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What do you do when the one person you thought you knew turns out to be the one you knew the least?

Twenty-three year old Marissa Chase, and soon to be college graduate, has everything going for her: wonderful friends, a lucrative degree, and a chance to explore the world. What made it even better - or so she thought - was when her path crossed with the alluring Alec Holden. Unable to stay away from him, Marissa experiences a love like no other, and falls into his world of ...

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Overview

What do you do when the one person you thought you knew turns out to be the one you knew the least?

Twenty-three year old Marissa Chase, and soon to be college graduate, has everything going for her: wonderful friends, a lucrative degree, and a chance to explore the world. What made it even better - or so she thought - was when her path crossed with the alluring Alec Holden. Unable to stay away from him, Marissa experiences a love like no other, and falls into his world of passion and intrigue. However, things begin to shift when this path takes a deadly turn.

Her trust is put to the test when hidden dangers unfold before her, revealing secrets that have been buried for years. Secrets that were meant to stay hidden. Murder, lies, and betrayal ... will Marissa figure it all out in time and escape with her life intact, or will she be too late and fall into the trap of deception?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781491299562
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/9/2013
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,144,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

L.P. Dover lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband and two wonderful daughters. She's an avid reader that loves her collection of books. Writing has always been her passion and she's delighted to share it with the world. L.P. Dover spent several years in college starting out with a major in Psychology and then switching to dental. She worked in the dental field for eight years and then decided to stay home with her two beautiful girls.

Her works consist of the Forever Fae series, her Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. She's really excited to be able to experience writing in the different genres. Her reading used to consist of nothing but suspense thrillers, but now she can't get away from the paranormal/fantasy books. Now that she has started on her passion and began writing, you will not see her go anywhere without a notebook, pen, and her secret energy builder ... chocolate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    This is one of those stories that is really hard for me to rate

    This is one of those stories that is really hard for me to rate and put into words totally what went wrong. I think it honestly was a series of mishaps through the book that tore me out of the stories, made me rant for a few moments, and then I dove back in because it was very similar to a Meth habit if I am being honest.

    The story in itself, taking out character and social oopsies, has a really strong back bone. I LOVE stories like this. Where something happened in someones past and someone is desperate for retribution. It works, and if weaved well the story will just carry all on its own. I was thrust into the world and felt like I was traveling along with all these incredible dull characters. But I didn't care, because I wanted to know what the heck was going on.

    That is a really great thing for a reader, and a terrible thing at the same time. On one hand I was keeping up to pace and enjoying each page turn. Yet, I could not for the life of me enjoy the lead female character Marissa. I had no empathy for her at all. She was such a terrible person, that I didn't care what was in her past or how she got to her future just that I felt that telling a story about such a horribly superficial female was a bad move in a story where her life was at risk because I spent the whole time more worried about Alec than anything else.

    Marissa conforms to things I hate most in young adult/new adult fiction. An epidemic I call, slut shamming, and girl on girl hate. FYI ladies, just because you don't know a chick and she is skinnier, blonder, and is wearing less clothes than you DOES NOT MAKE HER A whore/slut/b**ch, or any other colorful word you can think up. Just because a chick approaches your boy friend she is not one of those things because unless the dude has a wedding ring on--how does anyone know. It drove me nuts every time she saw another female in a short skirt she was spew out one of these words. It made her seem insecure. I just don't act that way--I tell other women they look hot when, well they do.

    Marissa is very fickle. Her trust issues are so enormous that one little thing sends her running away and doing the exact thing that she trashes on other women for doing. It made my brain ache with how simple minded she was. She had such huge potential to overcome all these character flaws, but she just takes a back seat and allows herself to be weak, forgettable, and too stupid to live.

    I did enjoy the other characters, which was odd. Her best friend had flare and sort of lit up the pages she was featured in. Her boyfriend was cheeky and had some good lines. I think I like Kristain the best even if he was a little pathetic in the end, he came through for me as a character and a full circle evolution took place with him. He surpassed Alec for me as a character and I think he redeemed himself fully, and yet he got slighted a proper ending.

