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SEX... What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth -- nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and "bigdaddy182," Lucy Rothschild should know. LIES... But sitting across from her now is "hardluvnman," and he seems different -- sensitive, honest, and hot! SEX... What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth -- nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and "bigdaddy182," Lucy Rothschild should know. LIES... But sitting across from her now is "hardluvnman," and he seems different -- sensitive, honest, and hot! He says he's a plumber, while Lucy claims she's a nurse! She's really a mystery writer, dating online while researching her next book. Hey, everyone lies a little, don't they? AND ONLINE DATING... But Quinn's really an undercover cop hunting down a serial killer, and he sees Lucy as his top suspect. And while he could really go for this smart, sexy woman with the killer bod -- if that's the only thing "killer" about her -- he knows he needs to wine and dine her and discover the truth. Hey, he realizes the dating scene can be deadly -- but this is ridiculous!


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SEX... What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth -- nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and "bigdaddy182," Lucy Rothschild should know. LIES... But sitting across from her now is "hardluvnman," and he seems different -- sensitive, honest, and hot! SEX... What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth -- nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and "bigdaddy182," Lucy Rothschild should know. LIES... But sitting across from her now is "hardluvnman," and he seems different -- sensitive, honest, and hot! He says he's a plumber, while Lucy claims she's a nurse! She's really a mystery writer, dating online while researching her next book. Hey, everyone lies a little, don't they? AND ONLINE DATING... But Quinn's really an undercover cop hunting down a serial killer, and he sees Lucy as his top suspect. And while he could really go for this smart, sexy woman with the killer bod -- if that's the only thing "killer" about her -- he knows he needs to wine and dine her and discover the truth. Hey, he realizes the dating scene can be deadly -- but this is ridiculous!

30 review for Sex, Lies, and Online Dating

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alp

    Wow, I loved this book! Absolutely exceptional! When I picked up this one, I didn't know that I was going to read a Romantic Suspense story. But it was ok, I was just a little bit surprised considering most of Rachel Gibson’s books, especially the other books in this series that I already read, are Contemporary Romance. (I got the same feeling I got when I started reading her book, Lola Carlyle Reveals All.) And as always happens when I read her books, I was hooked from the first page and totally Wow, I loved this book! Absolutely exceptional! When I picked up this one, I didn't know that I was going to read a Romantic Suspense story. But it was ok, I was just a little bit surprised considering most of Rachel Gibson’s books, especially the other books in this series that I already read, are Contemporary Romance. (I got the same feeling I got when I started reading her book, Lola Carlyle Reveals All.) And as always happens when I read her books, I was hooked from the first page and totally engrossed in the story. I found the plot immediately engaging and intriguing. It's so obvious the author always knows what the readers want. Lucy Rothschild is a mystery writer. She had decided to online date as research for her new novel. She used her dates as the victims for her book. When she finally needed one last victim, she accepted a date with Quinn just to see if he would fit. Quinn McIntyre is an undercover cop working on a serial murder case. He was ordered to go on dates with the women who were suspected of being ‘Breathless’, a female serial killer. And there was an evidence linking Lucy to this case, so he kept pursuing her in an attempt to find out the truth. Both of them started this relationship with lies. Lucy pretended to be a nurse and Quinn gave false information to her that he is a widowed plumber. While Lucy was starting to have strong feelings for Quinn, he was trying so hard not to get attracted to her. Even though he had believed that she was Breathless, he still couldn’t stop thinking and wanting her. I felt like I could connect with these two characters almost instantly and the chemistry between them were so hot. When Lucy knew the truth about Quinn, that he had believed she was a crazy killer all the time they were dating, and that everything he'd said and done to make her fall in love with him, (she thought) he was just doing his job. It was so emotional and I loved it! I loved this drama! LOL The further I got into the story, the more it kept getting better and better until I was completely wrapped up in this and it became apparent that I couldn’t stop turning page after page until late into the night! All in all, this was hilarious, sweet, emotional, and a bit exciting near the end. Highly recommended to all Romantic Suspense fans!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mo

