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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  459 ratings  ·  98 reviews
From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg comes a sexy standalone about love, lies and every dirty little thing in between.

It wasn’t just a job.
It was my way back to the top.

After losing my position as a journalist for one of the biggest news publications in the world, I knew I’d do anything to get it back.
Even if it meant breaking a few hearts to get there.
She was the h
ebook, 326 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by JL Berg, LLC
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Wow! I absolutely loved this book. Every. Single. Word.

Kate has written a book. A scorching hot, sexy as sin, everyone wants to read it story that she takes no credit for publicly.


As a shy introvert she is adverse to any publicity and prefers to remain in her sedate job at a local college. She has a history that has kept her emotionally tied down, refusing the offer of close friendships and male companionship. She may not be happy, but she is content with her cat, her writing and a bowl of ce
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Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
JL Berg has the innate ability to deliver both great plot, engaging characters, and steamy romance. She didn't fail us here with Fraud. Kate O'Malley is one of those quiet, introverted, unsocial types- preferring a Saturday night home alone with her beloved cat versus going out clubbing like most single women her age. A college loan officer by day, she's a best-selling sultry erotica writer by night. Hiding behind a pen name, it's the biggest kept secret- who is the author of The Scandal Chronic ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a nice quick read. Predictable but entertaining.
Killian started out with deceit in mind and Kate also had her secrets, but they fell in love and then the unfolding of deception started to be revealed.
The chemistry between these two was great.
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Fraud was a standalone by J.L. Berg. It was my first by the author.

Kate O’Malley was the mysterious and wildly successful erotic thriller author, Laura Stone. She lived the quiet shy life of Kate and only branched out to her adventurous self through Laura and kept the secret from everyone except her publisher. Killian Turner was the journalist who was bound and determined to solve the mystery behind the reclusive secret author. Although gorgeous, he was selfish and blood thirsty trying to get hi
J.L. Berg
May 04, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
What do you get when you combine a covert author and a scorned journalist, intent on exposing her secrets? A whole lot of sexy fun.

From USA Today bestselling author J.L. Berg comes an all new standalone about secrets, lies and every dirty thing in between.

Available now exclusively through Amazon!
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Kate fell in love with creating and writing a story at college. She writes an erotic love story and her best friend, who loves the book, encourages her to publish it. When Kate’s books are published, they become bestsellers. Everybody wants to read it and everybody loves it. But nobody knows that Kate is the writer and she wants to keep it that way.

Killian is a journalist, until one piece gets him fired. He finds out Kate’s secret and thinks that writing a piece about her will safe his reputatio
♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

Actually I am not sure why, but the dynamics of Fraud by J.L. Berg were different from the usual romance novel. It might be because the author spend a lot of the time in the head of the “villain” and his activities were not a secret to the reader. It was only a question WHEN not IF the victim would find out about the fraud.

I could totally relate to the female lead and her position and I really liked the way the character was developed.But even though the author spend this huge time with the “vil
Dri ✰
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3,7 stars!
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! - J.L. Berg delivers a vibrant, smart and utterly electric novel of self-discovery and learning to let go with Fraud. Fun, sexy and heartfelt, Kate and Killian’s story is entirely addictive and absolutely enchanting. I fell in love with this duo immediately, drawn to their seemingly opposite personalities and intrigued by their undeniably sizzling chemistry. J.L. Berg did a fantastic job at cultivating the connection between these two, quickly getting me hooked on their easy banter, a ...more
Anne OK
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Late to the party on what I consider to be one of J.L. Berg's best. Just discovered it on Kindle Unlimited. A solid and enjoyable read from an author who knows how to spin a great tale. This book delivered the goods and included everything I was searching for: well-rounded and fleshed-out characters, emotional scenes, a great plot twist with an even flow and some hot and sexy as well.

The same old-same old got turned into something special. Complex characters who were hiding behind their own type
Cocktails and Books
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FRAUD had an interesting twist that kept me reading because I couldn't figure out what was going to happen between Killian and Kate, especially given the secrets both of them were keeping.

Kate was a woman who's life had been nothing more than her job and her best friend. Then she wrote a best-selling series and hid behind a pen name because she couldn't stop being the woman's life consisted of her job. But then she meets Killian. A man new
Melanie Cesa
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"When trust was broken, could a second chance truly exist?"

I truly enjoyed this! There's quite a bit that happens in this story. It's not just a story of deceit, but also of allowing yourself to move forward from your past. It's calculated and deceptive as well as emotional and touching.

I enjoyed Killian and Kate. I loved the buildup of their relationship and their witty banter kept me smiling. But what happens when you find out the person you've allowed yourself to trust in has been deceiving
Paula  Phillips

Kate O'Malley never dreamed that she would one day become the most sought-after author and that her story would become so popular that people would be wanting more adventures. You see Kate O'Malley worked at a university in the student finance offices and lived a boring virginal life. After her friend persuaded her to sign up for a creative writing course, she did and then she got her best friend who was in the publishing world to read it. What Kate didn't expect was to be blown away when her fr
Nov 15, 2017 marked it as fuck-no-pass
what a load of shit.
Michell Hall casper
This was another great read by JL Berg.

I loved the story and all the angst that came with it.
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary

I immediately felt a connection with Kate--I loved her inner voice especially, and wanted to be her new BFF and head Kate/Laura cheerleader--but Killian took a little more work. The first few chapters he narrated? I was not a fan. At all. But he slowly grew on me, and I have to admit the first-person POV probably helped out her a whole lot, and by the end even though I knew he'd made some huge, huge mistakes I really, really wanted him to be forgiven for them.

