Review: Fraud by J.L. Berg


Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.

Laura Stone is an author whose books in her erotic thriller series, The Scandal Chronicles, have hit the bestseller lists and whose readership can't seem to get enough of her stories. Laura loves that her series is so well received, but she could do without the demands that publicity are putting on her. You see, Laura Stone is a pen name used by Katelyn O'Malley, and Kate enjoys her anonymity and isn't looking to change that anytime soon. However, there's one person adamantly looking for answers as to who Laura Stone is and he believes he's got enough clues to point him in the right direction--that of Kate O'Malley--and she could well be his ticket in resurrecting his career.

Killian Turner was a successful journalist until one story destroyed the career he had built for himself. Now, in order to prove he's still the investigative journalist he once was, Killian is on the hunt for bestselling author Laura Stone's identity. Believing she's none other than Kate O'Malley, Killian is determined to get close enough to learn more about the woman hiding behind a pseudonym. However, the more time he spends with Kate, the more he can't resist getting to know about her for reasons other than trying to re-establish his journalistic career. Both Kate and Killian have their secrets to hide, but when the truth is exposed, which of them will come out looking like a fraud?

Ah, I love J.L. Berg's writing! She draws you in with unique stories and characters that you can't help but want to get to know. In Fraud, her latest standalone although it does look like there's already a spin-off standalone for one supporting character, she gives readers a bestselling author who writes steamy books while hiding her identity and the fact that she's a virgin and a disgraced journalist who's out to prove two things--that he's still got it as a journalist and the real identity of the current darling of the publishing world. When you think about it, Kate and Killian are exactly what the title states because they're both keeping secrets, though Killian is more deceptive here.

I liked Kate and Killian and felt that they had a different kind of chemistry. Admittedly, I wasn't a fan of the purpose of Killian's pursuit of Kate, but I understood why he felt it was necessary to go the route that he did. With a lot of journalists, it's about getting the story and you do what you have to in order to let the truth be known. As a reader, you pretty much know that secrets are going to be revealed but I was in it for the long haul because I wanted to see how J.L. Berg was going to resolve everything. As always, her storytelling had me fully invested in Kate and Killian and Fraud was a worthwhile 4.5-starred read. Now, the waiting game starts for Liam Turner's book, Hacked. ♥

Date Read: 05 May 2017

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