    Lucy was a writer. She worked with words. She filled each of her books with a hundred thousand of them. But only two words cam to mind. Holy Crap! Not eloquent but fitting. When I went to read this one I saw that my Kindle was at 100% so I had read it already. It did sound a bit familiar but hey, better to re-read a good book than to read a mediocre new book? Right. She pulled out a pair of jeans and a woman’s marathon T-shirt from the time she’d signed up to run but had accicentally on pur Lucy was a writer. She worked with words. She filled each of her books with a hundred thousand of them. But only two words cam to mind. Holy Crap! Not eloquent but fitting. When I went to read this one I saw that my Kindle was at 100% so I had read it already. It did sound a bit familiar but hey, better to re-read a good book than to read a mediocre new book? Right. She pulled out a pair of jeans and a woman’s marathon T-shirt from the time she’d signed up to run but had accicentally on purpose slept in until after the starting gun. LOL, sounds like something I would do Loved both characters. Strong, independent, knew what they wanted. Bit of suspense, bit of humour, bit of sex. It had it all. She promised God that if he would just help her out with the hangover, she’d never drink red wine again. Ha ha, yeah right, I have heard that one many times before. Will definitely continue with this series, even if I have read them all before!

  3. 4 out of 5

    jenjn79

    I can't particularly think of much good to say about this book. I wouldn't say it was downright horribly bad...well, maybe not. It was a waste of $7, though. The plot isn't exactly original - A serial killer meeting victims online. I've read a number of books with a similar theme. Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, if the author can make their work stand-out from the rest, but for this book, there was nothing to this storyline to separate it from anything else out there. It was all pretty basi I can't particularly think of much good to say about this book. I wouldn't say it was downright horribly bad...well, maybe not. It was a waste of $7, though. The plot isn't exactly original - A serial killer meeting victims online. I've read a number of books with a similar theme. Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, if the author can make their work stand-out from the rest, but for this book, there was nothing to this storyline to separate it from anything else out there. It was all pretty basic and lacking a hook to really draw a reader it. Then again, this was mostly a romance, not a suspense. The plot was secondary. Even so, it wasn't a great plot. The romance wasn't too bad. But pretty average. Nothing special. The characters were okay. I didn't love them, but I didn't hate them. They were just there. No particular draws either way. The sex scenes were average. They seemed to start off hot, but then kind of fizzled. There were some comedic points, but - to use the word again - they were average. By far the worst part of this book was the writing itself. At times it made me want to bash my head against a wall. It was like reading a step-by-step manual. Gibson had this awful habit of describing each and everything thing a character did. Sort of like: He turned off his car and grabbed his notebook and laptop off the passenger seat. He carried Lucy's suitcase with his free hand, and she followed him into the house. He set his files and computer on the kitchen table and turned on the lights as they moved down the hall to the spare room. He tossed her suitcase on the queen-sized bed... There were so many scenes like that in the books...he did this, he did that, she did this, she did that. Always stated in the same, dull, trite way. It was so irritating and boring. I don't need to know the details of how a person got out of their car and walked to a store, or how they got dressed in the morning. And even so, her sentence struture had no variety or complexity in these scenes. There are so many better ways to convey scenes like that. I just couldn't keep my head in the book when the writing was so uninspiring. Overall, a completely lackluster book. Not worth the time or the money. I read one of her books before, and I remember enjoying it, but that was over a year ago, and I wasn't quiet so critical then.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    “You said ‘Mr. Snookums.’” A slow grin turned up the corners of his lips. “I must be in love with you,” he said. “The name of your cat doesn’t shrivel my sac anymore.” Her chest got all achy and she blinked away the sudden stinging in her eyes. “Well, I must be in love with you, because hearing you talk about your shriveling sac doesn’t make me want to stab my ears.” I don't think I've read a Rachel Gibson book that I haven't loved. This one, was no exception. It was published in 2006 “You said ‘Mr. Snookums.’” A slow grin turned up the corners of his lips. “I must be in love with you,” he said. “The name of your cat doesn’t shrivel my sac anymore.” Her chest got all achy and she blinked away the sudden stinging in her eyes. “Well, I must be in love with you, because hearing you talk about your shriveling sac doesn’t make me want to stab my ears.” I don't think I've read a Rachel Gibson book that I haven't loved. This one, was no exception. It was published in 2006, I believe, so it was a wee bit dated, or even corny (as compared to more recent romances). But I didn't care one bit. I smiled my way through the whole book. And I'm anxious to move on to the next in the series. "This is the best date I've ever had." ...sigh 🥰

