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Love You Truly

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  162 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.

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Published December 2019 by Candlelight Romance
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Hallie Szott
A romance that involves a dating show? I'd be all over Susan L. Tuttle’s Love You, Truly even if I hadn't already loved her debut, At First Glance.

Harlow Tucker, on the other hand, is not a fan of dating shows—but her beloved sister is. When that sister signs her up for Call for Love, Harlow has no choice but to go. Of course, she has no intention of actually falling in love; she just wants to enjoy a bit of traveling. Yet, Call for Love’s celebrity star Blake Carlton manages to find a way past
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was great! I was so impressed with the way the author handled the difficult situations that these characters found themselves in. She adeptly placed Harlow into this reality show situation, where she did not want to be, through Harlow’s desire to help her sister in any way she could.

And Blake ended up being such a complicated character. I liked him so much, and was impressed with his growth throughout the story. I was also impressed with the way the author was able to handle the reali
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
OH THIS BOOK COULD'VE BEEN A 5 STAR READ FOR ME! It made me cry. That says a lot about a book in my eyes, but there were some big things that hindered my 5 star rating.

I connected with Harlow in a way I've never connected with a character before. My older brother has a disability called cerebral palsy, and my whole life has revolved around that. In HER vulnerable moments I felt that pain. I've had those questions. And I've also received that peace to know I'm chosen.
There is a scene in this boo
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet story of salvation and trust

My rating is 4.5 stars

Though their backgrounds were completely different, Blake and Harlow both struggled with the same misconception: that they were responsible for another person's happiness. And, yes, they lived this out in vastly different ways – Blake had no faith in God while Harlow's faith was strong.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect, other than what I remembered of Susan L. Tuttle's previous book, At First Glance, which I recall dealt with deep heart
I can’t say often that a fiction book has changed me, but Love You, Truly by Susan Tuttle has! I loved this book! It is has romance, humor, character growth, a fun storyline, and a wonderful message of God’s love. But, there is also a depth to it that totally took me by surprise.

Susan Tuttle has such a way with words that she makes you feel the way the characters are feeling. I laughed and shed a few tears right along with Blake and Harlow. This story also has the most touching, tear inducing sa
Carole Jarvis
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a fan of reality TV, and have not enjoyed other books with this theme, but Love You, Truly is a hit with me. It’s full of charm, humor and witty dialogue. I loved the main characters – felt for them, rooted for them – and did not want lay the book aside to do other things. Susan Tuttle is an author to watch.

In reflection, I think several factors combine to make this such an enjoyable read. Tuttle is a skilled writer who knows how to tell a story that engages the emotions. And the dating
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a bit skeptical about this book at first because, for one, I don't read a tone of just romance books, and two, I didn't know how I'd like the "Bachelor" kind of thing. This book, however, surprised me in the best way.
From the very beginning of the book, I was very much invested in Harlow's life, which I love in books. I was really able to feel with her and, while I did get frustrated with her at times for not really living to the fullest, I could totally understand why.
The whole "Bachelo
That was so GOOD my heart is melted 😭😭😭
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you absolutely love an author’s debut novel there’s always a little bit of worry starting their sophomore release. Was the first book just a one-off? A one-hit wonder? But I needn’t have have worried with this one! As much as I loved At First Glance, I think this one was even better!

First of all, Bachelor Nation is my guilty pleasure so I loved the reality dating show plot line! It was such a fun setting for the story!

I loved Blake and Harlow! Neither of them have had an easy go of things a
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book is so much fun! I loved the whole reality show aspect—and I know enough from my Bachelor-watching days to know that the behind-the-scenes manipulation is absolutely authentic! There's romance galore, lots of comedy, and moments that pulled at my emotions.

