Lovely Little Liar

Lovely Little Liar

by J. Kenner

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Overview

She’s not the woman I thought … but dammit, she’s the woman I want.

I never thought of myself as cynical, but getting dumped at the altar changes a man.

Now, I’m all about my job. About building my business and getting on with my life. Don’t get me wrong; I still love women. I love the way they look. The way they smell. The way they feel. Especially the way they feel. And I’ve pretty much made it my mission to give each and every woman who shares my bed the ride of her life.

But getting close? Getting serious? Giving a woman my trust again? Yeah, that’s not going to happen.

Or so I thought.

Then I met her. It’s funny how things can change in a heartbeat. How one case of mistaken identity can change everything. But there she was, all business and completely uninterested in me. And damned if I didn’t want her. Crave her.

Most of all, I wanted to help her. To keep her and her sister safe. But the more I get to know her, the more I want her. The whole package. The complete woman.

And the miracle is that she wants me, too.

Trouble is, we’ve both been burned before. Now, I know one thing for certain—the only way that we’ll survive the heat that crackles between us is if we both find the courage to leap into the fire together.

Lovely Little Liar is a novella originally published as Bitch Slap. Minor edits, such as expanded scenes, have been made to this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940673967
Publisher: Martini & Olive
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Series: Blackwell-Lyon , #1
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 270,247
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.31(d)

