Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.”
Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason.
With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?
I think there should be a genre called “Food Romance” because I love romance’s where the characters are in the restaurant buisness or own a bakery. Really any ivolvement with food! I just love the descriptions and there’s something very homey about it that piques my interest.
The (Half) Truth follows Tatum who is working towards her goal to be a sous chef. The story starts off with her being dumped by her finance on her birthday and … he’s her boss! Talk about drama! The other storyline follows Jason who has recently left a relationship and moved back closer to his family. His sister is roommates with Tatum. I loved the alternating POVs. It was very interesting to be in Tatum’s head and then the next chapter has Jason whose observations of Tatum are completely different than her views. It was very well done!
For this book the characters are what drive the book forward. The plot was good but not as great as the characters themselves. They made me laugh and I felt as if I knew them. Kind of like the story was happening all around me. The romance was cute and I was rooting for them the entire time. Wish there was a bit more food descriptions but the book focused more on the drama than the food. Overall, really enjoyed this one.
Thank you Thomas Allen & Son Ltd for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.