Artful Lies Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A brand new irresistible and passionate romance from the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling 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....
Move over Jesse Ward and Christian Grey, it's time to fall in love with Becker: the ultimate alpha hero!
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 11 minutes|
|Author||Jodi Ellen Malpas|
|Audible.ca Release Date||April 28 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #44,396 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,650 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#30,891 in Contemporary Romance (Books)
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𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦!
𝘐𝘯 𝘈𝘳𝘵𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘸𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘳. 𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘫𝘰𝘣 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘧𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥. (𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘣𝘧𝘧𝘴) 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥, 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘹-𝘣𝘰𝘺𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹-𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘵!
𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴, 𝘢𝘴 𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘭𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘣 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘯. 𝘏𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘢𝘫𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘵.
𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘶𝘯𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵. 𝘏𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘳𝘺, 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺, 𝘭𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮! 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘥.
𝘐 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘩𝘢𝘴!
𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯’𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵!
𝘖𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘌𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘳𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦.
“𝙸 𝚝𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚘 𝙲𝚘𝚞𝚗𝚝𝚛𝚢𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚠𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚗𝚘 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚎𝚕𝚜𝚎 𝚜𝚎𝚎𝚜. 𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚠𝚊𝚢 𝚗𝚘 𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚑𝚊𝚜 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎.” 𝘚𝘞𝘖𝘖𝘖𝘖𝘖𝘕 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦.
“𝙸 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚕𝚔 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞, 𝚠𝚊𝚝𝚌𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞, 𝚜𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚝𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚢𝚘𝚞. 𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚜𝚎𝚎 𝚖𝚢 𝚍𝚎𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸’𝚖 𝚊 𝚋𝚎𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚊𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔.”𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘦 𝘶𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘳𝘺.
𝘐 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘥𝘶𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘦𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘥-𝘱𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘴𝘰 𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘢𝘪𝘵 7 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘭 𝘞𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘛𝘳𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳!
𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐋𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲, 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬𝐧'𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞?
𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚝𝚢 𝚘𝚗 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙸 𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚎 𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢𝚘𝚗𝚎 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚐𝚒𝚟𝚎 𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚔𝚎𝚛 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝙴𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚗𝚘𝚛 𝚊 𝚌𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚌𝚎. 𝙸𝚝'𝚜 𝚚𝚞𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚊𝚜𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝚊𝚛𝚝.
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Would have been nice to know this was book 1 as I would have waited to read. Lets hope for better things in book 2 and that JEM doesn't get bogged down with the This Man screenplay.
I'm not really sure about all the rave reviews for this one...
1) The book ends on a cliffhanger, which I didn't know when I started it. I've read the book description again and it doesn't say 'ends on a cliffhanger' anywhere either, so that's just something to be aware of if you're thinking of buying it.
2) The book was well written with few, if any, grammatical errors, but...I found myself skipping several paragraphs of description that any editor worth their salt would have probably scrapped.
3) I know you have to suspend your disbelief sometimes with these types of books, and I'm fine with that. But, even with that in mind, the book was a little far fetched in places. For example, it's pretty unbelievable that a woman, whose only work experience comprises working in her father's unsuccessful junkshop, could go to London and get a job with the country's top art dealer. But...you know...she wrote really passionately on her CV so...
Maybe she should get a second job at JobCentre Plus, teaching CV writing skills to the unemployed. She could be the one-woman solution to the unemployment crisis.
4) The main character, Eleanor, isn't very likeable at all. She's the kind of woman who calls her friend, Lucy, to say it's an emergency and she needs to talk/meet; only to leave the woman waiting in a pub for over an hour. And Eleanor doesn't even apologise.
She regularly stands up Lucy, or only calls her when she needs something; leaves Lucy drunk and vulnerable in a club on her own; rarely seems to call her lonely and widowed mother whom she left in the lurch (and struggling with debts etc by all accounts); and fools around in the workplace with her boss who she barely knows, because she 'can't help herself'. Do me a favour!
5) The love interest, Becker, is gross in my opinion. He steals Eleanor's taxi (and her scarf) at the start; and smashes up her phone in a childish rage at one point - more controlling a***hole than alpha male, really. He also calls her 'princess' too much and talks about his a**e all the time (*eyeroll*). And he chases tarty women around the desk at work, in front of his grandad and older-lady employee, Dorothy, in a bid to make Eleanor jealous. To me, he comes across as harass-y rather than sexy. Just...blegh.
6) *Graphic* All the love scenes seem to end with him over her chest or up her back, which I found a bit icky to read. Especially as she doesn't even shower afterwards, the mucky duck.
I finished it, but I'm definitely not invested in the story, and I don't care enough to read the next one; or anything else by the same author to be honest.
I simply found that there was too much build up or focus on certain days or parts of this story (eg the Countryscape auction day). Maybe JEM has become another ‘victim’ of the trilogy-book-series illness? ☹️
Also (spoiler alert) this couple work together for a month, sleep with each other 3 times and then whilst continuously ‘talking in code’ move in with each other...
I found Eleanor mildly irritating in that she was constantly saying “oh I can’t do this”, “ I know I shouldn’t”, “can I trust him” and then a sentence later “oh but I will...” 🙄
As for Becker, I don’t feel we got to see or understand how ‘soft’, I damaged side nearly enough. As a character he simply continued to keep himself ‘removed’ and treated everyone including Eleanor like sh-t. Not great.
I will read book 2 though to see if this story and these characters redeem themselves, but definitely disappointed by this book/book 1.
Becker is a strange character, I found myself guarding my heart against him and I’m sure I was right to do so right at this moment. I have no doubt Jodi-Ellen Malpas will change my view of him in the next instalment.
Eleanor is in trouble! Her heart is going to be broken... again. The poor girl has been warned by everyone not to fall for Becker. Too late. However, the last revelation just tipped the scales and she’s as dazed and confused as me!
What a complete mind-bender. I’m so excited to find out the insides of Becker’s soul. Is it November yet?