Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Counterfeit Love

Elysia Hendricks
Contemporary Romance

"No aging, high school teaching lothario was going to sidetrack her."

Maggie has a job to do.  Working in security is not always a pleasant job, but posing as a high school student to check out leads in a corporate hacking job might be taking things a bit too far.  Especially when the oh-so-cute Jared Blake is her teacher, and one of her suspects.  But as she gets to know the man, she begins to think of him more as a man and less as a job.  But her feelings can't change what she must do, however much she might want them to.  Jared Blake was burned years ago when a student claimed he had made inappropriate advances - a situation that lost him his job, his marriage and his home.  Back home with his daughter to raise alone, he wants nothing to do with the provocative Maggie McCade.  But common sense fights with attraction as he tries to do what is right - for his job and for his heart.

My Opinion: This was a cute, sweet and light romance.  The story was fun and easy to read.  Maggie is a good character, who learns to open up and search out a place she can call home.  Her internal struggle to do her job versus protect the man she is falling in love with is great.  Jared is a strong character who is figuring out how to fight for what he wants.  Their interaction is good and well written.  Few side characters makes this book focus on the two main characters and how they react to each other.  My only two points are that its a little creepy for a thirty-something-year-old to fall in love with someone he thinks is eighteen.  And, it seems a little far fetched for a twenty-nine year old woman to pass for eighteen.  Otherwise, it's a good read that I enjoyed a lot.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.


  1. I agree with the creepy part but maybe his heart knew she was older?

  2. This sounds like a run read. The age thing doesn't bother me because I read and write Regencies which often have heroes approaching or in their 30s and girls under 20 so that part would probably not throw me--especially if I knew the truth.

  3. Thanks for the lovely review.

    The character of Maggie is based on two real people - a a 26-year-old woman I knew who kept being mistaken for a 14-year-old and my 28-year-old son who was recently asked if he needed the child's menu at a restaurant. :-) And Jared is loosely modeled after a HS English teacher I was 'madly in love' with.



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