Author: Kate Stewart
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: July 20, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Inspirational Romance, Romance
I met my true love when I was twenty-seven. He was handsome, charming, witty, and irresistible. Jayden Monroe came along when I was struggling with indecision and made things simple, turned monochrome into vivid color, and forever altered my perspective on life.
I was not naive enough to believe in happily ever after, but with Jayden, it seemed possible . . . until I realized something wasn’t quite right.
You see, I met a man who would be anyone I needed him to be, and after I found out that fact, I knew it would be impossible to walk away. His disorder, however, would change everything I ever thought about love and what it truly meant to accept someone for who they are.
This is not my sob story; this is his success story
Loving The White Liar wasn’t your average romance. Yes, this story absolutely had its sweet moments though they did not always come easily. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was beautiful.
I admit going to this story I didn’t quite understand the severity or rather the complexity of ADHD. Although this isn’t a text book telling on having ADHD, it is loosely based on the authors own experience with her spouse.
The story starts off with Hilary and Jayden randomly meeting at the apartment complex they live in. After their first meeting the two just seem to click. Their first date bombed (I’m mean he seriously feel asleep lol!!), but he worked to make it up to her. Their relationship progressed quickly but soon Hilary realized that something wasn’t quite right. Jayden quickly admitted to having ADHD and how it could cause difficulties for their relationship.
Jayden, was complex but so darn cute. He was also funny and caring. Having ADHD did make his previous relationships difficult but there was something about Hilary that made him want to try even harder to do better. Hilary soon discovered the extent of his white lies, emotional outbursts, insomnia, and OCD tendencies. They were hard to deal with but they were also part of who he is and she loved him regardless.
Even thought their relationship happened quickly you could feel the connection that the two had. The quirks that they each had seemed to just mesh well together. It also helped that their physical connection was electric. Yes, at times I wanted to shake Jayden but there was something about him that I also found absolutely endearing. He always showed Hilary how much he cared about her and I never doubted his feelings for her.
I loved Hilary’s tenacity and commitment. She was the kind of women that loved without holding back. Even when there were times Jordan’s words and actions hurt her, she let her feelings be known. She never truly turned her back on him and she didn’t love him less. She fought for their relationship. I even told my co-blogger, Hilary was a better woman than me! I don’t know if I could have stuck it out like she did. Even though I knew it wasn’t completely his fault, there were times I was so frustrated with Jordan’s character that I personally would have just wanted to turn and walk away, but that is not what love is. It’s supposed to be through both the good and bad, and I admired Hilary’s love, loyalty, and commitment.
This was a nice romance and the story flowed well. I enjoyed the fact that these characters weren’t perfect; they were flawed and it made them more real. Ms. Stewart wrote this story with great depth and emotion but she also infused it’s with quirky humor. This is only the second novel that I’ve read from Ms. Stewart but she held my attention once again.
“Jayden,” I said in warning.
“Okay.” He let out a long breath. “It’s like a tidal wave that’s impossible to stop. I just get sad and a little scared. It’s not clinical, but it’s rough. I feel like everything’s wrong. Nothing will get better. You know, hopeless.” I nodded as I felt the discomfort he was feeling from telling me. “It doesn’t happen a lot, once or twice a year, and it doesn’t last long. It’s not even really a symptom of ADHD. I don’t know. I guess my racing brain just gets tired and I shut down. It’s all about the chemicals in my brain. You know what ADHD is, right?”
“I’m beginning to think I don’t,” I said honestly. “I started to look it up the other night and then your mom called.”
“My mom called?”
“Yes, we are going to a barbeque Saturday.”
“No shit,” he said, smiling.
Jayden picked up a sponge from the side of the tub and poured some liquid soap on it to suds it up then began rubbing my leg with it. “She’s going to love you, Hilary.”
“Oh yeah, how do you know that?”
“I know her.” He grinned.
Jayden’s sponge drifted over my stomach as he crept closer to me. Still working his sponge, he managed to lift me by my arms, pulling me into his seated lap. I felt his growing hardness as I wrapped my legs around him. His muscled arms firmly around me, he used the sponge on my back as he stared into my eyes. “I missed you.”
“You didn’t have to,” I protested, looking away. I didn’t want to cry again. I didn’t want him to think of me as weak. I wanted him to be able to trust that I could handle it.
“Look at me,” he ordered gently, gripping me tighter as he continued to bathe me. “I wasn’t there.”
I nodded. “I’ll live. I . . . You didn’t tell me about that part.”
“Do you have any idea how hard it is to explain to the person you are falling for that they might not want to reciprocate your affection because you may on occasion have an uncontrollable, explosive temper tantrum? Or that you may pop off with inappropriate comments at any point in time that could alienate them? Oh, and don’t forget the controlling, OCD tendencies with a small, short-lived side of anxiety and depression. Or better yet, how to explain you weren’t listening to something important they were trying to convey because you were too busy figuring out the difference between jelly and jam.”
“Just like that,” I answered, knowing it wasn’t that simple.