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One little white lie…one big explanation! Okay, pretending her sexy boss is her boyfriend is more like a huge white lie. But electrician Leah Santino will take the risk. If her parents think she has someone, they won't go back to smothering her, and they can all be a family again. Problem is, Jacob McKnight isn't just her boss—he's her friend. And faking a relationship One little white lie…one big explanation! Okay, pretending her sexy boss is her boyfriend is more like a huge white lie. But electrician Leah Santino will take the risk. If her parents think she has someone, they won't go back to smothering her, and they can all be a family again. Problem is, Jacob McKnight isn't just her boss—he's her friend. And faking a relationship when the Santinos come to visit means those sparks she's always tried to ignore are hotter than ever. This thing between them is starting to feel real, but Leah has a very good reason to stay independent. Unless that's one lie that's outlived its purpose…


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One little white lie…one big explanation! Okay, pretending her sexy boss is her boyfriend is more like a huge white lie. But electrician Leah Santino will take the risk. If her parents think she has someone, they won't go back to smothering her, and they can all be a family again. Problem is, Jacob McKnight isn't just her boss—he's her friend. And faking a relationship One little white lie…one big explanation! Okay, pretending her sexy boss is her boyfriend is more like a huge white lie. But electrician Leah Santino will take the risk. If her parents think she has someone, they won't go back to smothering her, and they can all be a family again. Problem is, Jacob McKnight isn't just her boss—he's her friend. And faking a relationship when the Santinos come to visit means those sparks she's always tried to ignore are hotter than ever. This thing between them is starting to feel real, but Leah has a very good reason to stay independent. Unless that's one lie that's outlived its purpose…

30 review for Too Friendly to Date

  1. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    3.5 stars This book had a lot of depth and dealt with how families and loved ones react and deal with loving someone who has an ongoing health concern. I loved how real the book was and the issues it dealt with.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mandi

    I was first introduced to Nicole Helm's work in her recent release All I Have. It's an adorable farmer's market romance (now available as a single title) that I just loved. So, I was excited to try something else by her and I liked this one a lot too. Leah is an electrician who is fiercely independent and stubborn. If anyone glances at her with the a look of pity, she gets very defensive. All of this is for good reason. Leah was born with a heart defect and had to have a transplant at the age of I was first introduced to Nicole Helm's work in her recent release All I Have. It's an adorable farmer's market romance (now available as a single title) that I just loved. So, I was excited to try something else by her and I liked this one a lot too. Leah is an electrician who is fiercely independent and stubborn. If anyone glances at her with the a look of pity, she gets very defensive. All of this is for good reason. Leah was born with a heart defect and had to have a transplant at the age of 13. WIth severe asthma and allergies, as a young adult, Leah got completely