Love & Other Lies



[PDF / Epub] ★ Love & Other Lies By Madeline Ash – E17streets4all.co.uk Small town vet Abby Benson has fled to the country to put her shameful past behind her She s just beginning to find her feet again when handsome stranger, Rue Thorn, arrives in town and begins to stir Small town vet Abby Benson has fled to the country to put her shameful past behind her She s just beginning to find her feet again when handsome stranger, Rue Thorn, arrives in town and begins to stir things up Love & ePUB Æ Rue is gorgeous, kind and thoughtful and the two share an instant attraction But convinced he ll despise her if he learns about her history, Abby reluctantly keeps him at arms lengthDetermined to win Abby over, Rue tries to reshape himself as the sort of guy he thinks she might be interested in And for a while it seems his act is working But when he finds out that Abby has been lying to him, it isn t long before everything start to unravel A moving story of trust, forgiveness and the power of love from the author of Uncovered by Love and The Playboy s Dark Secret.Love & Other Lies

Madeline Ash is an Australian contemporary romance author and a two time RITA Award finalist She writes novels with sensitivity, humour, and heart.

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  • Love & Other Lies
  • Madeline Ash
  • 02 September 2017

10 thoughts on “Love & Other Lies

  1. says:

    Abby Benson is the vet in the small New South Wales town of Belgulla Rue Thorn is passing through on his road trip around Australia Abby has betrayed her family and now shut herself off emotionally so she can never hurt anyone again But Rue is not easily put off by Abby s coldness He s even willing to play tough to get her Love Other Lies is my first read by Madeline Ash She s a very good writer and I was impressed I rarely read romances written by Australian authors or set in Austra Abby Benson is the vet in the small New South Wales town of Belgulla Rue Thorn is passing through on his road trip around Australia Abby has betrayed her family and now shut herself off emotionally so she can never hurt anyone again But Rue is not easily put off by Abby s coldness He s even willing to play tough to get her Love Other Lies is my first read by Madeline Ash She s a very good writer and I was impressed I rarely read romances written by Australian authors or set in Australia I just don t find the setting exotic or interesting But she has here a fantastic mix of humour and depth The heroine s problem was surprisingly complex and was dealt with in a convincing way After a pretty rocky start, this ended up a great read At first, I neither liked the heroine, nor the almost insta love But I m glad I read on, because the heroine s problem was very interesting and one that I can t recall ever having read before in a romance Without reading on and gaining an understanding of the reasons behind her issues, the heroine would have been seen as unlikable and unrelatable The opening scene was also one I found difficult to read.Brilliant dialogue and well written, I intend reading The Playboy s Dark Secret, which features Rue s brother.Steam 3 ARC courtesy of Penguin Books Australia Destiny Romance via NetGalley