Ms. Berg has her work cut out
Lisa  Hershaw
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The blurb intrigued me so when I started reading I didn't expect what I read and loved.

Killian plans to expose the worlds newest best selling author to get his journalistic career back on track, but what he didn't expect was to fall for the woman behind the book.

Thing aren't going well for Killian, while everything is going good for Kate, so when Killian shows up Kate finally gives in and is ready to date, but Killian is reluctant as he's keeping a secret, but when things get more serious will h
I found FRAUD to be an enjoyable read, as I knew it would because it was written by J.L. Berg.

I have been a fan of her books since the very beginning and she has yet to disappoint me. Yes there are some books I enjoy more than others but every one of her books I would recommend to everyone.

Fraud is one of those books that I enjoyed but it wasn't my favorite. I had trouble connecting with Killian for most of the book. This book was going to be a 3.5 stars for me but the second half of the story
K.T. Castle
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fraud is a sexy standalone that deals with the love life of a famous author that hides behind her pen name.

“They were all settle with kids of various ages, and I was… well, I had a cat.”

Katelyn O’Malley is a loan processor that works in a college. She’s kind of a loaner and hides from the world behind books and writing. Her best friend, Jane, happens to be the only family she has and encourages her to publish her novel. Kate soon becomes a smashing success as an author, and while as Laura St
David Maher
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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By almost any measure, Katelyn O'Malley, Kate to her friends and co-workers, Laura Stone to her readers, has got it made. Her first novel has been riding high at the top of the bestsellers charts for the last month, already prompting speculation about movie and/or TV series adaptations. Her second novel is already finished and she's well into writing her third.

She doesn't FEEL like she's bestselling author Laura Stone though. To her, she still very much feels like the plain and simple Kate that
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"It wasn’t just a job.
It was my way back to the top.

After losing my position as a journalist for one of the biggest news publications in the world, I knew I’d do anything to get it back.
Even if it meant breaking a few hearts to get there.
She was the hottest author in the country. Known only by a pen name, there wasn’t a person alive who wasn’t dying to discover her true identity.
And I’d figured it out.

Her real name was Kate O’Malley and not only did I plan on finding her, but I fully intended on
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
J.L. Berg tore me up with her novel Within These Walls. I was excited to read Fraud and was not disappointed. I loved the idea of the shy, quiet girl being behind the hottest book around…

My real name is Kate O’Malley, but you, the world at large, probably know me best as Laura Stone.

Yes, that Laura Stone.

I am the mastermind behind The Scandal Chronicle-the best-selling erotic thriller series that you have secretly read and loved but tell everyone you hate because you are above that.

I’m in!!! Kat
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars

J.L. has another smashing hit to add to her list. Fraud is definitely a swoon-worthy read and will leave you smiling for days.

I love the Prologue in this book - it starts the book off on the right vibe and has you riding this euphoric wave throughout the whole book. There were times that my smile got turned upside down because Killian is a slight douche, but overall, I was nothing but a smiling fool.

Kate is a loan processor at the local community college that she herself attended at o
Catherine Bibby (Rochelle's Reviews)
I fell hard for Everly and August from J. L. Berg's Lost and Found series, and then fell deeper for Roman in Behind Closed Doors. So when Fraud became available I just knew that I had to prepare myself for another amazing story. It wasn't long before I was completely immersed in Kate and Killian's secrets and entangled in their desire for one another. If ever there was a train wreck that you could see coming but hoped for a better outcome it is these two.

Kate O'Malley is an absolutely fascinatin
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-erotica
Killian, in the beginning, is not the most likable of characters. He's full of himself, full of his fame, and high on his own talent. However, he shoots himself in the proverbial foot and has to start over from square one with his career. He's a user. That's the best way to describe him, and he made me angry from the beginning. I was practically yelling at the book when he pushed himself into Kate's quiet, private life.

As a reader, I knew what he had planned, and that kind of ruined it for me.
Book Maniac Forever
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to finally read a new J.L. Berg’s book and Fraud sounded promising from the blurb only. The book started a little too slow in my opinion, but once the story was well installed, I really enjoyed it.

Kate is a new author making sensation under a pen name and nobody except her best friend / agent knows her real identity. Killian, a journalist in search of the next big scoop to help his failing career, tracks her down after discovering the truth. He has a deceiving scheme planned
Kelly - Words We Love By
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Loved it! What a different kind of love story! Kate is so funny and innocent until Killian brings out the wild side.

Fraud is a book that is romantic, HOT, steamy, and downright hilarious! However, the story line was so new and refreshing I devoured it so quickly. I couldn’t wait to see how all this was going to turn around so Kate could have everything from the career she truly deserved along with the man she truly wants. I mean who wouldn’t want to be that secret romance writer who hits it big
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I waffled back and forth between liking this book and really liking this book. In the end, I had to give it 3.5 stars. Not because I didn't think the premise was good - it was! Getting to know Kate was a heck of a lot of fun. She was a woman hiding in plain sight and watching as she learned to claim her life was quite the interesting journey. Though I wanted her best friend, Jane, to rub off on her more, I think she did well for herself.

The male love interest Killian started out interestingly.
Melissa Jones
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Addictive Stars!!!
As soon as I opened this book I became addicted, glued to the pages, consumed by this fantastic story, and fell in love with the vibrant yet vulnerable characters!!

"You're the sweetest little surprise I never planned on, and damn if I'm not going to spend an eternity enjoying every part of you."

Fraud, Kate and Killian, this complete story was definitely a sweet surprise that I highly enjoyed from beginning to end. Two fun and lovable characters, both not truly living life and
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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls duet and the Lost & Found series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing ove ...more

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