I only intended to borrow a name—who would’ve thought this would end up in the papers! In order to adopt her deceased friend’s baby, Paige lies at the government office that she’s engaged to Dante, the young hotshot manager of the major department store where she works. But somehow, the news reaches the press! While she prepares herself for termination, she desperately tries to explain herself to Dante when he confronts her with the headlines. However, Dante’s handsome face expresses contempt at her despair and he mercilessly fires her. But then, with a speculative look, he turns to a distraught Paige and offers her a proposal. “I will make you my wife.”
Her Little White Lie by Yutta Narukami
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Her Little White Lie by by Yutta Narukami (Illustrator), Maisey Yates is a 2017 Harlequin/ SB Creative publication.
After the death of her friend, Paige is desperate to adopt her daughter. To better her chances, she tells a little white lie. She claims she is engaged to be married to Dante, her boss at the department store where she works. But when the press gets wind of his engagement, Dante sees an opportunity to repair his bad reputation. Marrying an employee and helping to adopt an orphaned child would make him look like a hero. So, he moves Paige and Ana into his home.
Believing that closing himself off and avoiding tender feelings of any kind the best course of action for him, Dante soon finds himself conflicted as Paige and Ana worm their way into his heart. Yet, he continues to harden his heart against them. Can Paige and Ana heal his damaged soul?
This is one of the best Manga versions of a previously released Harlequin romance that I have read so far. This is a very sweet story, and of course, I’m a sucker for the dark, brooding and damaged hero type. The tender moments between Dante and Ana are heart melting and his transformation is touching.
The artist did an amazing job with the illustrations and the note about the happily ever at the end capped it all off.
I love seeing old books get a facelift and reach new audiences, but I’m not going to lie- choosing a book published seven years ago, as opposed to one published thirty or more years ago, is probably why this one worked better than the other ones I’ve tried.
I love reading older books and have a healthy collection of old vintage Harlequins that I like reading one from time to time, for kicks and giggles. However, they are just too hard to update and make palatable to the modern audience, even if you know what to expect. I admire the concept, but I hope I can find more like this one.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever
She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.