I always cringe a little when the main romance in a book I'm reading is between a believer and a non-believer because, inevitably, the non-believer will come to Christ, and all will be well. (I'm generalizing, but you know what I mean.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blake and Harlow are two characters that fit a reader. They instantly have you feeling connected to them, cheering for them, and finding more about yourself through them. I felt for Harlow in her compassion and commitment to her sister. Her plotline was one that created all these emotions inside of my heart.
Being an empathic soul, it was easy to connect with Harlow. Blake is that man, whom many women wish they would meet. This is strictly my personal opinion but, he is a truly good many, who ar
Beth Erin
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book was a "one sit" read for me, I couldn't put it down! Wit, spunk, and attraction that sparks kept me hanging on every word and devouring page after delightful page of Love You, Truly!

Although I'm not a reality television fan, for some reason I nearly always enjoy books set in those outlandish situations and this book is no exception. Harlow and Blake each have serious trust issues and neither dares to hope for happily ever after, especially with one
Suzie Waltner
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan Tuttle’s sophomore release does not disappoint. With an unwitting dating show contestant, a Hollywood star's son prone to headlines, and marvelous banter, Love Your, Truly is a contemporary romance fans shouldn’t miss.

Harlow’s kind and generous heart is seen through the photographs she takes and her actions that follow. Blake longs for a different kind of relationship than the physical ones he’s used to and, while skeptical of her character at first, he’s drawn to Harlow.

If I could change
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story of trust, of brokenness, of healing and finding God, of believing in His promises. I admit I’m not a big fan of the finding love type of reality TV. Though I do find them intriguing, I don’t find they represent reality. Tuttle has a different twist. When Harlow Tucker is surprised by her sister and nominated for Call For Love, she is horrified. It’s the last thing she wants to do, especially when she realizes it’s Blake Carlton. The same man who took her coffee that morning is the same m ...more
Jaycee Weaver
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hate reality shows, LOVED this book!

With intricate cleverness, Ms. Tuttle has managed to craft a story that those who love AND those who hate “reality” dating shows can appreciate. Wonderful characters. Despicable characters. Forgettable contestants and the ones so awful you wonder why the guy keeps them around. Behind the scenes drama, on camera drama. And through it all, two people who’d rather leave all drama far behind as they fight a pull so strong both are half off their feet before they s
Katie Marie
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So beautiful!!

I have no words for how much I loved this story. It’s so beautiful and amazing!! I loved the bachelor show feel to it, and although it did get heated at times, I don’t think any of it was to bad. I’d still say it was a clean read. The romance, the story, the characters, the humor, basically everything about this book was perfection. The main guy wasn’t saved for most of the book, so you hear about how he’s slept with women before and doesn’t have the best life style, but nothing ex
100 Pages per Hour
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it

I'm not a huge fan of reality television so keep that in mind...

The story was good. I liked that Harlow was finally able to do what she wanted and not be in her sister's shadow. But it was pretty unrealistic how fast everything happened. But since it is fiction let's ignore that. I did like that she wasn't afraid to share her faith. I also loved the international settings.
So glad I gave this one a shot… I thought it might be like a lot of other reality show novels, but it was so much better! Hard to put down and with deeper truths woven in.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OH! MY! GOODNESS!!! Is this an amazing novel. I would truly give this novel 100 STARS if I could.

Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle is one of the BEST contemporary Christian romances I have ever read. I devoured this book in just under 24 hours as I could not put this marvelous story down. I love that the plotline seamlessly weaves my two favorite tropes: the “two worlds collide” trope and the insta-hate trope. As soon as I got through chapter 1, I knew Blake and Harlow were going to be characte
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ku, 2020-read
Susan L. Tuttle has written an absolutely delightful and charming romance in her novel, Love You, Truly. The story focuses around a reality TV show and an unlikely romance. It’s about pushing through past hurt and mistrust and taking a chance on love. It’s not only about finding romance though, but also about finding the importance of having the influence of God in one’s life. This sweet romance is an absolute pleasure from cover to cover. And although not a romcom, this story has the perfect el ...more
Jolene -
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored every page of Love You, Truly by Susan L. Tuttle. With a reality tv show as its setting, the perpetual changes and circumstantial drama held my attention throughout the story. The amazing romantic tension between Blake and Harlow made me resist putting it down even when I should have. As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to start back at the beginning and enjoy it again.

