Review: Artful Lies by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Steam Level: 🔥🔥🔥

Eleanor finally takes the plunge and moves to London after dragging her feet following the death of her father. While in search of a job as an antique dealer, she keeps crossing paths with an enigmatic and frustratingly beautiful man. A bizarre turn of events lead to her working for the gorgeous stranger, who turns out to be none other than Becker Hunt; a god in the antique and art world. They vow to keep it professional, but that’s easier said than done when the instant attraction sizzles between them. Soon they’re entangled in a passionate love affair that they both know can’t go anywhere. No matter how much one or both of them might want or need it.

My girl Jodi does it again, y’all! Seriously. This one knocked the wind right out of me. I was intrigued with this unique story from the first page and the further I got into it, the more I fell in love with Becker and Eleanor and their beautifully chaotic power struggle. I love Eleanor’s sass and strong will, but what I love even more is that it becomes abundantly clear that submitting to Becker doesn’t make her weak, but rather empowers her, making her even more vivacious and confident. And don’t even get me started on—dare I say—the ultimate hot nerd: Becker mother trucking Hunt. Y’all 🥵 Smart, cocky, arrogant, slut for antiques, AND wears glasses? *grabby hands* Wow, I love him.

The one thing I didn’t love about this one? The fact that we have to wait until freaking NOVEMBER for the sequel. I mean, wtf? 🤬🤯 I cannot wait to see where Jodi lands this wild ride. If you’re torn between contemporary and historical for your next read, well look no further. This is a steamy contemporary romance with a lovely old world charm. And it’s out today so scoop that shit up now!

Thanks so much to the author and my friends at Social Butterfly PR for the e-arc!

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