Lying to Meet You

Lying to Meet You

by Anna Garner

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Overview

Lying to Meet You by Anna Garner

Does being in a relationship make you a hot commodity in the eyes of would-be suitors?

Chloe Lane is about to find out. When her childhood pal, Ethan Webster, asks her to play the part of his girlfriend in order to test this theory, she reluctantly agrees. As a work-crazed fashion designer, boutique owner and soon-to-be reality show judge, Chloe has no time for a real boyfriend, but being part of a faux pair will do just fine. Not that she has any intention of trying to attract someone else.

However...

Opportunity unexpectedly knocks when Chloe meets fellow reality judge, William Shannon. Super successful and super sexy, this high-powered entrepreneur inspires Chloe to test Ethan's theory herself. Now, on top of keeping her fashion business productive, carving out a new role as a television personality, maintaining a fake relationship and attempting to lay the groundwork for a future relationship, she's lying to William, lying to her friends, lying to her family and quite possibly lying to herself. Will Chloe be able to keep it all together, or are things about to explode?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148616924
Publisher: Libby Mercer
Publication date: 09/05/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 463 KB

About the Author

Born and raised in the Midwest, Anna Garner's adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she's since lived in Boston, NYC and London. For several years, Anna worked in fashion--first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Although chick lit was her first love, Anna started writing quirky romances, and her first one, Fashioning a Romance, was published in May 2012 under the name of Libby Mercer. This was followed by two more quirky romances: Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection. Since Lying to Meet You is written in old school chick lit style and isn't a clear cut love story, Anna decided to publish it under her real name. She currently lives in San Francisco and spends most of her time cranking out more stories.

