Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review: Ink & Lies by S.L. Jennings

Ink & Lies
Author: S.L. Jennings
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: February 4th, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 306
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Amazon Goodreads 
From International Best Selling Romance Novelist, Hope Hughes, comes a gripping, heartfelt tale of two lovers, fighting for the freedom to…
No. Scratch that. Too cheesy.
…two people, torn apart by the tumultuous tides of life, only to discover refuge in…

WTF? What does that even mean? DELETE.

…two people, confused as shit as to where they should be and who they should love and none of this means a damn thing because it’s all lies!
Lies.
I’m not Hope Hughes. I’m not some fierce woman romance machine. Hell, I’m not even a woman.
I’m a liar.
And while I refuse to believe my own BS, deceit masked in heartfelt phrases of love and devotion, I want to make her believe them. Because maybe—just maybe—if she can find the soul within my words, she’ll also be able to find the truth scribbled on my heart.
You see, I once lived for the perfect plot twist.
I just never expected to actually live it.
This is my story. Well, maybe her story. I just wish I could make it our story.
The one I’m still writing. 

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This is one of those cases where I can say Booktube made me do it. Between hearing Carol from TheReadingWallflower and Jess from PeaceLoveBooks rave about it, I immediately hit my 1-click button on Amazon. Let me tell you, that button is dangerous.

This book was right up my alley. Contemporary  Romantic  Steamy  Laugh out loud funny

The main star of this book is August Rhys Calloway. He's a writer with only one book to his name. He's definitely no Hope Hughes, a very famous romance writer with multiple best selling titles and a hoard of fans. Well, except that he IS Hope Hughes. Confused? He didn't set out to write romance but it was what sold so he created a pen name and gave the people what they wanted. Several books and a bad case of writers block later is where this story starts and immediately sucks you in.

August is a man-whore. He doesn't believe in love or all the romantic crap he writes that makes his readers swoon. He'll leave his best friend Fiona to that. He sleeps around and gets his inspiration from from his sexual escapades. It's all going perfectly well until writers block hits and he's left floundering for words. His grandfather hints that maybe he has feeling for Fiona. Surley not! Meanwhile, Fiona is convinced she has met that man of her dreams and they are going to live their HEA (happily ever after).

I gave the book three and a half stars. I love a good friends-to-lovers book. It was unlike any other contemporary book I have read. It was hilarious, angsty, and very well written. My only problem with this book is with Fiona. She could be very immature. I wanted to smack her half the time. But then August played right off her and I wanted to smack him too. The ending didnt work for me either, besides the epilogue which I thought was adorable. The way it just worked out like nothing ever happened kind of irked me. I'm the type of person that can hold a grudge so when major topics are dismissed so easily, I just can't buy into it.

Even with all that, I still thought it was a good book. Let's not forget to mention the cover! It's adorable! It's going to look great sitting on my shelf.
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