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Review: Black Ties and White Lies by Kat Singleton

Life is never black and white.

One minute you’re a struggling graphic designer in LA that’s finally coming to terms with being single forever, and the next you’re flying to New York in a private jet to get engaged to your ex-boyfriend’s older brother.

At least…that’s what everyone thinks.

Forced to clean up his playboy image in order to protect his company, Beckham Sinclair, the city’s most eligible billionaire bachelor, wants me to be his fake fiancée and personal assistant.

Now I’m spending every spare second with a man I thought I’d never see again.

My freshly mended heart has barely recovered from the first time a Sinclair broke it. But with each passing day, Beck’s dirty mouth and lingering stares make me question his motives—and mine.

As the line blurs between real and pretend, only one thing is certain: there are secrets hiding in this city full of black ties and white lies.

I’m a sucker for a fake relationship and ex’s older brother is a favorite trope, so this was love at first sight for me. The author is new to me but I’m so glad to have picked up this book because I really enjoyed Margo and Beck’s story. Margo is still nursing a broken heart from her jerk ex when his deliciously gruff and broody older brother drops a bomb: he just bought the company where she works and has chosen Margo to be his new personal assistant. She’ll be flying to NYC in a couple of days to start her new job. It’s a great opportunity for her so she’s grateful, despite his heavy-handed delivery, but it’s a complete shock, too.

Still, Margo doesn’t hate the idea but the caveat he throws out changes everything: he needs her to be his fake fiancée to improve his playboy image. The idea of living and working with Beck is already insane but now she’s supposed to be his smitten fiancée, too? That won’t be easy. For starters, he’d gorgeous but completely forbidden and dating her ex’s brother would be so weird, even if it is just for show. But Beck anticipated her less-than-thrilled response and came prepared to make Margo an offer she can’t refuse: Do this and he’ll get her a meeting with the owner of the hottest gallery in New York. Margo can only dream of seeing her art in a gallery and her graphic design job didn’t fulfill any of her artistic needs. This is an opportunity to establish herself on the art scene so she couldn’t possibly pass up the chance.

It doesn’t take long for all the togetherness of living, working and traveling as a pair to drive them both crazy with desire. No matter how they try to ignore and defy the mutual attraction, they eventually reach a breaking point. Things don’t feel fake at all to Margo but Beck has a secret to hide and things aren’t as they seem. This was a fun story with lovable characters and favorite tropes so I couldn’t put it down. Beck was a lovesick fool but in the best possible way and Margo was the one force capable of bringing the self-made mogul to his knees. I loved every minute of their story and couldn’t get enough.

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