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Love Me Like You Mean It by Laura Burton

Love Me Like You Mean It by Laura Burton

Normal people eat ice-cream when they’ve had a bad day. Emma goes wedding dress shopping.

I know it’s crazy.

But trying on wedding dresses isn’t hurting anyone. I mean, the boutique owners know what I’m doing. Besides, it’s good publicity for them to have me in the middle of the outrageously expensive Bridal store, trying on gowns.

And Heaven knows I need this.

Today of all days.

After being publicly humiliated during a board meeting I’d been preparing for my entire career.

So, I’m innocently trying on a dress. MY dress. The one I’m going to mortgage my apartment to pay for when Mr. Right finally comes along.

When Shelly Bones, my arch-nemesis from high school walks in.

Our eyes meet, and for a second I don’t think she recognizes me. But her entourage of ladies twitter to each other. One of them points at me.

“Emma! You’re getting married? So am I!”

How hard is it to own up to the fact that you’re not actually getting married?

Harder than coming up with an elaborate story that involves the Plaza hotel, a string quartet, caviar, and the sexiest bachelor in Manhattan apparently.

What’s wrong with telling a few white lies? No harm done. It’s not like I’ll ever see Shelly again, right?

Wrong.

Title:Love Me Like You Mean It
Author:Laura Burton
Series:Love Me Romcom Series (Book 2)
Pages:182
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Romantic Comedy
Trope(s):Friends to Lovers
Fake Relationship
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Single Viewpoint (Heroine)
Location:New York, USA
HEA:✔️
Release Date:30th November, 2020
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Cute and fun

I thought I’d read Laura Burton before but having checked, it appears this is my first book of hers… and I very much enjoyed it.

It’s a short book at a little over 180 pages so it won’t take you too long to read. And the pages will keep themselves turning as it’s so fresh, cute and funny. The author wrote the story after watching the Friends episode where the girls try on wedding dresses so I wasn’t surprised that I laughed out loud on occasion.

The whole story is told from Emma’s perspective (in first person) so we never know what Aiden is thinking and feeling. It does make you feel more connected to Emma as she’s equally in the dark about his feelings – but I would have loved to see the story from Aiden’s perspective, too.

“…a cute and light book that I very much enjoyed reading.”

Emma is a likeable character and I could totally see how and why the lies spiralled out of control. I could actually see myself doing exactly the same thing. The way everything happened was hilarious and it was a really enjoyable to read the craziness that is Emma’s life.

Aiden is the perfect man-next-door / best friend / fake fiancé and he was also so sweet. I liked him immensely and liked the relationship between he and Emma. We only get a couple of kisses in this story – and not even a mention of sex. I’m normally happy with whatever heat level the author chooses to go with – but in this case, I really think the book would have benefited from some sexy shenanigans.

A few moments of bad grammar and poor word choice don’t take away from what is a cute and light book that I very much enjoyed reading. It made me happy and I would recommend for a quick and funny read. 4 stars.

Laura writes multi-genre romance that is sweet and thrilling.
As a big fan of books and movies, Laura feels there is a hungry audience out there looking for high-quality fiction, with exciting and moving storylines that are clean and wholesome too.
That’s what you get with her books, it’s safe to say to expect the unexpected, but you won’t find anything unsuitable for teenagers to read.

Laura Burton is a British author who lives in Wiltshire, England.

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