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Serendipity #2

He Loves You Not

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How can a fidelity test possibly go wrong? In this sweet and sexy romance, international bestselling author Tara Brown counts the ways… Among her superrich friends, Lacey Winters never minded being the “poor one.” That is, until her tuition money and big dreams vanish overnight. Now Lacey has a plan to make some extra cash—a devilishly brilliant plan. For a fee, she’ll test your boyfriend to find out if he’s faithful or a cheating jerk. Her next a slick and sexy trust-fund playboy. Unfortunately for Lacey, his charms aren’t just legend. And before she knows it, she’s under his spell. It was bad enough that Jordan Somersby’s father forced a spoiled “society princess” on him. Then Jordan had to go and find his dream girl—the beautiful, fun, and down-to-earth Lacey. And he’ll do anything to prove he’s sincere. But pretty soon it’ll be Lacey’s turn to prove that this is not just a game. Because, when it comes to mixing love and deception, nothing is what it seems. And Lacey and Jordan are about to face the ultimate test.

368 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 23, 2018

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Tara Brown

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I believe growing up in a really small town gives a person a little advantage when it comes to the imagination. You need one or you go mad.
Needless to say, mine saved me. After it got me into trouble first, that is. That's the problem with a vivid imagination, all the lies you tell.
According to my age, I am meant to be a responsible adult, but it isn't going well at all. I would still head off to Hogwarts tomorrow and I suspect there isn't a single wardrobe I haven't crept into, hoping to find the door to Narnia. And don't even get me started on the King's Road, I get lost.
Fortunately, I am an international bestseller so I have wormed my way into a quirky or eccentric category.
Thank God for that.
I am happily married with two daughters.
I have two giant dogs, two savage cats, and a penchant for a glass of red.

I am represented by Natalie Lakosil from the Bradford Literary Agency and am published traditionally with Montlake Romance and Skyscape Publishing.

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181 reviews229 followers
October 14, 2018
Lacey Winters has her summer all figured out. Work all summer whilst trying to keep up with her rich friends. Until her family finds out that her brother has cancer and one job is not enough, and keeping up with her rich friends is also impossible. In a time of desperate need, she and her brother come up with a business idea to earn easy money: create a secret company that tests boyfriends for their fidelity or infidelity. And guess what? Her first job is to test the guy that is interested in her: Jordan Somersby, the hottest rich boy around.
They both get tied up in the middle of lies and chaos and family drama, making it harder and harder for them to be together.

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Profile Image for Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite.
1,160 reviews302 followers
October 23, 2018
❝She might have been the ice queen, but she was slowly melting my heart.❞

This is my second time reading Tara Brown, and I knew after just a few pages that she was going to keep me there, flipping the pages like a madwoman.

In He Loves You Not, we are back to the life of the rich and privileged in the Serendipity series. Lacey, our heroine, is considered one of them but she's far from that. It is in this circle where she meets Jordan, he claims not to be like the rest of them, but Lacey has been burned by one of them before, so she's not buying it.

Jordan and Lacey were super entertaining to read, and although I had a hard time warming up to Lacey—I went from wanting to slap her, to wanting to hug her—I ended up having a great time while reading their slow burn romance.

What I loved the most of the two books that I have read by Tara Brown is how appealing her secondary characters are, and this time was no different. Monty, Martin, Hennie, even Steph, LOL, I loved them all! They played an important role in the story, and I wouldn't change a thing about them.

He Loves You Not is a light, sometimes funny, and completely engaging story in which a hard-working girl challenges a trust fund baby to break the chains and become what he wants to be, all this while growing up and falling in love!


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420 reviews77 followers
November 13, 2018
I received a copy of this book from Skyscape and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. It was my first book by Tara and definitely won’t be my last! The book was a little long for me and took a little while to get going but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the characters and it was interesting to see how it would all play out.
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502 reviews122 followers
October 30, 2018
**Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the ARC in exchange for an honest review**#HeLovesYouNot #NetGalley

"He loves you not" was a fun read!! It was a little bit long for me and it was like watching an episode of "Gossip Girl". Overall it was well written and I really laughed in some parts!! I really enjoyed it !!
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3,136 reviews121 followers
October 24, 2018
DNF at 49%.

