The (Half) Truth

The (Half) Truth

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From bestselling author Leddy Harper comes a sizzling romance about an aspiring young chef who may discover that the perfect recipe for love involves all accidental ingredients…

Tatum Alexander is so close to realizing her dream of becoming a sous chef she can taste it, but working at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his new girlfriend was never in her career plan. To save face and prove she’s moved on, Tatum cooks up a lie that she’s in a relationship with her best friend’s superhot cousin. There’s just one problem: Jason only recently moved to town, and he has no idea they’re already “dating.”

Jason’s a recovering ladies’ man who shouldn’t be on the menu, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to Tatum’s quirky charm. Giving her lie a kernel of truth, they decide some no-strings-attached fun between the sheets can’t hurt. But as Tatum’s forced to keep making up stories to cover her original fib, she has a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fake—including her feelings for Jason.

With too many tales spun, Tatum can only watch in horror as her collection of yarns begins to unravel, leaving everyone she cares about feeling betrayed. After so many lies, will it be too late to set the record straight? And more importantly, will she be able to convince Jason there’s truth in their love?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721343492
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 02/19/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child: she grew up the only girl in a family full of boys. At fourteen, she decided to use that imagination to write her first book, and she never stopped. She often calls writing her therapy, using it to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters.

Harper is now a mother of three girls, making her husband the only man in a house full of females. She published her first book to encourage her children to go after whatever they want, to inspire them to love what they do and do it well, and to teach them what it means to overcome their fears. You can learn more about Harper at or find her on Facebook at

