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Elysa Hendricks is 5'6" tall. She has curly hair and brown eyes. She's an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Everything else is subject to change without notice.
After trying her hand at a variety of careers, insurance underwriter, video storeowner, home day care, and domestic goddess for other people, Elysa Hendricks, a longtime reader sat down to write a short contemporary novel. When her heroine turned out to be a winged, telepathic alien, Elysa decided she enjoyed writing stories set in different places, times, and realities. She's published 14 full-length books, ranging from sweet contemporary to sexy sci-fi, as well as numerous short stories.
While living in north east Illinois she helped found the Windy City Chapter and the Futuristic, Fantasy & Paranormal Chapters of Romance Writers of America, and taught workshops on writing at writer’s conferences and at community colleges. Recently relocated to sunny Florida she’s happy to be part of the TARAN family.
Her "real life" motto is: Boring is good. Excitement is vastly overrated, so she saves the adventure and excitement for the characters in her books.
on March 02, 2015 :
This book was the cause of my major book hangover today.
I loved the chemistry between Maggie and Jared. I truly felt sorry for him when he thought had feelings for his 'student'. Poor guy.
I loved this book. It was well written and didn't waffle on like some other books I've read.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on Feb. 07, 2015 :
Very well written. I really liked Maggie and Jarod, but I loved Alexandra and the next door widow.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on April 22, 2013 :
A mostly benign romance. What is unfortunate is that I didn't believe in the relationship between Maggie and Jared.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on March 17, 2013 :
A quick romance with a little used trope of a woman pretending to be a high school student as part of an investigation. The small town setting makes it a little different for this type of plot.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Aug. 26, 2012 :
Counterfeit Love is one of those loving, funny and easy to read novels. If you mix a sexy guy and a girl with a hard past, pretending to be someone else you surely will get a great love story.
Maggie is a security investigator searching for a hacker that is making everyone believe that she is a teenage girl. She soon feels attracted to her Math teacher. And who wouldn’t? He is a thirty-two-year-old man, dark haired, sexy, funny and the loving father of a little girl.
They both have things in their past which they would prefer to maintain in the dark. But like always the truth finds a way out. And in the meantime the story keeps moving.
Between getting to know the real Jared, Maggie tries to discover the real guilty and not to get too involve in Jared’s life. However she finds it hard not to love him and he is also constantly fighting whit his feelings. The relationship between them evolves naturally and decisions have to be made.
This book is super-fast and if you enjoy romance as much as I do, you are going to love this book. It flows at the expected rate and the characters confronted everything in a real way. With funny dialogues, and two well-developed characters this books is a must for all the romance lovers.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
on Aug. 18, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. Loved Maggie and Jared together.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on March 13, 2012 :
Elysa Hendricks creates a delightfully sweet love story in Counterfeit Love. As a private investigator, Maggie McCade infiltrates a small town high school to find a computer hacker for the local soft ware company. In the process of ferreting out the culprit she encounters Jared, the hunky math teacher. Torn between the magnetism of their attraction and her job, she sets out to prove his innocence only to find damning evidence on his home computer. Twists and turns abound as Mad Maggie winds her way into the heart of Jared and his little girl.
Counterfeit Love is a real page turner, it was really hard to put down as Ms. Hendricks creates a beautifully descriptive and romantic love story.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on March 03, 2012 :
The cute cover attracted my interest.
The blurb further pulled me in.
The name Jared definitely sealed the deal.
I don't deny, I am that shallow when it comes to reading a chic lit novel and Counterfeit Love was one of my anticipated books-to-read this year, so that explained my overwhelming joy when I received the news that I had won an ebook copy from Ritesh's Valentine's Mega Giveaway. Thanks Ritesh! Seriously, you have to check out his blog, he is a great person and a great blogger!
I picked up this book hoping to get a clean, contemporary romance, however I couldn't explain why I was tearing up and wiping away tears throughout the book. As I was sucked into Maggie's facade as a high school student, I was also absorbed in her depressing childhood past. Maggie McCade was a character that I could easily respect, she was a strong protagonist who emerged from a horrific past with an admirable level of optimism and self-confidence. However, no matter how strong Maggie appeared to be, there was no hiding the vulnerability that comes along with Maggie from her childhood days. She was from a broken family with drunks as parents, she never knew of love.
