Author: Julie Fision
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Lucy Yang has arrived in Hong Kong for an amazing new job in television. She doesn’t have time for love, men or relationships if she wants to become a TV news anchor by the time she’s twenty-one.
Then she meets Byron, and her world is turned upside-down. Funny, clever and impossibly gorgeous, Byron might just tick all the boxes. Sure he’s a little cagey about his job, but what businessman in Hong King doesn’t want to protect trade secrets?
But as Lucy desperately tries to get to the bottom of a potentially huge news story, Byron keeps popping up in the most unlikely places. Is it just a coincidence? Or is Lucy’s perfect man not so perfect after all?
Thoughts on the book: Counterfeit Love is a short, fun, light read that any teenager would love. It gives you a little bit of an insight into the world of being a news anchor and also a little bit about Hong Kong which I must admit I really didn’t know too much about either of them. It follows the story of Aussie Lucy who is trying to make a name for herself and become a big time news anchor. When little does she know but she is kind of in the middle of the huge news story that she is trying to crack.
I felt at times that the storyline was a little predictable and from nearly the start I had worked out who the Cobra was and who Byron was and what his connection to the news story. But there were some surprises that I didn’t see coming which was really good to see such as what the Cobra was dealing in and people who were connected to the Cobra.
Favourite character: Lucy would have to be my favourite character as she goes above and beyond the call of duty for the news story that she is chasing. She even puts not only herself but other people around her in danger to get to the bottom of it.