Sex, Lies, and Online Dating

Sex, Lies, and Online Dating

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by Rachel Gibson

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She explained the trouble with Valentine's Day (as if you didn't know!) Now Rachel Gibson tells all about . . .

Sex . . .

What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth—nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and


She explained the trouble with Valentine's Day (as if you didn't know!) Now Rachel Gibson tells all about . . .

Sex . . .

What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth—nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and "bigdaddy182," Lucy Rothschild should know.

Lies . . .

But sitting across from her now is "hardluvnman," and he seems different—sensitive, honest, and hot! He says he's a plumber, while Lucy claims she's a nurse! She's really a mystery writer, dating online while researching her next book. Hey, everyone lies a little, don't they?

And Online Dating . . .

But Quinn's really an undercover cop hunting down a serial killer, and he sees Lucy as his top suspect. And while he could really go for this smart, sexy woman with the killer bod—if that's the only thing "killer" about her—he knows he needs to wine and dine her and discover the truth. Hey, he realizes the dating scene can be deadly—but this is ridiculous!

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Publishers Weekly
What's a homicide detective to do when tracking down a female serial killer who targets her victims via online dating sites? In Gibson's breezy, formulaic new romance set in Boise, Idaho, said detective-handsome Quinn McIntyre-logs online and goes out on numerous first dates until he pinpoints the woman wacko enough to have committed the crimes. So begins the relationship between Quinn and Lucy Rothschild, a well-educated, 30-something professional who fits the killer's profile. Quinn isn't the only one with an agenda, however. Lucy, a mystery writer, is doing research for her next novel, which coincidentally features a female serial killer and Internet dating. Mutual lust impedes both Quinn and Lucy's plans, and miscommunication and the real serial killer serve as speed bumps on their path to love. While Gibson's fast-paced romp is mildly entertaining, her flimsy plot doesn't hold up to scrutiny, and her protagonists-the capable detective who's married to his work and the smart female who's been burned by a parade of Mr. Wrongs-never grow beyond their prescribed roles. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Sex, Lies, and Online Dating

By Rachel Gibson

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Rachel Gibson
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ISBN: 0060772913

Chapter One

Mystrygrl: Seeks Man for Mystery . . .

Lucy Rothschild pulled her BMW into the parking slot closest to the Starbucks entrance and shoved the vehicle into park. Rain pounded the hood of her car and bounced off the asphalt as she turned off the Beemer. Her gaze slid to the front of the strip mall and sought the green-and-white Starbucks sign next to the golden glare of Blockbuster Video. Light from within the coffee shop poured out onto the wet sidewalk, while the raindrops slipping down Lucy's window smeared vivid color and inky shadows like an abstract painting.

Next thing you know, some guy is wearing your head for a hat. Lucy turned off the car and shoved her keys in the pocket of her navy blue Ralph Lauren blazer. She hated when Maddie said things like that. When she made everyone else as paranoid and freaky as she was. Maddie interviewed psychopaths for a living, but that didn't mean all men were child molesters, rapists, or serial killers. Lucy wrote about murder too, but she wrote fiction and was able to separate what she wrote from real life. Maddie seemed to have trouble with that.

Lucy grabbed her umbrella from the passenger seat and opened her car door. It wasn't as if she was going to set up a second meeting with hardluvnman or was even going to leave Starbucks with him. It wasn't even as if she was taking this coffee date any more seriously than she'd taken the others she'd had during the past few months.

She hit the button on her umbrella with her thumb, and the red canopy opened as she stepped from the car. Like the other "dates," tonight was about work. She had her small notepad and pen in her pocket, right next to her little can of mace. She'd brought the pen and paper in case she needed to write down interesting tidbits about hardluvnman after he left. She'd brought the mace in case he wanted to wear her head for a hat.

Damn that Maddie.

Lucy paused briefly to shut the door behind her, then moved across the parking lot, dodging puddles on her way. Unless hardluvnman was different, she wouldn't even use the pen and paper. Unless he was different from the others, while they waited in line for coffee he'd give her the slow up and down, as if she were an Airedale at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If she passed inspection, he'd pay for her triple grande skinny latte (hold the whip, please), ask her what she did for a living (although she'd clearly lied on her bio, stating she was a nurse), then proceed to talk about himself (what a great guy he was) and his former wife/girlfriend (and what a dumb bee-yatch she was). If Lucy didn't pass the slow up and down, she'd pay for her own coffee. Which had only happened to her once.

Bigdaddy182 had been a real cheap bastard with a silver tooth and a neck-hair ponytail. He'd taken one look at her and said, "You're skinny," as if that had been a bigger abomination than his beer belly. She'd bought her own coffee, then proceeded to listen to him talk about himself for the next hour. While he'd rambled on about his run to Sturgis and his bitch of an ex-wife, Lucy had thought about different ways to kill him off. Bad, heinous ways. In the end, she'd known she'd have to stick to her female serial killer's MO, but erotic asphyxiation had seemed too good a way for him to die.

