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The Perfect Lie [Mass Market Paperback]

Dinah Mccall
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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May 1 2003
There's no place to hide from the truth . . .

CIA agent Jonah Slade is back from deadly undercover work in the jungles of South America, battered, bloodied, but successful in putting a notorious drug czar behind bars. But, he discovers, the war has just begun.

He learns the woman he loved and lost years ago has been killed in cold blood, her fifteen-year-old son kidnapped. Her sister, Macie Blaine, turns to Jonah for help, and gives him no chance to refuse when she tells him the boy is his son.

Stunned and enraged by the discovery, Jonah wants to lash out. Until he makes the connection between the kidnapping and the drug lord, who is solely focused on avenging the death of his own son -- the man Jonah killed. It's come down to a battle as old as time itself. An eye for an eye. A son for a son.

Yet for Jonah, it's also much more than that. He knows what he is, a hardened and cynical man. But he also knows what he wants. Everything he's been denied: his son -- and Macie Blaine's love.


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The latest romantic thriller from McCall (after White Mountain) opens with a dramatic flourish as frivolous Felicity Blaine confronts her lover, Jonah Slade, to tell him she aborted their child. This "perfect lie" costs Felicity her relationship, but in return, she gets to keep her baby and remain under her wealthy father's wing. Convinced of Felicity's perfidy, Slade shuts down emotionally and becomes an undercover CIA agent. He doesn't learn the truth until 15 years later when Macie, Felicity's sister, approaches him with the news that Felicity has been murdered and his son, Evan, kidnapped. The mastermind behind the madness is a sinister drug lord named Calderone, whose own son was killed during a drug bust orchestrated by Jonah. McCall (aka Sharon Sala, Amber by Night) does a fine job developing her strong, haunted hero. In contrast, Macie lacks complexity and is a weak foil for Jonah. Their interest in each other evolves swiftly into love, but with a rescue in the works and a traitor lurking in the background, readers will hardly notice the abruptness of their relationship. Despite awkward dialogue ("Carl, you sorry so and so, where in the blazes have you been?") and over-the-top characters like Calderone, McCall's mild tale still manages to entertain.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fast-paced and entertaining! June 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Dinah McCall book. I had left it on my TBR pile after discovering my usual book review site gave it a 'D' rating. I am so glad I picked it up anyway. I found it very entertaining and did not agree with any of the criticisms except those of Macie, the heroine. I not only fully agree she was put there just for 'girlfriend' material, I find it hard to accept any hero finding her alluring! Macie is sweet and caring, a paragon of virtue almost, but she is so ignorant and clueless I ended up clueless myself about why McCall even wrote her into the story. Fortunately, Macie is not one of those TSTL heroines because she doesn't get in the way and she does whatever the hero tells her to do so I didn't have to worry about those TSTL moments romance writers must think readers enjoy (why else why would there be so many?).
Macie reminds me of one of my elderly spinster aunts - she doesn't know what 'intel' means and Jonah has to explain. Hey, this was written post 9/11! Macie's excuse for not knowing is that she 'wasn't thinking'. Well, she is this 'duh' woman from start to end but apart from her, I enjoyed the action, the pace and liked Evan, the kidnapped son. I am looking for more of McCall's titles now but hope these wallpaper heroines are not the usual fare.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Started Good, Fizzled Out July 11 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was truly enjoying the beginning of this book. Jonah Slade;Strong hero trying to do the right thing. But then when he meets his love interest, Macie Blaine, they fall in love without many preliminaries. I couldn't suspend my disbelief for that one.
I lost interest toward the end. The love interest was unbelievable and banal. The hero wasted tons of pages and time waiting around for help with his kidnapped son. Why did he call for help from his CIA buddies after 3or 4 days into the kidnapping? Why did he wait around Macie's house day after day instead of going out to his contacts? Some of it just didn't make sense.
This book should have been great. Could have been great. Where's the editor when you need them?
P.S. The other thing that bothered me was that Macie's older sister who had betrayed Jonah had plastic surgery to look younger. Geez, she wasn't 50! She was 40! And is that supposed to make her wicked in the reader's eyes? I was briefly, very briefly under the illusion that Macie's older sister would be the heroine. How refreshing would that have been! A 40 year old woman loving a man the same age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong Read From Ms. Mccall! July 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is another strong read from a great author. Ms. Mccall delivers again with a strong hero and a great heroine.
