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I LOVE a good romance where one or both of the main characters is an author. It's been a while since I read one and this one hit the spot for me! I'm sure we've all debated the mystery of a good pen name before. Kate is a bestselling romance novelist with a secret, other than her pen name. Killian is an out of work journalist trying to make his way back into the business by exposing her. These two broken people with their secrets and heartaches end up being perfect for one another! I laughed, I swooned and I cried. It was the perfect blend of endearing characters, sizzling chemistry and gripping emotion. Where there is deception there is so much that can and will go wrong, but it all worked out in the most clever and satisfying ways. But be warned! This standalone novel is going to leave you wanting more. Not in the form of a cliff-hanger, but with Killian's mysterious brother Liam. Yes! I can't wait! (coming Fall 2017).
Killian found his passion in journalism, choosing the fame over substance as a way to hide the pain from scars in his past. When the bottom falls out and he loses his job, he is determined to find a way back to this world he covets. He stumbles onto a mystery, a new author is burning up the charts with her novel but no one knows who she is. As he seeks out this story to put him back in the limelight, he never expects what he finds when he meets Kate. Kate is stuck, during college her world collapsed and she has struggled to figure out how to move on. A creative writing course sets her imagination wild and she is suddenly a famous author but no one knows it. She works to stay in her protective bubble but then Killian appears next to her. What she finds is someone that lights up her life in a new way but is also a kindred spirit in other ways. There chemistry is fun, flirty and oh so sexy. I was surprised by the depth of the pain they both carry and hide. But when you find out someone is lying, well, can you forgive? Is trust ever rebuilt? I voluntarily read an ARC of this book and this is my honest review.
The blurb intrigued me so when I started reading I didn't expect what I read and loved.
Killian plans to expose the worlds newest best selling author to get his journalistic career back on track, but what he didn't expect was to fall for the woman behind the book.
Thing aren't going well for Killian, while everything is going good for Kate, so when Killian shows up Kate finally gives in and is ready to date, but Killian is reluctant as he's keeping a secret, but when things get more serious will he be willing to forgo his career for love?
I loved both characters, both of whom are running from life and who they really are, but they unexpectedly find they can be real with each other, but once the secrets are revealed with they still want each other?
I hate to slay a book, but this book had such potential that it's downfalls were that big for me that they just ruined the book. Firstly, as stated- the plot had potential. What kills it is a complete lack of on paper chemistry between Kate and Killian. It felt fake, forced and lacking throughout. And you can not have a decent romance novel without chemistry. The characters were too two dimensional as well. Even when the author gives us insight into their parents deaths- the scene seems forced. From this author I expected A LOT more than what I got.
By almost any measure, Katelyn O'Malley, Kate to her friends and co-workers, Laura Stone to her readers, has got it made. Her first novel has been riding high at the top of the bestsellers charts for the last month, already prompting speculation about movie and/or TV series adaptations. Her second novel is already finished and she's well into writing her third.
She doesn't FEEL like she's bestselling author Laura Stone though. To her, she still very much feels like the plain and simple Kate that she's always been. The same one who's early to work every day, never takes a day off, only these days, ever since she took a creative writing course, she sneaks off during her lunch break to write more words.
Maybe someday she'll be able to forego the anonymity her nom de plume affords her and embrace the celebrity status, but today isn't that day.
Down on his luck journalist Killian Turner has a lead on the story of the year though, the identity of the woman behind the name Laura Stone. To restore his name and reputation though he needs more than just a name, he needs the story behind the name, and he's determined to get it by any means necessary.
I confess I didn't even read the blurb before diving headfirst into this book. I've read most everything by J.L. Berg and am yet to be disappointed, so I figured 'why not?'
What I found were two leading characters that couldn't be more different. Killian is hardened, driven, bitter and determined to get back to the top. Kate, by contrast, is somewhat reclusive, yet within the normal boundaries of her routine, warm, responsible and caring.
Fraud is a story where the secrets people keep form a central theme, and most of the main characters are holding theirs close, including Kate's best friend and literary agent Jane, and Killian's genius hacker of a little brother Liam.
That said, perhaps the most compelling aspect was the way in which, despite the huge lies and secrets between them, the little truths that are shared tentatively between our hero and heroine build a relationship that is totally unexpected, and surprising restorative.
Told with an elegant grace, this first person dual point of view romance has its share of humor and a liberal helping of heartache, subterfuge and a hint of mystery.
Ultimately I was left with the singular thought ... she's done it again.
4.0 out of 5 starsA sweet, steamy and enjoyable standalone!
Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2018
Fraud was a standalone by J.L. Berg. It was my first by the author.
Kate O’Malley was the mysterious and wildly successful erotic thriller author, Laura Stone. She lived the quiet shy life of Kate and only branched out to her adventurous self through Laura and kept the secret from everyone except her publisher. Killian Turner was the journalist who was bound and determined to solve the mystery behind the reclusive secret author. Although gorgeous, he was selfish and blood thirsty trying to get his career back on track.
Berg weaved a journey of brokenness, healing, discovery and love. It was well written with only a few editing errors - too many not to notice, but nothing excessive, so not too distracting. In the end, it was a quick, steamy, sweet and enjoyable read.
Additionally her supporting characters were strong, humorous and delightful. I’d love a story for Jane and Liam - maybe together or maybe separate - but they definitely need their story told, so hopefully we’ll get one soon... hint hint.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2017
I found FRAUD to be an enjoyable read, as I knew it would because it was written by J.L. Berg.
I have been a fan of her books since the very beginning and she has yet to disappoint me. Yes there are some books I enjoy more than others but every one of her books I would recommend to everyone.