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    A sweet and compelling small town romance set in Australia against the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of New South Wales mid north coasts Abigail Benson has finally been able to rebuild a new life for herself in Belgulla,a godsend of a town filled with gossips and saintsnestled under the shades of leafy and colourful jacarandas and tall gum trees, where the nights are warm and carry the scent of the not so far away ocean After a difficult and troubled past that has left her first a sA sweet and compelling small town romance set in Australia against the breathtakingly beautiful backdrop of New South Wales mid north coasts Abigail Benson has finally been able to rebuild a new life for herself in Belgulla,a godsend of a town filled with gossips and saintsnestled under the shades of leafy and colourful jacarandas and tall gum trees, where the nights are warm and carry the scent of the not so far away ocean After a difficult and troubled past that has left her first a scared girl estranged from her family at eighteen and then a remorseful widow at only twenty five, she has now been working forthan a year as the town s compassionate and dedicated vet Fully accepted and protected by the small and close knit community that gave her a second chance when she most needed one, Abby leads an uneventful life, trying to avoid any significant sentimental attachment in order to preserve the frail stability she has so painfully conquered, always followed as she is by a self imposed profound sense of shame and guilt every step of the way But fate has other plans and Abby s well guarded heart and emotions will soon have to face an impossible challenge posed by a handsome stranger.Rue Thorne, a young winemaker hailing from Victoria, is on the final part of a long road trip that has led him wandering throughout the country, a little to take a break, a little to find out what he truly wants from life He also has a to do list guiding him, trifle things, few innocent whims and one short entry, so short it doesn t even need to be written down, but the most difficult to check tooFall in love.Take her homeA nice guy and a true romantic, Rue cannot help but being intrigued by the brusque and wary woman he stumbles upon as soon as he sets foot in Belgulla There s certainlythan meets the eye to the distrustful beauty and Rue intends to discover if the immediate pull he felt could become something deeper It s not going to be easy though, as Abby is afraid showing her true face and past is going to turn love away from her for good and unfortunately with sound reasons.With an engaging and flowing style, some touches of humour, some unexpected layers of depth, warm sensuality and the right balance between lightheartedness and poignancy, Ms Ash has penned a sweet and believable romance From the cosy small town atmosphere and its endearing and well individually fleshed out residents, to the steadily building attraction and falling in love, the story unfolds quickly also given the shorter format, less than 200 pages with a compelling pace getting the reader to witness how these two people are going to find a way to solve the inner conflicts keeping them apart Abby s issues, which made for a refreshing change as I ve never seen a Romance tackling such problems before, were handled in a delicate and realistic way without being overdramatised She s not easy to like at first, you sort of have to brace yourself with a good dose of patience just as much as the hero does, but as you begin to understand what levels of harm her past has produced both on her and on the ones who loved her, you ll also see how avoiding any emotional entanglement and keeping people at bay come from the genuine intention to never cause pain again to anyone and not from an innate bad temper.Rue instead was a sheer delight right from the start charming, sexy, big hearted, reliable, good natured, kind Too good to be true and for her, Abby keeps repeating him, but once he sets his mind on pursuing her, he shows us how nice guys too can have a mischievous and naughty streak when they want toWhat else did you read when you Googled how to be a jerkan amused Abby exclaims when Rue s strategy entails him acting a bit alpha in order to win her over, one of the most delicious scenes in the book and a little not so veiled fun poking at some of the genre s most widespread stereotypes Self irony always welcome with me.Pleasantly surprised by this new to me author and by a Contemporary Romance after a long, long time, I now really look forward to reading the other book in the series featuring Dean, the hero s older brother an ex soccer champion with a troubled past whose story promises to be another lovely romantic read, this time instead set on the Yarra Valley s spreading vineyards, where the Thorne family proudly produces the Balloon Vale label, so called because, as Rue explains to Abby,hot air balloons pass overhead most mornings

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    When Abby moved to the small coastal town of Belgulla, she wasn t running from her shameful past, she was confronting it The first thing she did when she arrived was tell everyone in the town what she had down and why they couldn t trust her Since then her life has been confined to her job as the town s vet and a quiet, isolated life with few friends Rue has been travelling around Australia and is on the final leg before heading home when he arrives in Belgulla and crashes straight into Abby When Abby moved to the small coastal town of Belgulla, she wasn t running from her shameful past, she was confronting it The first thing she did when she arrived was tell everyone in the town what she had down and why they couldn t trust her Since then her life has been confined to her job as the town s vet and a quiet, isolated life with few friends Rue has been travelling around Australia and is on the final leg before heading home when he arrives in Belgulla and crashes straight into Abby Her brutal honesty somehow appeals to him so he asks her out When she says he is too good for her, something that every woman before her has said, it s a red rag to a bull and he decides if she wants a bad boy he ll give her one Love Other Lies is great It s a quick and easy story about a woman who genuinely has a past she can be ashamed of not the typical Hollywood scars you see in so much romance That said it s still quite an easy read, there is a bit of ache, but for the most it is angst free

  4. says:

    I should have DNF d around 50% but struggled through only to be super pissed about the dumb fcking cliche the author threw in around 70% Super disappointed in this one.

