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Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity. The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declar Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity. The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share?


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Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity. The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declar Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door -- or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity. The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share?

30 review for White Lies (Rescues, #4)

  1. 4 out of 5

    peachygirl

    I have no life and I'm running out of LH books to read. HELLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP! I have no life and I'm running out of LH books to read. HELLLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Saly

    Rating 4.5 I really enjoyed White Lies, it was really good. Jay Granger is not having a good day, for five years she has tried to be sexless to succeed in her career in investment and now due to doing her job so well and showing up the boss's son she is being let-go. She doesn't know what to do, how to pay her bills and then the FBI pays her a visit regarding her ex-husband Steve. Jay had kind of forgotten about him, her divorce was painless since their love was never that deep, Steve was a loner Rating 4.5 I really enjoyed White Lies, it was really good. Jay Granger is not having a good day, for five years she has tried to be sexless to succeed in her career in investment and now due to doing her job so well and showing up the boss's son she is being let-go. She doesn't know what to do, how to pay her bills and then the FBI pays her a visit regarding her ex-husband Steve. Jay had kind of forgotten about him, her divorce was painless since their love was never that deep, Steve was a loner flitting from adventure to adventure while she craved stability. The FBI tells her that they need her to identify Steve as he's in critical condition. In the hospital, he's filled with tubes and bandages and Jay can't be sure, then the agent Frank tells her that he has brown eyes and suddenly the man lying in the hospital bed is Steve and he seems to respond to her voice. Frank convinces her to stay for his recuperation and Jay does, she seems to feel a lot for this injured Steve who despite the pain is fighting for his life, who needs her comfort and presence. What is very evident at this point is that there is something big at play, as the man Frank keeps reporting to is Kell Sabin and what I gleaned fairly early is that the man in the bed wasn't Steve. When Steve gets a bit better it is discovered his memory is gone. Jay helps him in getting better and doing his exercises, by that time she loves him completely while Steve just wants to see her and wonders how he could have let her go and promises to himself that he would choose her over the job and not let her go again. When his bandages come off, to her shock Jay discovers that he is the man she loves but he is not her ex-husband, afraid that if she speaks the truth out loud she will be sent away and that "Steve" is in danger since he is the agent presumed dead, she doesn't say a word and instead prepares to move to a safe house with Steve. She soon comes to the conclusion that Frank knows the truth but doesn't fault him since it is for the protection of Steve. Steve on the other hand doesn't know why Jay balks at them getting married again or falling in bed, she tells him that she loves him but he may have someone else in his life, to which he says no while she tells him to ask again when he can remember, of course they don't hold out for long and end up being lovers. I loved how Jay adored him but was still scared, when Steve's memory comes back he in turn is afraid of losing Jay since he is not her ex. Lots of melodrama, passionate moments and a enjoyable book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    3.5 stars Romantic suspense. A case of amnesia and mistaken identity. Altogether a little too fantastical but nevertheless a sexy and fun read. **Currently available on amazon prime, free to borrow.