sick of her family's constant hovering and moved in with her aunt. Leah acted out, made bad decisions, putting her life in danger and cutting ties with her parents. Now ten years later, she is beginning the rocky road to rebuilding that relationship with her mom and dad, starting with having them stay with her over Christmas. But before they arrive, she needs to address the tiny lie she told her mom - that she has a boyfriend. Her mom thinks girls need boyfriends, and with her heart condition, her mom had always pressured her to have a boyfriend for help. To stop this insane conversation, Leah told her mom she was dating her co-worker Jacob. Oopsie. Jacob works with Leah at a renovation company. His sister is best friends with Leah so they've been friendly for a long time. Jacob hasn't had sex in five months because he is sick of dating women and having it end badly. He isn't a bad guy by any means, but he likes to plan everything, and have everything under his control - which works great in the office but doesn't always work when dating. When Leah comes to him begging him to be her fake boyfriend over Christmas, Jacob agrees, because he has always had a thing for Leah. The thing that stands out most in this book is the banter between Leah and Jacob. Let me note - Leah isn't always the most likable heroine. She can be very stand offish and defensive but once I understood why, I appreciated her much more. Besides being sick of her family over-protecting her, her reality is that one day she will need another heart transplant and that's scary. She doesn't want to marry or have children and put them through that. But she can't help her growing feelings for Jacob - so she is sharp with her tongue. She tries everything to not fall for him. "Don't you think it might be a little awkward pretending to be with Jacob considering..." Leah straightened in her chair, the heat of embarrassment climbing her cheeks and forehead. "Considering what?" "Well, you guys just have...a thing." "A thing?" "Yeah. Like a weird energy. Like maybe there's a little interest of attraction there. Kyle and I have both definitely noticed a thing." "There is not thing. We're thingless! Well, he's not. I mean, I assume he's not. It's not like I actually know. Oh, my God. Shut me up. Please." But Jacob is a big boy and can take it, and eventually comes to learn of Leah's past and health issues. He is a super sweet guy (with a beard!) and I love how he can take Leah's harsh words and turn them flirty and charming and throw those in her face. They had very nice chemistry together. He pulled his truck against the curb in front of Leah's house. Though it was dark, he could make out a hunched figure on the porch. He stepped out of his truck, frowning at Leah's pacing form. "What are you doing out here?" "Waiting for you." "It's freezing, Queen Whack job." He hunched in his coat. The wind was bitter cold. He didn't want to be out here to walk from truck to house, let alone skulking "Hey, Assy McGee, what if my parents hear you calling me that?" "Assy McGee is way worse than Queen Whack Job." Leah's mom is definitely overbearing but fit what a worried, hovering mother would be like. Jacob also has some drama with his parents, that leads to some conflict with Leah towards the end of the book. His behavior seemed a little forced and out of place, but it was resolved nicely. I read this book in almost one sitting - it's fun, made me smile and takes place over Christmas which I enjoyed. Definitely watching for more from this author. Grade: B