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    Original Review Nomi s Paranormal PalaceLove Other Lies is a sweet tale about two lost souls who cross paths by chance Abby was in a difficult situation and Rue was lost in the small town of Belgulla, when he happened to find Abby The sparks are there from the beginning, but Abby is hesitant to act of them It was an intriguing tale of love, trust and finding happiness.I loved Abby s passion, she is a vet in a small town and the health and well being of all the animals are her priority and Original Review Nomi s Paranormal PalaceLove Other Lies is a sweet tale about two lost souls who cross paths by chance Abby was in a difficult situation and Rue was lost in the small town of Belgulla, when he happened to find Abby The sparks are there from the beginning, but Abby is hesitant to act of them It was an intriguing tale of love, trust and finding happiness.I loved Abby s passion, she is a vet in a small town and the health and well being of all the animals are her priority and they often touch her heart She does have her issues though, and although she is afraid to trust herself, I could see that she was a stronger character now and just needed encouragement.Rue really is a nice guy I could see how generous and kind he could be right from the beginning The advice he got from his brother was amusing and it was fun to see him going after what he wanted that being Abby He wasdirect and forceful, and I liked that side of him Abby and Rue s story was a sweet and romantic one Rue is looking for someone in his life and thinks Abby is the one Abby s past was a difficult one, and I never imagined what that would be like for someone, so it was interesting to see it entwined into a storyline like this This is the first book I have read from Madeline Ash, and I found the writing style and the pace of the story flowed easily I will definitely pick upof her work in the future Complimentary copy provided by Penguin Books Australia, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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    Love Other Lies is a thoroughly entertaining lightweight romance with a somewhat surprising backstory Veterinarian Abby Benson moved to Belgulla, a small Australian town eighteen months ago Putting a dark past behind her which centres around her problems with compulsive lying Abby is determined to make good and not to tell anylies All seems to be going well until tourist Rue Benson appears in town and Abby finds herself telling just one little lie I loved this one for its unique Love Other Lies is a thoroughly entertaining lightweight romance with a somewhat surprising backstory Veterinarian Abby Benson moved to Belgulla, a small Australian town eighteen months ago Putting a dark past behind her which centres around her problems with compulsive lying Abby is determined to make good and not to tell anylies All seems to be going well until tourist Rue Benson appears in town and Abby finds herself telling just one little lie I loved this one for its unique premise I found Abby to be quite a realistic and believable character, give her past and circumstances Rue s attempts to reinvent himself to appeardesirable to Abby were quite amusing especially as he is not terribly good at playing the part of the stereotypical bad boy and it was fun to watch the characters develop, grow and reveal the truth about themselves The opening chapter where Abby and Rue meet and rescue a dog that has been caught in a fence is quite dramatic and the story then leads in to a pleasant and entertaining romance There are also a couple of teary moments and unexpected twists and I found myself laughing and crying along with Abby and Rue.A fun and distinctly Australian romance novel about love and other lies Thank you to Destiny Romance Penguin Books for supplying me an ARC via netgalley This review also appears on my blog, Kathryn s Inbox

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    4 very satisfying starsI really enjoyed Love Other Lies.From the first chapter I was hooked with this heartwarming and emotional read.I loved the storyline, it was fresh and very entertaining.The characters Abby and Rue were both likable and very relatable.You couldn t help falling in love with them both My heart went out to Abby and admired how she dealt with her past and how she was determined not to hurt Rue.But Rue wasn t going to let Abby walk away from his life without a fight From the 4 very satisfying starsI really enjoyed Love Other Lies.From the first chapter I was hooked with this heartwarming and emotional read.I loved the storyline, it was fresh and very entertaining.The characters Abby and Rue were both likable and very relatable.You couldn t help falling in love with them both My heart went out to Abby and admired how she dealt with her past and how she was determined not to hurt Rue.But Rue wasn t going to let Abby walk away from his life without a fight From the first moment they met Rue knew Abby was special and that she was going to be in his future.Love Other Lies made me laugh, cry and swoon, so many feels.I was very taken with Madeline Ash s writing, she has given her readers a memorable story that will pull at the heart strings and leave you with a heart full of love.Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Books Australia I Destiny Romance for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts

