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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
To say Hailey’s had a tough life would be a gross understatement of her life after the death of her parents. As often happens when siblings are placed in foster care, Hailey was separated from her brother Jeremy and spent years rebuilding her life, now as a dedicated student and caring nanny. In Hailey’s Truth, her carefully planned life is turned upside down with the return of her troubled brother and his dangerous secrets. Luckily for Hailey, her not-so-secret crush Austin is also a professional close protection agent, also known as a bodyguard, and he is determined to keep her safe at all costs. Cate Beauman provides a startling look at what happens when familial obligations collide with self-preservation. An opportunity of a lifetime should provide welcome respite for Hailey but turns out to be even more dangerous than the gang problems plaguing her in L.A.
For someone who grew up in the system, Hailey is extremely naïve and far too willing to believe her brother’s lies. Her anger at Austin is annoying because you know he only wants to protect her. In Hailey’s Truth, we get a good, long look at a woman who is intent on seeing the world through a kinder lens than she’s seen life in general, and for that Hailey’s character is likable. It also makes it easier to get over her inability to see any hint of bad inside people like Jeremy. Once again, Cate Beauman has created a story full of deep characters with their own flaws and strengths that draw them together. Austin and Hailey have immense chemistry and, if you’re like me, you spent most of the book yelling at them to see what was right in front of them!