  3. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This book kicked me in the emotional solar-plexus. What I loved about this book was that the characters were real people with real problems. Nobody was perfect. In fact, when they tried to be, it backfired spectacularly. I love that Jacob was sort of set up as the too-good-to-be-true friend/love interest, but when shit got real, he couldn't deal. And Leah, who previously couldn't deal with her own issues, was practical about the whole ordeal with the illnesses. I was actually worried for a momen This book kicked me in the emotional solar-plexus. What I loved about this book was that the characters were real people with real problems. Nobody was perfect. In fact, when they tried to be, it backfired spectacularly. I love that Jacob was sort of set up as the too-good-to-be-true friend/love interest, but when shit got real, he couldn't deal. And Leah, who previously couldn't deal with her own issues, was practical about the whole ordeal with the illnesses. I was actually worried for a moment that it wouldn't work out between the two of them, even though I knew I was reading a book with a guaranteed HEA. The ending was lovely and completely satisfying. None of this magical thinking of "love cures all", but instead a completely honest message of "shit gets tough, but let's deal with it together."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maria Rose

    This emotional and heartfelt romance is the story of Jacob and Leah. Working for Jacob's construction company as an electrician has given Leah the validation she needs that despite health concerns she is capable of taking care of herself. When her estranged parents plan a visit, she enlists Jacob's help to pretend to be her boyfriend in an effort to appease her mother who believes a woman needs a man to take care of her. But when the pretense starts to feel too real, will they be able to admit t This emotional and heartfelt romance is the story of Jacob and Leah. Working for Jacob's construction company as an electrician has given Leah the validation she needs that despite health concerns she is capable of taking care of herself. When her estranged parents plan a visit, she enlists Jacob's help to pretend to be her boyfriend in an effort to appease her mother who believes a woman needs a man to take care of her. But when the pretense starts to feel too real, will they be able to admit to each other that a relationship between them is something they both want for their future? I really enjoyed this book! One of the aspects about it that I found quite endearing was that the hero Jacob was not perfect. In fact, the harder he tries to plan and control things the more things slip away from him and he must deal with the fact that life is messy and complicated. It was a refreshing change from a know-it-all alpha male hero type to one who can admit to his own failings. Leah is an interesting character as well, having spent several years on her own and growing a hard shell over her feelings, discovering that her rigidity may have become too extreme. Over the course of the story both characters grew and changed in a well written and believable way. The sexual attraction between them, previously tamped down and ignored, comes into play as they are put into intimate situations and when they give in to these feelings, the love scenes between them are emotional and intense. The secondary characters play a key role in the story, forcing both Jacob and Leah to examine themselves and their lives and determine how best to move forward. There are scenes of humour, witty dialogue, tension and tears and together they form a cohesive and interesting story. In the end it's a delightful romance and Jacob and Leah deserve their happy ever after. 4.5 stars!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I love the friends-to-lovers trope, so it was a foregone conclusion that I'd enjoy this read. What I loved about it, though, was the humor that balanced an otherwise heavy and emotional story (all the family drama in the world) and that originated in solid character development. I seem to be the target audience for the Harlequin Super Romance series (I'll have to talk to Miss Bates Reads Romance to figure out what that means: as far as I'm concerned, she's an expert in all things Harlequin), so I love the friends-to-lovers trope, so it was a foregone conclusion that I'd enjoy this read. What I loved about it, though, was the humor that balanced an otherwise heavy and emotional story (all the family drama in the world) and that originated in solid character development. I seem to be the target audience for the Harlequin Super Romance series (I'll have to talk to Miss Bates Reads Romance to figure out what that means: as far as I'm concerned, she's an expert in all things Harlequin), so take my review with a grain of salt, but I really loved this story. Leah's grit, independence, fear of being smothered, acceptance of her future, and determination to live in spite of all that and Jacob's compulsion to be what others need him to be, his easiness, his severe emotional constipation, all these character traits, healthy and unhealthy, come together in a romance that is as steeped in realism as it is in fantasy. It's possible that I wanted a little more of an emotional punch from the ending, but it hardly seems fair to want that when the rest of the book punched me repeatedly in the heart and then made me laugh at "asshole" used as a term of endearment. If you enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope, enjoy books that delve into family drama, and can handle the emotional sucker punch of serious health issues, this one might be for you. It was certainly the right book for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    This review first appeared on my blog http://loriscreativity.blogspot.com/2... I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would 100% recommend this book, it is such a cute and sweet book and I loved reading it! In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of the friends to lovers trope, I fall for it every time and I can't get enough of it. I really liked Leah's character, I love how strong and independent she is, and I really connect with he This review first appeared on my blog http://loriscreativity.blogspot.com/2... I received this copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Would I recommend it? Yes, I would 100% recommend this book, it is such a cute and sweet book and I loved reading it! In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm a big fan of the friends to lovers trope, I fall for it every time and I can't get enough of it. I really liked Leah's character, I love how strong and independent she is, and I really connect with her. In the past few years I've dealt with health issues of my own and I know what it's like to have family members who smother you, it's really hard to deal with and I loved seeing that in a story. I loved reading how Leah dealt with her issues as a teen and then changed for the better as an adult. I also loved Jacob's character and seeing how keeping his secret from his family affected him and how he ended up learning how to deal with his anger. Overall, it was an incredibly sweet romance novel and I would definitely recommend it to anyone! So if you love a good friends to lovers trope, mixed with family drama, health issues, and lots of chemistry, then this is the book for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beyond the Pages

