4.5 Stars: A fun reading ride Dec 9, 2007
LOVE, LIES and a DOUBLE SHOT OF DECCEPTION is a great choice for a contemporary romance full of fun and with a suspenseful mystery. The heroine steals everyone's heart---the hero's, the whole city of Philadelphia and the reader. Although this book is not stylistically perfect, it is a fun memorable read!
Logan Crawford is every woman's dream from his looks to his billionaire status but no woman can capture the heart of this love-'em and leave-'em guy, at least not until he bumps into Emma Wadsworth and spills coffee all over her white outfit. On the surface, Emma seems to have it all. The entire city of Philadelphia and its tabloids worship this a widowed heiress with a grand estate with an impeccable historic blue blood family. Emma guards her dark secrets. A romance with Logan might attract the tabloids and cause a scandal. Someone else does not want the past brought to light. When the possibility of murder and possible crime threatens the high society veneer, the danger might just become much more serious than mere scandal.
Lois Winston creates a multi-dimensional character who creates fun and scandal but who also fears attention with psychological realism. The non-stereotypical portrait of the paparazzi surprises and delights. Lois Winston also creates obnoxious and villainous characters who are just fun to hate. The unfolding mystery provides some humorous suspenseful twists and turns. Many parts of this book are clearly exceptional and innovative and yet as a whole, the book does not maintain the level consistently but vacillated between very good and really great. The hero does not quite measure up to the superbly written heroine but the romance is delightful, passionate and tinged with danger. Neither of these slight imperfections, however, detract from the reading pleasure.