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    Ah, the trials of online dating in the 2006 frontier. The primitive matchups made a good backdrop for this pseudo-suspense romance. Although the story was kind of basic, I found myself intrigued by the dynamic of two people dating undercover, one for research for her book, the other a cop on a case. And while I thought Quinn was a bit obtuse in thinking Lucy might be the killer because she wrote so evocatively I had to remind myself that a lot of people don't understand how writers work and that Ah, the trials of online dating in the 2006 frontier. The primitive matchups made a good backdrop for this pseudo-suspense romance. Although the story was kind of basic, I found myself intrigued by the dynamic of two people dating undercover, one for research for her book, the other a cop on a case. And while I thought Quinn was a bit obtuse in thinking Lucy might be the killer because she wrote so evocatively I had to remind myself that a lot of people don't understand how writers work and that it's literally their job to think things through that most people don't even consider. I've had a string of romances lately where the negative motivation and damaged men served a big role. So it's little surprise that this one was a huge relief as both Quinn and Lucy have conflict that arises naturally from their background. It helps, of course, that both are lovely in their own right, but that they just felt so right together is no small thing, either. Which is to say that I really enjoyed reading this and found it a delight but have to acknowledge that at least part of that may be in contrast to a string of hard reading that proceed it. Anyway, the plot is simple but it also hung together pretty well and made sense. The pacing is excellent and pulled me right in. And the relationship worked for me as Quinn and Lucy fit very well together and I enjoyed their romance. So this may have rated the five stars even without the sense of relief of coming from a string of samey badreads. A note about Steamy: There's one explicit sex scene and one almost sex scene. And some references to other fooling around. So this is on the border of low to middle of my steam tolerance. I do like how it played out with the investigation and the complications of intimacy under false pretenses. And I liked how the conflict between necessity and need worked and the interactions/reactions as a result.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ginger

    3.5 stars. Fun plot and Lucy finally became interesting by the middle of the book. She felt pretty blah to me in the beginning for some weird reason. Quinn was great throughout the whole book so he saved the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    3.5 Stars Funny in places, good story with plenty of tension between H/h......More than a 3 but not quite 4 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Great Rom-Com! Our heroine is writing a book and uses her on-line dates as research. She claims to be a nurse which leads to some hilarious stuff. Our hero is an undercover cop searching for a serial killer. He quickly decides that is the secret our heroine is hiding. Which is funnier than it sounds. Lol!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Azita Rassi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Although I was disappointed that the heroine became a cliche damsel in distress and was saved by the handsome, muscular hero, this book served its purpose for me: I needed a palate cleanser after devouring too many serious books, great books, but still. This fact still doesn’t convince me to give more than two stars to Rachel Gibson’s book though. If Lucy had participated in solving the crime and if she had saved herself, then I would have considered three stars :-))

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    2.5 This was an okay book - I liked the element of a mystery writer thought to be a serial killer and a police officer getting tangled up together. I liked the characters and the plot but there still seemed to be some substance missing from it that I couldn't quite put my finger on (which is why I took away half a star). An easy read if you're looking for something short and cute. 2.5 This was an okay book - I liked the element of a mystery writer thought to be a serial killer and a police officer getting tangled up together. I liked the characters and the plot but there still seemed to be some substance missing from it that I couldn't quite put my finger on (which is why I took away half a star). An easy read if you're looking for something short and cute.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    Lucy Rothschild, mystery writer, is doing a research on online dating. Her next book is about a serial killer who kills people she met online so Lucy is doing the same, minus the murders. She is just doing her job. Quinn ('hardluvnman') is also doing his, dating women who are the most likely suspects in the serial killer case. Someone has already killed three men and Quinn's job is to find the killer. He didn't expect to be this attracted to one of the suspects though. Neither did Lucy expect to Lucy Rothschild, mystery writer, is doing a research on online dating. Her next book is about a serial killer who kills people she met online so Lucy is doing the same, minus the murders. She is just doing her job. Quinn ('hardluvnman') is also doing his, dating women who are the most likely suspects in the serial killer case. Someone has already killed three men and Quinn's job is to find the killer. He didn't expect to be this attracted to one of the suspects though. Neither did Lucy expect to be attracted to her latest test subject. What kind of relationship based on lies could the two have anyway? It takes a while for Quinn to be a hundred percent certain Lucy is not the killer. Not that it made any difference to him the way he gets crazy around her. This book is an entertaining story, but neither of the characters is anything special. They are sort of judgemental towards the people who use online dating sites. They both believe something is wrong with the other one. Their lust at first sight was a bit over the top, but it didn't distract from the story much. And there is that TSTL moment near the end. (view spoiler)[ If a killer contacts you and you are in serious danger, you do not leave a safe place to meet an acquaintance! (hide spoiler)] Lucy has three friends who are also authors (different genres). Each book in this series features one of them. The way this one ends regarding one of Lucy's friends is pretty weird.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Rachel was one of the first romance authors that I read and was feeling nostalgic. This was a bit dated and not my favorite of hers, but it was narrated by one of my faves, Kathleen Early, and so I enjoyed it nonetheless.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle [Helen Geek]

