Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Loving Lies by Linda Kage

Tess Simpson absolutely cannot handle seeing anyone suffer. When she volunteers to work as a candy striper after the Granton University school shooting, she is only supposed to coax the amnesiac in room 312 to eat his supper. Yeah right. After learning no one’s come to visit him since he woke from a coma and can’t remember who he is, Tess needs to make him feel loved, ASAP. Telling him she’s his girlfriend isn’t part of her plan, but that’s exactly what blurts from her mouth.

Except one little lie made from the purest of intensions can still rattle the hardest of hearts.

4.5 Star Review
by Jen Skewes

Loving Lies is the second installment in the Granton University series.  It can be read as a stand alone but honestly I think it would be beneficial if you read the first one as well.  I am a huge fan of Linda Kage's ever since reasing her Forbidden Men series.  I love her writing and love the characters that she creates.  Ms. Kage did not disappoint with this one. 

After a tragic event at school Tess and her best friend Bailey have decided to volunteer their time at the hospital as candy stripers.  There is one patient in room 312 that needs some tending to.  The patient has been in a coma for two weeks, has amnesia and to top it all off not one person has come by to visit him.  And lets just say he is not exactly the model patient.  He is a bit angry and irrational and the type of patient that most people would like to steer clear of.  The nurses ask Tess and Bailey to help him and to make sure he eats.  When they approach his room Bailey decides to bail, leaving Tess alone to fight the angry patient. 

Tess is a really sweet, caring and emotional person.  So her immediate thought in helping the patient in room 312 is to pretend she knows him so that he feels some sort of comfort.  But when she walks in the room and sees the injured but very handsome young guy in the bed her “no filter say what comes to your mind babbling starts”  So when he asks who she is what is her response?  Well she is his girlfriend of course!  What else would she have said?  Tess is not sure what she just got herself into but she plans on continuing the charade until she can find someone that knows him.

Jonah Abbott is lying in a hospital bed, and has no idea who he is and no one has come to visit him.  So when the red headed beauty walks in his room and says she is his girlfriend, who is he to argue.  Tess knows she needs to come clean but she also finds comfort in the time that she spends with Jonah.  She can be herself around him with no judgements or worries about how Jonah will react.  Jonah finds himself looking forward to Tess’ visits.  She does something to him, she makes him feel happy and for some reason helps him get through the day.  Tess has a secret but there is also more to the sweet sexy guy that is lying in the hospital bed.  So what happens when the truth about who Jonah really is and Tess’ secret finally come out ?

Tess and Jonah were so cute together.  There was an attraction between the two of them but also this connection that formed instantly.  With Jonah’s memory loss he needed and wanted to get to know Tess.  And I just loved those moments that they shared together.  It was so sweet to watch two people who just met became so close and so connected.   I just loved watching them get to know each other, fall in love and see how much they needed each other. 

Once again Linda Kage has completely captured me with her characters.  Tess is the fun sweet girl that you love and Jonah is sexy and cute all in one.  I always look forward to her books and the characters that she creates.  There are the girls that you want to be friends with and the guys that you completely swoon over, and this book in no different.  I loved every minute of Jonah and Tess’ story.  This is a fun sweet and maybe a bit emotional read.  It is a story of second chances, guilt and forgiveness.  And it also proves that there are always two sides to every story. Another fantastic job by Ms. Kage.  Looking forward to Bailey's story! 

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