I liked the way Elysa written the story, unlike most contemporary novels which was often overdone, it was not the case with Elysa. Although the book was just 83 pages long (seems like an awfully short novel), it was the total opposite. Adequately elaborated and written with such sophistication, I couldn't have imagined Counterfeit Love written any other way. I have to give extra credits to the plot because I never imagined I will read an undercover story as cute as this one.
It was such a relief to read that the story was not overly dramatic, once again affirming my admiration towards Maggie. Elysa created characters who were realistic and easy to relate to, not to mention she is good in making my heart race and pumped up with adrenaline. The author once told me that the book has no graphic sex, however she definitely did not warn me about all those 'almost' moments, which in my opinion makes me bite my lip harder than any love scenes. Those 'almost' moments between Jared and Maggie was certainly something beyond flirting, it felt so intimate that I felt like an unwanted invader.
Despite the unspoken attraction between Jared and Maggie (ROMANCE), I liked that the author incorporated moral values in the story. Jared Blake was the epitome of moralism. 10 years ago, Jared was accused of harassing his 14 year old student, but no one in his small town believe him of his allegations, yet broken by the accusation, Jared resigned and fled town, only to resume his post again as a teacher after his wife's death. Returning to the topic, one of the reason why I adore Jared is because he was so determined to not repeat history again. Although he was as innocent as his child Alexandra, he fought hard to not think Maggie as anything besides a student.
Do you know in most romance novels when the guy character says he will fight hard against his attraction towards the girl character? They normally succumbed to their attraction literally after that? Jared was different, he really did fought hard to not notice Maggie, but he still couldn't help the way how she stirred his heart and awaken the primitive, possessive instinct he buried inside. Jared really showed maturity as a teacher and a father, and that was what attracted him to me.
One word. Alexandra. Elysa captured the mind of a little girl perfectly! Alex, Jared's daughter was a great addition to the story, she made the novel more vibrant and carefree. Her innocent inquiry often left Jared and Maggie in a tangle of words, and her demands was what made Jared and Maggie happened. Without her, there would be no story. And I also really liked the big Blaze's clan! Jared's mother reflected open mindedness and that is what I liked in a character.
To summarize my lengthy review, Counterfeit Love is a quick and great read for all of you romance lovers. Thinking of spending the night curling up with a teacher/student romance? Counterfeit Love has that + undercover investigating + family & moral values + heartbreaking story all in one Mega just-enough-dramas package!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Jan. 03, 2012 :
An investigator masquerading as a high school student falls in love with a hot teacher and his sad, sweet daughter. A successful conclusion to Maggie's investigation is important to her career, but it might destroy the man she loves. And even if it doesn't, how will he feel when he learns about her deception?
Counterfeit Love is an intriguing story that kept me involved and reading faster and faster to see how the situation would work out. And I breathed a satisfied sigh when it was over. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 15, 2011 :
Investigator Maggie McCade is undercover as a Council Falls high school senior trying to figure out who hacked into the local software company. Included in her suspects is the hunky math teacher who has a history that gives him opportunity and could provide her with leverage. Jared Blake moved back home to build a life with his daughter. Unfortunately, the little girl has been distant to him since her mother died and Maggie seems to be the best thing to get through to her.
Maggie insinuates herself into their family for the good of her investigation, but their home life brings out a longing that could jeopardize her case and her plans for starting her own investigative business. Jared must keep his distance from Maggie. Their attraction threatens not only his livelihood and reputation but, more importantly, his plans to raise his daughter.
Maggie needs to stay and Jared needs her to leave. But love teaches according to its own rules.
Counterfeit Love is a sweet love story about the true meaning of home and love. Both Maggie and Jared have a past that has taught them harsh lessons about trust. Ms. Hendricks delivers a page turner where both character's past wars with their desires and I couldn't help but root for their happy ending.
But when all the deceptions are revealed, will Maggie and Jared believe enough in love give each other another chance or will they go their separate ways once the hacker is revealed?
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)