Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review: Loving the White Liar by Kate Stewart

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.


(5 stars)

"It's a white lie. They are harmless."

I'm glad I trusted my GR friends and read this one because Hilary and Jayden has such an exceptional journey that kept me up all night long.

Loving the White Liar is such a touching and moving read. Although the main focus is on the subject of ADHD and how it affect the relationship between the couple, it also a story that is full of humor, sense of family/friendship and learning the meaning of unconditional love. Is a book that had me leaking happy tears throughout the read.

Hilary is a woman on a dead end job when she realized she's hitting her 30s. While doing some soul searching and outlining her career path, she developed a new relationship with her hot neighbor, Jayden who seems to be the perfect guy. 

Jayden Monroe is the perfect boyfriend in every way. He had great sense of humor, he knows how to cook a kickass chicken casserole, he is a homebody and he is a total gentleman that respect Hilary. 

Playful Jayden was adorable. Nervous Jayden was endearing. Affectionate Jayden was beautiful.

Why is this amazing man is still single is due to his ADHD

Hilary don't understand what's the big deal when Jayden told her about it. I don't either. Poor woman was drunk on love potion. We assumed he had short attention span, but reality is so much worst than that. When Hilary found out the extend of his disorder, is already too late for her to feel anything but love towards the man who called her 'fishnipple'.

The asshole he'd warned me about had arrived. And I had to say I wasn't happy to meet him, but I loved him and so I refused to let the asshole win.

I read plenty of books about Asperger sufferer, but ADHD is a first for me. Is an eye opening experience to see how Jayden struggle through his daily life and how his disorder affect his relationship with Hilary. His quirks and idiosyncrasies can drive people around him up the wall and out the door.

"I told you loving me wasn't easy, Hil."
"It's so easy to love you, Jayden. Too easy. It's only hard when you won't let me."

I like that Hilary isn't all perfect herself and her mischief is endearing. She had her own flaws, but is admirable to see despite all the hardship she endured, she had so much faith in them. It made the story feel so hopeful and uplifting instead of being angsty.

"I don't care if you drink blood once a month from a one legged whore. I love you."

Loving the White Liar is a book that must not be miss by any romance reader who loves a tender love story with the ups and downs in a relationship. We watched how Hilary and Jayden overcome so much in their years together, having faith that their love will triumph all challenges. 

It also proves to me that contemporary romance is not all about asshole, angst and tattooed bad boys. Once a while, we meet a Jayden that make us hopeful that we will find another man as special as him. 

Times stop, anxiety falls away and as I wait for you, I'll be the calmest I've ever been. 

“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.