Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: A Wonderful Lie by Carrie Aarons

A Wonderful Lie by Carrie Aarons is now live!

Everyone lies around the holidays. We lie about the money we’re spending. We lie that we’re following our diets.

What am I lying about this year? The fact that my workplace nemesis has become my friend-with-benefits.

Collin Machlan and I have been each other’s competition since we joined our college’s radio station freshman year. Six years later, we’re both hosting shows for the country’s most popular podcast network.

Just as everything starts turning red and green, our boss announces a promotion, and whoever gets the most listens during this merry season will be crowned the winner.

There is just one catch; the only way to draw an audience in December is to theme every episode around Christmas. For a woman who typically celebrates alone with takeout and slasher flicks, I’m at a big disadvantage.

Going toe-to-toe with the guy I’ve never been able to intimidate is only made harder by the fact that Collin doesn’t seem to want to play our usual games. Add in some mistletoe and a Secret Santa swap, and I finally give in to his shameless flirting.

Maybe it’s the delusion of cuffing season, but suddenly I’m spending every night with him. No one at work knows. Neither does his family, or my friends. I lie that it’s just physical. That me, a self-proclaimed bachelorette, couldn’t possibly be on the brink of a relationship. I lie that we’re still competing for a job he doesn’t even want.

Until one too many lies threatens to topple my life like a crooked tree with poorly-distributed ornaments. And I’m left to decide between my lonely and blue traditions, or a love that lasts all year round.

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Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Buckle up, buttercup, because A Wonderful Lie is going to jingle your bells all season long! In this sexy holiday story, Carrie Aarons weaves her usual magical storytelling and somehow ups the ante 1000 percent with the spice level. Collin and Lark’s story is a wonderfully sweet and sexy treat, like someone took a sweet Hallmark holiday movie and spiced it way, way up!

I will never be able to look at snow the same way again!

I loved the banter that these two had as dating podcasters at the same company. It went beyond office rivals since they’ve known each other since college. This book has definite Hating Game vibes as Lark and Collin compete for a coveted timeslot. And when their typical exchange of barbs turns into a lust-filled kiss, this book takes a Fifty Shades turn. Wowza! It was more than I’m used to seeing from Aarons, but I’m not complaining!

Beyond the heat and lust, these two characters are wonderful creations. They are so real and honest with their emotions, wants, and expectations, and that makes it very easy for the reader to connect with them. Collin is such a good guy, despite Lark’s initial impression of him. And as their one-night stand turns into something more, he’s the one to catch feelings first and realize that it may not be so bad to get attached during cuffing season after all. But while he goes all in, Lark always has one foot out the door. She’s got some heavy baggage thanks to a not-great childhood. Will she let Collin be the one to help her through it?

Carrie Aarons is one of my favorite authors, and I believe A Wonderful Lie has become one of my favorite books of hers! Happy Reading!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Meet Carrie Aarons

Author of romance novels such as Fool Me Twice and Love at First Fight, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the love stories of her imagination, and the athleisure dress code, much better.

When she isn’t writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, two children and ninety-pound rescue pup.

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