REVIEW: Like You Mean It by Jillian Liota

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“It is things like this that just show how much easier life is when I keep things organized a certain way.”

Back of the book blurb:

“I want to make you smile like you mean it.” 

The day Cole Lannington says those words to me, I already know I’m falling. Hard. For a man I can never have. Because there’s no way in hell I’ll ever deserve a man like him.


All I need to do is keep my head above water. Push a little harder. Keep that smile plastered on my face for my son as we try to wade through the new life that’s threatening to drown us both.

But on the first day I can’t seem to hold it all together, I meet him. And for some reason, he comes to my aid. Before I know it, Cole steps in and becomes an important part of my life. Our lives. Fills a void left vacant by a man who never wanted to fill it in the first place.

Too bad he can never be more than a friend.


All I need to do is be a nice guy to my new neighbor. Make her smile a little bit. Find space in my tidy, structured life to ease the burden she carries so she and her son can enjoy life without the bastard who treated them like they were insignificant.

I don’t expect to talk and laugh and feel a warmth in my chest I didn’t know was missing until she showed up at my door. Somehow I end up caring about her more deeply than I should. But my friendship with Annie opens my eyes to what it could be like to have something deeper. To feel something stronger.

To fall in love like I mean it.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Love Is a Verb Books
Pages: 247

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My rating:

            Thank you, Jillian, for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! Like You Mean It is a slow-burn, contemporary romance that will have you swooning all over the place.

"I don't want you to weave yourself into the fabric of my life, only to change your mind and rip the seams."

            I haven’t had the pleasure of reading Jillian Liota’s work before, but I’m very thankful that she sent me an ARC! Like You Mean It was right up my alley. We have Annie, a pregnant single mother and Cole, a tough and broody mechanic. The angst level was insane and that has to do with the fact that Jillian has created a cast of characters that could be your next-door neighbors. Everything felt so real to me.

“I’d made it some sort of unspoken mission to try and bring whatever light Annie has inside of her to the front, to give her reason to smile like she means it. Instead, I doused it in water.”

            The chemistry between Annie and Cole was out of this world. And trust me when I say it was a slow-burn. It was delicious torture to watch Annie and Cole dance around each other for ages before finally, the tension between them exploded. Jillian created a very interesting dynamic between these two that was so captivating and had me turning the page, even though it was two in the morning and I was dead tired.

            Like You Mean It will be perfect for you if you love angst, slow-burns, and delightfully sweet novels.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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