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Lovely Little Liar 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
I love a book that draws me in and this book certainly did that, I was hooked from the first page. Pierce doesn't do relationships they don't work, his company is far more important to him than any woman, well that was until Jez caught his eye. Neither of them sleep with clients so when Jez hires the security firm Pierce runs they have no option but for to Jez to fire Pierce every time it gets hot between the sheets.... This is a hot romance that's easy to read and there's even a mention of serveral of the Stark World characters we have come to love. Once again this author gives us a fantastic read looking forward to more from these characters.
TheBookNerd5 11 months ago
This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased, honest opinion. This was my first book by this author and I’m still not sure whether or not I enjoy her writing. It’s really hard to tell much about an author’s style when you start with a novella. Novellas tend to rush things because there’s such a limited time frame to work with. With lovely little liar, we basically got love at first sight and insta-love. I’m usually not a fan of those two things if I’m being honest. I’m not sure whether or not I believe in love at first sight. It’s usually lust at first sight as opposed to love. In this story we have Pierce Blackwell, former military man who now runs his own security business with friends. Pierce has major trust issues. His fiance, Margie, left him before their wedding and it really messed with Pierce. He wants nothing to do with love and only hooks up with women for one night only. Jezebel Stuart is the manager for her younger sister Delilah whose an actress. Due to some drama surrounding her sister, Jez wants to hire Pierce and his team to protect her. Pierce and Jez have instant connections but don’t want that to get in the way of protecting Delilah. They have this banter where you aren’t sure if they hate each other or want to rip each other’s clothes off lol. Overall, this is a shorter read at around 150 pages give or take. We’re thrown quickly into this duo and everything is at a much faster pace than we would get in a larger book. I felt the story was just okay. I wasn’t really rooting for these two because I didn’t have time to connect to them. I did enjoy the characters but I just wasn’t invested in them if that makes sense. I’m eager to try out a full length book by this author and see how that one goes.
kgagnon More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this quick, forbidden love story. Pierce and Jez have a chance meeting thinking each was someone else. Pierce thought it was a blind date from a dating app, and Jez was looking to hire a bodyguard for her sister. You can imagine how their first conversation went with them both on totally different pages. Of course it doesn't go well, and they part ways, irritated, even though they were both wildly attracted to each other. Pierce is an ex military, security specialist who trusts his instincts that were telling him that Jez and her sister are in danger. He was able to save the day, setting up a working relationship that stopping any chance they could ever act on the fiery chemistry ready to explode. Both Pierce and Jez have their past heartbreaks that helped to build the walls they have to guard their hearts. But as they spend more time together, the more the walls and their reasons to stay apart come crashing down. This was an easy, quick read with fun banter, and steamy passion. This is the first book I've read by J. Kenner and I will definitely check out more of her work.
18644943 More than 1 year ago
This story is short and sweet but jam pack with perfection. everything happens fast. Its a Insta-first sight LOVE type of story but everything falls into place just right. You'll have some ups and down, with a bit of drama but overall great story. its told in his point of view which I found very refreshing to only get one side of the story and it coming from the guys point of view and not the girl. I enjoyed reading this, I devoured it in one sitting. Can't wait for more. I love everything J Kenner writes. Her men's are always the best and her story always take you on the greatest ride and escapes.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
Sexy little story with all the happy! J. Kenner delivers all you need in this bite sized read. Sexy rugged former military man working security...check A no nonsense woman with a backbone...check Chemistry ...check An emotional conflict...yes!! A chance to change a bad decision...☺ So like I said, everything you could want...oh and with the rest of the Blackwell-Lyons team, a promise of more!
PennieM More than 1 year ago
Absolutely delightful from the hilarious and kooky beginning to the HEA! Pierce is the ultimate cad who goes into every hook up as a one night stand but his first meeting with Jez is surprising because she is not what he expects. First, she is brass, dominant, and talking about a commitment. WHAT!?! Definitely something wrong here but as soon as she leaves he has to figure out what is going on...and then the fun begins. I highly recommend this one and will be on the look out for the next one as this appears to be the first in a series (yippee!) **Received an ARC copy for review**
momof3infl More than 1 year ago
A PB&J never sounded so good! J. Kenner is back with a short and sassy standalone that is witty, fun, and of course, sexy. After a date meet-up goes awry, Pierce and Jez manage to meet up again. She's protective of her up-and-coming sister, and he's protective of anyone who hires his company. The banter between these two is electrifying and steam up the pages, the back and forth these two did made me blush a few times for sure. I loved the vibrant and well-written characters, and the storyline was unique, it was just a little shorter than I would have wanted. Great book that I'd definitely recommend to anyone!