Lacey Winters is the poor girl who hangs out with the uber-rich kids (can anyone say Gossip Girl?). When her little brother is diagnosed with cancer her college tuition fund is earmarked for his treatment and she needs to find a way to earn more money, over and above what she gets interning for her BFF's father. So she cooks up a great scheme to test girls' boyfriends anonymously.

Jordan Somersby is the archetypal poor little rich boy, bullied by his father into 'dating' the daughter of a client in an attempt to create some kind of dynastic merger he meets Lacey at a party on a yacht, she has no idea who he is and they really connect, until she discovers he is yet another spoilt, entitled rich boy with a girlfriend trying to score on the side.

I have to admit part of the blame for this is on me, I just saw Tara Brown was the author and auto-requested without reading the blurb carefully. My tolerance for YA/NA novels decreases year by year, I find them irritating and banal and full of unpleasant characters. Sadly, this was no exception. Lacey's BFF Marcia was vacuous, ignorant and obnoxious. The talk was all about parties and clothes and hair. The girls routinely call each other names as terms of endearment. Jordan seemed to be weak-willed and a bit of a personality vacuum.

By nearly half-way through the book the plot had yet to actually develop and I lost patience. I'm sorry because I loved Tara Brown's Single Lady Spy novels, but obviously her NA/YA books are not for me.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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2,029 reviews261 followers
November 4, 2018
Rate: 3,5 / 5 stars

Let me start off with saying this was my first book by Tara Brown and I really enjoyed her writing and most of her characters. Jordan, and Monty even more so, were a dream and if there is a Monty book I will read it because he is boyfriend goals, and boy did I admire his patience to put up with Marcia.

Anywho, ‘He Loves You Not’ was very Gossip Girl feel, only with more heart than drama and scandal. It depicted the struggle of not only a middle class girl working her way to the top and living amongst the rich but also how the rich,that are more humble and have bigger dreams than just being wealthy, struggle to live with their families’ expectations and demands. There were other issues at play and I think the author gave the story depth with them because the romance was very fun and, I dare say, a bit juvenile too; sometimes I wanted to shake them both at how stupid they were being. But I loved the love/hate relationship they had, it made things very interesting and fun in the beginning of the book.

The book felt a bit long but I think it’s an easy and enjoyable read that will make you smile and also think about certain topics that the story evokes, the same ones that gave depth to the story and provoked strong reactions in you while reading.

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22 reviews6 followers
October 17, 2018
Thank you Skyscape and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

After finished reading this book, it felt like I'd just watched a whole season of Gossip Girl. The characters are the rich and famous people from the Upper East Side plus a middle-class family from Brooklyn... it's automatic.

The story is about Lacey Winters, she lives in Brooklyn, her friends are next level rich, but she’s not. And even though she likes them, she knows their lives has always been different.

Before her last year of college begins, Lacey discovers her younger brother, Martin, has cancer and that their parents need to use her tuition money to pay for his surgery and treatment. So she needs to make money fast by the end of the summer, while working as a full time intern. She has this idea of hitting on guys for money to prove to their girlfriends if they are cheaters or not, but it all gets messy when one of her clientes is Jordan Somersby. Only the guy is only dating some rich girl because his dad obligated him to.

Lacey and Jordan hit it off after they first met at some party, but he is one of the wealthy guys and she doesn’t trust them anymore, not after her cheating ex boyfriend.

I liked most characters. Lacey had good intentions from the start. Jordan was really nice and sweet. I’ve enjoyed the book, it was a little long but a fun and light read. 4/5
2,335 reviews12 followers
October 22, 2018
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) This is the second book in the serendipity series and can be read as a standalone since the author explains things so that you will not be lost. So we have Lacey whose family is middle class but she and her brother attend school with the rich and so the life that she knows is a little different. Her best friend is uber rich (Marcia) and Lacey tends to work for her father during the summer but with the knowledge that he is grooming her to take over company since he sees her as another daughter. She has not had a serious relationship in two years since her dirt bag of a boyfriend was a cheater and now she is wary but is determined to never go out with another rich guy, she knows that she is good enough for sex but not to meet their family. Jordan is rich and his father has decided to use him to get his business more money and wants Jordan to be involved in a fake relationship, he doesn't want to but agrees because he can't seem to not do things for his family. But unfortunately he meet Lacey and they are both attracted to each other which is the worst possible time. Now the issue, you need to read to find out! We have laughter and sadness and hope now I am waiting for the next one.
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1,739 reviews152 followers
October 26, 2018
4.5 stars

***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

That I’m a fan of Tara Brown there is no doubt, but I have to say I LOVE what she’s doing with the Serendipity series!