Two steps from the sidewalk, Lucy planted her foot in a puddle. She'd almost made it. Cold water rushed over the toe of her black ankle boot and splashed the bottom of her black jeans.

"Crap-ola!" she said and stepped up on the curb. She opened the door to Starbucks and moved inside. The smell of rich, dark coffee filled her head, and the low steady hum of voices coalesced with the sound of the coffee grinder and espresso machine. No matter what city Lucy might travel to, Starbucks always looked and smelled the same. Kind of like Barnes and Noble or Border's. There was some comfort in that.

Lucy closed her umbrella, and her gaze took in the gold walls and the patrons sitting at brown tables and hard wooden chairs. No man in a red baseball hat. Hardluvnman was late.

Lucy shoved her umbrella in the stand by the door and moved to the counter. When he'd e-mailed her and asked her to meet him, he'd written that his real name was Quinn. Lucy preferred to think of him as hardluvnman. She didn't want to think of him or any of these dates as real people. It was easier to kill them off that way.

She ordered her latte, sans whip, then took a seat at a small round table in the corner. She unbuttoned her blazer and smoothed the collar of her navy blue turtleneck.

She supposed it was a sad commentary on her love life that the only dates she'd had lately hadn't even been real dates at all. The only reason she was subjecting herself to men like bigdaddy182 was that she needed research for her new mystery novel,

Lucy raised the latte to her lips and took a cautious sip. She only needed one last victim for her book. Even if hardluvnman turned out to be a decent guy who didn't need to die, Lucy was done with Internet coffee dates. She'd had enough of men who acted like it was her job to pursue them. Like she had to convince them to ask her out again. If this last date didn't prove fortuitous, she'd figure something else out. Like taking all the lying, cheating, needy characteristics of all her former boyfriends and roll them into one. But she'd done that before, and . . .


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Meet the Author

Kathleen Early is an award-winning television, film, and stage actress living in Los Angeles. Originally from Euless, Texas, she studied at the University of Oklahoma, the Oxford School of Drama, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City. There she understudied Rebecca Gayheart in Steel Magnolias on Broadway and toured nationally with Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin in the Broadway production of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her television credits include recurring roles on Miami Medical and Grey’s Anatomy.

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Sex, Lies, and Online Dating 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Boise, mystery writer Lucy Rothchild is writing a novel about a serial killing female who murders her victims whom she meets online using erotic asphyxiation. To further her research, Lucy arranges coffee ¿dates¿ from inline chats her résumé says nurse. --- Her current encounter is with hardluvman who tells her that his beloved Millie died six months ago, but it is time for him to move on. He says he is a plumber, but in reality he is Quinn McIntyre, undercover cop trying to stop the female serial killer that has three men dead from erotic asphyxiation. When a previous coffee date klondikemike begins choking, Lucy does nothing but panic Quinn saves his life, but knows his date is no nurse. Though attracted to her, he wonders if she could be the killer while she ponders how to arrange a second meeting with this attractive hunk, of course she rationalizes that as research. --- This is an amusing serial killer romance starring two individuals hiding their occupations from one another but unable to conceal how their hearts feel. The story line centers on Quinn¿s confusion as to how can he fall in love with the prime internet murder suspect while Lucy is stunned that one of the losers she has met for coffee is a winning keeper. Fans will enjoy the twist of how the author¿s mysteries become the source of a female sexual predator, as like Quinn the audience will believe Lucy is practicing on real men. Rachel Gibson provides an amusing online romantic suspense with the emphasis on the relationship between the lead pair. --- Harriet Klausner
bookluvngal More than 1 year ago
Well this is my first book by Ms. Gibson but I plan to run out and buy all the titles by her I can get!! I absolutely fell in love with Quinn (can we say sexy?) and Lucy was a great heroine. I hate reading when the main female lead is beyond stupid and thinks she can handle everything herself. Lucy was fantastic and I loved the fact that there is finally a female killer out there. The interactions between Lucy and Quinn were great and the sex scenes (wish there were a few more but hey what what was there was steamy) were ooh-la-la-raise your temerature-hot! Would definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I disagree with the other reviews on this book. I thought it was a great read. I can just imagine what Quinn looks like. YummY! This was a great beach read book. Enjoyed it very much. I will read more of her books.
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I luv that show
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agardone More than 1 year ago
Rachel Gibson has a way of telling a great, funny story. This is a must read.
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Walks in
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Absolutely love this book! It was sexy, fun and easy to read. As someone who reads regularly I am always looking for something fresh. Her writing grabs you. Def top book in my collection!
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A page turner by an author that's new to me. I love the plot and hope to see more from her in the future. 
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Great read!
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One of her best. Loved that it had added suspense.
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