by MaryJanice Davidson

November 2002
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Mary Janice Davidson, I have to admit right now, is one of my favorite authors. Her wit and dialogue is fast and furious – maybe a bit juvenile at times but always right on. I can only wish I can be as funny and quick thinking as her characters – and when a reader starts to think that she’d like to be the heroine in a romance novel, the book has pretty much done its job.

Ashley Lorentz hasn’t had it easy – ever. She’s been abandoned as a baby and has been in numerous state foster and juvenile homes as far as she can remember. But no matter how bad she has it, she always knows that someone else is worse off; as an adult, she manages to give her time to mental health patients and put money that she really doesn’t have in empty coffee cups (or not so empty ones!) that she passes by on the streets. But here Cinderella meets her ultimate prince charming – handsome, nice, funny and filthy (FILTHY) rich, Victor Lawrence, who thinks she’s just the greatest thing since sliced bread. Everything is hunky-dory, albeit Ashley's doubts about Victor's attraction to her, until one fateful night….

Rape isn’t something that anyone wants to see in a romance novel… but this is definitely NOT your typical bodice ripper. I’m not even sure I can call it rape… more like a big mistake that shattered Ashley’s already fragile ego. But Ms. Davidson doesn’t mince words – she defines it as such and the reader has to think of it in terms of Ashley’s viewpoint, the effect the incident had on her, and the disgust she feels for herself for still being attracted to Victor.

Let’s not forget Victor – he’s remorseful… like in anguish, guilt-ridden, begging-on-his-knees-to-be-forgiven kind of remorse. And let’s face it, ladies, when a man is down on his knees because of love (and not because his favorite team sports won – or lost!), it’s terribly hard not to fall in love with him yourself. The only mildly annoying trait that he has is that he treats Ashley like a kid who doesn't know what's good for her. Granted, that may be true in Ashley's case, who bites off more than she can chew sometimes, but it's still a bit difficult to see childish traits in both the hero and heroine.

Love Lies is not your typical Ellora’s Cave – sure, it’s still hot and sexy, but it’s more romance than romantica. Though it’s fantasy in a Cinderella-like tale, it’s really about relationships and building trust between two people. I have to say, it’s really not as serious as it seems – though the theme may have delved into the dark side, it’s still funny with its quick-witted characters that involve you through the whole book. Love Lies is too good to pass up!!!

Reviewed in December 2002 by Veronica.

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