Counterfeit Love is an intriguing romantic mystery, written by Julie Fison.
Lucy Yang is loving her career in journalism in Hong Kong, and she has high aspirations of becoming a TV news anchor by the time she’s 21. She works hard and plays hard, and she doesn’t have time for anyone, especially men, to mess up her plans. After all, what man could live up to her impossibly high standards?
But when she meets Byron, her world is turned upside down. He’s funny, clever and incredibly gorgeous, and that might just satisfy Lucy’s criteria. He’s a little mysterious about his job, but what Hong Kong businessman doesn’t want to protect trade secrets?
Byron keeps popping up at the most unexpected and unexplained places as Lucy desperately tries to reach the bottom of a potentially huge news story. Is this just a coincidence, or is Byron hiding something? Perhaps Byron isn’t as perfect as Lucy initially thought after all…
I really enjoyed reading Counterfeit Love. I was expecting good things in this book, and I definitely got them. The storyline was captivating and intriguing from the very first chapter, which was good, because this isn’t a particularly long read. It’s sometimes hard for books to be short without seeming short. By that, I mean the characters have to be well-developed and stable in the way they act, the plot has to have enough in it to keep us reading, but not the point where the reader is overloaded with information, and most importantly, we have to be emotionally invested in the book and its characters. All of those things happened in Counterfeit Love, which I’m extremely happy about. There was mystery from the very first page, and it had me interested until the very last word on the last page.
The characters in this book were interesting and real. I found it really easy to connect to Lucy, but there was just one thing that I didn’t really like about her. In the beginning of the book, we learn how eager she is to be one of the youngest news anchors and how she’s completely invested in her journalism career. But as soon as one particular man comes along, I started to feel like she wasn’t as sure with what she really wanted. She seemed focussed on her goals in the beginning, but I felt as though she lost a bit of sense of them as the book progressed. Even about one chapter in, she was questioning what was more important – her career or some guy she only just met and didn’t even know completely. I just felt as though sometimes I got mixed feelings about what she wanted, and this could become slightly confusing. I would have liked to see the transition in her thinking be a little slower so it could be even more believable. However, as I pointed out before, this is a short book page-wise, and I understand why her change in thoughts needed to be introduced early on.
Another character I really liked was Byron. Although I didn’t know whose side he was on for most of the book, that exact fact kept me intrigued and guessing about his intentions. I liked how I didn’t know if I could trust him because this made me all the more interested in this book. Let me just talk about Charlotte for a minute. She was absolutely hilarious. She wasn’t in this book an awful lot, but I really enjoyed her presence and felt as though she added a lot of the fun to the story. All of the other characters were great additions to this book and I loved my time with them.
Overall, Counterfeit Love kept me intrigued and left me smiling. I absolutely adored every second of reading it. I definitely recommend this book to everyone who likes a good romantic mystery. I’d give Counterfeit Love by Julie Fison a score of 9 out of 10.
A huge thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review!