Title: Lies Jane Austen Told Me
Author: Julie Wright
Published: 7 November 2017
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
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.
Requested this book from Netgalley because I was in a Jane Austen funk, after listening to the audiobook of Pride and Prejudice on Spotify.
This book was so-so for me. Didn’t dislike it enough for me to rate it lower than a 3 but didn’t like it enough either that it deserved more than a 3. It was a meh book for me.
I didn’t root for any characters in the book and neither did I have any favorites. I felt that all the characters had flaws that just ANNOYED me and made me truly unable to relate to any of them.
- Lucas has this weird overkill brotherly love syndrome.
- Emma with her inability to get her head out of her ass and the fact she experienced instalove with Lucas. She was supposed (note: SUPPOSED) to be smart but I did not see it through the entirety of this book.
- Blake… I don’t even know what is his deal… is he the bad guy? the good guy? what is he? confused?
My biggest problem aside from the characters was the pacing of the plot. Emma just *technically* broke up with Blake and then she and Lucas had to work together (Blake and Lucas are brothers BTW) and then BAM! She started having feelings for Lucas. I felt it was a bit too fast for her to be falling for Lucas and it made me question the romance unless it was a rebound relationship then okay point taken. Had there been more time for them to get to know each other and whatnot I would have rated the book higher because the plot was pretty decent because really all this happened in just a few months, barely three months if I’m not mistaken so it make you as reader wonder is she falling for Lucas because its genuine or because its just a rebound?
Not all is bad with this book because towards the end I really liked how the author incorporated the values that Jane Austen wrote in all her books, that it is okay to be different or to be the same as everybody else. It is okay to be single like how Jane herself never married, that it is okay to dream of Prince Charming. Just be you whatever form that may be. I really liked that.
*The book was given by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review