    4 Stars Consistently Rachel Gibson. Another enjoyable read. Happy Reading!

  14. 5 out of 5

    janel

    ”People met under unusual circumstances all the time.” Okay so this book is both good and bad for me. I was also grumpy while reading it so I might be being pickier than I need to be. Lucy is a mystery writer, working on her next book about erotic asphyxiation. Quinn is a cop dating women undercover to find a woman who is murdering men by the same method. They clash and ofc, lovey doveys ensue. I am a super stan of a protective dude trope, when it’s not creepy. Here it wasn’t creepy, and Quinn ga ”People met under unusual circumstances all the time.” Okay so this book is both good and bad for me. I was also grumpy while reading it so I might be being pickier than I need to be. Lucy is a mystery writer, working on her next book about erotic asphyxiation. Quinn is a cop dating women undercover to find a woman who is murdering men by the same method. They clash and ofc, lovey doveys ensue. I am a super stan of a protective dude trope, when it’s not creepy. Here it wasn’t creepy, and Quinn gave off many daddy vibes that I greatly appreciated. I can 500% get behind scenes where Quinn protects Lucy. There wasn’t enough of that. I also loved that they spend time talking about pets for no real reason in this book, just because, and I love that shit. My problem is that a lot of the writing in this book felt hollow. We spent a lot of time on the “red herring” of this plot which is, of course, the idea that Lucy might actually be a murderer. I felt it was too long and it made some of the scenes cringy for me. I also really can’t stand when a book gets meta about writing, while using weak narrative tools. The MC is a writer, and gives writing advice while complaining about not making the money she deserves. The writing talk felt pretty pointed and since this is my first book by her, it didn’t leave me craving another. Another pet peeve is when a book constantly has a paragraph summing up what has happened so far, it makes you wonder why you even spent the time reading the actual book of the author is going to remind you constantly of what happened. The writing choices, paired with the dialogue and the cringiest murderer lines, pulled me out a lot. This book sets up for a series following Lucy’s writer friends, but the appeal to this one rested entirely on the protective cop LI trope, so I don’t see myself reading the others. I enjoyed my time reading this, I really did. I always sound like a whiner about writing in romance novels, but even the mystery element was lame (if you only name two options for a killer, that’s no fun). The story idea could 300% be my fetish, but the delivery was so corny and rushed at times that I just found myself wishing the friend who recced it to me had written it instead, with daddy Hopper at the helm.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hildy

    This was good! I listened to the audio for about 60% until my library loan expired and I needed to purchase the book to find out what happened. I really liked both main characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Quirky Omega

    After a very long time, a male lead forced me to sympathise with him. Poor guy was simply trying to do his job. Falling in love with a suspect while you’re in an under-cover job was bound to be a miserable mess. I suppose the heroine’s allowed to feel indignation at having been considered a suspected serial killer, but give the poor guy a break. He couldn’t have disclosed any information to her. Until she was categorically absolved of any kind of suspicion, he couldn’t have done much to help her After a very long time, a male lead forced me to sympathise with him. Poor guy was simply trying to do his job. Falling in love with a suspect while you’re in an under-cover job was bound to be a miserable mess. I suppose the heroine’s allowed to feel indignation at having been considered a suspected serial killer, but give the poor guy a break. He couldn’t have disclosed any information to her. Until she was categorically absolved of any kind of suspicion, he couldn’t have done much to help her. Really a comically sad set of events. I liked the breezy writing. I also adored how the characters were fleshed out. They had no unnecessary emotional hang-ups and thank God they weren’t egoistic, proud fools. Similar book- You don’t know about Jack. (another wonderful chick lit.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    ♥ WishfulMiss ♥