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The (Half) Truth 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 10 months ago
Leddy Harper is a new author to me. Tatum Alexander wants to be a sous chef and is trying to move on from a failed relationship. The first lie she tells is to indicate she is now in a relationship with Jason. Of course Jason has no idea about this fake relationship, but is up for a little action, which means her lie is half true or does it? There were some humorous moments as Tatum is awkward and often said or did the wrong thing. As Tatum builds lie upon lie until, she has no idea where the lies end and truth (and reality) fit in. As her lies start to fall apart, everyone feels betrayed. I’m not a big fan of not telling the truth so reading The (Half) Truth was a little challenging at times since the book is based on an initial lie. I really liked Jason and his family and Tatum grew on me as the story progressed. What will happen when Tatum finally realizes her feelings for Jason have become real? Will Jason believe her or have her lies ruined their chance at love and a real relationship?
KMariReads 6 months ago
The Half Truth by Leddy Harper was a great read. I laughed, I swooned, got a little choked up and couldn’t put it down. We meet Tatum the night of her twenty fifth birthday. She’s looking forward to spending a night surrounded by friends and family. She has everything going right in her life...her fiancé by her side, a job she loves and hopes to get promoted soon, plus a night with everyone who means the world to her. What could go wrong? After a devastating heartbreak, six months later she’s trying to move on. However, working for her ex and with his new girlfriend isn’t helping matters. So when she meets her best friends cousin Jason one little lie snowballs. Jason decided to move back home to be closer to his family, mainly his mom. Being away for so long, he realizes he’s missed so much. However, moving back has also left Jason’s life a bit in turmoil. Mainly, everything he thought he wanted with his ex for the last five years disappears. when he meets Tatum, he’s drawn to her quirky side. But if his cousin has any say Jason will never get close to Tatum. All she remembers is how much of a player he was. Jason, however isn’t going to let that stop him from at least being Tate’s friend, she brings life back into him. What starts out as two people slowly becoming friends, turns into two people finding comfort in one another. I loved how Jason tried to do whatever he could to try to spend time with Tate and get her out of her shell. As they start moving on with one another, they try to keep it casual, but soon both are feeling things that aren’t sure they should. Tatum keeps spinning little lies that will soon drop in a big boom. Will Jason admit that he’s falling for Tatum? Can Tatum find herself and the truth between all the lies? Will the people she loves forgive her? Tatum Alexander was a heroine I could relate too. She was quirky, awkward and a girl who makes mistakes. A normal person!! She puts herself in situations that had me laughing and also feeling sorry for her at times. Leddy wrote a cute, funny story that had some wonderful moments. The only drawback I had was Jason’s reluctance to give second chances and I thought Kelsey was a bit of a snot. However, it didn’t take away too much from the storyline. She had great character development and a fun storyline. I look forward to more from Leddy!
nelriv 9 months ago
Poor Tatum gets dumped by her fiance on her birthday, what a jerk. She hasn't moved on and she unfortunately works with him and here comes a new sweet cook who also happens to be his new girlfriend. Trying to save face she lies to her coworkers telling them that she is going out with Jason. Jason is Tatum's bestfriends cousin who Kelsey hates or atleast does not think very highly of him. Jason is just coming out of a relationship that he has been in on for 5 years and he also broken hearted but he can't help but be attracted to Tatum. These two start off a no strings affair but develop feelings for each other, but when Jason finds out that Tatum had lied about him and he looks like a no good cheater he breaks off what little they had and both of them realize that their feelings were so much more. Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
Michelle Eriksen 10 months ago
This book is full of one fib after another, even the characters couldn’t keep them straight. All of those little deceptions certainly made for an interesting story filled with laugh aloud moments, hot and steamy love scenes, and fun characters. Half truth was a good story all the way around.
avidezliteraria 10 months ago
What can be worse than being dumped by your fiancé on your birthday? The fact that he is your boss? Or that your chance of win him back fall to the ground when his new girlfriend becomes your new co-worker? For Tatum, all alternatives are her worst nightmare and unfortunately still recent wounds. But for that sauté chef prone to messes and confusion, what's bad can get worse. Tired of the pitying looks of her colleagues and witnessing her ex with another woman, she tells a little lie. After all, what harm is there in making up a boyfriend? But when the suitor is her best friend's cousin and the initial lie turns to a huge one, Tatum has certainly just gotten into the biggest mess. Jason is back in town. After a recent breakup, he just wants to stay close to his family, get a job and settle down. Upon meeting his cousin's friend, the attraction between the two is immediate. Just like the certainty that she is a walking hazard, accident-prone and totally unpredictable. Too bad her cousin is determined to keep him away from her friend. But he never liked receiving orders anyway. And a casual encounter with a Tatum handing out hugs ends up being the beginning of the mess. Tatum is buried in lies. Jason has no idea what's going on. The two are a couple. Without ever having a date. As the lies increase and spread, Jason and Tatum get close, and by initiating something real, the chances of future problems increase considerably. The book is funny, with unbelievable one-liner and situations. Tatum and her propensity to chaos made me feel sorry for Jason. This girl is a danger. As the story progresses, the reader becomes apprehensive of the moment when this confusion will be discovered. The other characters are relevant to the plot and well written. Tatum creates a network of lies that ends up putting Jason in the role of the villain and apologizing to a man who does not give second chances will be her biggest challenge. The (Half) Truth is a light and fun romantic comedy. But that ends up teaching a valuable lesson about the value of truth in a relationship and the weight of lies. A good reading.
BeckyRendon 10 months ago
The (Half) Truth is wholly adorable. It's a case of the whatever it takes to not look like a pathetic mess in front of your ever present ex. Or a case of I didn't mean to like him. Or maybe we can use the I didn't mean to fall for your hot cousin excuse... Whichever excuse you try to pass off as legit, it will only be the half truth.;) See what I did there!?! Sexy and gorgeous, he came out of nowhere. An awkward knockout had him intrigued from the get go. Everything else...well let's just say, things got out of hand. Or in hands...(lecherous wink) The (Half) Truth is a secret romp gone, It's a romp gone secretly wrong. Still not right, it's everything gone right and a big smiley faced ending too!
SherriBabb 10 months ago
This was such a sweet romantic funny book. This book is about Tatum and Jason. Both Tatum and Jason have had there hearts broken recently. Both are not looking to find anyone else. Then fate steps in and they meet. They both cannot stop thinking about each other. Jason does anything he can to find a reason to spend time with Tatum. Tatum does everything she can to avoid spending time with Jason. This does not stop Tatum from telling a little lie to save face at work. One little lie turns into another and then another until she cannot tell what is a lie and what is not. I laughed so hard while reading this book. Leddy Harper did a great job with this one. It kept me reading and reading. I am hoping that maybe a few side characters in this book get their own stories. I would love to go back and see what happens in their lives. Thanks Net Galley. I voluntarily reviewed this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lorizen 10 months ago
