Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Everything But the Truth By Mandy Hubbard

Everything But the Truth
By: Mandy Hubbard
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Series: An If Only Novel

Enjoy Everything but the Truth and the other standalone titles in Bloomsbury's contemporary If Only romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have!
Holly Mathews' mom is the new manager of a ritzy retirement home, and they just moved in, which means Holly's neighbors are all super-rich retirees. Still, it's not a total bust, because gorgeous, notorious Hollywood playboy Malik Buchannan is the grandson of one of the residents. Just one problem: when they meet, Malik assumes Holly's there to visit her own rich relative. She doesn't correct him, and it probably doesn't matter, because their flirtation could never turn into more than a superficial fling . . . right? But the longer Holly lives in Malik's privileged world, the deeper she falls for him and the more difficult it becomes to tell the truth . . . because coming clean might mean losing Malik forever.
For anyone who has dreamed of their own Cinderella story, this title in the If Only romance line is about how when it comes to true love, the best person to be is yourself!
Mandy Hubbard is the author of many books for young adults including the previous If Only title Fool Me TwicePrada & Prejudice, and You Wish. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and daughter. She works as an agent at D4EO literary. Visit her online at and on twitter @mandyhubbard.

This book was a quick and easy fun read that kept a smile on your face.   It was a very clean book which is not something you see much with young adult books nowadays and it was refreshing.  Mandy Hubbard did a great job with these characters and her story.  Loved every minute of it.

The books in this series can definitely be read alone but it’s still good to see a group of authors working together to make a series along the same theme.  In this installment we meet Holly who isn’t as well off as the residents in the retirement home her mother works and lives at.  But she’s genuine and real, especially when she meets Malik Buchanan.  But then again not that genuine as he’s under the impression she’s really someone else, mistakenly of course.

But you know what happens.  Sometimes it’s easier to keep the lie going then telling the truth, and then sometimes it’s too late to tell the truth so you don’t tell the truth for fear of hurting ones feelings.  It’s a very tangled web she has woven and one that she can’t seem to get out, until she’s pushed out.  It’s hard thing to do but I have to say if you are ever in a situation like this make sure you are honest from the very beginning, relieves a lot of stress. 

It was nice to see how these two meet and grow to admire one another and push each other in the right directions.  Sweet really the amount of encouragement that Holly gives Malik throughout the book to help find himself. The relationships with the parents, friends and family members are also very thoughtful.  It’s hard being in a retirement home but it’s great when young people show involvement in their lives to help ease their transition from complete independence to having to live in a home.

This book overall was sweet and I would recommend to everyone.  I would be very interested to read other books in the series.  

I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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