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Lovely Little Liar is entertaining, and a sweet romance that’s lighthearted, fun, and serious. J. Kenner brings snarky, banter and heat as mistaken identity brings these two together. Both are meeting other people, under quite different circumstances, until taken by lust and pure wishful thinking Pierce mistakes Jezebel for his blind date hook-up. After being rejected three hours before his wedding Pierce doesn’t do relationships anymore. He is doesn’t have the time and doesn’t want to put in the effort. But when Jezebel makes a hasty exit, he realizes that just maybe he wanted more with her. Jezebel is looking to hire some security while her sister the actress in town only to get nowhere with the handsome security guy. But when he comes to their rescue a few hours later, when their location is compromised by a hotel employee tweet, Jezebel sees a very different side to him. These two, quickly develop wild cravings and desperate longings for each other. With nightly firing and daily rehiring, of the security hunk, it looks like Pierce just might have found the right one after all. Great short read. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a super sexy fast read. I loved Jez and Pierce and their first meeting which was irritating and confusing for them, but comical once you learned why they were both there for their meeting. These two both have trust issues and aren't looking for a relationship, but can't resist their attraction to each other. These two sizzle! An enjoyable read with a great ending!
bbarneybooks28 More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that J. Kenner decided to give the three co-owners of Blackwell-Lyon Security their own stories, renaming the first book in the series Lovely Little Liar, still getting down and dirty with anti-relationship hero, Pierce Blackwell, and feisty heroine, Jezebel Stuart, while also providing readers with the promise of what’s to come in this newly created steamy trio of books. Lovely Little Liar is told strictly from Pierce’s perspective, so readers take this lust filled journey with him, witnessing his conflicted feelings about Jez and relationships in general and wondering what he plans to do as we see him breaking his own rules and slowly changing his view on what he wants from women…or at least this one woman who has gotten completely under his skin. To me, the liar part of the story applies to the hero himself, lying about the fact that all he wants Jezebel for is one night of sex because it’s beyond obvious that a single time with her will not satisfy his lust or need for her, leaving Pierce in an unexpected and uncertain situation - one that he can’t absolutely control, which for a man like Pierce, puts him on tilt and forces him to redefine his usual game plan when it comes to the opposite sex. Pierce and Jez’s story is a fast-paced read that illustrates the complications of young stardom and the lengths family members go to in order to protect those they love. This is definitely a lust at first sight situation that has the potential to develop into more, but only if Pierce is willing to make an exception to his interaction with the opposite sex and if a plan is developed that allows Pierce to do his job while also taking a chance on having something worthwhile with Jez despite the fact that they live in different states and have trust issues galore. 4 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)
DebiDG More than 1 year ago
I. Loved. This. Book. Written from Pierce's point of view, this hot witty businessman is determined to remain single. Can Jez change his way of thinking? Can she allow her career and personal life to meld together? I love the romance, sexy time and the flow of the book. A fantastic read!
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
What a fun and sexy read. This is a novella and a short read. J Kenner is one of my favorite authors for writing sexy times. Even though this story is short, it still packs the heat. Pierce is all alpha male who is only interested in a casual hookup. When he meets Jez by mistake, he is taken with the fireball. Jez is in Austin with her sister and ends up needing Pierce more than she thought. This is a short story and the chemistry between Pierce and Jez heats up quick. As with all novellas, I wish it was a longer story, but it was a good read. Good things come in small packages!
Abilicious More than 1 year ago
I loved the air of mystique around Jez and Pierce's first encounter. It was totally unexpected and different from other books I've read recently. I loved their chemistry and the little things they had in common. Neither was expecting the other, but their pull was too strong to ignore. I was quickly sucked into this book and I didn't want to put it down! I enjoyed how Jez changed Pierce. She wasn't what he was looking for or wanted, but he couldn't help himself or the way he thought about her. He may have been a player, but there was so much more to him that even he gave himself credit for. If you love a fast-paced read that's steamy, but yet also realistic, this book is for you. Grab your copy today!
JennC2630 More than 1 year ago
Okay, this was just a fun time. Jez and Pierce were so different, yet made so much sense together. It's amazing how, in such a short read, Kenner can create these characters that make me excited and keep me hanging on to see what happens next. She's got steam and heart, and yes, a little insta-love, but it works. They're in a time crunch, so them getting together really does make sense. I don't agree with the synopsis though...Jez isn't really a b*tch...she's just worked hard to get where she is. And even so, that first meeting wasn't b*tchy...just a misunderstanding. And I want to know more about the supporting characters. I want Del and Kerrie to get their own books...and I want to know more about Pierce's partners. Another great Kenner read.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
Loved Pierce & Jez!! They are both fantastic characters and very likable, in fact I totally wished this was longer! They start off meeting due to a case of mistaken identity, and have some great back and forth for a bit, but it quickly becomes obvious that they have a crazy amount of chemistry and are perfect together. Trust me they have great back and forth once they do give in to each other too. I also really liked the actual story as well. This was a fast, but sweet and very sexy read and I look forward to more from this world.
szelisk_64 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes, accidental encounters lead to a wonderful life. Pierce Blackwell is waiting for his one night stand, thanks to a trusty hook up app. Finds his future, but he just doesn't know it yet. Jezebel Stuart's past has taught her love is not for her. Instead she is manager to her little sister Delilah. When her sister needs security to keep her safe, she hires a firm and goes to the same restaurant looking for PB. Pierce hears her an mistakenly believes she is his date for the night. Once he realizes that his date stood him up, he cannot help but go after Jezebel and help her. This is story will have you hooked from page one. A must read in my book!!!
ShellyReyn More than 1 year ago