    Too Friendly to Date was an unexpectedly sweet romance that quickly bowled me over. I loved the peculiar coming together of Jacob and Leah. To think that all of those intense feelings lay beneath the surface! They each felt that pull of attraction but did not act on it until in close quarters. Brilliant! The family tension on both sides was a nice touch to the overall story. Jacob and his issues, along with Leah and her issues, made for great reading. I cannot say that I liked how he treated her Too Friendly to Date was an unexpectedly sweet romance that quickly bowled me over. I loved the peculiar coming together of Jacob and Leah. To think that all of those intense feelings lay beneath the surface! They each felt that pull of attraction but did not act on it until in close quarters. Brilliant! The family tension on both sides was a nice touch to the overall story. Jacob and his issues, along with Leah and her issues, made for great reading. I cannot say that I liked how he treated her at the hospital even though I understand the rawness of his emotions. That was no excuse for being a doughnut. Leah, for the most part, was strong but she to had a chip on her shoulder. Still, she was compassionate in her own way. I was so glad to see that she and her mother finally resolved (to some degree) their issues. All in all, this was an enjoyable story with two very likable characters who were both flawed and human in their displays. An ARC of this title was made available by the publisher via Net Galley.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    This one is hard to rate. I liked the book. I liked the story. I liked Jacob and Leah. I HATED every other character in the book. I hated them. I hated Leah's family, I hated Jacob's family. I hated how they treated Jacob and Leah. I hated how they acted. Anytime they were on the page, I hated it. Seriously. BUT, Jacob was great. Leah was a bit standoffish and tough. But it was self-preservation and fear. I respected her for it and for owning it. Overall, I enjoyed the romance. Just wish the other This one is hard to rate. I liked the book. I liked the story. I liked Jacob and Leah. I HATED every other character in the book. I hated them. I hated Leah's family, I hated Jacob's family. I hated how they treated Jacob and Leah. I hated how they acted. Anytime they were on the page, I hated it. Seriously. BUT, Jacob was great. Leah was a bit standoffish and tough. But it was self-preservation and fear. I respected her for it and for owning it. Overall, I enjoyed the romance. Just wish the other characters weren't around for it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Nicole Helm writes blue collar heroines and it's so good. Like, real blue collar heroines. Who live lives I recognize because I grew up surrounded by farmers and people living blue collar lives. And she writes conflict that's not necessarily loud, but is important. Sometimes the solutions are too easy, but mostly I just really appreciate that the books are about problems that people actually have in their lives. Nicole Helm writes blue collar heroines and it's so good. Like, real blue collar heroines. Who live lives I recognize because I grew up surrounded by farmers and people living blue collar lives. And she writes conflict that's not necessarily loud, but is important. Sometimes the solutions are too easy, but mostly I just really appreciate that the books are about problems that people actually have in their lives.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura Hannaway

    Another one where the heroine was too ascerbic for my tastes.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chain Reading

    I am a huge fan of Nicole Helm's All I Have, and have liked some of her other books but not as much. This one is now my second favourite, due to a great heroine, and a conflict and resolution that really worked for me. I guess Helm's books are small town romances, but a cut above the usual in that the small towns feel specific, and the microcultures (the farmer's market, old house restoration) are both appealing and seem current. All too often, small town books can feel like they're set in some I am a huge fan of Nicole Helm's All I Have, and have liked some of her other books but not as much. This one is now my second favourite, due to a great heroine, and a conflict and resolution that really worked for me. I guess Helm's books are small town romances, but a cut above the usual in that the small towns feel specific, and the microcultures (the farmer's market, old house restoration) are both appealing and seem current. All too often, small town books can feel like they're set in some Pleasantville hazy stereotype of a place, but these feel real, and I love how the author does that. The heroine is an electrician, a tough woman who likes to swear and stomp around a little, and she isn't asked to change these things as part of the resolution. I loved how fresh and different this felt. I also like the psychology of these books. The conflicts are not Big Misunderstandings, or villains, or cold feet that seemed to appear out of nowhere. They are deep-rooted in people's ideas about their identities, and they I think accurately show the way that falling in love can sometimes change our ideas about who we are. This one is particularly acute in its thesis statement that you can't change who you are, but sometimes the truth about who you are is different than the story that you're telling yourself, and being honest can lead you somewhere with new possibilities. The hero also has to work through some things about expressing emotions that feel like a valid comment on male gender roles, without being preachy or cliched. Helm writes difficult families really well. One of my pet peeves is the villainification of family members to make the protagonists seem more special by contrast. The heroine's family is kind of awful to her here, and the hero supports her through it, but the story also lets the family be well-intentioned, and have good reasons for their drama. Everyone gets to be complex. However, this book's strenghths are also probably its downsides: first, you have to resonate with the conflict enough to bear with a whole lot of conversation and exploration of it. I was happy to read this as it relates to things I've dealt with. It could easily be too much if you weren't as interested in it. Second, the characters are so complex, that you probably have to read the first book in the series to truly get their dynamic. I had read the first book, but so long ago that I could not really remember the hero and heroine and their dynamic well, and the romance in the first book did not resonate with me enough that I wanted to go back and re-read it. It was still a good book, just not a hero or a conflict that I would consider 'my type.' In short, this is a great book for a particular kind of reader, and the kind of book that I'd like to read more of.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Torday