They’re different than your usual NA books, they have a really good story and plotline behind the romance, they’re well written and funny as hell.

Also, they are VERY ACTUAL and, because of that, it’s so easy to relate to the story and connect with the characters. They deal with subjects that are more than trendy, they’re what we’re leaving at this time and age. And Tara captures that perfectly!

When it comes to the characters, I felt more connected to them than I did to the ones from the first book. I love them and their banter. Both the main and the secondary ones.

Tara’s sense of humor is ON POINT and I caught myself laughing out loud while reading the book. It’s so smart and funny!!!

I definitely recommend this read and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!

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1,426 reviews25 followers
January 20, 2021
January 2021: Just tried to read it again, but failed. Had to give up about half way in.

4.5 stars

This story was great!
It was far from that light fluffy read I expected when starting on the book. The buildup was actually quite nice and felt much more realistic than I'm used to.

It's one of those slow burn relationship, that have always been a favorite of mine, and something that sure is a rare thing in NA nowadays.

Both main characters were lovely flawed and yet very sympathetic. Same with the other characters in the book, they were actually very nicely developed.

I'm VERY happy I read this!

☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
April 5, 2019
This book is the first contemporary romance of Tara Browns I’ve read. While the Born series is and always will be a top favorite this book showed true talent because it was just as good in a less apocalyptic sense, more the super rich elite Upper End sense lol. For some reason the blurb of this book grabbed me and I needed to read it. if you’re like me and want to skip, this book is a complete stand alone, so I wasn’t missing anything by skipping book 1.

I think Lacey’s character is super relatable to many of us. She and her family have had to work for most of what they have. Living in NYC is anything but cheap and while Lacey’s grandparents paid for her private schoolingin her youth, Lacey made many friends and connections with some truly rich and influential people. But Lacey is remarkably admirable, she’s brilliant, headstrong and doesn’t need money or a man to define her. She’s passionate about marketing and her work interning at her best friends fathers company. So much so that she finds a way to intelligently market and advertise health food bars made with
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383 reviews5 followers
October 22, 2018
I would like to thank Netgalley and Skyscape for gifting me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is sooo much better than the first book in this series and I loved that one too.

Lacey born in a middle class family but attends an elite school and is pretty much accepted by those in her circle. I was actually happy about this because there are so many stories about awful, rich, mean girls. Lacey’s family has a tragedy happen and she needs to come into money fast. Not wanting to ask her friends for help she decides to open a business to find cheating boyfriends for pay.

Jordan is one of the elite. His has to live up to family expectations and is forced to “date” who his family wants him to in order to align families. He meets Lacey and wants to pursue her but is not able to because of his pretend girlfriend. He finds the ad for the company that Lacey runs and decides to set himself up as a cheater to get out of his fake relationship. Of course there is trouble written all over this plan.

This book kept me interested and wanting more. I loved the characters and the story line. It’s a book that has you rooting for the main characters to fall in love. I loved that Lacey seemed real and Jordan was willing to give up everything for her. Awesome read.

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138 reviews9 followers
November 1, 2018
I felt that this was definitely a glimpse into an season of gossip girl, what with the whole upper east side meets middle class vibe. It's about a girl who is friends with the rich crowd, while she herself is decidedly not rich. Her little brother gets sick with cancer and her parents use her college fund for his treatments. In order to make the cash for college, she decides to start a business that tests the fidelity of other girls' boyfriends.

I enjoyed the bits of comedy laced in the novel.

My complaints about the book are minimal. The story seemed too long and the plot developed slowly. I don't think it needed to drag on quite as much. I couldn't relate to the majority of the characters-I didn't feel a bond with any of them. I felt that they were a bit more juvenile that I anticipated- Yes yes I know it's young adult, but I prefer the YA that are a little more mature.

I give it 2.5/5 stars.