    Finished this one a few days ago but didn't leave a very strong impression on me and I've been dragging my feet to review it :( The murder mystery was good and there were a few cute/funny moments that made me crack a smile but the romance was just lukewarm for me. There was just too much lying and misleading between both MCs that didn't go over well with me. With both of them starting off on the wrong foot I was honestly expecting more grovelling. Lucy played the betrayed victim but I didn't rea Finished this one a few days ago but didn't leave a very strong impression on me and I've been dragging my feet to review it :( The murder mystery was good and there were a few cute/funny moments that made me crack a smile but the romance was just lukewarm for me. There was just too much lying and misleading between both MCs that didn't go over well with me. With both of them starting off on the wrong foot I was honestly expecting more grovelling. Lucy played the betrayed victim but I didn't really see why she was so bent out of shape over Quinn being undercover when she could clearly see how her own actions would have appeared to a him. his conclusions wouldn't be completely outside the realm of possiblity so her OTT reaction didn't fit, IMO. Quick Summary: Lucy is a mystery writer, she uses her numerous online dates as inspiration for her writing. When someone starts to leave a trail of bodies left and right, Lucy becomes a prime suspect for detective Quinn. All the suspects share the same MO and have all been serious online daters. To top it off, they've all come into contact with Lucy, either through the chats and online sites or have been on dates with her at one point. As a mystery writer, Lucy also has an extensive knowledge of crime scenes, police procedures and (obviously) a vivid imagination. Once he gets to know the real Lucy, Quinn finds it harder and harder to imagine her as their killer. He'll have to juggle his job with his growing feelings for his most promising suspect. All while the clock is ticking and the body count keeps rising. Overall a good listen, the audio flowed well and it was easy to follow but the story itself was just okay. SAFETY INFO: (view spoiler)[ Ages : Lucy is 27 and Quinn is in his mid 30's Cheating : Technically yes, but it was while they were both dating and hadn't become exclusive yet. OM/OW drama : While Quinn was dating Lucy (undercover) he was also dating other possible suspects. He mentions several times that he was willing to go all the way with any suspect as long as he was able to crack the case. Although he never did more than kiss the others, when Lucy finds out, she feels cheated on. The thought of him with OW really upset her. Separation : A short one of a few days to a week (at most) Push/Pull : After Quinn comes clean to Lucy about "doing his job" and dating her under false pretenses Lucy pulls away. Main Pursuer of relationship : Quinn, both before and after. Possible Triggers : murder, stalking and lying. HEA/HFN : Ends on HEA with a wedding epilogue. (hide spoiler)]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    Sex, Lies, and Online Dating is about a writer named Lucy who dates online to meet men to kill. In her mystery novels, that is. On a date with a man named Quinn, they hit it off and Lucy thinks she found one that is different than the others. While he says he is a plumber, Quinn is actually an undercover cop on the hunt of a female serial killer who targets men online and then kills them- and he thinks Lucy might be her. I've never been so shocked to enjoy a book. Honestly. While it had some issu Sex, Lies, and Online Dating is about a writer named Lucy who dates online to meet men to kill. In her mystery novels, that is. On a date with a man named Quinn, they hit it off and Lucy thinks she found one that is different than the others. While he says he is a plumber, Quinn is actually an undercover cop on the hunt of a female serial killer who targets men online and then kills them- and he thinks Lucy might be her. I've never been so shocked to enjoy a book. Honestly. While it had some issues, I loved the set up and the two main characters. It was literally an episode of a police procedural mixed with a light-hearted romance and weirdly that was something I never thought I wanted until I got that. It was just so fun and I was into that. I have to admit the main thing I liked was the cop love interest protecting the writer and I wish the book had been more of that. Also he's been a cop for a long time but damn he was so unprofessional the whole time. Lucy was just so dumb a times too. The romantic tension and chemistry between Lucy and Quinn was good and I loved their banter. I do wish the relationship had time to develop because while I get that it happened while drama was happening, a week is way too short to be dropping "I love you", especially when Lucy had just been saying she didn't believe in love at first sight but lust at first sight? Make up yo mind woman. Also there were a ton of side characters and I would have been interested to know them better, but we never really get to. There is set up for sequels following them but yeah... I'm good. My enjoyment of this book is purely because I liked the set up of this one because of my own taste and not really the writing. I actually had no idea when this was published but when I was reading it, some things felt so weirdly dated at times so I had no idea when this was supposed to take place. After finding out this was published in 2006 (but the audiobook made in 2015, thank god), that explained it. It wasn't horribly dated but it was just a little thing that I noticed. But for what this book is, I just had fun even though it was super corny and at times, cringe.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linaria