    As a whole. This book was entertaining. I mean I couldn't put it down. The sex was hot, the story had a great ebb and flow--it is just a shame that the character that was supposed to take us on the journey didn't connect with me as a reader.

    I would love to read more of L.P.'s works. She is a great story-teller!

    *I received a copy of this book from Indie Inked/L.P. Dover Via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    WOW!!!! I did not expect that twist at the end!!! Freaking amazi

    WOW!!!! I did not expect that twist at the end!!! Freaking amazing book. I love a good mystery & this one is amp'ed up with romance & some pretty heavy sex scenes! I just love L.P. and all her work! Can't wait for more!!! A MUST READ!!! 

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

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    Love, Lies, and Deception was, hands down, a page turner!   Cont

    Love, Lies, and Deception was, hands down, a page turner!   Contemporary romance meets thriller, this book had plenty of both.  Alec was the epitome of a perfect lead male... strong, gorgeous, and with a mysterious past.  Marissa hasn't had the easiest of lives in recent years, but she is intelligent and strong.  The book revolves around the two of them and Emily (Marissa's best friend), Justin (Emily's boyfriend), and Kristian (Marissa's other best friend).  Emily, Marissa, Kristian, and Justin seem like the perfect quad of friends, the kind that we would all like to have.  It isn't until Alec comes on the scene that things begin to change.




    There is a steamy factor to this book that cannot be denied, particularly between Alec and Marissa!  But as hot as that is, it isn't all there is to the story.  For me, the mystery and suspense took first place with the book.  There were twists and there were turns and I repeatedly thought I knew the "whodunit" of it all.  And I was always wrong.  And just when we find out who the bad guy is?  I thought I knew the whole story  And I was wrong.  Fabulous suspense!




    The characters were great, although there were times when both Alec and Kristian annoyed me.  Marissa is portrayed as a strong, intelligent, and capable girl but there were many times that one or both of the guys spent an inordinate amount of time assuming they knew best.  Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't.  It was the overbearing attitude that set me on edge.  But once I finished the book, and the whole story came together, it made sense to me.




    The only thing that truly bothered me occurred at the end, and it is hard to explain without spoilers.  I didn't like the end of Kristian's story.  It seemed too easy, I think.




    Things to love about Love, Lies, and Deception...




       --Marissa and Emily.  They were perfect BFF's... strong and intelligent and fully supportive of one another.




       --The mystery.  It was so engrossing and kept me guessing and turning the pages.




       --The steaminess.  Need I say more?




    Things I wanted more of...




       --Kristian.  Without spoilers, I can't explain much about him, other than I wanted to know more about WHY?!




    My recommendation:  If you love steamy romance, a must read! If you love mysteries and thrillers, a must read!  18+ recommended

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    I would give this 3.5 stars. The story was very well written. Th

    I would give this 3.5 stars.
    The story was very well written. The title fits perfectly, there is lots of lies and deception going on, but you don't realize the full extent until close to the end.
    There were parts were I thought I had things figured out, but then something else would happen to change it.
    I did feel like Alec was borderline stalker when he told Marissa about knowing things about her. But she would watch him as well, although she didn't know ANYTHING about him. When they got together, it happened so fast!
    We got our HEA, but I still have questions. Like what happened with Emily? Did Marissa ever go home to visit her sister? Do the girls move as planned?

    It was a well written story, and very good read; yet there was just something that made me not love it. And I am not sure what that was

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Good

    Pretty good book i must say i didnt see the ending comming!! That was a shocker

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    3.5 Stars This is the first book that I have r

    3.5 Stars

    This is the first book that I have read by the author and I have mixed emotions about it. Although I did completely love the drama and suspense that took place during the course of the book, it felt at times like there was too much of it. The romance part of the book was completely steamy, you can’t deny that fact.
    The characters were all different and each brought something to the table throughout the book. I do have to say, I didn’t see the end coming at all and I was completely glad that I was caught off guard for that part! The story went along quite smoothly considering there was so much action that was happening throughout it.
    All in all, I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it anyone who enjoys suspenseful reads.

