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Title: Text Me, Maybe
Series: Single in the City
Author: Jolyse Barnett
Publisher: Entangled Lovestruck, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: August 8th, 2016
New to the Big Apple, the last thing Lexie Bloom needs is to fall for two guys at once. Especially when she can’t have either. One is her personal trainer, an Adonis way out of her league. The other? A Brit Lit professor her svelte boss insists she woo for her—via text message, no less. Little does she know, the two are the same man…
Matthew Hennessey is intrigued by his shy new client at the gym. But before he gets the chance to ask her out, he discovers she’s the one crafting the flirty texts sent to him by a woman who wouldn’t know Lord Byron from Lady Gaga. To get to know her better, he allows Lexie to play her role. She may have given up on the idea of romance, but Matthew’s bound and determined to show her love is alive and well in New York City.
Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive. – Sir Walter Scott
This is a story of lies upon lies with people pretending to be other people whilst exchanging texts. She’s using the mobile of her boss (on the instructions of her boss) to exchange texts with ‘Steel’ – the English Professor who is also a personal trainer. Her boss is trying to get him to go on a date but won’t tell Lexie his real name.
Matthew Hennessey is the recipient of the texts. He is also the hot, handsome personal trainer who is helping Lexie train to participate in the firm’s 5k run. He realises that Lexie is texting on behalf of her boss so doesn’t let on that he’s the one she’s texting. He is very attracted to Lexie and hopes by helping her succeed she’ll forgive him lying. Meanwhile their interactions are breaking down her reticence but what will happen when the lies are revealed?
What a convoluted set of aspirations, lies and anxieties the characters in this story have! It is the perpetuation of lies that causes all the problems – hence my use of Sir Walter Scott’s quote. It is small town girl with a history of a lying ex causing her heartbreak meeting a big city heartthrob who then lies to keep her interest. Definitely a recipe for disaster and misunderstandings! How on earth can they work it all out? Well, you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!
Thanks to the publishers for gifting me an ARC of this novel, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.