  4. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    3.5 stars. Very far fetched story but still very entertaining.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    (Book 4 in the Kell Sabin spy series). I liked this story! Old, but not too dated. A spy recovers in the hospital, brought back to the light by the voice and touch of a woman he's never met before. Near death, he somehow "knows" her at first sight, even though his eyes are bandaged and they've never met. She recognizes a soulmate in him, too, as they communicate through touch, scent, and finger tapping. She's good looking, but that's not relevant -- he's virtually blind for half the book. Sweet. A (Book 4 in the Kell Sabin spy series). I liked this story! Old, but not too dated. A spy recovers in the hospital, brought back to the light by the voice and touch of a woman he's never met before. Near death, he somehow "knows" her at first sight, even though his eyes are bandaged and they've never met. She recognizes a soulmate in him, too, as they communicate through touch, scent, and finger tapping. She's good looking, but that's not relevant -- he's virtually blind for half the book. Sweet. An intensely alpha male and a strong heroine. Setting moves from Bethesda Naval Hospital to cozy cabin in snowy Colorado. Not too much action, but just enough to keep the pages turning. This book was more about relationship, less about spy games. Minor quibble: The heroine keeps a secret from the hero. At first, it was understandable and I sympathized with her dilemma, but the deception went on too long. There came a turning point in his recovery to physical fitness and in their developing relationship when Jay should have told Lucas (aka Steve) the truth. The sexual tension builds through most of the book, ultimately yielding to sizzling sex in the snow and elsewhere (not nearly as graphic and explicit as what is published today, but hot enough for me). This book was written in 1988 -- a lot has changed in 25 years! One of Howard's better old books. I enjoyed the entire Kell Sabin series, but my favorite is Midnight Rainbow. In this book, there is no mention of Grant Sullivan and Jane, but there is a reference to Kell Sabin ("The Man") and Rachel, happily married with kids.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    I've said it before. I'm saying it again. "IF YOU HAVE A READER'S SLUMP, GO READ LINDA HOWARD." The book is a refreshing read for me, even though I kinda guessed what will happen in the end. But nevertheless, Linda Howard is such a great author. I've said it before. I'm saying it again. "IF YOU HAVE A READER'S SLUMP, GO READ LINDA HOWARD." The book is a refreshing read for me, even though I kinda guessed what will happen in the end. But nevertheless, Linda Howard is such a great author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    White Lies 4 Stars Series note: This is the final book in Howard's Rescues series focusing on a group of covert operatives. That said, there is no ongoing story arc, and the books can all be read as standalones (book #3 is actually only loosely related). Unlike the first three installments, which are solid romantic suspense, this one is more contemporary romance with the action taking place off-page. That said, the format works in this case as the romance is the focus, and the connection between t White Lies 4 Stars Series note: This is the final book in Howard's Rescues series focusing on a group of covert operatives. That said, there is no ongoing story arc, and the books can all be read as standalones (book #3 is actually only loosely related). Unlike the first three installments, which are solid romantic suspense, this one is more contemporary romance with the action taking place off-page. That said, the format works in this case as the romance is the focus, and the connection between the hero and heroine is intense both emotionally and physically from the moment they come in contact. While the basic premise requires some suspension of disbelief, (view spoiler)[Jay easily puts aside her reservations regarding the injured man's identity and accepts that he is her ex, and the hero too readily accepts the name given to him even though it is obviously incompatible with his skill set (hide spoiler)] , it is, nonetheless, entertaining and the amnesia trope works well. Both the hero and heroine are likable characters, and Howard manages to just squeak by with the annoying keeping secrets trope as the heroine's reasoning is quite plausible given the circumstances. Overall, this has been a very enjoyable series and I will continue with my read of Howard's backlist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Two men in an explosion, only one man survives. Is it the FBI agent or Jay's ex-husband? The FBI call on her to identify the man, hoping it's her ex-husband and assuming the agent was killed in the explosion. Jay hasn't seen or talked to her ex in 5 years and the man laying in the hospital has been badly damaged. The FBI talk her into staying with the patient since he seems to respond to her voice even though he may not end up being her ex. I wasn't sure I was going to like this one based off the Two men in an explosion, only one man survives. Is it the FBI agent or Jay's ex-husband? The FBI call on her to identify the man, hoping it's her ex-husband and assuming the agent was killed in the explosion. Jay hasn't seen or talked to her ex in 5 years and the man laying in the hospital has been badly damaged. The FBI talk her into staying with the patient since he seems to respond to her voice even though he may not end up being her ex. I wasn't sure I was going to like this one based off the blurb but it was way more exciting than I thought it would be. I borrowed this on audible escape. The narrator did a good job with the characters and I would recommend listening to the audiobook.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Naksed

    The setting at a hospital with a mummy-like bandaged patient with AMNESIA and a MYSTERIOUS identity crisis was straight out of those terrible daytime soaps of the 80s. For being a romantic suspense book that is part of a series of swashbuckling secret agent capers, the pace was seriously slow, monotonous, and dull. I enjoyed the rest of the Kell Sabin books, more or less, but this one could not hold my attention to the finish line.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mara

    3.5 Lovely to read but the nits were strong enough that I couldn't give it more than a middle range rating. The tension was good, but the weak beginning and weak ending marred a bit the experience for me. - The beginning:(view spoiler)[ I can believe she runs to him as she has been fired, but all the set up was really weak. There's nothing to identify him, but she does. There's not manipulation, that's unbelievable. I needed a much stronger ground on which the story could stand. (hide spoiler)] - 3.5 Lovely to read but the nits were strong enough that I couldn't give it more than a middle range rating. The tension was good, but the weak beginning and weak ending marred a bit the experience for me. - The beginning:(view spoiler)[ I can believe she runs to him as she has been fired, but all the set up was really weak. There's nothing to identify him, but she does. There's not manipulation, that's unbelievable. I needed a much stronger ground on which the story could stand. (hide spoiler)] - The end: after all the angst and drama I needed a longer resolution. You expected a bang and got a phtss. -I'm not even sure why she lies too. Her reasonings is again pretty weak. I don't mind it, but again I see no reason why in Colorado she's not telling him the truth. Nor I see why she doesn't get mad when she realizes all the lies they feed her. So, lot of nits. But I really enjoyed most of the book anyway :D

  11. 4 out of 5

    D.G.

