Lola Carlyle Reveals All

Lola Carlyle Reveals All

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by Rachel Gibson
     
 

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When ex-supermoddel Lola Carlyle learns that some very — ahem — private photos of herself are being peddled on the Internet, she hides out where there's sun and — she thinks — safety, until the gossip dies out. Then the private yacht she's blissfully napping on is "commandeered" by some man who says his name is Max Zamora, and that he

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When ex-supermoddel Lola Carlyle learns that some very — ahem — private photos of herself are being peddled on the Internet, she hides out where there's sun and — she thinks — safety, until the gossip dies out. Then the private yacht she's blissfully napping on is "commandeered" by some man who says his name is Max Zamora, and that he works for the government.

It sounds crazy, but Max is telling the truth — his cover's been blown, he's on the run, and now he's confronted by a very angry — and beautiful — woman. He's seen Lola before — barely clothed on covers of fashion magazines. But she's more beautiful in person. From the top of her pert blonde head to the tips of her little painted toes, Max finds her sexy, curvy... and a pain in the butt. And that's before she blows up the ship!

Now, the unlikely pair is stranded in the middle of the ocean, it's getting very hot — not just from the sun — and Lola is about to reveal it all...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lola Carlyle Reveals All in this funny but formulaic contemporary romance between Max Zamora, a covert government operative, and Lola Carlyle, a ditzy blond bombshell and former underwear model. The sexual attraction between this unlikely duo burns brighter than the novel's sunny, tropical setting when they are stranded together on a yacht and then on a deserted island, with Lola's annoying, pint-sized pup providing the only entertainment. While hiding out from a handful of dangerous, drug-ring thugs, their attraction comes to a head, but will it persist once their island adventure is over? Rachel Gibson's (True Confessions) heroine is little more than a walking cliche, but her hard-bitten hero and edgy prose carry the story. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380814398
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
624,268
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Chapter One

Max Zamora was getting too old to play Superman. Adrenaline rushed through his veins and raised the hair on the backs of his arms, but did little to dull the fiery ache shooting up his side, stealing air from his lungs. At the age of thirty-six, he felt the pain of saving the world much more than he used to.

He took steady breaths to control the pain and the nausea threatening just below the surface. Above the pounding in his head, he listened to the sounds of tourists and taxicabs, of island music and waves hitting the docks. He heard nothing out of the ordinary filling the humid night air, but Max knew they were out there. Somewhere. Looking for him. If they caught him, they wouldn't hesitate before they killed him, and this time they would succeed.

Light from the Atlantis Casino illuminated blurry patches of the marina, and for a split second his vision cleared, then doubled again, playing havoc with his balance as he moved from the shadows. The soles of his tactical boots made not a sound as he boarded the yacht tied to the end of the dock. Blood trickled from the cut in his bottom lip and dripped down his chin to his black T-shirt. When his adrenaline ran dry, he knew he'd be in a heap of hurt, but he planned to be halfway to Florida before that happened. Halfway from the hell he'd visited on Paradise Island.

Max made his way to the dark galley and rifled through the drawers. His hand fell on a fishing knife, and he pulled it from its scabbard and tested the wicked five-inch blade against his thumb. Moonlight poured in through the yacht's Plexiglas windowsoverhead and lit up patches of the inky black interior.

He didn't bother to search the yacht further. He couldn't see much anyway, and he'd be damned if he'd turn on the lights and illuminate his position.

Flatware rattled in the drawer as Max slammed it shut. He figured if the owners were still on board, he'd made enough noise to roust them by now.

And if someone did suddenly appear from out of the darkness he'd have to switch to contingency plan B. Problem was, he had no plan B. An hour ago, he'd run through the last of his backup strategies, and now he was running on pure instinct and survival. If this last ditch effort failed, he was a dead man. Max didn't fear death; he just didn't want to give anyone the pleasure of killing him.

When no one appeared, he made his way back outside and quickly cut the docklines. He moved up the stairs to the flying bridge. Max's vision cleared for a few brief seconds, allowing him to see the bridge had a canvas top and plastic wraparound windows. He knelt beside the captain's chair within the variegated shadows, and his vison blurred and doubled again.

A wave of nausea rushed at him, and he breathed through it as best he could. Mostly by touch, he used the knife to pop a section off the top of the helm. Perspiration stung a cut on his forehead and ran into his brow as he pulled out a tangle of wires. His vision wasn't getting any better and it took him longer than he would have liked to locate the back of the ignition switch. When he did, he sliced through the wires, then touched them together. The twin inboard engines kicked over, sputtering and churning the water as Max placed one hand on his side, one on the helm, and rose.

He put the yacht in gear, slid the throttle forward, and eased the craft away from the end of the dock. If he tilted his head just right, his double vision wasn't as bad, and he could keep the yacht in the center of the waterway and away from hazards.