But it wasn’t all reality tv drama and sizzling romance in Love You, Truly. The novel has boldly-stated themes abo
A.M. Heath
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My Thoughts: From start to finish, Love You Truly was an absolute delight! Their meet-cute was fun and original and had hooked me right from the start. Their amazing chemistry oozed on every single page.
But I will confess, I'm on the more conservative side in terms of romance, and this one was a little stronger than I expected. Younger or more sensitive readers will want to be warned. Nothing ever went too far but it was a little more than I was looking for.
I found it easy to sympathize with Har
Denise Weimer
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love You Truly will keep fans of reality TV romance flipping pages, eager for the next moment of sizzling connection or snort-out-loud humor. But in the course of the romantic conflict, this story also offers brilliant flashes of character motivations … the fractured thinking that holds us back in life. For example: “While others shone, she flickered, good enough to only go so far. But God needed someone to help fan into flame his larger plans. That was her role, and when she didn’t hope for mor ...more
 The Flipped Page (Susan K)
Romance, clean; strong Christian Faith elements.
Harlow and Blake's story with all it's moments complexity and drama, was a heartwrenching, honest, emotionally fraught read, but so subtly deep and moving. The moments that happened where they 'saw' each other, learned their hearts, where Blake learned his 'real' heart and home, where he found his faith, and found his heart with service to others and caring beyond his family and self. Some great characters, very heartfelt, honest, raw, real and o c
Caitlyn Santi
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great book by a new to me author, but to be honest I have mixed feelings about it, there were many things about it that I loved, but some other things that didn't work for me.
I loved the heroine, Harlow. I really admired her strong relationship with Jesus and that even in her struggles as well as in the midst of the reality dating show she was not willing to compromise her standards! Before starting this book I didn't know how prominent a role the faith story would feature and I was s
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes a sweet love story is just the ticket a reader needs. In Love You, Truly author Susan Tuttle provides an enjoyable love story between two people who could not be more opposite.

Harlow Tucker strongly dislikes reality shows, she especially dislikes the bachelor/bachelorette shows. There’s simple nothing real about them at all. Her sister Mae, on the other hand, loves them and Harlow finds it hard to tell her sister she does not want to watch the show with her.

When Harlow is surprised b
Sherry Deatrick
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a hard review for me. I do not watch the Bachelor and was hoping this was not going to be patterned exactly after that show. But it seemed to be so. In fact most of the book occurred during the taping of the show. I felt the characters were fully developed and I loved that the idea of being not unequally yoked together was important to the Christians in the story. There was a lot of Christian thought in this book but it was just too much of a fantasy for me.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a wonderful romance! I'm not into watching dating shows and totally agree with Harlow that they're so fake and who wants to date a guy who's dating all of these other women and making out with them besides! However, I loved that Harlow was different than the other women on the show and that Blake recognized that. As he was drawn more to her he pulled away from the other women and really grew tired of how they acted and how the show was manipulated. I loved Harlow's strong faith and ...more
Robin E. Mason
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many things I loved about this story I hardly know where to begin!!!
Ms. Tuttle takes the reader inside the not-so-real world of reality TV. Blake and Harlow are about as opposite as two people can be. The kind of opposite that gets under the other’s skin.
Both dealing—or not dealing, as the case may be—with deep seated issues. And in a particular twist for this reader, those particular issues are ones too familiar to this reader. Both feeling unappreciated and the need to prove their worth to
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've never been one for reality television, and all the issues that are brought up in Love You, Truly are some of the reasons why. The "reality" portrayed is just an illusion, and despite what you see on tv, these are real people with real emotions, and I cannot imagine the pressure they are under with all of their words and actions constantly being put under a microscope.

Love You, Truly gives us a glimpse into one man, whose entire life has been under a spotlight, co-mingling with a normal girl
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ACFW Carol Award finalist, Susan L. Tuttle was born and raised in the Mitten State where she met and married her best friend. A mom of three, somewhere along the way she blinked and those three littles aren’t so little anymore. Now she balances their teenage years—and still homeschooling one—with directing the women’s ministry at her church and writing. She fully believes God is the biggest romanc ...more

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