    So I absolutely live for the set-up of this novel. It's convoluted but fun! Basically a murder writer fake dates internet strangers for inspiration for her books. Quinn, the homicide detective, is going on dates on the internet to try to flush out a murderer. It creates this lovely double mistaken identity subplot, which I live for. Unfortunately, the set-up is the majority of the appeal of this book. While Quinn gives off those non-creepy protective vibes, he legitimately thinks that Lucy is a m So I absolutely live for the set-up of this novel. It's convoluted but fun! Basically a murder writer fake dates internet strangers for inspiration for her books. Quinn, the homicide detective, is going on dates on the internet to try to flush out a murderer. It creates this lovely double mistaken identity subplot, which I live for. Unfortunately, the set-up is the majority of the appeal of this book. While Quinn gives off those non-creepy protective vibes, he legitimately thinks that Lucy is a murderer for 2/3 of the book, which hardly sets the stage for romance. Coupled with the corny dialogue, and this wasn't exactly a rollicking fun time, but it was enjoyable enough. The identity of the killer is also not much of a mystery. This is not exactly a thriller book, and there aren't a ton of efforts to create a believable story. In a lot of ways, this reminded me of a reverse gender Castle, but without the charm.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    a very average read with a touch of romance and fluff but definitely not enough. focused a lot on mystery which I didn't really want lol but oh well. onto the next one! a very average read with a touch of romance and fluff but definitely not enough. focused a lot on mystery which I didn't really want lol but oh well. onto the next one!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anca

    Fun, fluffy, entertaining :D

  22. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    I'm thinking that maybe Sex, Lies, and Online Dating should receive even less than 3 stars, but after reading two previous Gibson books that I absolutely adored (they were my first of hers and total hits: It Must Be Love and See Jane Score) I'm reluctant to give a worse rating. The writing was good I guess, though Gibson sometimes cuts up her sentences very oddly and one feels like a period was put in one place when it should have been a few words earlier or later. On the plus side, Lucy's female I'm thinking that maybe Sex, Lies, and Online Dating should receive even less than 3 stars, but after reading two previous Gibson books that I absolutely adored (they were my first of hers and total hits: It Must Be Love and See Jane Score) I'm reluctant to give a worse rating. The writing was good I guess, though Gibson sometimes cuts up her sentences very oddly and one feels like a period was put in one place when it should have been a few words earlier or later. On the plus side, Lucy's female-writing posse (who are all heroines of their own book - stories TBR) was interesting and provided several funny and lighthearted moments - especially Maddie, she was a riot and I'm looking forward to reading her book! Also, she writes in some good red herrings. CRITICISM For me, the book had two major problems that I just could not get over and that were tied to one another in that they both have to do with the fact that Lucy and Quinn start off their relationship by "lying" to one another - I put lying in quotations only because although it's 100% accurate, they are both using covers for valid professional reasons. But still, it makes the love story and how it plays out completely implausible for me. (1) Quinn thinks Lucy is a serial killer ... and he keeps on thinking she's a serial killer because everything keeps pointing in her direction ... yet he likes her. Ummm, so that's fine, but let's be upfront here: he obviously is just lusting after her and likes her body, because if he's liking her for her mind or her personality ... well that's just sketchy, since in his eyes she's a raving lunatic sociopath who goes out killing men through erotic asphyxiation. (2) Lucy falls in love with Quinn WAAAAY too early - and page-wise it may have been a tad on the soon side, but still could have worked, however story-wise: no way. First of all, she doesn't even know the guy - he's still pretending to be a widower plumber and is lying to her practically nonstop - and second of all ... well, again, they just don't know each other (can't be said enough - it's all physical, nothing else)! He thinks she's a serial killer for god's sakes - it's not like they've had any great philosophical or even just everyday serious discussions, he's just trying to get her to sleep with him so she'll try to kill him. Call it lust, but don't call it love, because that just doesn't ring true. WRITER FRIENDS SERIES 1) Sex, Lies, and Online Dating - Lucy Rotschild and Quinn McIntyre 2) I'm In No Mood For Love - Clare Wingate and Sebastian Vaughan 3) Tangled Up In You - Maddie Dupree and Mick Hennessy 4) Not Another Bad Date - Adele Harris and Zach Zemaitis BOTTOM LINE Read It Must Be Love, See Jane Score, or Truly Madly Yours instead. Those are all by Rachel Gibson and much better than Sex, Lies, and Online Dating. Also, if you like See Jane Score, you'll probably love Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shxrxn