    I really enjoyed this White Lies. The beginning was so different, with a hero who's terribly injured for a good 30%-40% of the book. His skull was cracked, lung collapsed, face and hands burned, legs broken so the first time the heroine sees him, he looks like a mummy, bandaged from head to toe. Not that he was totally out of it for a long time. Jay, the heroine, finds a way to communicate with him (even when the poor guy had a tube down his throat) but his strong will, sense of humor, and smart I really enjoyed this White Lies. The beginning was so different, with a hero who's terribly injured for a good 30%-40% of the book. His skull was cracked, lung collapsed, face and hands burned, legs broken so the first time the heroine sees him, he looks like a mummy, bandaged from head to toe. Not that he was totally out of it for a long time. Jay, the heroine, finds a way to communicate with him (even when the poor guy had a tube down his throat) but his strong will, sense of humor, and smarts come across. For me it was totally believable that she fell in love with him even before she saw his face. The setup for the plot was a totally outlandish, relying on a mole AND amnesia! Jay knew something fishy is going on but she can't figure out what. As soon as she sees Steve's face, though, the light dawns and she plays along without telling anybody. I loved how everybody thought she was clueless while she was in the know for a good chunk of the book! (It was very satisfying how flabbergasted everybody was when they learned that she knew.) I really liked the hero. He was sexy, smart and a total badass. Even having lost his memory, he didn't lose his skills - he realized right away something was going on - and his personality was so forceful. He also didn't play games and once he fell in love with Jay and realized she loved him back, he saw no need to wait to get married. Poor Jay had a hell of a time convincing him to wait. The narration was good but nothing amazing. She had really good male voices but Jay sounded a bit too old to my ears. Maybe it's just me. If there was something I didn't like, was that the confrontation with the villain was fade to black. What the hell was that? Anyhow, this is probably the best book in this series. I don't know that I recommend every single one but this one is definitely worth the try.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cheesecake

    . I revisited this one again. The audioreader was great (Lesa Lockford). Still one of my fave romantic endings. Love Linda Howard's style! ................ Jay and Steve?? don't worry about it (the secrecy I mean), it's not what drives the plot. Jay was having a horrible day, fired for being better at her job than the owner's kid. Then it gets worse when the FBI show up and claim that she is the only one who can identify her ex-husband's body. He's not dead, but he's hurt bad and even his fingerprints . I revisited this one again. The audioreader was great (Lesa Lockford). Still one of my fave romantic endings. Love Linda Howard's style! ................ Jay and Steve?? don't worry about it (the secrecy I mean), it's not what drives the plot. Jay was having a horrible day, fired for being better at her job than the owner's kid. Then it gets worse when the FBI show up and claim that she is the only one who can identify her ex-husband's body. He's not dead, but he's hurt bad and even his fingerprints are gone. After over a month in the hospital and being by his side the whole time, it's finally time to remove the bandages on his eyes... The story isn't so much about whether Jay believes Steve is Steve, but if Steve believes he is Steve. They leave the hospital and hole up in a cabin in Colorado that isn't on any official FBI/CIA/whatever list. There 'Steve' transforms from a recovering patient to a capable spy and devoted lover. At times I wanted to smack either MC upside the head, but not to any great degree. They were both great characters and their love was steamy and strong like a big cup of Peet's coffee. The ending is classic LH goodness and I could've read several more chapters of it. So not a quick ending but so good I didn't want it to end. I'm not a big suspense fan and if you are, you will likely be disappointed, as that isn't the heart of this story but the framework that supports the romance. Safety is good (view spoiler)[ he's no virgin, but there's never been a significant other. No details given. She's been divorced for 5 years and no details given after that. (hide spoiler)]

