Lies Jane Austen Told Me by Julie Wright
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received ARC to review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book Description: Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she's been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.
But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she's good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake's younger brother, Lucas.
Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.
What she can't understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake's arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn't until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas's biological niece.
Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.
Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it's time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it's time for him to love her back.
My thoughts: Emma Pierce is breaking up with Jane Austen. After all, Jane died a spinster. What did she really know about romance personally?
Emma is a successful woman who wants to be in love and have romance in her life. Her problem is that her boyfriend is non-committal and two timing her. Her life becomes a little more interesting when she gets a new consultant she works closely with, the two timers brother.
This book is so much fun to read. Emma is amazing. I loved her sense of humor and the way she justifies her relationship with Jane Austen books. (I'm a fan of Jane too, so I can relate.) The brother of the cheater is Lucas, and he is amazing as well. You know from the beginning that Emma is with the wrong person, besides the fact that he's a cheater. There are not the sparks nor the chemistry.
This is a book that you cheer for the brother and Emma to find a happily ever after. I love the humor, the characters, the story. This is a wonderful book to pick up and enjoy. It is clean with kissing.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Julie Wright wrote her first book when she was fifteen. She's written over twenty novels since then. She is represented by Sara Crowe. She is a Whitney Awards winner for best romance with her book Cross My Heart and a Crown Heart recipient for the novel The Fortune Café.
She has one husband, three kids, one dog, and a varying amount of fish, frogs, and salamanders (depending on attrition).
She loves writing, reading, hiking, playing with her kids, and watching her husband make dinner.
She hates mayonnaise.
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