    what do you do when your family is coming to visit and you've told them you are involved with your boss? Can you envision the complications? The author came up with a lot on top of the fact Leah didn't only lie to her parents about Jacob, but to him and her work friends about her past. A good fun read with a solid romance along with trying to keep up with how to convince your family you've been dating and living together with your boss while not letting him see how much you wish it was true. what do you do when your family is coming to visit and you've told them you are involved with your boss? Can you envision the complications? The author came up with a lot on top of the fact Leah didn't only lie to her parents about Jacob, but to him and her work friends about her past. A good fun read with a solid romance along with trying to keep up with how to convince your family you've been dating and living together with your boss while not letting him see how much you wish it was true.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Misty Jo

    Really enjoyed this one!!!! Emotions went haywire from the jump, I surprisingly became excited at times for the characters !

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marie Lark

    This book was by turns frustrating and wonderfully rewarding to read. First, the good bits. Helm sets up a beauty of a plot. Fake-dating friends-to-lovers learning each other's secrets and weaknesses and growing closer than they ever were before should work like a charm for me. The main characters, Jacob and Leah, have interesting jobs that they obviously care about. They have complicated, deep-seated family issues which shaped them into the people they are today. These characters have *context* This book was by turns frustrating and wonderfully rewarding to read. First, the good bits. Helm sets up a beauty of a plot. Fake-dating friends-to-lovers learning each other's secrets and weaknesses and growing closer than they ever were before should work like a charm for me. The main characters, Jacob and Leah, have interesting jobs that they obviously care about. They have complicated, deep-seated family issues which shaped them into the people they are today. These characters have *context*, which is just so important for me in a love story. Even better, they have moments of achey brilliant self-awareness that made me feel for them deeply, despite the issues I had. The family drama was superb. By halfway through the book, I was definitely rooting for them. But therein lies the trouble. It took me halfway through a 375 pg book to finally latch onto Jacob and Leah. Because no matter how good Helm's setup is, her character voices are Not Good for pretty much the entire first half. Both Jacob and Leah have interchangeable internal monologues--I couldn't tell them apart! I'd forget whose POV I was in because their voices were so similar. The characters are both approaching 30; they're professionals. And yet they approach relationships, attraction, and sex with the voices of two people at least ten years younger. While it's a bit more believable that Leah would have an immature voice since she grew up sheltered and smothered by her mother, the theme hammered on over and over again is that she's grown up. She's got her life together. Her characterization does not reflect this. In the opening pages of the book she has to get her friends to help clean her house because it is SO DIRTY she is incapable of doing it herself. They have to empty the vacuum FIVE TIMES. Then she has an asthma attack. A person with serious respiratory problems, allergies, and an immunocrompromised system due to anti-rejection drugs--a person who is supposed to be more responsible than she was as a teenager--cannot afford to live that way. It rings completely false, and it took me close to 200 pages to get past that. Jacob has similar woes. While I caught glimpses of his character--REALLY AWESOME glimpses--they were buried in an inconsistent voice. The brilliant self-awareness I mentioned above alternated with an immaturity that really didn't fit. I don't think this is simply a question of liking or not liking the characters. The book is set up beautifully, but Helm needs to work on developing her characters' voices and unique attributes. While the narrative style of the book is informal and intimate, often the casual language comes off as careless characterization. She tells the reader a lot about her characters (and they tell each other a lot), but what she *shows* through her writing doesn't really follow through. That said, I found the ending to be very satisfying. The characters grew a lot. It's just a shame the first half of the book was so uneven.