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    I did a reread of Linda Howard's White Lies the other night because I needed a sure thing- i.e. the book you KNOW will make you fall in love with both the hero AND the heroine, as well as their HEA- also something engaging yet one I didn't have to think too much over! Linda Howard's oldies are all that for me... but mostly I read it because I needed a sure thing. White Lies begins with the heroine, Jay, losing her job- a job she's worked her tail off for. Things go from bad to worse when the FBI I did a reread of Linda Howard's White Lies the other night because I needed a sure thing- i.e. the book you KNOW will make you fall in love with both the hero AND the heroine, as well as their HEA- also something engaging yet one I didn't have to think too much over! Linda Howard's oldies are all that for me... but mostly I read it because I needed a sure thing. White Lies begins with the heroine, Jay, losing her job- a job she's worked her tail off for. Things go from bad to worse when the FBI show up at her door informing her that her ex-husband was involved in an explosion- one that involved a very important agent...and one of them is dead. (It is Jay's job to discover which.) Shaken, she accepts- it's the least she can do for the man she once called husband and friend, even if she let him go long ago. But immediately upon entering the hospital room, her heart goes out to him- only he's so broken and bruised she has no idea if he really IS her ex-husband. The man in the bed is just as drawn to Jay- even in a coma- but when he comes to quicker than expected, they are still at square one. He has amnesia. Altho Jay comes to accept the convalescing man as her ex-husband, something is still very different- he's more intense, dangerous even, and there's one thing she knows for certain- she's falling in love and she'll stop at nothing to keep him safe. Originally published as category romance in the 80's, The Kell Sabin Series by LH are some of all time favorite re-reads and they hold up even today!. I rec' all of them!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Liked 1st half, did not like 2nd half. I enjoyed their meeting and development of the relationship, but I hated her lying during the 2nd half. I did not like her reasoning. DATA: Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: six. Setting: current day New York City, Washington DC, and Colorado. Copyright: 1988. Genre: contemporary mystery romance. CAUTION SPOILERS: They fell in love with each other but she refused to have sex with him for reasons I didn't understand. Later she said yes to sex. I dislik Liked 1st half, did not like 2nd half. I enjoyed their meeting and development of the relationship, but I hated her lying during the 2nd half. I did not like her reasoning. DATA: Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: six. Setting: current day New York City, Washington DC, and Colorado. Copyright: 1988. Genre: contemporary mystery romance. CAUTION SPOILERS: They fell in love with each other but she refused to have sex with him for reasons I didn't understand. Later she said yes to sex. I disliked even more that she lied to him when she didn't need to. He had amnesia and didn't know his name. She knew he wasn't Steve but pretended to him that he was. As long as the bad guy thought he was Steve, he was safe from being killed and her presence was the cover. She feared he would send her away if he knew she wasn't his supposed ex-wife so she kept up the pretense to keep him safe. I believe she should have told him the truth. I know he was smart enough to keep up the cover without sending her away. Besides he was already in love with her. The lie was a crime to me and hurt the story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sophie ♥

    Perfect. Love love love this. Definitely going to read the rest of the series. Yes! I don't know if this one was romantic suspense though. It didn't seem too suspenseful... Perfect. Love love love this. Definitely going to read the rest of the series. Yes! I don't know if this one was romantic suspense though. It didn't seem too suspenseful...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall rating: 5 stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)[ Neither are virgins. I know it has been awhile (5 yrs or less) since the heroine has been with anyone, but I am unsure about the hero. That is not mentioned. What IS mentioned once by a co-worker's POV is that he was always easy with the ladies - like ladies loved him and he didn't mind (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No Overall rating: 5 stars! Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Intimate pasts: (view spoiler)[ Neither are virgins. I know it has been awhile (5 yrs or less) since the heroine has been with anyone, but I am unsure about the hero. That is not mentioned. What IS mentioned once by a co-worker's POV is that he was always easy with the ladies - like ladies loved him and he didn't mind (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ No (hide spoiler)] Push/pull: (view spoiler)[ Initially the heroine pushes the hero away (but her reasoning is sound why and I understood) - the hero was waiting patiently for her anyway. Towards the end, the heroine THINKS the hero is pushing her away but he really isn't. (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ Yes and it's super sweet too (hide spoiler)] My review: I absolutely loved this book. I loved how there was just the right amount of sexual tension, sex and suspense. The premise of this story was something that I feel like isn't too overdone. I feel like I am going to go on a Linda Howard binge LOL!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Becky ♡The Bookworm♡

    I just love it when a book pulls me in to the point I completely forget about time! I absorbed this one in a single setting. There was something special about the connection between Lucas and Jay that drew me in. Linda Howard excels at making her couples emotionally rich and this one gets it right! I loved Jay's strength and her commitment, even though she was facing a lot of her own issues during Steve's rehabilitation. By being there for him when he needed her, I believe it enhanced their rela I just love it when a book pulls me in to the point I completely forget about time! I absorbed this one in a single setting. There was something special about the connection between Lucas and Jay that drew me in. Linda Howard excels at making her couples emotionally rich and this one gets it right! I loved Jay's strength and her commitment, even though she was facing a lot of her own issues during Steve's rehabilitation. By being there for him when he needed her, I believe it enhanced their relationship tremendously, increasing the intimacy and suspense during the last half of the book. Very enjoyable!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cheri