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Lying to Meet You 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where is the story? Just title page???? Should have zero stars!!!
Sherri_Hunter More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Premise! This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Lying to Meet You was a very cute and entertaining story by new to me author Anna Garner about an up and coming fashion designer who lands a gig a judge on a reality television show. Over dinner one evening with her childhood friend, Ethan, they discuss the topic of being attractive to the opposite sex only when they are in a relationship. Deciding to test the theory, they agree to pretend to be in a relationship. Ethan has his eye on a coworker and Chloe is quite smitten with William Shannon, a fellow judge on the reality show. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Chloe and Ethan’s ruse could result in several outcomes, to my way of thinking. They could learn that their theory proves bupkis and they are no more attractive to others regardless of their relationship status. They could learn that the theory is true and they both get the relationship they are wanting. They could learn that this theory brings them closer together and they develop feelings for one another or the whole thing blows up in their face and not only does it destroy their friendship, but brings down a whole hot mess from all of their friends and family who have been lied to about this project. Exciting, isn’t it? I was quite literally rubbing my hands together in gleeful anticipation to read this book. I absolutely loved Chloe and Ethan. As friends, they have a great relationship, very close and comfortable, like you would expect to see of life-long friends. I enjoyed their easy dialogue with one another and their companionship. As a pretend couple, I got such a kick at watching them try to come up with cute pet names for one another, having “dates” (I will never look at Karaoke the same again) and being lovey dovey in front of friends and family. As a new reader to Anna Garner’s work, I give her a high-five for delivering a story that immediately drew me in and kept me connected to the story and the characters. I will definitely be on the hunt for more of her work. Fans of contemporary romance and the chick-lit genres will find this story appealing and a lot of fun. If you are already familiar with Ms. Garner’s work, Lying to Meet You will provide another enjoyable experience for your reading adventures. If you are new to her work, this book is an excellent choice to begin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the humor in this book. The main character, Chloe, is so likable and I got such a kick out of her self-deprecating, unpretentious personality. Her little cracks about the size of her ass, her inner dialogues expressing her embarrassments or uncertainties. The characters in the story were so entertaining. I came very close to giving this book four stars simply because I felt it took a bit long to get to the conflict (about a third way in). However, the rest of the book succeeded in winning me over, and if you're a fan of '80s pop culture, you will adore the ending like I did. As I read, Chloe felt like a close friend, and I think I'm a little sad our time together has ended. This was a great read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Chloe is a small time fashion designer on the brink of her 30s and although she has great job satisfaction, she hasn't quite found the guy.  The two men featured in the book are Ethan - her friend from childhood who has challenged her to a fake relationship to entice the interest of a real relationship and William - a quite hunky millionaire who has had success in the technology world.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
Very fun book. It was witty and cute and had many parts where you just laugh. Chloe Lane is a clothing designer and owns her own boutique. She's in a rut with the dating scene along with some of her friends. After realizing couples seem to get noticed more then singles, Chloe and her friend Ethan decide to become a fake couple as an experiment to see if they can get more dates that way. When Chloe is asked to be a judge on a reality tv show, she has no idea what will happen next. She's fallen for William Shannon, a millionaire, who is also a judge. She'll do anything to get his attention right down to following her hairdresser's advice. But, some advice can get you in trouble. Will Chloe find her true love after all and how far will she go to get it? I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to my friends looking for something fun to read.
itsJUSTme-wendy More than 1 year ago
Super cute book with a very original storyline! It was a bit predictable, but I usually don't mind that. It was a fun quick little Romance/ Chick-lit. As sappy as this sounds I actually teared up a couple times! Between laughs, that is. The character development is very good. Chloe is a very loveable, funny, adorable and easy person to get to know. She really sucked me into her life. I also liked Ethan, the fake BF. What a sweetheart! However I never liked William Shannon, the man of Chloe's dreams. He didn't wow me like he did Chloe. I liked Chloe's friends as well, you get to know them a little bit too. I also loved the backdrop of this story. The author does a nice job of painting us a NYC picture! I like the bits about fashion, the reality show, the boutique, everything was done very well. I loved the ending. I am glad it ended the way I thought it should, LOL. As I said it did bring a few tears - so good job Anna! I love a book that can make me cry! The beginning of the book seemed a bit long to me, but by the time I got to the middle - it was great and flowed nicely. This is a fun book to read and I highly recommend it especially if you like chick-lit (like I do!). I never turn down a good chick-lit book!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I really did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. Lying to Meet You was a great read. It had everything that I love in chick lit — love, friendships, relationships, awkward moments, funny moments, giddy moments, laugh-out-loud moments — everything. The plot was familiar yet different. I loved all of the characters and how they related to each other. Sometimes you have preconceived notions about how certain people are — like the camera guys from the reality show — but you just never know who you are dealing with. The different scenes with the different friends and co-workers were diverse but fantastic. Karaoke! Dinner party! Cooking class! All were great fun to read and showed everyone in different lights. The leading lady, Chloe, is an intelligent fashion designer/boutique owner who gets the chance of a lifetime. She is going to judge a reality show with a few of the country’s top entrepreneurs. While her business gets more action, Chloe may as well. She has a great group of friends, especially her childhood friend, Ethan. The plan Ethan comes up with is ingenious. And he is right, you do seem to become more attractive to others when you are unavailable. They have an easy, relaxed relationship. So, to fake a romantic relationship is a rather simple endeavor for Chloe and Ethan. I loved how they went out to dinner to set the parameters of their goal. I loved how easy their “relationship” was. I loved their movie days and the dinners where they discussed their other relationship potentials. I really loved the trips to see the family at the holidays. Anyone could see how perfect they were together. And I loved both of them individually, not just when they were together. Both characters were wonderfully written. I cared about each of them. I wanted them to find their happiness. I did not like William Shannon, Chloe’s other love interest. I think I agree with her friends regarding him. Mathieu was wonderful. I jumped to the same conclusion but I was glad it turned out the way it did. However, I was surprised by that little twist! Ouch! I want to know how everything worked out for Chloe in the end. Speaking of which, I LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending. I was giggling and smiling as if it were happening to me. Well done, Ms. Garner, well done. (And yes, this bit was cryptic but I am not going to give anything away. Nope, not going to do it.) Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It is a great chick lit book that will leave you with a squeal at the end — at least it did for me. Will I read it again: I just may. I do know this, Ms. Garner (a.k.a. Ms. Mercer) is now on my “must read everything by this author” list, that is for sure. Thank you for writing such wonderful books, Ms. Garner. :-) (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
KelliN More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this fun, quirky read. Lying to Meet You is smart, sassy chick lit. I read it during a time of illness and it provided the perfect escape from my problems. Chloe's voice and spunky personality made Lying to Meet You so much fun to read. I love it when main characters know what they want and pursue it without distraction. Chloe has nerve and gumption, and is not afraid to go after her dreams. I loved her interactions with her friends (it's so nice to see healthy relationships between friends portrayed in a novel) and with William Shannon. I thought it was cute how Chloe referred to William as William Shannon in her internal dialogue. She is in awe of his good looks, charm and fame, and sort of holds him on a pedestal. But only up to a certain point. The flirtation between Chloe and William was a lot of fun. Watching Chloe her make her decision about a relationship with him was very gratifying. I loved the way she informed him of her decision, it really made me smile. Chloe designs and sews clothes, and runs a boutique. I loved that aspect of the story, because it provided a glimpse into the fashion world, which interests me. I enjoy reading about creative people, and that part of the story was really fun for me. The premise of being in a relationship making someone more attractive to other people was interesting. I could see the merit of the idea (even based on reflection of my own dating life, long ago). I liked that Chloe and Ethan were childhood friends and had a positive, long-standing relationship. I liked how honest and easy their friendship was---well they were honest with each other, but lied to everyone else, saying they were dating when they really weren't. I liked that the book took place over several months, which provided ample time for character growth and change. I would recommend Lying to Meet You to fans of chick lit and contemporary fiction. It reminded me of Sophie Kinsella and Emily Giffin's writing. Except I enjoyed it even more than the books I've read from both of those authors! I often feel like Kinsella's books lack depth and Giffin's books lack intensity. Lying to Meet You gave me everything I wanted and more. It was just deep enough, the love story was intense, and the minor characters were very well-developed. My one thought after finishing Lying to Meet You was that it was such a fun book to read and lose myself in. I can't think of one thing I'd change about Lying to Meet You. I loved everything about it and highly recommend it!
MichBell More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with author Libby Mercer's work last year, finding her sweet romantic tales to be endearing and utterly charming. Libby is the pen name for Anna Garner and she is releasing her first chick lit novel under her real name. I'm very pleased that Anna continues on with the streak of "add to your list of books to read" as Lying to Meet You was fantastic. Our adorable heroine is Chloe Lane, her professional life too hectic to find time to fit in a love life and doing okay without one. Enter lifelong friend, Ethan Webster, with a wacky idea - pretend to be in a relationship together to test the theory that being taken makes you more attractive to a third party. Ethan is hoping to attract the eye of a co-worker and this the perfect plan. Chloe gamely goes along, but finds herself having her own radar pinged by a fellow judge on a reality show, William Shannon. The hijinks that ensue are laugh out loud and exactly what you are hoping to read in a chick lit book. Complete with charming suitors, mishaps, entertaining characters, and some hilarious moments during karaoke this is a solid novel from start to finish. Whether she is writing as Libby Mercer or under her own name, Anna Garner does not disappoint with her zest for a fun book that will leave you smiling for hours after you read.
our2bigboys More than 1 year ago
Do people really want what they can't have? NY fashion designer and boutique owner Chloe Lane is about to find out.  After a night out with girlfriends, Chloe is determined to figure out why there are no good men left in New York City. None of the girls are able to pick up a single guy, and all the good guys are already taken. So while talking to her childhood friend Ethan Webster, he devises a plan to test the theory - are you more attractive to someone of the opposite sex if you are in a committed relationship with someone else?  Ethan has a co-worker that he's attracted to. He will test the theory with her. Chloe meets millionaire globe-trotting William Shannon when she's chosen to be a judge on a reality TV show. The sparks fly and tension runs wild between William and Chloe, but keeping up the appearance of coupledom with Ethan, in addition to her boutique, keeps her busy. Can Chloe and Ethan pull off a fake relationship long enough to test their theory? Their friends and families are delighted that they've crossed the lines of friendship (finally!) and have finally settled down with each other. Not letting anyone else in on their secret, are they able to take this fake relationship to the finish line and find out once and for all - do people really want what they can't have? And what, exactly, is it that Ethan and Chloe want from a relationship with someone else? Will their friendship withstand their fake relationship? Sometimes, the exact thing you're looking for has been right under your nose all along.  Anna Garner writes in an interesting way. Often laugh out loud funny, Chloe is like every fashion & business smart woman I know. I found myself cheering for Chloe, Ethan and their fake relationship. Unfortunately, I think too many times (in real life) people DO want what they can't have, and it's an interesting theory to think about. This is a fun story of comedy, romance and friendship and I enjoyed reading "Lying to Meet You." I'll definitely read more Anna Garner.