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  • Posted September 27, 2013

    This was a cool book. There was a balance of romance and mystery

    This was a cool book. There was a balance of romance and mystery that definitely kept you reading. The characters were interesting, and the story was well-written over all. It was certainly different than anything I had read in the new adult genre, but I did want more. I am certainly looking forward to more by this author though! And I would love for there to be another story about some of the side characters in this one.

    Marissa is a biology major and is pretty reserved. She focuses on her studies and her friends. She finally meets the hot downstairs neighbor and begins to let lose a little. Her lack of trust was somewhat annoying since Alec gave no reason for her to distrust him. She does eventually get over it and realizes that life and relationships are not all sunshine and rainbows. It was nice seeing her grow up a little bit.

    Alec was definitely a mystery. When you finally find out the truth about him, it makes you wonder how much he had lied about. I liked him better than Marissa. When he finally came clean he stayed true to himself. He was very upfront with her about his past. He didn't really grow, but he did get stronger. The other guys were alright. I didn't really click with them. At the end, when the truth comes out, I was definitely shocked.

    This was a good story, I just wish there was more to the mystery. The mystery popped up at the end and was just rushed through. It would have been cool to get a bit more suspense with it. Also, I wish there was more explanation on what happened in Alec's past as well as why the bad guys did what they did. I did still enjoy this and can't wait for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Easy read with an awesome story line. Very well written and beli

    Easy read with an awesome story line. Very well written and believe me you won't believe the "catch you off guard" moments! 
    Some books you can figure out but not this one. There is no hint to who was the culprit. Visually written, but not overly so. 
    You could " see" the scenes and apartments vividly in your head as the story unfolds. Romantic and funny! Mysterious and suspenseful! 
    Love LP's work looking fir more now!

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

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    Yes - I gave it 5 stars (and that is rare for me) The Cover:

    Yes - I gave it 5 stars (and that is rare for me)




    The Cover: I can not tell exactly what it is but it did captivate me and it is different.
    The Characters: I love the characters. Marissa is so sweet and a typical girl and her friends make me want to get inside the book and live with them. The guy downstairs is so hot and his past entriguing. I even got to despising one of them too lol
    The Story Line: Same ole dark past story line but it was different at the same time. The past was not what I expected and I like the twist that was put on it. 
    The Ending: WTH - lol - I can not say anymore without a spoiler *smh*!

    ...omg this book has me. I started writing this review before I had finished the book because I had so much motion I had to get it out lol.
    I started off liking him but damn i hate him. He creep me out and I want to choke the sh*t out of him - seriously I am almost yelling into the book. It's like a horror movie you watch on tv, you know he/it's coming yet you can't stop looking. Argh - who you ask? Read it and find out!

    I am now finished the book and it is something else. Happy, warm, fuzzy, screaming inside, fear, wanting to smack someone (seriously), anger, hate, love, lust and yes, one part even had me teary eyed - I think I felt almost all emotions in this one book.

    Heck I was so sucked in I even took this book to the potty with me *blush*.
    I couldn't get through it fast enough yet at the same time didn't want to get to the end.
    You get so entranced with the story that you know something is coming and want to get there fast but yet you take those baby steps so you don't miss a thing and at the same time you force yourself to turn the page. Then, THEN you smack yourself in the head.....

    I know everyone has different tastes in books but this one did it for me - it captivated me and made me feel so many things. I really enjoyed this story - L.P, thank you so much for writing/sharing it!