    I didn't even realize I had not read this one. I've read the 3 others but this one escaped me some how. I liked both the H & h. The story may be a little out there but who knows what really goes on in this world :) I didn't even realize I had not read this one. I've read the 3 others but this one escaped me some how. I liked both the H & h. The story may be a little out there but who knows what really goes on in this world :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria

    Now, that’s more like it! Thank goodness ... I really enjoyed the first two books in this series (especially the first) and number three was a real let down, so it was with trepidation I opened this one. Thank goodness it was up with the first two. You could almost play the game Which One Isn’t Like the Other One with this series, seeing as how book three truly stands out as not being like the others, almost to the point you think it’s a different author ... the style of book ie. secret agent ty Now, that’s more like it! Thank goodness ... I really enjoyed the first two books in this series (especially the first) and number three was a real let down, so it was with trepidation I opened this one. Thank goodness it was up with the first two. You could almost play the game Which One Isn’t Like the Other One with this series, seeing as how book three truly stands out as not being like the others, almost to the point you think it’s a different author ... the style of book ie. secret agent type book it isn’t as are the other three, the writing was so below par I had to check it was actually Linda Howard on the cover, and why is it actually in this series at all? This book was much more in line with the first two and back to the wonderful writing of Linda Howard as it should be and back to secret agents. This book kept my attention right from the first page, right to the end. I enjoyed it a lot. Apart from book three which was a real stinker, this series is a very good read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Varied Books

    I keep thinking about how this book ticked me off. I lowered my rating b/c 3 stars was too generous 2.25 stars I really liked the first half but than it went down hill fast. Plot holes were annoying & scenes that were important to the story outside of the romance were cut. Book was 1st published in 1988 so the H is more cold. I thought he would of soften but didn't happen. The sex scenes were blah & sad. I keep thinking about how this book ticked me off. I lowered my rating b/c 3 stars was too generous 2.25 stars I really liked the first half but than it went down hill fast. Plot holes were annoying & scenes that were important to the story outside of the romance were cut. Book was 1st published in 1988 so the H is more cold. I thought he would of soften but didn't happen. The sex scenes were blah & sad.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    One of my all time favorite Linda Howard books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luli

