Taking Him is the first book in the Lies We Tell series by Jackie Ashenden. Ellie is a computer game designer currently living in Auckland. She is about to start a new job in Japan, hoping to expand to cell phone games in the process. She has an obsession with her brother’s best friend, Hunter Chase. But Hunter thinks of Ellie as a kid and will not move her to anything more. Hunter has more than one reason not to get serious with Ellie despite her attempts. Hunter has things in his past that Ellie has no idea about but is about to find out.
Ellie comes across as a smart and stubborn woman. She is head over heels in love with Hunter. She tries over and over to get Hunter to respond to her. She is leaving her home to move to a new country to further her career.
Hunter keeps as far away from his dysfunctional family as much as possible. He works hard at his job at the construction company he owns with Ellie’s brother. Hunter is a hot and sexy man that has issues he is trying to deal with the best he can. He seems to try and not focus on it but the more Ellie is in his face the more he is forced to face it.
The chemistry between Hunter and Ellie is off the charts. The sex scenes were sizzling hot and a reflection of where Hunter is in facing his past. I respected that as the they progressed as a couple Hunter became gentler with Ellie and you could see how much he cared for her. Overall, I loved this story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Behind every hero is the damage that made him.
Lies We Tell, Book 1
Computer game designer Ellie Fox can’t wait to start her new job in Japan. But first there’s one loose end in Auckland she needs to tie up: her obsession with her older brother’s best friend, Hunter Chase.
She’s sick of being “kid zoned”. It’s time to make like one of her kick-ass computer game heroines and take matters into her own hands. Except when she finally has Hunter where she wants him, her hands are the last thing he’ll let her use.
Hunter works hard at running the construction firm he co-owns with his friend, and at keeping his distance from his dysfunctional family. Control is his linchpin, but there’s just one spanner in the works—Ellie.
The girl he always looked out for suddenly seems determined to make him see her as a woman. But with a past darker than the angel wings tattooed on his back, the safest place for her is just beyond arm’s length. Or the next heart to suffer damage could be hers.
Warning: Contains a tortured hero, a determined heroine, cosplay kink, and a twisted twist that could cause mental whiplash. Line to the WTF Infirmary forms on the right.