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Loving Lies [Paperback]

Lora Leigh
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Book Description

June 1 2006
Love will find a way. Slade was Jessie's life, the first love that filled her heart and soul and bound her woman's spirit. Years of waiting culminating in an incredible weekend of sexual abandon-teaching her everything she needed to know to be his woman and branded her as Slade's woman for life. Jessie was certain Slade had to love her. Until he whispered the lie, the ultimate betrayal, and walked away only to wed another woman. Now five years later Slade returns, his soul has withered without Jessie's presence, and now he'll have her, one way or the other. The love for her, the fierce overriding hunger and need consumes his heart and binds his soul. No matter the obstacles, Slade will get her back. Whatever it takes. Whatever he has to do. Warning: this book contains lots of steamy, hot lovin'. Anal sex. Toy play. All told in graphic, contemporary language.

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Lora Leigh lives in Lexington, KY.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HEARTFELT EROTICA, SWEET ROMANCE Jan. 4 2009
By Buggy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
4.5~This a really good love story that I enjoyed way more then I expected to. Written way back when Lora Leigh still bothered to have her writing edited and the stories and characters weren't yet repetitive. It does remind me a lot of WILD CARD (which isn't a bad thing) with its reunited lovers theme and an Uber alpha hero coming home to take back what's his. I think however that this story probably came first.

After admiring Jessie for years and finally having one weekend of bliss together our hero Slade is forced to marry another and leave both Jessie and his hometown behind while he works a case for homeland security. (Okay, whatever with the HS storyline, it's kind of an afterthought here and honestly we're not reading LL for cohesive plots now are we?) Anyways as heartbroken as Jessie is over this betrayal it is Slade who truly suffers. Tortured by his thoughts of her he longs for the day when he can return, but will she take him back?

Throughout the story you can feel Slade and Jessie's love and absolute longing for one another. They may have spent 5 years apart but that has done nothing to dampen their desire. However Jessie is not the same innocent girl Slade left behind and he's got his work cut out for him if he's going to make her realize that they belong together, forever.

All of LL's numerous sex scenes are done with her own unique style of erotica (if you know what I mean)-you may feel like you need a shower afterwards. With sub characters that are also well developed and a story that kept me interested, even giving me a couple of *sigh* moments with all the angst riddled internal dialogue. I should mention that Slade's "alpha-ness" is a bit much at times, with his comments and actions bordering on violent. It's only marginally acceptable because he states that she has the power and he won't ever hurt her or make her do anything she doesn't want to do. Still its always all about Slade.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite there... Aug. 5 2006
By Mason's Mama - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I love Lora Leigh books because they're off the beaten erotica path...slightly dark, definitely steamy. This book, unlike the Men Of August series (which I highly recommend), leaves something to be desired.

What was pulled off rather effectively in the afforementioned series, here falls short. The Alpha male lead, Slade, comes across as a high handed and arrogant bully. The heroine comes across as young, whiny and completely unable to assert herself in the face of the what we are to believe is his overwhelming man-ness. She's supposed to be his sensual equal, but she needs to be babysat by his two best friends to avoid sex with the wrong man? yeah right.

Were the August men damaged? yes. Possessive? yes. Seeking redemption? yes...but Slade being condescending and dismismissive? that's just not sexy.

I understand this is the beginning of a new series, so hopefully the next one will scratch the itch this one just didn't seem to reach.
58 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustratingly weak female. Sept. 25 2006
By CaramelDiva - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually like LL's writing, but this book is a stinker.

Jessie, Jessie, Jessie - one of the weakest, most pathetic women I have ever had the displeasure of reading about. While yes, we knew from the beginning that eventually they would get back together, she could have been a little less pathetic. After Slade break's her heart, she moves into his apartment, buys his RV and is still wearing his clothes five years later....I just about puked. The sex scenes were hot but the female lead....just sad.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars love LL - hate this book Dec 22 2008
By N.W. Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I like most books by LL but this one was awful. As other reviewers mentioned, the female was unbearable. I literally could not finish the book because she was so pathetic and immature. The male was also not very likable. I'm all for the alpha dude but this guy was a jerk. Plus... accept a little responsibility, would you? He justifies having sex with his wife by blaming her for taking advantage of him when he's drunk - often. Not exactly my idea of an alpha.

And here's a little irony. The great thing about LL is, normally, she is able to write a great story with well developed characters you can like and respect. Plus, her scene's are smokin' and push the envelope. Sadly, I've discovered that when you can't stand the female character, and don't really like the male lead either it doesn't matter what happens in the sexy scenes...it's not hot. Scene's that would have had me calling my husband in a different book left me way cold - in fact, I ended up skipping over them because I was so disgusted with the characters.

A few other things I found annoying but wouldn't have ruined it for me if I had liked the story and characters at all:

Slade constantly calling Jess "baby girl." Gross. Maybe because she does seem way too young emotionally and in every other way. She's supposed o be 26 but that's hard to remember when she is so incredibly immature and has lived such a stunted life.

Jess calling Slade "stud" constantly.

Both of them "snarling" and "sneering" all the time. I have noticed this in other LL books as well. Can these people not express emotion without it being so exaggerated? They rage, are furious, growl...

The lack of a decent story is common enough in erotica and could be more easily tolerated if the characters were likeable, but they're not. Jess said it best herself, she's "such a fool. A willing, pathetic victim." "Too stupid to live." Who wants to read about someone like that?
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Something's Missing Here July 25 2006
By loonigrrl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Loving Lies, when it focuses on the chemistry and the sex between our two lead characters, is a pretty good book. But when it focuses on character development and plot . . . oh, wait, it doesn't. But don't worry, you won't notice unless you like reading about three dimensional characters. If you're in it for the steam factor, you're set.

What's wrong with the character development? There wasn't any! We get vague references far into the book that Slade was in foster care, and Jessie has family somewhere far away, but not much else. I was a little confused as to how they met, or really what kind of people they were. The details about their lives were totally missing. It just starts with them in the middle of this lust fest somewhere and expects you to not notice that we don't know anything about them or the location, or anything. Which, at first was ok for me. But after a big misunderstanding and many more sex scenes the love they supposedly felt for each other just seemed empty. I ended up skimming the last third of the book, it was just too frustrating.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetically Unbelievable May 16 2007
By M. A. Perry - Published on Amazon.com
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The story had a very promising story line and fell completely short of it. The story is very vague and unrealistic. The main character is very weak and can never stick to her resolve not even a little. The woman acts like a stupid little teenager throughout the book. The male protagonist in the story is ridiculous, not to mention the other guys in the story. Give me a break, no 27 yr old man is going to think a 21 yr old woman is completely off limits, especially not 5 yrs later. The book as whole is very under developed. Don't even get me started on the whole undercover agent working for the FBI, which probably contributed most to the outrageously ridiculousness of the story. I don't care that this story is erotica; I have read some great erotica's that have great steamy love scenes as well as a developed plot and characters; this fell extremely short. It seems to me that the author was mainly concerned with the love scenes, which aren't particularly good, rather than writing a good story altogether.
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