    You can find this review in English below. Yo no llamaría a esto un suspense romántico. El suspense es inexistente o penoso, lo dejo a tu elección. Y el resto de la historia es difícil de creer. Es muy complicado engancharse a ella, yo lo he intentado pero me ha sido imposible, es uno de esos casos en lo que te cuentan algo pero ni lo ves ni lo sientes. La historia ha sido muy predecible. Tenemos a Jay, a Steve, la amnesia y mentiras, muchas mentiras que la autora repetidamente nos intenta explica You can find this review in English below. Yo no llamaría a esto un suspense romántico. El suspense es inexistente o penoso, lo dejo a tu elección. Y el resto de la historia es difícil de creer. Es muy complicado engancharse a ella, yo lo he intentado pero me ha sido imposible, es uno de esos casos en lo que te cuentan algo pero ni lo ves ni lo sientes. La historia ha sido muy predecible. Tenemos a Jay, a Steve, la amnesia y mentiras, muchas mentiras que la autora repetidamente nos intenta explicar pero que en realidad no se las cree ni ella. El principio de la historia estuvo muy entretenido, el inicio de la relación entre ambos protagonistas es interesante aunque seguía habiendo algo que no me cuadraba. Esa relación rozaba peligrosamente la codependencia y no el amor, pero bueno, se podía entender. Previsiblemente todo se viene abajo en cuanto Steve sale del coma y empiezan a aparecer clichés hasta de debajo de las piedras. Steve es el típico (e insufrible) macho alfa que no entiende ni respeta que otra persona piense diferente a él. Es manipulador y también miente, pero ¿adivina qué? Él no perdona la mentira. Y Jay está incómodamente cerca de ser una pusilánime para mi tranquilidad mental. Total, que ya te puedes imaginar cómo acaba la cosa: todo el mundo miente, por razones que no se sostienen, pero no todo el mundo perdona las mentiras de igual manera=ridícula fuente de problemas. Después tenemos la estúpida “voy a perder más tiempo en no explicarte porqué te abandono y te dejo literalmente tirada y emocionalmente hundida” que en “darte un beso y pedirte que confíes en mí y en que volveré a buscarte en cuanto todo haya acabado”, por decir algo… Y no me hagas hablar del sexo: brusco y desagradable. Apostaría mi dinero a que la señora Howard no ha estado en una cabaña en Colorado durante el invierno en su vida. Porque esa escenita en la que f****n por primera vez (perdón por la vulgaridad pero no podía llamar a eso hacer el amor) da asquito. ¿Sabes que hay en el suelo cuando los primeros rayos de sol derriten toda la nieve del invierno en medio de la naturaleza salvaje? Barro. Que será muy bueno para la piel y todo lo que tú quieras, pero es desagradable. O será que no soy muy aventurera en ese aspecto porque sólo podía pensar en la ducha de después. Y para terminar la explicación de porqué esto no es un suspense: la autora resuelve todo fuera de página. Un minuto los protagonistas están corriendo porque los malos vienen y al siguiente el héroe aparece con las manos ensangrentadas y dice ya acabó todo. Sip. Y punto pelota. No hay explicaciones, ni sabemos qué pasó en un principio, ni el porqué de toda la trama ni cómo ni cuándo, ni dónde ni para qué. Creo, sinceramente, que esta mujer se ha quedado conmigo. *** I would not call this story a romantic suspense. The suspense is nonexistent or painful, I leave it to your choice. And the rest of the story is hard to believe. It is very complicated to be invested in it, I have tried but it has been impossible, is one of those cases in which there is more tell than show. The story has been so predictable. We have Jay, Steve, amnesia and lies, a lot of lies that the author repeatedly tries to explain to us but even she can hardly believe them. The beginning of the story was so entertaining, the relationship between the MC´s is interesting, although there was something that did not felt right. That relationship was dangerously closer to codependency than to love, but, well, it could be understood. Predictably everything comes down as soon as Steve wake up from the coma and clichés start to appear everywhere. Steve is the typical (and insufferable) alpha male who does not understand or respect someone else who thinks differently to him. He is manipulative and also lies, but guess what? He does not forgive the lies. And Jay is uncomfortably close to being a pusillanimous for my peace of mind. In short, you can already guess how the thing ends: everyone lies, for reasons that are not sustainable, but not everyone forgives the lies in the same way = ridiculous source of conflict. Then we have the stupid " I'm going to waste more time on no explaining to you why I abandon you and leave you thinking the worst of you " that in " I kiss you and ask you to trust me and that I will come back to you when everything is over ", to say something ... And do not make me talk about the sex: rough and disgusting. I'd bet my money that Mrs. Howard has not been in a cabin in Colorado during the winter in all her life. Because that scene in which they f **k for the first time (sorry for the vulgarity but I could not call that to make love) was gross. Do you know what's on the ground when the first rays of sunlight melt all winter´s snow in the midst of wild nature? Mud. It will be good for the skin and all that, but it is gross. Or maybe it is that I'm not very adventurous in that department because I could only think about taking a shower. And finally the explanation of why this is not a suspense: the author resolves everything off page. One minute the MC´s are running because the bad guys (or so we are made to believe) are coming and the next one the hero appears with bloody hands and says it's all over. Sip. That´s all folks. There is no explanation, we neither know what happened, nor why nor how nor when nor where nor for what. Honestly, are you kidding me?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]

    ONE LINE REVIEW Jay and 'Steve' felt like cardboard cut-out characters and the plot was thinner than paper. [Blog] - [Bookstagram] ONE LINE REVIEW Jay and 'Steve' felt like cardboard cut-out characters and the plot was thinner than paper. [Blog] - [Bookstagram]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    Series: Kell Sabin, #4 FBI? What on earth? Unless slamming your apartment door was somehow against federal law, the worst she could be accused of was tearing the tags off her mattress and pillows. Well, why not? This was a perfectly rotten end to a perfectly rotten day.” Jay Granger was just fired from her job as an investment banker when FBI show up at her New York apartment to tell her that her ex-husband, Steve Crossfield, might have been seriously injured in an explosion. FBI want her to g Series: Kell Sabin, #4 FBI? What on earth? Unless slamming your apartment door was somehow against federal law, the worst she could be accused of was tearing the tags off her mattress and pillows. Well, why not? This was a perfectly rotten end to a perfectly rotten day.” Jay Granger was just fired from her job as an investment banker when FBI show up at her New York apartment to tell her that her ex-husband, Steve Crossfield, might have been seriously injured in an explosion. FBI want her to go with them to see if she can identify the man. Jay goes to the hospital and sees severely injured man lying in coma. He is almost unrecognizable but tentatively Jay identifies him as Steve. When Steve awakens from coma, he's suffering from a loss of memory and he also has to deal with his new face, ruined voice and a woman he has no recollection of... This story held my interest from the start. I liked the characters and how Howard developed her story. Some of it was predictible but neverless I really enjoyed it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Continuing on with my LH re-reads, I'm working my way through the Kell Sabin series. I started with Midnight Rainbow, then skipped to this book because I couldn't find Diamond Bay (which I found and am in the middle of now). I really like this novel. You wouldn't think a romance about a man in a coma could work, but it really does. Both Jay and her hero are so well written, it's like we're right there with them. I love the intensity of the hero, along with the fierce protectiveness of Jay. A gre Continuing on with my LH re-reads, I'm working my way through the Kell Sabin series. I started with Midnight Rainbow, then skipped to this book because I couldn't find Diamond Bay (which I found and am in the middle of now). I really like this novel. You wouldn't think a romance about a man in a coma could work, but it really does. Both Jay and her hero are so well written, it's like we're right there with them. I love the intensity of the hero, along with the fierce protectiveness of Jay. A great novel all the way around.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Crysa James