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    Abby is a vet in a small town She s fled to this town to escape her past, put it behind her and start again When she moved in, she confessed her secret to the local townspeople by letter and charged them with keeping her true If she slips up, goes back to her old ways then she has to move In keeping with her new lifestyle, Abby tends to live a solitary life.Rupert Rue Thorn is just passing through He s been on an adventure around Australia, ticking things off his list and putting himself Abby is a vet in a small town She s fled to this town to escape her past, put it behind her and start again When she moved in, she confessed her secret to the local townspeople by letter and charged them with keeping her true If she slips up, goes back to her old ways then she has to move In keeping with her new lifestyle, Abby tends to live a solitary life.Rupert Rue Thorn is just passing through He s been on an adventure around Australia, ticking things off his list and putting himself out there On his first night in town he s looking for his accommodation when he comes across Abby attempting to free a dog caught in a wire fence It becomes a team effort and Rue is immediately intrigued by Abby She has walls up though and he wants to know why.Abby tells Rue that he s too nice for her, something Rue has heard many times before So he reinvents himself as the sort of man he thinks that Abby might want one that isn t so nice There s no denying the chemistry between them and Abby thinks Rue is fine as he really is It s the secret she has that hangs over them, that makes her keep her distance Because if Rue were to find out, she s certain that he wouldn t want anythingto do with her Just when she s ready to tell him and to put herself out there, Abby discovers something that changes everything.This is such an interesting romance novel I haven t read Madeline Ash before but I have read some really positive reviews by bloggers whose opinion I trust greatly so I was definitely excited to read this It s loosely connected to a previous novel, The Playboy s Dark Secret in that Rue is Dean from that book s brother He appears in the first book and likewise Dean and Rafi appear in this book but you definitely do not need to have read their story to read this one.Abby is an amazing character she s really interesting in a way that I haven t encountered before, especially in a romance novel She has a big flaw, something that she has been working hard to overcome for a couple of years and that is still a struggle for her The reader does find out relatively early what Abby s secret is as it does make up a large part of her internal monologue and her remembrances of past moments and times in her life I really enjoyed the way that Madeline Ash handled Abby and her secret At first you wonder why on earth someone would do this, how it could happen And then Ash gives her a background, a childhood that fleshes her out and gives her motivation and also makes the reader sympathise with her I felt that Abby had been quite hardly done by in her early and teen years, not deliberately but it happened nonetheless.Despite his semi unfortunate name I can t get my head around Rupert or Rue, to be honest , Rue is a pretty sweet character He s also been told many times in the past that he s just too nice and when Abby feeds him the same line over guilt of her secret he basically decides to try and be an Alpha hero who doesn t listen to what the woman says and takes what he wants and drives a hot car Some of the scenes where Rue is playing Alpha are pretty funny Frustration gripped the muscles in her shoulders That s it I want you to stop this not nice thing Too bad sweetheart She stared at him Oh, she said Oh, I see Patronising pet names What else did you read when you Googled how to be a jerk Besides being inexcusably late for a date Rue is pretty bad at being a jerk but occasionally he does manage to pull it off He s tired of being told he s nice, he thinks it equates to him being boring but he s actually the sort of person Abby needs, even if she refuses to see it Abby needs someone who is going to be understanding and supportive, the sort of person who is going to help her every day She needs to have someone who is 100% behind her, that believes in her and trusts her but is also willing to stick around if she slips Abby has constructed her life in a way that is best for her at the time, but now her needs and wants are changing Rue has made her want somethingpermanent It started off as something casual, but now both of them want the long haul, if only Abby will jump in and take the chance.The interesting conflict really lifted this book another notch for me, made it memorable I enjoyed it a lot, particularly the evolution of Abby as a character as she opened up about herself and began to take those first steps forward actually involving people properly in her life, not just allowing them into the periphery I think readers of The Playboy s Dark Secret will enjoy the glimpses of Dean and Rafi I d definitely be interested in reading their story now after their cameo I recommend this one for those who want something a little different, that explores an unusual conflict with depth and sensitivity