    I would recommend this book to anyone over 17 - although I desperately want my 16 year old to read it cause it was so good LOL

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    I love it when a story draws you in and makes you think of nothi

    I love it when a story draws you in and makes you think of nothing else. You fall in love with the characters, the story well written and well thought out, and you just want to keep reading to see how it is going to play out. The only problem is...just when you think you have it all figured out – BAM – the author throws in a twist you could not possibly have seen coming. This could work in two ways for the author: 1) The twist is too unbelievable to even really consider and you just to roll your eyes and take solace in the fact that the first part of the story was good; or 2) The twist turns what was a great story into an exceptional story. The latter is what happened with Love, Lies, and Deception. I was just reading away, thinking I had it all figured out, completely oblivious to the fact that my whole was about to change. Okay, maybe I am being a bit dramatic – my whole world didn't change, it just seems like it should have.

    What do you do when the one person you thought you knew turns out to be the one you knew the least?

    Love, Lies, and Deception is the story of Marissa, a college student looking forward to graduation and the next stage of her life. Marissa is pretty much your typical 23-year-old woman – she studies hard, she likes to party, she has great friends and a good life. There is really nothing to make her stand out from the next girl, so when she is the victim of an attempted attack not once, but twice, in a relatively short time period, questions are raised. When the truth comes out, no one is more surprised than Marissa (except maybe me!).

    I really can't go into any of the plot without giving things away, but I can tell you that that this story is definitely worth reading. Let me just say that the characters were all great and well written. The author gave us enough to get a feel for them and their individual personalities. The plot was extremely complicated but organized, and I didn't feel at the end that there were any major questions left uncovered.

    Thank you to L.P. Dover for providing me a copy of your book.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    Wow L.P Dover I just love your writing freaking amazing. This bo

    Wow L.P Dover I just love your writing freaking amazing. This book had me on the edge of my sit wondering who was after Marissa and every time I thought I knew but I was wrong. I must say nice job on having me on the edge of my seat. So many lies and the betrayal is just crazy. I love the sparks between Alec and Marissa. All I can say is Love,Lies and Deception is so worth reading everyone will love it.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    When I stumbled upon L.P. Dover¿s Forever Fae last year, I didn¿

    When I stumbled upon L.P. Dover’s Forever Fae last year, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I have simply fallen in love with her books.    Now, she has once again outdone herself and given us a new book, Love, Lies, and Deception. A romantic suspense.  I try sometimes to pretend, I am Sherlock Holmes and I can figure out any mystery before a book is done, seems simple enough right? Wrong! I am the worst Sherlock ever this time because I did not for once get my guesses right on this whodunit. 
    So let’s start from the beginning. With have Marissa Chase. College girl, smart, intelligent, hot, and extremely clumsy (which right there makes me love her, I am clumsy too sometimes).  She’s got a great personality, a bit of a tragic past, and that makes you want her to be happy and you instantly fall in love with her vivacious personality 
    She lives in an apartment with her best gal friend Emily. Emily is very outgoing! I enjoyed her quirky personality and she makes a great supporting character.  She wants Marissa to be happy (especially since Marissa was in a long term relationship that ended and who doesn’t want their friend to be happy after having a crappy boyfriend?) 
    Then there is the best guy friend, Kristian. I gotta tell ya, Kris is hot, but he’s got it bad for Marissa, but she just doesn’t see it that way. But can guys always be “just friends?” No, I guarantee it that at some point a guy friend will wonder what’s it like to hop in your pants, and he’s one of them.  But yet, you still like him a lot, because he does have a soft spot for Marissa and wants what’s best for her.
    Then there is the new love of my life (sorry husband, stop reading here) Alec Holden.  He is 
    Sexy 
    Smoldering
    Intense
    BUT, he’s got a past that he isn’t willing to share just yet. That’s okay with me, one look at him, and I still want to put him in my pocket and take him home. 
    The relationship between the two of them starts out with some flirting, and it grows from there.  They are H-A-W-T  (that’s my country accent coming out ) together and have chemistry that flows well between the two of them. How hot do they get? Go read it to find out, you will not be able to put the book down. 
    Then of course, you throw in the suspense, and I can’t tell you anything about that, because, it’s a suspense!
    L.P. Dover has written a marvelous book that screams success.  It is paced perfectly with the right amount of sizzling romance and the right of amount of twist and turns to keep you guessing.  
    Pick up a copy today! You will not be disappointed that you did!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Love Lies and deception - L.P. Dover Author I purchased this boo