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    You ever go into a book thinking you know what to expect and ending up with something totally different? I was sure this was a light and fluffy friends to lovers story. I was so wrong. I cried through a good part of Too Friendly to Date (quietly, in the dark, lest some kid ask why!) Here's the summary: One little white lie…one big explanation! Okay, pretending her sexy boss is her boyfriend is more like a huge white lie. But electrician Leah Santino will take the risk. If her parents think she has You ever go into a book thinking you know what to expect and ending up with something totally different? I was sure this was a light and fluffy friends to lovers story. I was so wrong. I cried through a good part of Too Friendly to Date (quietly, in the dark, lest some kid ask why!) Here's the summary: One little white lie…one big explanation! Okay, pretending her sexy boss is her boyfriend is more like a huge white lie. But electrician Leah Santino will take the risk. If her parents think she has someone, they won't go back to smothering her, and they can all be a family again. Problem is, Jacob McKnight isn't just her boss—he's her friend. And faking a relationship when the Santinos come to visit means those sparks she's always tried to ignore are hotter than ever. This thing between them is starting to feel real, but Leah has a very good reason to stay independent. Unless that's one lie that's outlived its purpose… Sounds light and fun, no? Turns out Leah has been estranged from her family for nearly ten years after running away from some pretty serious health and family stuff. Her family, particularly her mom, over worry about her real health problems and Leah needed to leave to prove she wasn't weak. Now she's trying to mend fences with them, and one of the things she needs is to show that she has someone watching out for her- enter the fake boyfriend. Jacob agrees to help Leah out, because that's what friends DO and she wouldn't ask if she didn't need the help. It doesn't hurt that he's been thinking a lot about Leah lately in a not so "friendly" way. Once he discovers that she maybe has a thing for him as well, all bets are off. Jacob is determined to try and make this fake boyfriend stuff into a real relationship, but Leah will need a lot of convincing. She's always known that her health problems, which have always been her secret, make her a bad candidate for marriage. She's been through the process of having people stand over her and worry and she is not putting herself or anyone else through that again. Guys, this book pretty much ripped my heart out. They both want each other so badly. Leah refuses to consider she can ever have a long relationship, and Jacob has a bad record of relationships for other reasons. He's convinced he has to be perfect for everyone because of some too-long-to-explain things in his past, and his anger at always putting on a front comes to a boil. Leah doesn't expect him to be perfect, but he does. I loved them both. The emotion is incredible. For the story and the romance, I highly recommend this. However. This book could seriously have used an editor. The grammar errors nearly killed me. I honestly can't believe this was not a self published book. ("Her and Kyle exited.") Despite this, I did end up loving it, and wouldn't mind reading the others in the series. Too Friendly To Date was published in October.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    I do so love friends to lovers stories and I really enjoyed Too Friendly to Date. Leah has reasons for letting her parents think she has a man in her life, but needs the help of her friend and boss Jacob to pretend to actually be her boyfriend when her parents visit. Jacob agrees to help and in the process of pretending the sparks of attraction the pair feel for each other become a full fledged conflagration. I loved Jacob and Leah together, she's prickly and he's too good to be true, and the bic I do so love friends to lovers stories and I really enjoyed Too Friendly to Date. Leah has reasons for letting her parents think she has a man in her life, but needs the help of her friend and boss Jacob to pretend to actually be her boyfriend when her parents visit. Jacob agrees to help and in the process of pretending the sparks of attraction the pair feel for each other become a full fledged conflagration. I loved Jacob and Leah together, she's prickly and he's too good to be true, and the bickering and banter between them is really great. It is fun to see them practicing affectionate touching and kisses - and it is adorkably awkward to start - the steamy times later are really good too. The fact that they both have issues to deal with give the characters some depth and some additional obstacles to overcome on top of the ones that they both put in their own way make them work to earn their HEA. This is my first book by this author but there is a sense that the reader should know the supporting cast - I am sure that there must be a book for Jacob's sister and his best friend - I hope so, and I hope that Leah's brother Marc gets a story too. So Too Friendly to Date gets a big hurray from me for a friends to lovers HEA. ARC via NetGalley -10/7/14