    Howard always brings so much depth and authenticity to her characters but this story, in my humble opinion, is one of her best. Take a bizarre, but totally believable plot, add extremely intense protagonists as well as intriguing mind games along with high-octane action, and you've got an awesome story. Highly recommend this one. Howard always brings so much depth and authenticity to her characters but this story, in my humble opinion, is one of her best. Take a bizarre, but totally believable plot, add extremely intense protagonists as well as intriguing mind games along with high-octane action, and you've got an awesome story. Highly recommend this one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    Although I wanted to like this, after all, this a Linda Howard. I've been reading and re-reading her books for decades. But this one I was so bored and so uninterested that I practically skimmed the entire book. This series seemed to go downhill with each book. Although I wanted to like this, after all, this a Linda Howard. I've been reading and re-reading her books for decades. But this one I was so bored and so uninterested that I practically skimmed the entire book. This series seemed to go downhill with each book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    There's absolutely nothing that falls short in this book. If you enjoy excellent romantic suspense, I dare you not to love it! The voice was calm and infinitely tender. He didn't understand the words, because unconsciousness still wrapped his mind in layers of blackness, but he heard the voice, felt it, like something warm touching his skin. It made him feel less alone, that tiny, dim contact. Something hard and vital in him focused on the contact, yearning toward it, forcing him upward out of There's absolutely nothing that falls short in this book. If you enjoy excellent romantic suspense, I dare you not to love it! The voice was calm and infinitely tender. He didn't understand the words, because unconsciousness still wrapped his mind in layers of blackness, but he heard the voice, felt it, like something warm touching his skin. It made him feel less alone, that tiny, dim contact. Something hard and vital in him focused on the contact, yearning toward it, forcing him upward out of the blackness, even though he sensed the fanged monsters that waited for him, waiting to tear at his flesh with hot knives and brutal teeth. He would have to endure that before he could reach the voice, and he was very weak. He might not make it. Yet the voice reached out to him, pulling at him like a magnet, lifting him out of the deep senselessness that had held him. WHITE LIES by Linda Howard is an engrossing romantic suspense of epic proportions! I literally inhaled it, loving both the characters and the settings. The story is passionate, compelling, emotional and riveting. You may be interested to know that while the audio was recently released in 2015, WHITE LIES was first released in print in 1988. Therefore, if you are familiar with modern day crime solving techniques, the premise of this book would not hold up to the light-of-day today. If you cannot overlook the time period differences, do yourself a favor and don't read this book. BUT, just know that you will be missing out big time! Even with the 1980s references, the suspense and the romantic aspects held my rapt attention. WHITE LIES was such a fantastic listen that I would not hesitate to enjoy it over and over again! Yes, it was that good. Lesa Lockford utterly nailed the narration. Her voice was clear. She differentiated between the characters with realistic-sounding voices. Her performance was so spot on that it gave me chills as I listened, laughing, crying, yearning and trembling along with the characters. I credit Lesa's dramatization with exponentially increasing my enjoyment of the book. This marked the first time I'd ever listened to any of Lesa's works, but it won't be the last as I will most assuredly be picking up more books that she's narrated. WHITE LIES is the fourth book in the author's Rescues series. I can attest that WHITE LIES works very well as a stand-alone and, while I do plan to check out the rest of the series soon, there's no need to enjoy this series in order. WHITE LIES is nothing short of a classic and will be a keeper on my bookshelf! There's absolutely nothing that falls short in this book. If you enjoy excellent romantic suspense, I dare you not to love it! It mesmerized me from the very beginning, holding me under its spell straight through to the edge-of-your-seat finale. Romantic suspense doesn't get better than WHITE LIES! My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there: http://www.readingbetweenthewinesbook...