“Eleanor Coggins (Nora, Ellie) was hoping to avenge the death of her friend, Janet. She was sure Banner Westfield, Janet's husband, had been the murderer. As Eleanor sneaked into the ritzy Westfield home to search Banner's library, she encountered Jack Payton, Banner's ex-convict half-brother who...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The story is cliched, but the writing is delightful enough to make this an enjoyable read.”S Johan wrote this review Monday, May 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“wasnt too bad will probably try another”viv r wrote this review Wednesday, October 20, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Eleanor Coggins (Nora, Ellie) was hoping to avenge the death of her friend, Janet. She was sure Banner Westfield, Janet's husband, had been the murderer. As Eleanor sneaked into the ritzy Westfield home to search Banner's library, she encountered Jack Payton, Banner's ex-convict half-brother who - just in time - pretended they were an engaged pair (with the most zinging kiss Eleanor had ever had!). He made a pact with Ellie (his name for her) that, if she'd continue the ruse as his fiancee so he could gain custody of Libby, his 12-year-old daughter, he's help her gain entrance into Banner's things so she could search for her clues. In the course of the time Ellie stayed near the family, she found new facets of herself - and liked them. She also endeared herself to Jack's daughter, hating the idea of leaving her eventually. Her searches led to many clues to Banner's involvement in the disappearance of his wife, a really good helper in her search, the beginnings of a new business - if she wanted to go there - and such marvelous sex!!! But when the masquerade ended, what would happen to it all?
For a new author, Starr Ambrose has an excellent start with this book. ”
“I reviewed this for AAR and gave it an A-.
“Ellie Coggins is determined to find the evidence she needs in order to prove that Banner Westfield murdered her best friend. While breaking into Banner’s office during a house party is probably not the best plan she has have come up with, Ellie is getting desperate. And, she has just been caught by Jack Payton, the black sheep of the Westfield family who also happens to be Banner’s half brother. In a split second the two become allies and engaged so as to cover for the real reasons they are in the office.
Jack Payton has just been paroled and is trying to get his life and daughter back. He wants to do all he can to convince social services and his estranged family that he has changed. Ellie posing as his affianced bride is a stuck of luck in itself and seems like the perfect start.
Ellie and Jack agree to help each other out. Due to her engagement to Jack, Ellie is able to get into the Westfield home much to the consternation of Banner. It is only a matter of time before Ellie gets the proof she needs to get Banner put away forever. Hopefully she will be able to let Jack go just as easily!
Jack Payton is the ultimate reformed bad boy. Criminal record aside, he is doing his very best to turn his life around so that the powers that be at children’s social services will grant him custody of his beloved daughter. For this characteristic alone I fell in love with Jack. His loyalty and love towards his daughter and Ellie shines through during every scene.
If Jack is loyal, Ellie is loyal times ten. She is willing to put herself in danger in order to find the evidence she needs get Banner arrested. That aside, her love for Libby, Jack’s daughter, grows into unconditional love much like the love of a mother and natural child. She and Jack’s attraction to each other is so instantaneous I had no trouble seeing the dilemma each has with the other in trying to convince their families that they are truthfully engaged.
I found the plot and premise of LIE TO ME to be original and intriguing. Realistic in nature, I can only imagine how someone on parole feels when trying to regain the confidence needed to live day in and day out with the stigma of being a released prisoner. Jack’s ability to focus on his mission to be a worthy father to Libby is notable and made me sigh with delight and smile. A daughter loved half as much as Jack loved his daughter Libby would make many young girls very lucky.
LIE TO ME is a great addition to my every expanding keeper shelf. I swooned at Jack’s sensuality and gritted my teeth at Banner’s audacity and then you have Libby’s tenacity and Ellie’s unwavering loyalty. All of these traits made for a truly wonderful read!
***Natalie S. for Wild on Books***