    Love Lies and deception - L.P. Dover Author
    I purchased this book and immediately sank into its world, for 7 hours! I could not put it down. The characters are so real I felt like I was watching a movie in my head. The suspense buildup was great and I wasn't let down by the ending! I know it's a cliché' but this book is a must read.
    The intimate moments were written with class and only when the story called for it. There wasn't excessive violence or language definitely a well written book. Still 18+ but written with decorum and style so that you almost don't notice.

    Brenda

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  • Posted August 15, 2013

    Love, Lies and Deception was a good read. Marissa is going on a

    Love, Lies and Deception was a good read. Marissa is going on a trip with her best friend Kristian, Emily and Emily’s boyfriend Justin. Marissa has just broken up with her boyfriend Jason and she’s happy to be free. She never expected to literally fall into the arms of Alec. She’s always wondered what his body would feel like and when opportunity presents itself, there is no refusing. Alec has a past he is running from and secrets he’s willing to share to keep Marissa close but once those secrets are revealed will Marissa be able to look at him the same way. Trouble seems to follow Marissa; just because she ended a relationship doesn’t mean it’s over. Someone is seeking revenge and Marissa is a liability. Love, Lies and Deception has a twist no one will see coming. If you are looking for a book with great steamy sex scenes, full of suspense and revenge then this is definitely the book for you.

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  • Posted August 12, 2013

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    This book was pretty awesome. It's so hard to write this review

    This book was pretty awesome. It's so hard to write this review because I don't want to give away too much. 

    Marissa Chase is the average college student. She attends school and hangs out with friends. She has a boyfriend who lives out of state. Her best guy friend, Kristian, has a girlfriend out of state too. So neither rocked the boat of their friendship with trying to get together. Things are about to change soon. Marissa and her bf break up and she crosses paths with Alec Holden. He is a mystery to her. She's always watched him through windows, and from afar. She's not quite sure how he fits into the picture, she's pretty sure that he's not a college student. They catch each others attention one day, and there are definite sparks that fly. Kristian is not too happy about it. 

    Even through all this jealousy and rivalry, someone has their eyes set on ending Marissa's life. They have to find out before it becomes too late.

    This book was so full of suspense, it had my mind reeling. I was guessing the whole time trying to figure out who it was. When I found it out, it blew my mind. I half guessed it though. This book is definitely for mature audiences, as there are some sexual scenes in it. I loved Alec, he was such a good guy. I felt sorry for Marissa because she didn't deserve what was happening to her. They made such an amazing couple. 

    I could not put this book down, and I enjoyed every minute of it!!! Her books definitely never disappoint. If you love romance/suspense books, definitely check this one out. 

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    Okay so I have probably said this before and no doubt Ill say it

    Okay so I have probably said this before and no doubt Ill say it again but OMG!!! This book was absolutely AMAZING!!! I think LP Dover had really out done herself on this one, it was out of her original genre of Fantasy but oh so GOOD!!! I think Love, Lies & Deception has become my fave out of all the books she has written. There was so much drama, suspense, and so much more. After reading this I felt like I just got done watching a CSI or Criminal Minds show unravel. It was that awesome plus all that hot and spicy romance as well. I loved the characters and the big twist at the end which I wont go in to detail on because I'm not going to give away any spoilers but I will tell you who ever you suspect you are most likely wrong because the people I suspected were not the murderer. I loved Alec from the get go he just seemed so juicy and HAWT!! My heart went out to Kristian at time but then there was others that yelled creepster. I enjoyed the personal touches that the author put into this story. This is one you must have on your shelves to be able to read over and over again. LP Dover is one author I can definitely see making the best sellers list.

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    Posted November 2, 2013

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    Posted November 18, 2013

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