***I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***
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619 reviews13 followers
September 22, 2018
This is my first book by this author and I enjoyed it. This book has a good story line and interesting characters in it. I recommend to everyone.

This book was provided from Net Galley and the publisher for an honest review.
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212 reviews9 followers
November 3, 2018
Great read! I really enjoy this author’s writing style. Read it straight through one afternoon. I would recommend this!
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1,074 reviews1 follower
October 12, 2018
Received from Netgalley for a honest review. Lacey has everything going for her. Until she doesn’t. With everything on the line, Lacy knows she needs to help her family and still try to keep up with her wealthly friends. When she finds away, can she help her friends and keep it a secret so no one will get mad at her?
On the first night home from college Jordan meets his Cinderella but she doesn’t fit into his families plans. Jordan would do anything not to be the pawn in his families business and maybe even get to know Cinderella. Can he get out without being disowned?
Being my first of this series, I was afraid that I would have missed key points or characters but not at all. Now I’m going to go back to read the first in the “Serendipity”series.
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2,812 reviews21 followers
October 8, 2018
Sadly, this book did not capture my interest in the first few chapters and I gave up.
I think the blurb on the book should have mentioned they were in college. I think my issue with this book was mostly I couldn't get into the age of the characters.
Probably a good book for others to read though.

This is my first book by this author.
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700 reviews21 followers
December 1, 2018
I loved this book more than the first one in this series! Tara Brown does a wonderful job of weaving in socioeconomic differences in a world of wealth. Her characters are trying to figure themselves out in realistic ways through an array of issues that arise. The fact that the characters aren't always making the best decisions made me more invested in them. Lacey is such a hard worker, and I really appreciate the female friendship she has with Marcia. I went from wanting shake Jordan, to wanting to hug him. I love the back and forth between Lacey and Jordan too. This was a great read that evoked lots of emotions and made me so happy in the end!

***Thank you so much to Skyscape and NetGalley for the chance to read this early by giving me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review!***
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Author 5 books9 followers
October 28, 2018
Lacey has always been the outsider looking in. Being Marcia LaCroix's best friend and attending a private high school gave a glimpse of being an insider. To Marcia, Lacey is her sister--her soulmate. The two are complete opposites in everything. Marcia loves to shop and is completely self-absorbed. Lacey works hard and gives to others. Lacey is also being mentored by Marcia's father to take over his company. She has been working for him every summer as an intern since they started college. Mr. LaCroix thinks of Lacey as another daughter. He's upset with her when he finds out that Lucy's brother has cancer. Lacey doesn't tell him. It's the running joke that Lacey is his favorite. 

Marcia is constantly dragging Lacey to socialite parties. Lacey is always hanging on the edge since everyone knows that she doesn't have money. At one of these parties, Lacey meets a gorgeous man. She knows him from somewhere--probably another one these stupid parties that Marcia drags to her to. It bugs her that she knows him but can't place him. He comes from money--how he carries himself, dresses, etc. tells her that. The way he speaks--speaks to her soul. Before she knows it, she's cornered in the bathroom about to kiss him. Ok, she was willing to do a lot more than that. Marcia saves her. 

Jordan Somersby is the youngest of the Somersby brothers. His family is one of the most affluent families in America. His father wants him to date a spoiled socialite in order to close a deal with her father. Dating her will ruin his chances with his dream girl from the boat. Now, if he can find his dream girl. He's not like his brother. He doesn't love crunching numbers and closing deals. He doesn't know what he wants to do. Instead of following his heart and discovering himself, he blindly follows the family tradition to work in the family company with his father, brother, and beloved grandfather. 

Once Jordan finally discovers that Lacey is his dream girl, everyone knows that he's dating Amy. How can he get out of dating Amy without blowing the deal between Amy's family and his? 

Lacey starts a new business on the side in order to pay for her last year of college tuition since her parents have to use her tuition money to pay for her brother's medical bills. Her new business test whether or not men are faithful. The first test is to two of her best friends' boyfriends. When she tests DJ Spark aka Miguel she gets drugged and Jordan takes care of her. Testing these guys is dangerous, she gets a bit of that after her brush with Miguel, but not until she is beaten by a cheating bartender does she realize how dangerous testing these men really are. The only reason why she isn't raped or beaten further is because Jordan is following her after she refuses to see him since he's still involved with Amy. 