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    The past ladies of Rue Thorn s life have all called him too nice and that he deserves better than any of them He s spent the majority of his life on his family s vineyard, but with the encouragement of his brother he decided to leave home and explore the rest of Australia He has a list of things he wants to do and included is to find the one and bring her home.Abby thinks she s finally found home When she arrived at the town she handed out slips of paper with her darkest secret She hopes to The past ladies of Rue Thorn s life have all called him too nice and that he deserves better than any of them He s spent the majority of his life on his family s vineyard, but with the encouragement of his brother he decided to leave home and explore the rest of Australia He has a list of things he wants to do and included is to find the one and bring her home.Abby thinks she s finally found home When she arrived at the town she handed out slips of paper with her darkest secret She hopes to stay on the straight and narrow and if not, she hopes the town people will call her out on it and make her leave She s been ok for 18 months until she meets Rue When they meet there s something electric between them, something magnetic and something that Rue wants to explore.When he attempts to ask her out, she lies and says she s married And with that lie begins her downward spiral of self loathing and an inner battle with her demons She doesn t want to get close to Rue, she doesn t want to hurt him like she has to her ex husband and her family Her secret is a product of a troubled childhood where all she tried to do was protect herself.When Abby tells Rue she s unavailable and that he s too nice and he deserves better, he snaps and vows that he s going to pursue her He calls his brother and asks for advice on how to temporarily change his personality Goodbye to the nice guy and hello bad boy He wants to just see if by becoming a bad boy he ll be able to land the girl But he doesn t realize he s setting off a chain of events with Abby There s something about her that he wants to connect with, he wants to get to know her and perhaps realize she s the one.The big confrontation scene Wow But I m glad that Rue wasn t like oh baby everything will be ok He wasn t happy about the situation nor about finding about her condition He had a realistic reaction He thought why would she intentionally do that Then realizing oh it s not on purpose It s funny that Rue thinks he s boring and that he wants a little drama, a little mess and that he could handle that just fine A little drama and he ll get the girl Then he finds himself in an impossible situation He doesn t find the boring perfect woman No he finds a complete complex situation where he may very well get hurt.Abby could have been an unreliable narrator but I think that would of been a different book Instead we have something so well written fraught with emotion, longing and desire Rue I guess can be considered a beta hero because he is nice and he s almost perfect He s delicious, he s sensitive, has great hair, charming, etc Abby is strong, she has courage, and wants a life full of people and love Because of her condition, she can be an isolating character to get to know, but if the readers keeps on we totally get an understanding of where she s coming from She s such a different type of heroine And Madeline Ash has such a way with words I loved this book, perhaps not as much as the first one But each had memorable characters with its unique situations and obstacles Put together the duology is amazing

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    After a powerful first chapter Love and other Lies showcases the authors talent for writing heartwarming relationships I loved the town of Belgulla, the people and the pace of life The joy for me in this book was the slow unveil of the conflict and the way the protagonists, Abby and Rue, relied on friends and family to help solve these problems It s refreshing to read a book that doesn t only have the main couple in a bubble, but weaves their lives together from the start As always I read th After a powerful first chapter Love and other Lies showcases the authors talent for writing heartwarming relationships I loved the town of Belgulla, the people and the pace of life The joy for me in this book was the slow unveil of the conflict and the way the protagonists, Abby and Rue, relied on friends and family to help solve these problems It s refreshing to read a book that doesn t only have the main couple in a bubble, but weaves their lives together from the start As always I read this book with a big grin, the banter is often very funny, especially between Rue and his brother A couple teary moments, which happens any time I m emotionally invested Love it, great fast fun read that will leave you feeling good

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