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I LOVED IT!!!!! Everything about this book I loved!!! It's been a while since I found a book where there was not one complaint from me. This book was that and more. The plot was what intrigued me to read and to be honest I didn't expect to love it so much. When I was 2/3 into the book and saw what page I was on I was disappointed to see I was almost done. At first I didn't think I was gonna like Jay from the opening pages as she seemed very closed off from everything and everyone as she was a wo I LOVED IT!!!!! Everything about this book I loved!!! It's been a while since I found a book where there was not one complaint from me. This book was that and more. The plot was what intrigued me to read and to be honest I didn't expect to love it so much. When I was 2/3 into the book and saw what page I was on I was disappointed to see I was almost done. At first I didn't think I was gonna like Jay from the opening pages as she seemed very closed off from everything and everyone as she was a workaholic. Once she got to the hospital though I saw her for the person she was deep down when she didn't let work run her life. She was amazing!!! She had such a good heart and I primarily loved that she was there because she genuinely cared for Steve not because she felt like she had to be there or wanted to see if there was still something between them. I guess I've read a lot of new books that take instant attraction to the extreme and this was a very refreshing read. I loved that the majority of the book stayed true to the synopsis and made use of the hospital scene. I'm glad that it wasn't used for a couple of chapters, then suddenly he's better and the story picks up months later where it feels like a whole different book. What made the book though was their relationship gradually changing while he's healing. I love that there wasn't attraction on either part from the start and that there's not a bunch of flirting and blushing going on in a hospital. Jay keeps things platonic and focuses on helping him get better without being a bumbling idiot. Their alphabet system to communicate was cute and clever. His protectiveness over her was endearing and sole trust in her was adorable. Their bond was much deeper than a regular relationship. Her voice was his salvation and gave him the strength to fight for his life. Her perseverance in helping him to heal his horribly damaged body and her struggle in trying to maintain a safe distance and a line uncrossed to protect both of them and anyone else so no one gets hurt was admirable. She was his savior and he was her second chance. They were perfect and beautiful together. I will read this book many more times. One very small thing irritated me in the end where he was upset with her but I felt her decision to keep a secret from him was justified as it was done with purely good intentions. He immediately realized his mistake and kicked himself in the head for his initial harsh judgement and went after her like a true hero. Other than that the book was a perfect read for me and the only change I would make is to add more bonding scenes between them just for fun.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    When I try to convert people to romance, one of the things I always ask is "what is your thing?" Meaning, what's your fantasy man/situation? Do you like 'em beta, alpha, in-between, dark or light, sex fiend or virgin, pirate, spy, vampire, overly ambitious male genitalia, etc etc. We've all got certain types of heroes and certain types of storylines that just push our buttons the right way. This was one of those books for me. Even as I picked it up I knew I was going to love it--just the same way When I try to convert people to romance, one of the things I always ask is "what is your thing?" Meaning, what's your fantasy man/situation? Do you like 'em beta, alpha, in-between, dark or light, sex fiend or virgin, pirate, spy, vampire, overly ambitious male genitalia, etc etc. We've all got certain types of heroes and certain types of storylines that just push our buttons the right way. This was one of those books for me. Even as I picked it up I knew I was going to love it--just the same way I know whenever there's a book with a Princess in it, I'm going to hate it. No matter how amazing it might be. So--this book is probably not for everyone. I thought it was great. Basic Premise: Jay Granger is having a very bad day. She gets fired from her very well-paying job, and then two FBI agents show up at her door to ask her to identify an unknown man at Bethesda Naval Hospital who they think is her ex-husband, Steve. Steve's got no family and even though she hasn't seen him in the five years since their divorce, she does the nice thing and flies off to Bethesda. She thinks it might be Steve, but he's so injured that he's wrapped up like a mummy in casts and bandages, is in a coma, and can't see. Oh, and had to have major reconstructive surgery to his face. The Feebs beg her to stick around, because they feel bad that Steve has no one who would visit him in the hospital. (Actually that's not true, the Feebs have another reason.) You've guessed it, though, and I'm not spoiling anything by saying that this guy is NOT Steve, nuh-uh no way. (Because that would completely ruin the tension and suspense.) But for whatever reason, when Jay is around, the man gets better--and when he finally wakes up with amnesia, well, stuff gets messy, because at that point Jay still doesn't know for sure that this isn't Steve. Falling in love via coma--I love that plotline. Falling in love when the woman has to take care of the man--also love that plotline. (Elizabeth Lowell's Forbidden excepted.) Overly posessive man who is not going to let Jay go anywhere? Love that too. And of course, you've got the inevitable scenes where he can talk for the first time, the first time he can touch her, and the first time he can see her--all just up my alley. Yeah, I loved this book. It's not very long, either, which is a good thing--I don't think this storyline could be sustained if it was 300 plus pages.

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