with another woman, making everyone at the restaurant believe he’s a cheater.

I will say that though I found Tatum’s “lies” a bit immature, the awkward situations she kept finding herself in were laugh out loud funny. I all-around loved Jason’s character – he was a playboy in his younger years, but his family doesn’t know he’s changed and him proving to them that he has made me a major Jason fan. I’m new to this author but I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to checking out more from her!

4.5 stars of fabulous humour-laced romance

Tatum and Jason have provided me with two days of absolute laugh out loud moments – at times a little embarrassing as I was travelling around London, but then I decided I might make someone else laugh at me, and happiness is worth sharing!

I am not always sure about how fake/lying can be turned around without ruining trust, but here Tatum managed to be selective with the truth to such an extent that if she hadn't been able to sort it out, the repercussions would have been endless! She gets in such a pickle with everyone, that both the living with the consequences and unravelling it is seriously funny.

Jason and Tatum together benefit from strong sexual chemistry, but they also clearly have the makings of good friends – and whilst they both expend energy denying that they have feelings for each other, they do take the time to just be comfortable in each other's company. It makes the story all the richer and makes their future a little more certain for the reader, as things start to fall apart.

I highly recommend this book as a really fun, sweet, and sexy read.

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child: she grew up the only girl in a family full of boys. At fourteen, she decided to use that imagination to write her first book, and she never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

Harper is now a mother of three girls, making her husband the only man in a house full of females. She published her first book to encourage her children to go after whatever they want, to inspire them to love what they do and do it well, and to teach them what it means to overcome their fears. You can learn more about Harper on her website or find her on Facebook.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The (half) Truth by Leddy Harper to read and review.

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