He motored the vessel out of the marina and into Nassau Harbor, beneath the bridge that connected Paradise Island to the capital and past the cruise ships docked at Prince George Wharf. Nothing that night had come this easy, and at any moment, he expected a spray of automatic fire, shredding the canvas top and chewing up the deck. The minute he'd landed on the island that afternoon, his luck had gone from bad to worse, and he didn't trust that his bad luck was through with him yet.

“Excuse me, but what are you doing?”

At the sound of a female voice, Max spun around and gripped the arm of the captain's chair to keep from falling. He stared at the double image of a woman outlined by the fading lights of the harbor. A lighthouse at the end of the island sent a bright beam sliding across the floor and lighting up two identical pairs of feet with twenty red toenails. It made a leisurely journey up two red and blue skirts and bare flat bellies. Two white shirts were tied between two pairs of big breasts. Then it slipped across the corners of two full mouths and drifted through a tangle of blond curls. Her face remained hidden as the fuzzy image of two small dogs yapped from her arms, the shrill barking enough to make Max's ears bleed.

“Shit, I didn't need this,” he said, wondering where the hell she'd come from. The poor excuse for a dog jumped from her arms and bolted across the floor, stopping by Max's feet and barking so hard his rear legs rose from the deck. The woman moved forward, and her double image trailed slightly behind as she rushed to scoop up the mutt.

“Who are you? Do you work for the Thatches?” she demanded. He didn't have time for dogs or questions or...

Lola Carlyle Reveals All. Copyright © by Rachel Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car's broken glass all about. She told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She's been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Lola Carlyle Reveals All 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Rachel Gibson's books but this one was a bust! A lingerie model who has posed all but naked for catalogs who is devastated because her ex put nude photos of her on the Internet. Lola was shallow (tweezing her eyebrows on a deserted island) and not too bright! She's stranded in the Bermuda Triangle, with a stranger, in a disabled boat, drug runners hunting them and she's freaked because Max used her TOOTHBRUSH!! Uh, duh, not real high on the priority list. I also had to agree with what another reviewer said about the editing! So many mistakes!! I read four or five books a week and many of them are the same way! Does anyone edit these??
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, this isn't one of my favorites I wasn't attracted to Max and Lola wasn't the greatest woman character Gibson has written. The mention of Lola's bulimia only in passing and it being made light of was distasteful for me (I am a recovering bulimic). Gibson could have and should have left it out. The whole stranded boat thing was overdone and the drug-dealer may kill us at any time plot was disappointing. and I would have kicked teh darn dog off teh boat teh first day! Lola's whining about the dog and obnoxious 'model' behavior was sickening, But here is why I read it despite all that Gibson's art of love-scenes and sexual tension writing...to die for...skim read the main part of the book and get to the good stuff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Did not like the perfect heroine in this book. She was unrelatable. No real human imperfections to the character. It was entertaining in a unbelievable sort of way. There were certain parts of the story that I just rolled my eyes as I read it because it was too corney cliche.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of her books and I'd have to say this was my least favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooo good! Definatly one of my favorites by Rachel Gibson!
gwammateach More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gibson's books always make me laugh out loud. This one is no exception! I wish she would stay up night and day just to keep the books coming!
curlyloulou More than 1 year ago
This was a re-read for me. I found it at Goodwill and thought I would give it another try. I remember it being one of the first Rachel Gibson that I read and I didn't care for it. Second time wasn't really an improvement either but I love Rachel so I gave it 2 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent! Full of adventure, a sexy stud, and a hot relationship. It is funny and full of sexy situations.
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Just finished this book. I loved it and im glad i didnt listen to the reviews... no i dont think i would read it again but it was super cute *** just read this book and decide for yourself**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad that i did not listen to the other previous ratings of this book. This was a very good book. I do not know what book the earlier readers read, but this was one of my favorites. Oh well to each its own.
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After reading some of the other reviews I wasn't sure if I would like this book. I really enjoyed this book though! I don't think there is a book that she has written that I don't like! It is not part of a series, but is great as a stand alone book! I have all of her books and they are all definite re-reads!! Rachel brings up things in the book that some people may not like, but are a fact of life. I love the series books, but this book is no slouch and should be given a fair review!! Thank you Rachel for giving me Lola's point of view, cause not everything is roses in here life! Max is definitely a hottie! It is a good book and well worth the money! Keep up the great work Rachel!!
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risuena More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite Rachel Gibson book so far. I thought the main female character was too weak in many aspects and the main man was not that attractive emotionally. Their circumstance and how their relationship developed didn't appeal to me, nor was the plot very credible. It did have its good romantic moments and action suspense every now and then but not enough. The book was okay but I wouldn't feel the need or desire to read it again.