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hsiau Wei

    Leah is an electrician and working together with Jacob. She was born with heart defect and had a transplant when she was 13 years old. Her family cares about her a lot so much so she feel suffocated by it and she make the decision to leave her family behind and cutting all ties with them. Ten years on, she is in the midst of rebuilding her relationship with her family and have invited her family to stay at her place. But there is a complication. She told her parent that she have a boyfriend and Leah is an electrician and working together with Jacob. She was born with heart defect and had a transplant when she was 13 years old. Her family cares about her a lot so much so she feel suffocated by it and she make the decision to leave her family behind and cutting all ties with them. Ten years on, she is in the midst of rebuilding her relationship with her family and have invited her family to stay at her place. But there is a complication. She told her parent that she have a boyfriend and that boyfriend is Jacob. She have no choice but to tell the truth to Jacob and asked him to be her boyfriend for the duration that her parent is with her. Jacob agrees because he have feeling for her. In the pretending process, both Leah (especially!) and Jack learn about each other and attraction sparks is playing havoc to their feeling. This book have a plot that I love; friendship cum pretend couple turned into love plot. I like reading their journey together, the way they overcome and learning to accommodate each other in their newly discover relationship. It is undeniable that Leah is a strong character but in some part of the story, she can be selfish too but as I read thru her story, I came to understand the reason for who she is. Overall, this is a solid read for me ;)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Writerlibrarian

    I'm of two minds about this story. I really liked both Jacob and Leah a lot. Their journey, how they overcome their fears, how they learn to fit was wonderful if a little painful to read. But.... the whole Leah's health issues (she's a heart transplant) the way her family, her mother, mostly her mother (because the character of her father doesn't say a word in the whole book, he's like a ghost) made me want to throw my ebook reader at the wall. Same for Grace's attitude towards Jacob and his fam I'm of two minds about this story. I really liked both Jacob and Leah a lot. Their journey, how they overcome their fears, how they learn to fit was wonderful if a little painful to read. But.... the whole Leah's health issues (she's a heart transplant) the way her family, her mother, mostly her mother (because the character of her father doesn't say a word in the whole book, he's like a ghost) made me want to throw my ebook reader at the wall. Same for Grace's attitude towards Jacob and his family (his mom survived breast cancer once and they chose not to tell teenage Jacob the whole time. He knew of course in what reality does a child who's mom going thru chemo doesn't realize what's going on. So Jacob has been pretending all this time that he didn't know. I kept on reading because I fell hard for Jacob and Leah and their desire to work it out, work through painful stuff and finally make it through but I'm left with an aftertaste of ableism. Leah's mom attitude borders on abuse. So two stars for Jacob and Leah. And I'll try to wash my brain and get the bad taste of the rest out of my head.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Jacob McKnight owns a renovation company and his electrician, Leah Santino, has a thing for him, but he's her boss, so for the past 5 years, she's kept her feelings to herself. Then there's that heart thing she worries about, HER heart, and how he might react if he knew what beat in her chest wasn't really hers. He's in a 6 months' long no-women period, scheduled to end sometime soon, the result of his struggle to figure out why he can't seem to keep a girlfriend more than a few weeks before the Jacob McKnight owns a renovation company and his electrician, Leah Santino, has a thing for him, but he's her boss, so for the past 5 years, she's kept her feelings to herself. Then there's that heart thing she worries about, HER heart, and how he might react if he knew what beat in her chest wasn't really hers. He's in a 6 months' long no-women period, scheduled to end sometime soon, the result of his struggle to figure out why he can't seem to keep a girlfriend more than a few weeks before they walk away. What IS wrong with him? Christmas is coming, however, and Leah's parents and brother are coming for a visit after her several years' exile from them to prove she can live on her own. THey want her married. What's a woman to do? Find a fake boyfriend so her folks, especially her mother, will chill. Against her better judgement, Leah asks Jacob to pretend they're a couple. He agrees. What follows are a series of encounters that show her Jacob has always had a "thing" for her, too. Gaa! Now what is she going to do? And how is she going to recover when Jacob's reaction to his own mother's breast cancer crisis and surgery send him over the edge?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sharlene

    Friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so I had to read this one! Jacob owns a home restoration business & Leah does the electrical work for his renovations. They have also been friends for 5 years, and his sister is also her friend. Leah had a heart transplant when she was 13 & her family became over protective, so she had moved away when she was 18. No one she worked with, including Jacob, knew this about her. Her parents were coming to visit & she had lied to them, telling them Jacob was her Friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so I had to read this one! Jacob owns a home restoration business & Leah does the electrical work for his renovations. They have also been friends for 5 years, and his sister is also her friend. Leah had a heart transplant when she was 13 & her family became over protective, so she had moved away when she was 18. No one she worked with, including Jacob, knew this about her. Her parents were coming to visit & she had lied to them, telling them Jacob was her boyfriend, so that they wouldn't worry about her being alone. Needless to say, Jacob & Leah ended up spending a lot of time together besides working together, and in pretending to be together, their hidden feelings about each other come to the surface. I enjoyed reading this one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Leah is an electrician working for Jacob at MC Restorations. When Leah's overly protective family announces they are coming for a visit, Leah is driven to ask for Jacob's help to sustain a little white lie she had told to keep her family at bay. She told them Jacob is her boyfriend. She's also told Jacob and all her co-workers a lie by omission. She somehow failed to mention that she's had a heart transplant. Jacob agrees to help Leah while her family is visiting. The forced closeness causes a Leah is an electrician working for Jacob at MC Restorations. When Leah's overly protective family announces they are coming for a visit, Leah is driven to ask for Jacob's help to sustain a little white lie she had told to keep her family at bay. She told them Jacob is her boyfriend. She's also told Jacob and all her co-workers a lie by omission. She somehow failed to mention that she's had a heart transplant. Jacob agrees to help Leah while her family is visiting. The forced closeness causes a closeness and acknowledgement of feelings they have both been fighting. Can they make a go of it through all the lies?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Wow this was pretty good. Very emotional. This was a mix of friends-to-lovers and falling for the boss, which are two of my favorite tropes, so mixing them was a delight. The characters are deep and well built. You really feel their struggles to connect and let go in the face of love.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "A novel storyline and nicely developed characters make this a good read. Leah, in particular, is quite realistic in her determination to care for herself. Jacob’s reaction to her revelation and his subsequent wrestling with his protective instincts also ring true" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars). "A novel storyline and nicely developed characters make this a good read. Leah, in particular, is quite realistic in her determination to care for herself. Jacob’s reaction to her revelation and his subsequent wrestling with his protective instincts also ring true" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

  24. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moody

    DNF

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beanimous

    DNF 22%. Lack heat and chemistry between the two lead characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dinda Novianty

    besstttttt❤❤❤❤ sukak banget novel novel macem begini...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luiza de Paula

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meril

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elli

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