Can’t Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering

Can't Buy Me LoveTitle:  Can’t Buy Me Love
Series:  Yorkshire Romances #6
Author:  Jane Lovering
Genre:   Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 28, 2016
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

Is it all too good to be true?

When Willow runs into her old university crush, Luke, she’s a new woman with a new look – not to mention a little bit more cash after a rather substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at the same time?

Then Willow meets Cal; a computer geek with a slightly odd sense of humour. They get on like a house on fire — although she soon realizes that there is far more to her unassuming new friend than meets the eye …

But money doesn’t always bring happiness, and Willow finds herself struggling to know who to trust. Are the new people in her life there because they care – or is there another reason?

Read on for my thoughts about Can’t Buy Me Love.  No true spoilers, promise.

Willow is over the moon happy when her secret crush from their university days walks into the pub where she and friends are having a drink.  She’d stopped in after the reading of her grandfather’s will, and the odd inheritance she’d received.  She’d been looking just to talk with those that cared, she never in a million years expected to see Luke across the room.  And to discover that he remembered her and wanted to be in contact – totally unbelievable.  Yeah, that part should have stuck in her brain for longer than a minute.

But Luke said all the right things, even when they didn’t exactly mesh with her memories.  She’d been so stricken with him back then, she probably knew nore details about his life than he could ever imagine.  So there should have been red flags popping up all over the place – but Willow was a woman in love (with being in love) and she refused to see until it was almost too late.

Cal is a friend of her twin brother Ash.  Perhaps she’d been led to believe that Cal was Ash’s boyfriend.. or simply what her sneaky brother wanted her to think.  You see, Willow has a peculiar physical reaction to stress, to meeting handsome new men or simply feeling strong emotions – I’ll leave that discovery to you as you read.  So it was further proof to her when this reaction did not happen around Cal, that this man was safe and completely in the friend category.  Slowly, Cal and Willow spend time together, getting to know each other and when she discovers her brother’s exaggerated fib about his friend’s place in his life, wouldn’t you know it but that particular ailment returned once again.

As Willow is gradually handing more cash over to Luke for his business, their new home and furnishings, those around her are beginning to point out flaws in Luke’s behavior – flaws that she’s noticed but is overlooking because well, he’d never use her like that.  They were to be married after all.

Can’t Buy Me Love is a charming and at times, heartbreaking story of loving the wrong person, trusting them with everything you are only to find out just how badly they behave.  It’s also a story about discovering the true worth of a person.  No matter what outward appearances show, you’ll never know the true person until you go digging a bit deeper, trusting in your instincts and making the choice that is right for you, and you alone.

Now, I am not a reviewer who gives spoilers – I don’t like to have a story messed up for me so I try my best not to do it to you…a t least on the really important parts.  But I have to tell you the ending is abso-freaking-lutely brilliant!  And I’m betting that once you finish up this story for yourself, you’ll think of a few men in your past that you’d have loved to do exactly that to.  I know I sure did.

I never have a problem falling into any world that Jane Lovering creates, and Can’t Buy Me Love was no exception.  If you enjoy romance, close friendships, the characters finding the right partners at last… and maybe a bit of revenge.  Then this story is perfect for you.

*I received an e-ARC of Can’t Buy Me Love from the publisher, Choc Lit and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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