    I will always feel the loss of her, but that doesn’t mean I have to stand in one place and feel the pain of it every day. For the rest of my life. - Quinn Aren’t double standards a bitch? - Lucy I want to be with you. I like being with you. When I’m not with you, I’m thinking about you. No one else. Just you. - Quinn I wanted you more than I can ever remember wanting anything in my life. - Quinn I thought you were going to keep your hands to yourself. - Lucy Fuck that. - Quinn Are you going to remember me o I will always feel the loss of her, but that doesn’t mean I have to stand in one place and feel the pain of it every day. For the rest of my life. - Quinn Aren’t double standards a bitch? - Lucy I want to be with you. I like being with you. When I’m not with you, I’m thinking about you. No one else. Just you. - Quinn I wanted you more than I can ever remember wanting anything in my life. - Quinn I thought you were going to keep your hands to yourself. - Lucy Fuck that. - Quinn Are you going to remember me once I’m gone? - Lucy I do like you, Lucy. I like you a lot. When I’m not with you, I think about being with you. I like having you around. We’re incredible together. - Quinn I wanted you more than I’ve wanted anything. I love you more than I’ve loved anyone. You burst into my life like sunshine and made me see how lonely I was. I don’t want to live that way anymore. - Quinn I will love you with my last breath. - Quinn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This was good up until the secret came out about him being a cop. After he treated her like sh*t an was rude to her for no reason. He was the one that lied to her for so long and took it to far. Then he said he only did it for his job as in he didn't care about her at all. And what does she do? Falls at his feet the moment he does something remotely nice. PATHETIC! Is all the heroines of this author this weak? and is all her hero's a**holes? This was good up until the secret came out about him being a cop. After he treated her like sh*t an was rude to her for no reason. He was the one that lied to her for so long and took it to far. Then he said he only did it for his job as in he didn't care about her at all. And what does she do? Falls at his feet the moment he does something remotely nice. PATHETIC! Is all the heroines of this author this weak? and is all her hero's a**holes?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Nope. Not even 15 minutes in and I'm hearing awkward pauses and a forced cadence to Kathleen Early's audiobook phrasing. This is going to have to be one for print if indeed I do end up picking it up again. I think this is a case of personal preference and not voice talent or casting - but it's decidedly not for me. Nope. Not even 15 minutes in and I'm hearing awkward pauses and a forced cadence to Kathleen Early's audiobook phrasing. This is going to have to be one for print if indeed I do end up picking it up again. I think this is a case of personal preference and not voice talent or casting - but it's decidedly not for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    ✎Stacey "The One Night Biter"

    I liked this cute read few sizzle parts and the author didn't give it away who done it too soon I'll keep up with this series I liked this cute read few sizzle parts and the author didn't give it away who done it too soon I'll keep up with this series

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon :)

    Such a good audiobook a must if you have the Audible Romance Package!!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    catzkc

    Funny, sexy, sweet. Good mix of mystery and romance.

  29. 4 out of 5

    D.G.

    **3.5 stars** Confrontation with the villain was a bit silly but I liked the chemistry between the leads. RTC

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Kowalski

    This was so freaking cute. I was hooked by the premise of an author 'dating' guys she met on message boards in order to use them as inspiration for victims in her mystery novels. I ended up really liking the characters and enjoying the murder mystery element as well. This was so freaking cute. I was hooked by the premise of an author 'dating' guys she met on message boards in order to use them as inspiration for victims in her mystery novels. I ended up really liking the characters and enjoying the murder mystery element as well.

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