Title: Half Truths
Author: Rachael Brownell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Rachael Brownell Books
Publication date: 17 August 2020
Paperback: 296 pages


All-American boy meets broken girl... at rehab?
It will never work.
How could it?

Alex is Chicago royalty. Harley considers herself Las Vegas trash. While he's been handed everything his entire life, she scrapes to make ends meet. Still, the chemistry between them is undeniable. Both long to break free from the stereotypes of their upbringing and embrace each moment together. Yet, neither are ready to share all of who they are.

Their secrets.
Their fears.
Their bitter realities.

Does their budding relationship stand a chance under a blanket of secrecy? Or will owning their truth set them free?

Rating: ★★★

Half Truths is the first book I've read by author Rachael Brownwell and I was delighted. It's a sweet and emotional story. The writing style was easy to follow and expressive and I found myself reading it in one sitting.

Both protagonists are well-contoured and relatable. I loved their interactions, their banter and the push and pull between them. Alex is not your typical rich boy, in fact, he would gladly give up his trust fund and make his own way in life, without the help of his parents. And Harley carries a lot of baggage, she puts up a cold facade to protect her heart but deep down she feels too much. Both have secrets they want to keep buried for the sake of their loved ones. But as they spend time together the attraction between them blooms into something more, and the truth threatens to come to light.

The story unravelled easily, there was some drama but everything resolved quite rapidly. I loved the chemistry between Alex and Harley. The way their relationship developed felt genuine. The plot was a bit predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless and I'm looking forward to reading other books from the author.

*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.