Artful Lies by Jodi Ellen Malpas #Review

Title: Artful Lies

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Release Date:  April 30, 2020

Length:   359 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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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…

            **** My Review ****

It is said that love is the inspiration for everything…the muse to all composers, painters, writers, artists… it gives the enthusiasm for creating timeless beauty that attracts the eye and steals the breath… That world of art- so bright, attractive and magical, yet filled with dark secrets and intrigues.

Such is this story, the story of Eleanor and Becker…

The author masterfully leads the readers on this spine-thrilling, extremely detailed journey, behind the scenes of that art world, behind the lights and the alluring exhibitions … deep among the precious exhibits. What happens when the lights go out?

One day in the bustling city of London, their eyes meet, accidentally or intentionally … does it matter? Magnetic attraction pulls them towards each other as conditions separate them. Trying to resist the irresistible, to maintain some illusion of superiority and untouchability, when reason leaves them and madness drags them into its incredible whirlpool…

He, the self-obsessed, conceited and possessive maverick that will shock and delight you at the same time, and she vulnerable, yet strong enough to reach for what she wants. A perfect mix of sass, intelligence and looks to be able to attract the untouchable Becker Hunt. Hidden behind the mist of mystery, afraid of feeling and incapable of loving, at least he thinks so. The broken soul, with an ability to love with all he’s got, but can he realize that on time?

The way the author knits her stories, giving enough to attract you from the first page is absolutely fantastic. I think that by using only one narration, it gives us a complete insight into Eleanor’s thoughts and feelings, but it further increases the mystery around Becker and offers an opportunity to our imagination to create its own scenarios and try to understand what hides behind that mysterious man, who manages to annoy us, just to delight us in the next moment.

Insolent to unprecedented proportions, Jody managed to create a character who is excellent anti-hero, but with characteristics that point to a character who will manage to delight us in the next installment. And the cliffhanger is absolutely unbearable, I can’t wait until I can get the final part of this duet into my hands.

Jodi Ellen Malpas never fails to deliver a spine-thrilling, steamy romance that will grab your attention from the beginning to finish. If we add bits of intrigue, the heart-stopping moments and the hilarious push and pull exchanges, then we get this amazing book that will most certainly delight every reader.


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