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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
Shae is the heroine in Holly Kerr’s Don’t Tell Me You Love Me – a social influencer who is living in the fast lane, determined to pack in as much as she can in the time she has left. With several thousand followers, she is sponsored by companies, which allows her both freedom and travel. Shae is only given a few years to live and she lives a frenetic life with as many experiences as she can find. Having lost her father, she does not have a good relationship with her mother, and refuses to fall in love knowing that any relationship will not last long – how can it if she is due to die any day? She meets Emmett at a wedding and falls for him, but can she keep him at arm’s length without hurting both him and herself, especially as she has not told him of her medical condition? Pity is the last thing she needs.
Don’t Tell Me You Love Me by Holly Kerr is a romance story and a quick and easy read. It was interesting to get a glimpse behind the scenes of a modern social influencer and the constant use of media to gain followers and make money from it. Backed by her team of three, Shae has experienced Asia and Australia among many other places, although we do not get many descriptions of the locations. The characters are quite lively, and the storyline has twists and turns, although the ending came as no great surprise. I liked Shae the heroine and Emmett’s younger brother Rufus, but it took a few pages to sort out the relationships of the multiple characters, especially the bride and groom, and how the families knew or were not aware of each other. A pleasant read for an afternoon at the beach.