Jordan has a brilliant idea of how to get out of this arrangement with Amy. Have the Test Dummy test him--fail. He poses as Amy online to request the test and pays for the whole arrangement. 

Lacey knows that she can't test Jordan. She has Hennie do it. Lacey's heart breaks when Jordan fails. She's hoping that he can stay true even if it is to Amy who is a complete pill and doesn't give a crap about Jordan. 

How can the two of them find a way to be together when so many obstacles are in their way? 
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Author 18 books143 followers
September 28, 2018
A good read! While it took me a little to actually get into the book, it turned out to be pretty good. This is the story of Lacey, born from a middle class family, who works hard for what they want. Though she went to a private school paid by her grandma, she's best friends with extremely wealthy girls. She just doesn't let it get to her.

When Lacey goes with her best friend Marcia on a yacht, she never thought she would run into a hot and sexy Jordan. While she knows she has seen him somewhere, she can't quite place him. Their conversation is normal, like he's a normal regular guy, just like her, not one of those snobby rich boys who thinks he owns the world. When reality kicks in, she can't get away from him fast enough.

Jordan, a rich boy, isn't like the rest of his family. His brother went through women faster than he went through underwear and his dad has always been business. Jordan goes to college and loves to read books. When he runs into Lacey, it's like a breath of fresh air, a normal girl, though she hands him his ass on a silver platter more than he care to count, he's drawn to her.

Lacey runs into Jordan again, this time he blatantly hits on her, while his girlfriend is only a few feet away. Lacey, appalled that the rich boys think they can all get away with it. She wants nothing to do with a man especially a wealthy one, who thinks its okay to cheat.

Jordan is anything but what his family is. His mother always doing what his father says, never standing up for herself and Jordan finds himself in a horrible situation. Does he do what he wants or what his family needs him to do. Does he date a girl he doesn't have any attraction too, because of a business deal? When he's left with no choice, he does what any good son would do, but at what costs?

The more Jordan sees Lacey, the more interested he is in her. The more Lacey see's Jordan, the more she realizes she likes him. When Lacey has a shocking discovery she has to figure out a way to earn money and fast. Yes, she could ask her super rich best friend, but she won't, she will figure out a way, and her brother Martin helps her. They come up with an amazing plan, but at what costs with it have for Lacey?

Jordan shows up more times than Lacey would like to count and has saved her, when she sees him in a different light she wants to believe he isn't like his whore of a brother, but how can she be sure? She saw proof of him, being just like his brother.

Can these two see past all the commotion and craziness of their families to see they have more in common than they think? Can they overcome the obstacles that keep coming at them? Will Jordan be able to say no to his family? Will Lacey make it out alive from the situations she's putting herself in?

A very good story that you won't regret reading!
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626 reviews44 followers
October 23, 2018
Published on Lovey Dovey Books

Tara Brown once again dives into the world of the rich and privileged in the second of the Serendipity series. He Loves You Not packs more of an emotional edge by focusing on a young woman who rises above adversity while rubbing shoulders with people that view her as 'other' because she's not from an influential family.

Lacey loses her tuition funds to her brother's unexpected medical expenses. Raised to be independent, she devises a way to get the money she needs. Her ingenious idea to anonymously test the fidelity of someone's significant other brings in the cash, but when she's forced to test Jordan Somersby things get a little dicey. Jordan is also stuck in a pickle caused by his money hungry father. He's forced to date a girl he doesn't know and can't turn his back on his family without causing a big rift. Lacey and Jordan have very different ways of handling their challenges, thanks to their upbringing, but somehow they meet in the middle.While their problems and frustrations connect them, and sometimes divides them, I was very curious about how this story would play out. The plot had the potential to go round and round in circles unless something drastic brought it together, and Tara Brown does drastic with style!

He Loves You Not seriously gives off Gossip Girl vibes, but it's not all backstabbing and scandal. There are sincere friendships in the novel that I kept waiting to see blowup, but I'm happy that it's not taken to that level. If you loved the drama and romance of Fling Club, you'll be even happier with He Loves You Not!
*ARC provided in consideration for review*
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198 reviews18 followers
October 23, 2018
This is book 2 in the Serendipity series but can be read as a standalone.