I love Leddy Harper, period, end of discussion. I thought this book was a little different that her norm, I still loved it. This is a character driven story that had me totally in love with Jason and wanting to bop Tatum right on the head a couple times. Tatum is quirky as all get out and Jason was just the best thing since sliced bread when it comes to men in a story. He wasn't too good to be true, he was real. Which made me love him all the more. Tatum is a chef and her fiancé owns the restaurant and is obviously she boss. On her birthday, her family is coming and while waiting Michael breaks up with her. Leaving her to face her family, thankfully between her brother and Jason she is able to fend off her parents and any questions. Not wanting to lose her position as sous chef, she remains on at the restaurant, the ex hires a new pastry chef who he is now dating, right after he breaks their engagement and things are a little tough for Tatum but she manages. I don't have to say that Michael is a jerk and his nonsense comes in many shapes. The relationship with Jason slowly evolves and they grow closer. Tatum has a horrible habit of providing details that are relevant to their friendship, as far as her work situation goes. Tatum really fizzles for a while and at one point I could have drop kicked her right out of the room. Could she be that clueless? Obviously she was. Jason evened out the story for me, and made up for Tatum's lack. There are a lot of ups and downs and normal relationship bumps in the story and a couple not so normal but still the overall book was a good one. Medium angst (which I like) good character writing and a realistic plot and a great end to the story. Stellar writing and lots of feels. Great story Leddy! arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review
Natalie_The_Biblioholic 10 months ago
Tatum is broken hearted. After dating her boyfriend for two years, he proposes and she couldn't be happier. However, on her birthday of all days, he back pedals with lame excuses. Unfortunately, he's also her boss and rather than give up all that she's worked for, she decides to tough it out. Who cares that he's hired his new girlfriend? Tater doesn't mind having a front row seat to their romance. Obviously. But she also doesn't want to seem like a loser. So what does she do? Tell a lie. And that lie just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger. And do you know what happens to liars? THEY GET CAUGHT!! So now you know the gist, right? But there is so much more to this tale. Tatum is as awkward as can be, which makes for some laughs. This girl says and does the wrong things at the very worst of times, but her heart is solid. And the hero... Jason... reformed manwhore y'all! So my thoughts easy and enjoyable read likeable characters slow build romance, although the fling part started quickly low on angst - the conflict was pretty tame no muss, no fuss I found it hard to buy into these characters actually loving each other because they shared virtually no screen time as a couple beyond their fling. I barely felt the chemistry, which was necessary because... fling! Is it bad that I was more interested in Jason's cousin, Kelsey, than the main characters themselves? I wonder if she'll get a book. She definitely drove this story, even if she was only supposed to be a sounding board and advice giver. Like I said, it was an easy read and I liked it. Between Tatum's antics and Jason turning out to be a really great guy, this story took on a life of its own. I recommend it to anyone looking for a book that will leave them with warm fuzzies.
BookReview4you 10 months ago
The (Half) Truth by Leddy Harper is the story of Tatum and Jason. Tatum dream is to be a successful sous chef and has the chance to prove herself at her ex-fiancé’s restaurant with his now girlfriend. But to add to the pot she makes up a relationship with Jason who is her best friend Kelsey / roommate's cousin. Jason was the ultimate playboy but he is changing his ways and trying to prove now that he is back after his stepfather's death. When he is roped into Tatum's story that is getting added to along the way. Can they keep their story strait along with their feelings? Enjoyed this funny cute romance!!
Pebbles92 10 months ago
This is my first Leddy Harper story and it definitely won't be the last. It drew me in and I finished it easily. I liked Tatum and Jason characters but thought the white lies upon white lies upon white lies was pretty silly and why Tatum didn't just fess up from the start baffled me. Overall though this was an enjoyable story and hopefully more of the secondary characters will get their own stories.
Readaholic19 10 months ago
Leddy Harper is a new author to me, but I liked this book. It was funny, made you feel awkward for the heroine (very awkward at times!) and sweet. I liked Jason and Tatum both and their interactions never felt forced. The secondary characters were good as well and they all had a roll to play in this book. **ARC by NetGalley. All opinions are my own**
SaraOxo 10 months ago
The (Half) Truth by Leddy Harper a five-star read you will believe. Wow this was my first read by this author, but it won’t be the last as it was funny and brilliant. Tatum Alexander was simply sublime, she was just the right side of klutzi and crazy and man does she know how to cook, she had my mouth watering many a time. But she is a little cray cray, but honestly who wouldn’t be in her situation. Having to see you ex is bad enough, having to work with him, that deserves a blooming medal. I must say though I loved Kelsey as a best friend, she always had Taters heart in her mind’s eye, that’s the most amazing thing a bestie can do, that being said Kelsey should know with a hot brother its never easy to keep your bestie in line, and what a hot brother Jason Tyler Watson is, he could melt the polar ice caps.
Bette313 10 months ago
I'm not sure how exactly I've never heard of this new to me author! Her writing style, humor, and witty banter are right up my alley so she has herself a brand new fan. The characters in this book really make the story work. Tatum is hilarious without meaning to be. Jason is fantastic and has no idea what's hit him when the whirlwind that is Tatum enters his life. Jason's trying to prove to his family that he's put his "player" ways behind him but having Tatum around is making that difficult. Don't miss this laugh out loud funny read. I definitely recommend it.
TerryL56 10 months ago
This book will have you laughing out loud! Tatum works at her ex-boyfriends restaurant ... with his new girlfriend. Everyone feels sorry for her, so she invents a boyfriend ... well the guy is real, he just doesn’t know Tatum is his girlfriend. When Jason moves back home after his 5-year relationship ends, he can’t believe he’s falling for the awkward girl that his family considers family. After awhile Tatum can’t stop more lies coming out of her mouth in order to cover up her original lie. This book had me rolling on the floor laughing! Tatum is such a nerdy klutz that I just couldn’t help love her. When Tatum came out of the kitchen with the cake and sang ... I had to put the book down and wipe the hysterical tears before I could continue. Jason just couldn’t keep his mind off Tatum because she is so different from the usual type of girl he went out with ... and that just made him more endearing to me. But there were times the story seemed to drag and I thought Jason’s ex-girlfriend could have come to visit and cause more trouble. Don’t get me wrong ... I really enjoyed this book, I just thought it could have been more. I received an early copy courtesy of Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.