"I didn't expect it." "What?" "You. I didn't expect you." If you're a fan of short, sexy, and swoony stories, this one won't disappoint!! Enter Pierce Blackwell of Blackwell-Lyon Security. He's been burned and burned badly. Sworn off any "relationship" longer than one night, he's prepared to meet the next bedpost notch for drinks, some innuendos, and finally, well.... you know. What he wasn't prepared for was HER. Jezebel. A case of mistaken identity leads him on a path he swore he'd never walk again. Rules will be broken for sure, but what about his heart? Will that be broken again, or does he finally have a chance at forever this time? Jez needs help. Her famous sister has been the target of tabloid gossip and her career it tenuous at best. She needs someone to protect her not only from the angry fans, but from herself as well. Hiring Blackwell-Lyon might be the smartest and the dumbest idea she's ever had. She has rules about getting too close to people, especially ones she employs. But Pierce Blackwell makes her want to thrown those rules out the window. Should she listen to her head and keep her professional distance, or should she throw caution to the wind and listen to her heart instead? What a great read. I loved the banter between these two, and the chemistry is off the charts! That window scene - Holy hotness!! Definitely recommend this one to anyone!!
MBurton More than 1 year ago
Main Character Description: Pierce Blackwell, relationship jaded, former military and security expert. Jezebel Stuart, relationship jaded, sister and manager to actress Delilah Stuart. Pierce mistakenly takes Jez as his one night stand he arranged from the 2Nite App. Jez mistakenly takes Pierce as the new head security guy for her actress sister Delilah. Pierce pieces the puzzle together after Jez storms out of the restaurant, only to save the day when Delilah's hotel location gets compromised. This Novella is enjoyable read but since it is on the shorter side, you don't get too much meat into the relationship. These two meet, display instant attraction only to have to put it on hold when Jez ends up hiring Pierce's security firm to protect her sister. They struggle to contain that attraction until they no longer can. With so many celebrity/bodyguard romances out there, I like that the author switched it up and made the celebrity a side character. That she made the sister who ultimately is living in her sisters world be the one to find love with the bodyguard. If you are looking for a quick read that is pretty low angst, a sexy beginning story to a very likable couple, then this is a good choice.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Love has a way of making believers out of the most surprising individuals. Jez and Pierce are clueless when it comes to love. Lust is another matter. Lovely Little Liar is battle of hearts that will make sure that frown turns into a smile and even the most jaded of hearts believes in the happily ever after. J. Kenner keep the senses of full alert while putting a move on the heart. Loved it.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Pierce Blackwell keeps his entanglements with woman strictly on a one night basis, he doesn't do love, relationships, or anything in between, it's one night of fun and that's it! He gave that relationship stuff a try once and it left a bad taste in his mouth, and left a permanent dent in his heart, so he's never wandering down that road again. Which becomes easier said, then done, when Jezebel “Jez” Stuart comes crashing into his world, the moment his eyes land on her long, toned legs he knows he is in trouble! But before he can get to wrapped up in his attraction for her, he learns that she comes with a major complication, she is about to become his client, and he never mixes business with pleasure! Lovely Little Liar is a sexy little novella that packs a powerful punch, it's loaded with heat to curl the toes, and emotion to squeeze the heart! The moment my eyes landed on the first page of this one I found myself quickly growing attached to these characters, I just didn't want to let them go. I loved watching them "dance" around one another, both trying to stay on their side on the dance floor, but the constant chemistry trying to lead them astray was hard to ignore... the anticipation darn near killed me! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it promises to be an entertaining little late night literary escape, one that will leave you thoroughly satisfied! I requested an advanced copy of this title, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Pierce and his two friends own a security company in Austin, Texas. After Pierce got left at the alter, he has become a ladies man ... one night at a time. But when he accidentally meets Jez, he begins to rethink his love life. Jez just wants to protect her little sister (who is a movie star) from from crazed fans of her boyfriend ... who she cheated on. But when Jez meets a Pierce, she realizes she wants a life of her own. This is a quick steamy romance. I laughed out loud when Pierce and Jez meet at the bar. Pierce is so arrogant I couldn’t help but like him. And Jez is a woman who isn’t easily persuaded. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for a Pierce’s business partners. I received an ARC courtesy of Author Collective 20 through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous first meeting. This sets the tone for this fun, sexy romance told from Pierce’s POV. Jezebel is strong, sexy and confident, all hot buttons that grab Pierce’s attention. When she storms off, he realizes something has gone horribly wrong which leads him down a path to find her. Their next encounter is exciting as he rescues Jez and her sister, Delilah. From here the struggle is real as Jez needs Pierce’s help but he doesn’t hook-up with clients. Their creativity to overcome these hurdles is clever. The real question is, will the master of hook-ups find himself permanently caught? Grab this for a quick, fun, sexy read.
Nurseymegs More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! I loved the sassy banter between Pierce and Jez!! This is a slow boil and then full on rolling boil. Who knew someone could be so happy to be fired?!? Only J Kenner could get away with this :) There is even mention of several of our Stark World characters. There's to be a follow up and I'm really excited to read it!!
Ana94 More than 1 year ago
When I started reading I couldn't put it down. J Kenner is magnifysent and amazing writer.I cannot wait to read more of there books.Keep up the great work.You should definitely read this book.Can't wait for the next book.