Fraud is one of those books that I enjoyed but it wasn't my favorite. I had trouble connecting with Killian for most of the book. This book was going to be a 3.5 stars for me but the second half of the story really grabbed a hold of me and I was able to give it 4 stars. I felt the connection between Killian and Kate a lot more as the story went on. I did think the ended was a little rushed. I thought Kate was a little too forgiving....I wanted her to make Killian work a little harder to gain her trust and forgiveness.
I found the storyline fun and entertaining. I have often wondered about this very subject as I have read books I know that are written under a pen name. Is it feasible to live two separate lives?? Can someone be two different people and not have those lives intersect each other?? Well this book will give you those answers.
I would recommend this book to everyone who likes an entertaining read with not a lot of drama, but enough emotion and angst to keep you gripping the pages.
I really liked the ready series but this one not so much. The writing style is good but the subject matter is one that I just don't care for. There is always some sort of 'lie' in these books, a secret that gets exposed and jeopardizes the relationship but this one just went to far. The enabling relationship with the brother made me angry and the responsibility thrust upon Killian's shoulders for the father was just not cool. I want to feel good when I finish a book, not be angry. I won't be reading the next one. Everyone has problems and sometimes it takes a while for someone to grow up but 3 years of leeching off of his brother is just irredeemable for me.
WHAT AN AMAZING STORY!!!!!! This is romance at its best--the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I wasn't a fan of Killian in the beginning. By the end, I was screaming "give this man a second chance." Killian had been desperate to save his career, one that he himself had destroyed, even if it meant destroying someone else. That someone else was the person behind the pen name Laura Stone.
Laura Stone became an over night success with the release of a super sex romance, Scandals. Within weeks she was on top of the best seller list, signing movie deals, signing a new contract for more books. No one but her agent knew who she was. Well n[o one knew except Killian.
He was out to expose the woman behind the name. He was out to remake his name. Then he met the woman behind the name, the real woman, her past, her hurts, her ability to love.
Their love built slowly. I thought it was strong. Kate thought it was strong. The romance was amazing. The chemistry was off the charts. But a relationship built on lies can't survive unless sacrifice is made.
3.0 out of 5 starsGreat premise, average execution
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
3-3.5 stars. I was intrigued by the synopsis since it seemed to promise a dilemma of choosing one's career vs finding love and character transformation. It wasn't that I didn't like Kate or Killian, but neither of them particularly captured my interest either. At least not enough to feel invested in the success of their relationship. There were parts that could've really built up the tension and angst and then the execution didn't quite reach that potential. Killian didn't have enough background to really discover and support the kind of person that he is prior to meeting Kate. He just seemed like a regular guy with a "take no prisoners" attitude who was desperate for a good story/expose to sell so it was difficult to pick up on his chemistry with Kate, it seemed forced at times. As for Kate, she was an admirable enough heroine, the sort who was introverted and fearful due past issues, but eventually learned to open up and let it go, but she alone wasn't enough to carry the story on her shoulders.
This is book 1 in a new series. In this book you meet Kate and Killian who are your primary characters. Kate leads a secluded life with the exception of work since the death of her parents. On the whim she took a creative writing class and fell in love. Only problem what she wrote she couldn't take credit for she felt the need to publish under a pen name. What she wrote both excited her and made her nervous for what people would think of her. Enter Killian who was a very successful journalist that made a bad move and lost everything . Killian figured out who Kate was only problem he fell for her which was totally unexpected. He knew he had to tell her he knew who she was and she knew she had to tell him about her other side. As in all good stories the other shoe dropped. Will they be strong enough to continue or will their lies break them? I was unsure about this book in the beginning because I didn't like Jillian and what he was doing. I am glad I continued to read and think you will too.
One of my favs from this author!!! Fraud was amazing. A a shy girl becoming an author under a pen name. A journalist with no job but a great opportunity in his hands. Killian saw the opportunity of in life in the worst day of it. One new author was out in town but nobody new who she was the person best seller and number one in the country. Kate just wanted to put her stories in a page, she never wanted fame nor money and she's not ready to only have that and lose the only thing that's making her happy. They have to decide what is more important, their career or stay like a Fraud in front of the world. This book was something fresh in the middle of every. An excellent writing, interesting story, two uniques characters that will make you fall in love. Definitely a six stars
Kate is Laura Stone, author of Scandal, the erotic book everyone is talking about. She considers herself a plain Jane and works on a college campus in Fremont, OR in financial aid. The big story is she is a virgin at nearly thirty. No one knows her identity, except her best friend and publicist. Oh, and Killian, who is a hard nose journalist intent on breaking the story of the year. He has lost his job and travels from New York to infiltrate her life. But Kate is different than he thought. She becomes so much more. Will he break the story and keep the girl or be exposed as the fraud he is and lose the love of his life? A must read from Jennifer L Berg! 5 stars❤️
I have read several of J.L. Berg's previous books, and always enjoyed them. So I am not sure why I have not gotten her more recent releases, other than I haven't had much reading time lately. But I saw Fraud and thought I needed to get back to an author I enjoyed, and I am glad I did. Kate was a cute and slightly quirky heroine, and Killian was just the guy to bring her out of her shell. I enjoyed their banter and their story, and will be catching up on more of her great reads!
Reviewed in the United States on November 18, 2017
J.L.Berg is such a good writer. Her stories are sexy, real, page turning reads. She puts so much feeling into her characters. They are believable, funny, and come to life in all of her books. Fraud is another one that I could not put down. She writes with heart and soul!
She did it again! What a great book. I have read all of J.L.'s books and this is one of the best. The story of Kate and Killian had lots of twists and turns, and a happy ending. That is the kind of books I love.
Jennifer has written another wonderful tale that pulls at the heart strings. I really enjoyed reading this book. You can never go wrong with a J.L. Berg Book, no matter the genre she is writing. Excellent!!!!