My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC provided by publisher
Format – e-book
“A hilarious romantic novella from Loretta Hill (author of bestselling The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots). When one little white lie turns into a red-blooded reality!
What do you do when your best friend is the serial match maker from Hell?
Single girl Kate Dreson knows that her friend, Lisa, is not going to leave her alone unless she tells her that she is happily dating someone. Who knew that one little white lie could so blatantly backfire?
The imaginary boyfriend she described to her friend so lovingly suddenly walks into her life and starts making himself comfortable in it.
Trapped by her lie, poor Kate is powerless to stop him. But the real question is, does she really want to?”
Lisa, Kate’s best friend, is on a mission – to find her the perfect man. But Kate’s not interested in Lisa’s attempts to hook her up with someone that she thinks would be the ideal partner.
So, after yet another failed attempt on Lisa’s behalf, trying to get an inebriated man to show an interest in her best friend, Kate has had enough!
While trying not to hurt her best friend’s feelings, she finds herself telling a lie – that she has, in fact, already met someone, but they’ve been keeping it quiet until they’re sure they’re meant for one another.
Imagine her surprise when she arrives at Lisa’s engagement party announcing that her boyfriend is unable to make it due to them having called it quits, only to discover that “he” is in fact at the party and just happens to be the image of the man she described to Lisa.
With Kate firmly in his sights after one encounter, there’s no way that Henry’s about to let her go, no matter how much she prevaricates, and firmly attempts to ensconce himself in her life.
Unfortunately, for any love story to have a happy ending, there’s bound to be a bit of conflict, so when Henry’s brother Tom has Kate investigated, and he meets her ex-fiancé, sparks are bound to fly.
This was a sweet, light-hearted, quick read with a comical look at the situations our well-meaning friends can get us into, which I thoroughly enjoyed as I escaped for a little while from the reality that is my life!
Whilst this is .Loretta Hill’s first novella and is typically one of those romances with a “happy ever after”, she has firmly placed herself on the market as an author who is gifted in her story-telling with her two previous contemporary novels, The Girl in Steel Capped Boots and The Girl in the Hard Hat.
One Little White Lie is also one of the launch titles for Random House Australia’s new digital imprint, Random Romance and I wish to thank both Random House and NetGalley for allowing me the opportunity to request this title.
A Little About the Author
Loretta was born in Perth, Western Australia, the eldest of four girls. She enjoyed writing from a very early age, spinning stories almost as soon as she could read them.
She was first published in the West Australian Newspaper with a short story about a circus horse when she was eleven years old. They paid her ten dollars for it and she knew she’d found her calling.
She put her dream on hold however, to pursue a less risky career in engineering. Blessed with her fathers knack for science, she graduated from the University of Western Australia and began working as a structural engineer. She continued to create stories in her free time.
She now writes contemporary romances for Avalon Books under the name .Loretta Brabant and mainstream commerical women’s fiction for Random House Australia under the name Loretta Hill. She is happily married with three young children. When Loretta isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, good food and travelling