Monday, May 4, 2020

Artful Lies by Jodi Ellen Malpas Blog Tour

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...

Book 1
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“I’m told you’re settling in well,” he says, but I still refuse to look at him.

“Yes, very well, thank you,” I answer, giving myself a cheer for my professionalism. Then I move to the right. And so does he.

“Good,” he says quietly. “Very good.”

Biting my lip, desperately wrestling off the urge to take a quick peek at him, I step to the right again. And so does he. “Excuse me.” It takes everything in me to maintain my strength. He’s like a magnet to my eyes. Nothing as stunning as him should be ignored. Immune? I laugh to myself. I don’t think that’s possible.

It’s a long, long while, but I eventually see his smart brogues shift.

“My lady,” he says quietly.

Damn it. I chance a peek up at him as I scoot past, catching the signs of a cheeky smirk. And, shit, if my eyes don’t sprint over his entire face as I continue past, and then down his tall frame.

“I look better naked,” he says, all low and sexy. That soon breaks my trance, and I swing away, outraged, marching on.

“I don’t plan on finding out,” I mutter under my breath, and he laughs, telling me I didn’t voice my promise quietly enough. I stop, turning to face him. “You know, I’m pretty sure I could make a complaint to HR about sexual harassment.”

He grins. “I am HR. What’s your complaint?”

I narrow my eyes. “You’re not funny.”

“Then why are you fighting to hold back your grin?”

My lips purse. Damn him. “Are you going to continually try to get a rise out of me?”

“A rise?” He peeks down at his groin area, and then glances back up, his grin now mild. “Too late.”

My eyes naturally drop to his groin, and he chuckles as he turns and saunters away. My head cocks in admiration, his lovely backside my focus. It really is a sight to behold, his sexy swagger executed to a T.

“Stop looking at my arse,” he shouts over his shoulder.

I cringe. Holy shit, I need to find some control. He’s my boss, for Christ’s sake. “I was doing no such thing.”

“You know,” he calls, “I’m pretty sure I could make a complaint to HR.”

“What’s your complaint?” I ask on a frown.

“That you’re undressing me with your eyes.” He doesn’t entertain me with another glimpse of his lovely face, just carries casually on his way, disappearing through the large doors into the Grand Hall.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

When I saw that Jodi Ellen Malpas had a new story coming all those months ago, I didn't care what it was about, I knew I wanted to read it.

Eleanor Cole has always had a thing for older things. She was on track to living her dream when her dad died and she was left not finishing college and back home helping her mom. Now it has been a few years since her father passed and she wants to move to the big city and begin living her life. With her mother's encouragement, she does just that. After a missed appointment, she finds herself with a job interview with the Hunt Corporation, the renowned antique dealers. What she isn't prepared for is Becker Hunt. This man is a mystery and they have electricity that will set the place on fire if the banter and arguing keep up.

Becker Hunt is... wow, what is he? He is a man filled with hurt from losing the people he loves. He believes that if he doesn't love people, then he will not get hurt. But there is a problem, he wants Eleanor and there is nothing he can do to stop her from falling for him. He is a mystery, intriguing, alpha, possessive, and more to him than he shows the world.

I loved Jesse Ward and Becker Hunt is even more complex than him. It will take a strong woman to bring him back to earth and show him that not everyone he loves will die. I kept looking at the percent left and couldn't believe that it was going to end so soon. I need more Becker and Eleanor now. Is it November yet?

If you want a story that will pull you in with the intrigue, mystery, banter, fun, and steaminess, then you need to read this one. Author Jodi Ellen Malpas has a way of telling a story that will encompass you and make you feel like you are right there in the moment. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance
Warning: Cliffhanger

Eleanor Cole wants to live the life she's always dreamed about. When she finally takes the plunge and moves to London, she isn't met with very friendly people. However, she doesn't let that deter her. Instead, she ploughs ahead and figures out how to get the job of her dreams. While she is somewhat wary of her new boss, she absolutely loves the other people around her.

Becker Hunt is crass and pushy. He's good at his job, loves what he does, but has very little regard for anyone but himself. A history of losing those he loves around him has made him very cautious. While he has a family secret that nobody ever talks about, Becker also knows that his family wants him to let things go. However, it isn't in Becker's nature. When he meets the elusive Eleanor, she draws him in and he's horrible at resisting.

The heat between Becker and Eleanor is somewhat juvenile at first. I found it difficult to truly see them in a meaningful relationship. But as they dance around their attraction and as they get to know each other, it develops in to a tug of war between the head and the heart. It was intriguing and fun to watch it all unfold. I can't wait to see what happens next and hope we get many more.

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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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Artful Lies (Hunt Legacy Duology #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas to read and review for this tour.

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