Review: White Lies by Linda Howard

Posted May 28, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

Review: White Lies by Linda HowardReviewer: Rowena
White Lies (Rescues, #4) by Linda Howard
Series: Rescues Series #4
Published by Harlequin, MIRA
Publication Date: October 1st 2003
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 256
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four-half-stars

When Jay Granger's ex-husband is seriously hurt in an accident, she is asked to confirm his identity at the hospital. But the man before her is almost unrecognizable from his injuries. Tentatively she identifies him as Steve Crossfield, the man she was once married to. When he awakens from his coma, Steve cannot remember anything of their life together. Is this the man Jay once loved intensely, or is she attracted to a complete stranger?

I left my book in my friend Theresa’s car last night and so I made due with reading a short story until I can get that book back and finish reading about the uber sexy Christian Hawkins. I’m really loving all of this government agency crap, I’m totally loving it all. I just finished watching Shooter last night with Mark Wahlberg and man he was looking mighty scrumptious in that book and then in between reading about the SDF guys and now reading about Lucas Stone’s sexy self, I’m just one content, happy Polynesian chick salivating for more….;)

What surprised me about this book was that I really liked it. The reason I was so shocked that I liked it was because I don’t’ like amnesia stories. Actually, I hate them. Until You by Judith McNaught? Yeah, I hated that story and I still cringe thinking about when Sheridan whatever her last name gets her memory back and all the drama that comes after it, I just hate it, I hate reading about it and I hate when the shoe drops and blech, I just don’t like it.

It was different with this book, first off, the hero was the one suffering from amnesia. He was the sole survivor of an explosion and his friends and allies were trying to keep him safe by giving him a new name and face so that the bad people looking for him won’t know that it’s him. They even go so far as to getting his new identity’s ex-wife to come and identify him and then keeping her with him to make things look legit.

So the entire time that he’s in the hospital, he’s bonding with Jay (the heroine and ex-wife of the other guy) Granger and they fall in love with each other, not so soon or anything, but over the duration of his stay in the hospital and into their forced confinement in Colorado.

It was so cute to watch these two fall in love and it was so cute to find out Jay’s reasons for keeping up with the charade. I felt Lucas’ fierce pissed offness at Jay for her little white lies but after she tells him her reasons before turning away from him and getting in the car to drive away, I couldn’t help myself, I said…Awwwww.

She’s his lobster!

This book was super short but it didn’t feel rushed or anything, I loved Linda Howard’s ability to drag me into Lucas and Jay’s world by feelings alone and not with a wordy novel. It may have been short but it packed a sure punch and I really enjoyed getting to know Jay more and finding out just who the real Lucas Stone was.

I totally recommend this book and though it’s not my favorite LH book to date, it sure is a great read and totally B worthy, just like Crazy Cool.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

four-half-stars


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10 responses to “Review: White Lies by Linda Howard

  1. I remember reading this book 😀 I had the old cover though… I liked it and I mean, the amnesia storyline was completely different than most others due to the circumstances. Too bad it was such a shortie.

  2. I really enjoy Linda Howard and I have not read this one yet, I will have to keep an eye out for it.
    Sometimes short books are good between books in a series or if you do not have your current read with you for some reason.

  3. I haven’t read this one. My UBS has it, but that amnesia keeps putting me off. I’ll try it out now. Sounds interesting.

  4. I love this book, too! It was soo good. And I loved that he was the one with amnesia and the way it played out. I’d highly recommend it, too. 🙂

  5. Chantal

    It’s hard for me to read books with a Hero with the same name as one of my kids.
    It just feels weird.

    There are many Lucas’ on my historical shelf. Popular name.

  6. I was also surprised that I loved this one but it was because they original publishing date was ages ago. I thought all books from back then were supposed to be bad but this was just excellent. There are very few Linda Howard books from years gone by that took a wrong turn. Okay, a few did but I have been happy more than miserable reading her back list 😉

    CindyS

  7. HEY! One of my all time fav LH’s- I’ve had this one on my keeper shelf for ages- and I’ve reread it so many times I almost know it by heart. This and a couple other LH’s are part of my comfort things- like buttry REAL popcorn (not that microwaved crap), peanut butter, and homemade chocolate chip cookies!

  8. Rowena

    Nath,

    I picked up this book because it was a shortie and it didn’t bother me at all, I thought I’d hate it because I hate amnesia stories but this one was pretty good…I enjoyed it, a lot. Lucas? YUM!

    Kris,

    Amen to that! I totally agree, it was a nice change of pace for me, something short and sweet before getting down and dirty with the Crazy boys, I like it! 😉

    Chantal,

    Well if helps you any, this guy thought he was Steve for a long time in the book…LOL.

    Holly,

    That’s because you’ve got good taste in books! 😉

    Cindy,

    ME TOO! I haven’t been too let down by too many of LH’s books, there have been some that I didn’t really care for and one that I just couldn’t stand but for me LH hardly ever disappoints, I still love her!

  9. Rowena

    Zeek,

    Amen to all of that…=)

    Kookie,

    My fave reread is Mr. Perfect and Heart of Fire, but I love me some LH.

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