Loving the White Liar by Kate Stewart
Released July 20
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
“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.
Kate Stewart, a native of Dallas, now resides in Charleston, S.C. She moved to the city three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, declaring the city her creative muse. Since her move in 2010, she has published two novels, the third Loving the White Liar set to publish July 2015. She lives with her husband of 8 years, Nick who is featured on the cover of the novel, TITAN. (Set to re-release some time in 2015.)
Her other novels include Room 212 and Never Me which are both available now.
Contact Kate- email@example.com
My 5 Star Review
"This is not my sob story; this is his success story.”
This story is so lovely and unique. I was truly overwhelmed with the ending and the feels. I haven’t read a story like this before, but really loved it!
Jayden isn’t your typical hero. Yes, he is sexy, witty, and handsome, but he is also suffers from a mental illness and despite wanting to be perfect for Hilary he often fails at finding a perfect balance. His imperfections and struggles made him perfect to me. I loved seeing his sacrifices and how far he was willing to go to make Hilary happy. He was the best man he could be for her.
It’s important to point out Hilary doesn’t place unrealistic expectations on Jayden. She wants what we all want, love, stability and openness. I guess why this story was perfect to me is it was realistic. It wasn’t crazy, dramatic or have some twist. The story was just real, their love felt real and their struggles were heartfelt.
There are parts of this story that are ugly and really broke my heart, but in the end those broken moments were some of my favorites. I loved seeing this couple grow and learn to be together. The last 25% of this book was my favorite and I was completely overwhelmed with the feels. Hilary and Jayden made me cheer for their happiness, I was completely into their story.
If you are looking for a book with fun banter, sexiness and tons of heart this is your book. Kate blew me away with her originality and beautiful writing. I highly recommend!
“This is forever. No matter who we beat the shit out of it. You and me, we are always.”