What a delicious morsel of a book. I simply devoured this book in one sitting.
Lacey is not a rich girl even though her best friends are from the upper crust. She fits in fine with that group and feels as though she belongs. After a pretty heinous break up from a rich guy, Lacey swears off dating anyone from that circle.

Jordan feels like a fraud and an outsider. He hates his upbringing and the responsibility that comes with money and his name. He wishes he could be down to earth and not have to live up to his family name.

When these two first meet, the chemistry is palpable. You can feel the sparks between them, but Lacey isn’t easily swayed and she will not put up with Jordan’s antics.

After Lacey receives some devasting news, she realizes how much a bind she is in. She needs to make cash and make it quick. With the help of her lovable brother and her work friend they start an anonymous app that checks if your significant other is cheating on you. Lacey soon finds herself in very precarious situations and doing this that she herself finds morally wrong. Somehow, Jordan and Lacey seem to always find themselves around one another and the sparks are becoming overwhelming.

I loved the character development, especially of the secondary characters. I thought the writing was excellent and was easy to follow, with a clear beginning, middle and end. The flow of the story was a perfect slow burnish love between Lacey and Jordan. This story gives off definite “Gossip Girl” vibes and it was a quick and refreshing read.
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1,890 reviews40 followers
October 26, 2018
A college girl who is not from the rich side of the tracks is best friends with the rich girl from the rich side of the tracks. When times get rough for her she chooses to make her own way rather than ask for help from those who have the means to help her. For Lacey this is a matter of pride. She didn’t want to be talked about, be that girl who only uses her friends for what they can offer her, and she didn’t want to be looked down on. I respected that. I loved that she took a very difficult route, keeping her life private, and worked to be self-reliant.

Tara Brown wrote a book that could have gone many ways. The characters could have been selfish, conceited, and no fun yet she made them open to accepting those not of the same stature of them, welcoming to others, and always looking for a good time even though most of them had jobs. The majority of the characters were well off but instead of that being a bad thing they came together to support Lacey, support her family, and support their community.

The relationship of Jordan and Lacey was perfect. They came together in a time when they both had a lot going on and tried to keep their personal lives separate from each other. When the time came for them to be honest with each other they listened, accepted, and made the amends with each other all the while opening their hearts and falling in love. I loved that while they came from two different worlds they opened their hearts and understood that their two worlds could come together and happiness could be found.
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336 reviews59 followers
September 20, 2018
He Loves You Not.
Serendipity Series #2
Tara Brown
#NetGalley #HeLovesYouNot #NA #Romance #Standalone
Dual POV

Can be read as a standalone. I was received a copy from Skyscape via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I've read from this Author before.
Lacey doesn't have wealthy parents or lifestyle like her best friend Marcia. She's happy with having one night stands except with notorious, wealthy womanisers. Being burned by an ex. But it doesn't bother her. She's hard working and wants to figure out things for herself. Lacey is working as an intern at her best friends father's company during summer break. Trying to make some money for NYU so that her parents don't have to work more than they have to. But when there's an unexpected family emergency she goes to the extreme to make more money to help her family out. She then goes behind her friend's backs and starts up a test your boyfriend out to see if he's faithful with her brother and one of her other friends. But ends up in a bit of a pickle. And ends up asking Marcia's Dad for help.

Jordan, who's born into money doesn't want to be saddled with a rich spoilt brat who his father has forced on him just because he wants to do business with her father. So he gets wind of this website that tests your boyfriend so he signs up under his pretend girlfriends name. To get an out. Unknown to him that it's Lacey that's behind it.

It's all a will they won't they.
610 reviews30 followers
June 17, 2019
I have to say I didn't finish the book.
But I'll rate it anyway. Not because I want the average rating to drop or because I want my percentage on NetGalley to get higher but because I think you deserve to know why this book just didn't work out for me.

It's really important for me to enjoy the book, to read because the writing or the story got me hooked. And it needs to happen soon in the story, not too soon of course but not too late too. Because I really don't like to wait for the story to get interesting.

