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SEXE, MENSONGES ET IDÉAUX (French) Mass Market Paperback – Apr 12 2012
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From Publishers Weekly
What's a homicide detective to do when tracking down a female serial killer who targets her victims via online dating sites? In Gibson's breezy, formulaic new romance set in Boise, Idaho, said detective—handsome Quinn McIntyre—logs online and goes out on numerous first dates until he pinpoints the woman wacko enough to have committed the crimes. So begins the relationship between Quinn and Lucy Rothschild, a well-educated, 30-something professional who fits the killer's profile. Quinn isn't the only one with an agenda, however. Lucy, a mystery writer, is doing research for her next novel, which coincidentally features a female serial killer and Internet dating. Mutual lust impedes both Quinn and Lucy's plans, and miscommunication and the real serial killer serve as speed bumps on their path to love. While Gibson's fast-paced romp is mildly entertaining, her flimsy plot doesn't hold up to scrutiny, and her protagonists—the capable detective who's married to his work and the smart female who's been burned by a parade of Mr. Wrongs—never grow beyond their prescribed roles. (Feb.)
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Lucy Rothschild has come up with a daring way of doing research for her newest mystery novel. Since her female serial killer meets her victims online, Lucy does the same. The men who respond to her e-mails and meet her in the Boise Starbucks provide excellent fodder, as well as verisimilitude. Finally Lucy only needs one more victim. Unbeknownst to her, Quinn McIntyre is actually an undercover detective trying to stop a serial killer. One thing the victims all have in common is that they are part of the online dating scene. As Quinn chats with Lucy, it becomes apparent that she is lying and that she knows way too much about police procedure. Lucy begins to fall for him, and Quinn falls for her, believing all the while that she's the killer. How Lucy's novel reads and how the serial killer's MO are so alike is just one of the fascinating aspects of Gibson's latest delightful page-turner. The others are her truly appealing and convincing characters. Maria Hatton
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Top Customer Reviews
Lucy Rothschild is a mystery writer and her latest effort has her exploring the world of internet dating. She’s created a pretty intriguing storyline. She just has one more date too keep and she will be done. But this date is not like the others. He’s handsome, and seems sincere. But more importantly, she is attracted to him. So when he contacts her again, she wants to say no but instead says yes. What she doesn’t know is life is imitating her art…men are starting to turn up dead and several of them…Lucy has dated.
Quinn is an undercover detective working on a new serial murder case. They are trying to catch “Breathless” before she has a chance to kill again. His dating leads to Lucy Rothschild. He thinks she’s a murder but at the same time he can’t stay away from the sexy author. But, when Breathless kills once again…and Quinn and Lucy are together at the time, Quinn is going to have to come clean about his lies…will he be able to keep Lucy and will she forgive him before she becomes the next victim of Breathless?
Quinn and Lucy are wonderful characters. They’re romance is both sensual and sweet. The secondary characters that populate the pages are endearing additions. The suspense storyline was a fresh and demonstrates Ms. Gibson’s range as a writer. Ms. Gibson has penned a good story that will appeal to her loyal fans as well as new readers.
This one was AWESOME. The story line was great. Kept you in there right to the end. I never expected who the killer would have been. I was so shocked. And the detail that she puts into the scenes was unbelievable.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes Romance with alittle mystery. Read it...you won't be sorry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
So I buy her books, but sometimes throw them at the wall.
My copy of Sex, Lies, and Online Dating isn't dented - neither is the wall or the cat - it's not great, but it's fun, and it has great characters. My major criticism is that in too many respects it's a one idea story - crime writer and cop meet online both doing 'research' and pretending to be someone they're not.
I'm also getting very tired of books that spend too much time trying to sell the author's next book; the epilogue of this one is primarily devoted to the major character of book two in the 'series.' It feels more like a sales pitch than literature.
That said, I found the book to be entertaining. The characters are well-drawn, the action moves along fast enough, and the suspense element works. And if you're looking for hot love scenes and fetching pets, Gibson does them equally well.
While it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess the identity of the femme fatale, it sure is a fun ride! Gibson uses her trademark humor and sizzle to tell a funny and sexy story capturing the dilemmas of dating in the new millennium.
Mystery writer Lucy is on assignment, a date to gather info on guys that she can use in her latest novel. She's been hooking up with men online and going to starbucks for 'mini' dates in the hopes that anyone of these guys will inspire a character.
Undercover cop Quinn in going on dates to find the female serial killer Breathless. She ties them up and suffocates them with dry cleaning bags.
Unfortuantely or fortunately, Lucy happens to have had contact with two of the previous victims. That makes her murder suspect number one. So what Lucy thinks is a real date (from his point of view anyway) is anything but. When Quinn finds out that she's writing a novel about murder that happens to include suffocating the male victims, he's convinced she's the murderer.
When Quinn realizes that she's not the murder and Lucy finds out the truth about his identity and the reason for their dates, she's devastated.
Only when the murder contacts Lucy, must she go to Quinn for help. So Quinn tries to protect Lucy from the pyscho and himself cause being next to the sexy lady does all kinds of things to his libido.
This book was really entertaining. The mystery was good, although a bit predictable. The characters were well drawn and the loves scenes were well written. I'll definitely be reading her other books.
Gibson introduces Lucy's three writer friends in this one. Clare's, the romance writer, is the next one.
The writer's style is easy and quick to read and the plot is fun. This is a great beach or rainy day read. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.