Published by Shadow Mountain on November 7th 2017
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
Emma Pierce enjoys her job in marketing for Kinetics, a new elite gym franchise. She is very much a romantic and adores every book Jane Austen ever wrote. Sadly she lets Jane set the standard to what a proper romance should be like. After expecting her boyfriend to propose to her, only to be very very disappointed, she decides, as the title says, that Jane Austen has told lies. After a very embarrassing scene between Emma and Blake, where she realises that he had no intention of asking her to marry him, Emma can’t get away from the place fast enough. She has no idea how she’s going to get home, all she knows is that she has to get away. Fortunately, Blake’s brother Lucas comes across her during her flight and manages to convince her to let him drive her safely home.
Lucas is a man very different to his brother Blake, and even during their short drive to Emma’s home she realises that she could actually fancy him. Shocking though it is especially as he’s her soon-to-be ex’s brother. She also finds out something about him which she doesn’t like at all, but which she tries to reason with herself about.
It is a complete shock when the next day she learns that Lucas has been hired by the company she works for to help set up new franchises on the East Coast. Part of that work entails Emma travelling with him to the various places to find the perfect spot for the gyms and to put the wheels in motion towards buying the locations etc.
During their time together it’s obvious that they could both easily fall for each other, except for the fact that for some reason Lucas keeps trying to get her to make up with Blake and not give up on their relationship? Why would he do that when they are so obviously attracted to each other?
I absolutely adored this story, a modern-day romance but with quotes from the various Jane Austen books. I enjoyed the will they won’t they romance between Lucas and Emma, and learning the reason why he was so adamant that Emma should give Blake a second chance despite his own feelings. He definitely is the hero of the story, the very one that Emma has been looking for. The setting up of the Gym franchise was interesting to read, and all in all, there was never a dull moment in the book. To make it perfect I would have very much liked a little more kissing and canoodling between our new couple, but if you like a nice sweet romance this book will be just your cup of tea.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.