The blurb of this book was something I'd usually consider reading. But it lacked in the plot. First 30 % of the story is really boring. At first, I thought, yeah, okay, let's read about how rich people live but then I was just done. I DNF-ed at 38 % because the book looked like a terrible episode of Gossip Girl if one existed. It was all about rich people, how the heroine and her rich friend got manicures and massages and went to parties, gotten drunk... Probably 2 % or less were about Lacey and Jordan actually having a conversation. Even that was not really interesting. I wanted to read about them not how Lacey thinks her best friend is spoiled. (Don't even let me start about their friendship, I really couldn't connect with Lacey and I think she's too judgmental)

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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755 reviews5 followers
October 28, 2018
He Loves you Not is a decent book; It has romance, scandals and rich socialites. This is the 2nd book in the Serendipity series.

This story is about Lacey Winters the middle-class girl in a sea of rich friends, working her way through college with her BFF’s father she has a future set out and her eye on the prize. When she finds out some devastating family news she is forced to find other ways to pay for her final year in college, refusing to ask her friends for help she finds work in testing men and their faithfulness. What she never expected was to be testing the one she was falling for at the request of another woman. Scandals are revealed and friendships tested. Could creating ‘The Test Dummy’ be the downfall of Lacey and the people she cares about the most?

This is the first novel I have read of Brown’s, personally while I enjoyed the storyline, but the lead up felt like I was reading in slow motion, it wasn’t till around the 50% mark that the story started for me leaving me feeling like the ending was rushed and we didn’t get much time with Lacey and Jordan; a few chapters and an epilogue wasn’t enough for me.
While this may not have been one of my favourites I am looking forward to reading more of Tara Brown’s work in the future.

**Reviewed for Seraphim Book Reviews**

Plot: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Heat: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
Overall: 3/5
Profile Image for Amy  Crull.
1,945 reviews26 followers
October 30, 2018
So I enjoyed how a)Lacey's parents raised her and how they managed to give them everything despite working a lot and b)how accepting her richie rich friends were of her. I think the second one helped that her bestie's dad treated her like his own. He came from the same background as them. Lacey is a great character, she truly cares about her family and making a name for herself. She has a good head on her shoulders and an amazing makeup artist. She fits in despite being the only one without a trust fund. She get shocking news and needs money fast. Between her and her brother, they come up with a genius idea. It blows up fast! Jordan,on the other hand, is one of the richie rich kids. He has expectations for him but that isn't the life he wants to lead. He wants something different. He just needs to stand up for himself. He's easy to fall for. He has the charm and the down to earth attitude that girls fall for. His life is just to complicated at the moment.
This is not one of these books where the characters meet and fall in love... these two have to overcome before they get together. I liked how we get both point of views with the main characters. This book was definitely different then what I normally read but I enjoyed reading it!
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3,167 reviews179 followers
October 22, 2018
When I read the blurb for He Loves You Not by Tara Brown I was curious. A woman looking to make extra money starts a fidelity business. Yes, you read that right. What is a fidelity business you ask? Well it means she tests your boyfriends to ensure they are being faithful.

Lacey Winters wants to help her family and be able to go to school. She is already working one job but needs more to be able to follow her dreams. Hence her fidelity business. Seems easy enough, right? Enter Jordan Somersby. A sexy and charming trust-fund playboy, but is everything as it seems?

I loved Lacey. She was easy going, funny and hard working. Her friends may be wealthy, but she needs to work for her dreams. When she meets Jordan, sparks fly. But things change when she is hired to see if he is a cheater. Can they fight the strong chemistry they feel?

He Loves You Not by Tara Brown was a fun read. Jordan and Lacey had a strong connection and great interactions but had a lot to work through. Charming read with characters I liked and a unique story.

~ Liz
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193 reviews27 followers
November 25, 2018
I couldn't put this down and I didn't want to! He Loves You Not was told from dual prospectives of Lacie and Jamie. During one Summer vacation before the final year of collage. Lacie starts her own business testing the faithfulness of boyfriends around New York... Jordan happens to be one of those boyfriends.... the problem.... she falls in love.

Tara Brown does a great job of writing from both perspectives and made me fall in love with not only her main characters but her side characters. I was in love with Jordan and cheering him on. I was embarrassed for Lacie and cheering on different relationships along the way. I wanted to know who was going to get busted and was good. Would Lacie get caught in her deceptions?

This was the first book I read from Tara book I had read and was pleased to find that she had already published many others and I can not wait to read more by her!

Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for the early e-ARC in exchange for my honest review and opinions.
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