Jonah Slade is an undercover CIA agent and he finds out that he has a son that is fifteen years old and that Evan has been kidnapped by a drug lord that has promised revenge for the death of his son. Jonah is floored when he finds out that he was lied to fifteen years earlier, and that he has been cheated yet again by the Blaine family. He will do all he can to save the son he didn't know he had even if it means that he gives himself up to Calderon the Columbian drug lord.
Macie Blaine has loved Jonah for years. Even when he was dating her older sister. She is torn in two when she finds out her sister has been killed, her father has been shot, and her nephew was abducted. She knows the only thing left to do is to track down Jonah and tell him the truth and to ask for help.
Jonah agrees to go back to California with Macie and finds himself not only worried about the safety of his son, but also finds himself attracted to Macie. She is everything her sister wasn't and more. She was kind, loving, and forgiving, and strong when she needed to be. Soon Jonah is totally in love with her and will do all he can to get his son back so he can start a family with Macie.
This was a fast paced read and although Macie is not one of her stronger characters she is still likable. The secondary character plus the added intrigue of who the mole in the organization is helps move the story along. This is really a great book to add to your summer reading list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Lie June 17 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sixteen years ago, Felicity's lie ended her marriage to CIA agent Jonah Slade. Believing she had aborted their unborn child, he was very willing to end their marriage. Now, after a successful drug raid in South America, he learns that his exwife has been brutally murdered, and the child he thought dead kidnapped by an enemy who wants revenge on Slade for killing his son. Her sister, Macie, who was just a child when he last knew her, has grown up into a stronger woman than Felicity ever was, and is demanding that he help her find his son.
As they work together to rescue the boy before vengeance is taken on him, Slade begins to wonder if he should have waited for the baby sister to grow up, for Macie is much more than Felicity ever could have hoped to be. Dangers all around them drive the couple together as this action packed, exciting romance races to its thrilling and touching conclusion.
***** Under any name, this author is guaranteed to give her readers an exciting story, heady romance, and a touching plot that will warm your heart. Slade is the older man that most of us dream about finding, not too old, but like fine wine, aged to perfection. His son looks to be someone who might grow up to be just like dad, so if the author reads this, please take the hint for a sequel. *****
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down
This is a great book! I couldn't put it down. It was totally gripping and also very sexy and romantic.
The only drawback was that it was SO gory. Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Anne B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of True Love
This is a great book. It's a story of love gone wrong and true love that waits. It is also a story of the uncoditional love of a parent and proves that no matter what, there is... Read more
Published on March 17 2004 by S. K. Leggate
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Disappointed!
I expected the author, at the very least, to be consistent about how smart the hero was. If his experience, gut and survival instincts allow him to conclude that a drug dealer... Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but too cheesy.
The book was decent. The romance was sweet and I especially liked the father/son bonding that took place. Read more
Published on July 24 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good As It Could Be, But O.K. if you are Bored
Pretty unbeleivable, I could see her being attracted to him, but I was not sure what attracted him to her. I thought she was [weak]. Read more
Published on July 21 2003 by DinaC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read
I started this book in the early evening and stayed up until 3:00 am until I finished it. It has been a long time since a book kept me so captivated. Read more
Published on June 5 2003 by Hannah McKenna
3.0 out of 5 stars The book wasn't bad but it wasn't great either
If you like strong women in your book this isn't the one for you. Yes the main female character has lost her sister and had her nephew kidnapped but come on. Read more
Published on May 31 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turning romantic suspense...
The course of Jonah Slade's life changed the day the woman he loved told him she had aborted his child. Not having any family, he joined the CIA in undercover work. Read more
Published on May 23 2003 by iheartjackbauer
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting romantic suspense
Sixteen years ago in Bel Air, California, Jonah Slade is elated that his girlfriend Felicity Blaine carries his child and plans to propose. Read more
Published on May 13 2003 by Harriet Klausner
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