The Perfect Lie [NOOK Book]


There's no place to hide from the truth….

CIA agent Jonah Slade is back from deadly undercover work in the jungles of South America, battered, bloodied, but successful in putting a notorious drug czar behind bars. But, he discovers, the war has just begun.

He learns the woman he loved and lost years ago has been killed in cold blood, her fifteen-year-old son kidnapped. Her sister, Macie Blaine, turns to Jonah ...

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The Perfect Lie

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There's no place to hide from the truth….

CIA agent Jonah Slade is back from deadly undercover work in the jungles of South America, battered, bloodied, but successful in putting a notorious drug czar behind bars. But, he discovers, the war has just begun.

He learns the woman he loved and lost years ago has been killed in cold blood, her fifteen-year-old son kidnapped. Her sister, Macie Blaine, turns to Jonah for help, and gives him no chance to refuse when she tells him the boy is his son.

Stunned and enraged by the discovery, Jonah wants to lash out. Until he makes the connection between the kidnapping and the drug lord, who is solely focused on avenging the death of his own son—the man Jonah killed. It's come down to a battle as old as time itself. An eye for an eye. A son for a son.

Yet for Jonah, it's also much more than that. He knows what he is, a hardened and cynical man. But he also knows what he wants. Everything he's been denied: his son—and Macie Blaine's love.

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The latest romantic thriller from McCall (after White Mountain) opens with a dramatic flourish as frivolous Felicity Blaine confronts her lover, Jonah Slade, to tell him she aborted their child. This "perfect lie" costs Felicity her relationship, but in return, she gets to keep her baby and remain under her wealthy father's wing. Convinced of Felicity's perfidy, Slade shuts down emotionally and becomes an undercover CIA agent. He doesn't learn the truth until 15 years later when Macie, Felicity's sister, approaches him with the news that Felicity has been murdered and his son, Evan, kidnapped. The mastermind behind the madness is a sinister drug lord named Calderone, whose own son was killed during a drug bust orchestrated by Jonah. McCall (aka Sharon Sala, Amber by Night) does a fine job developing her strong, haunted hero. In contrast, Macie lacks complexity and is a weak foil for Jonah. Their interest in each other evolves swiftly into love, but with a rescue in the works and a traitor lurking in the background, readers will hardly notice the abruptness of their relationship. Despite awkward dialogue ("Carl, you sorry so and so, where in the blazes have you been?") and over-the-top characters like Calderone, McCall's mild tale still manages to entertain. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460362099
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/15/2013
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 94,693
  • File size: 546 KB

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The Perfect Lie

By Dinah McCall

Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 2003 Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-55166-675-8

Chapter One

Bel Air, California

The words Felicity Blaine had yet to speak already left a bitter taste on her tongue, although God knew she'd practiced them long enough that they should have spilled out without a qualm. She'd chosen the opulence of her father's library to give Jonah the news because it represented everything she didn't want to lose. Granted, Jonah Slade was more man than she'd ever had before, and she loved him as much as she was capable of loving someone other than herself. But when her father, Declyn Blaine, had confronted her with her choices, she'd been more than a little appalled at how easily she'd been swayed.

She shrugged, reminding herself not of what she was losing but of what she would gain. Then she heard the sound of an arriving vehicle and turned toward the library window just in time to see Jonah getting out of his car. There was a moment of regret as she watched him striding toward the door. In the sunlight, his hair was as dark and shiny as a raven's wing, and she knew all too well how beautiful his body was beneath his sport coat and slacks.

When she was being brutally honest with herself, she could admit he was the best thing that had ever happened to her. It didn't matter. She drew a deep, shuddering breath. It was over, and there was no easy way to say what had to be said.

Moments later, she heard the sound of his footsteps coming down the hall toward the library. She turned toward the doorway, bracing herself for the confrontation as the man who loved her came into the room.

Jonah patted his pocket as he strode down the hall toward the library, making sure the engagement ring he'd purchased yesterday was still there. No matter how many times he'd been with Felicity - and God knew there had been plenty - the sight of her still made the breath catch in the back of his throat. And now, knowing she was carrying his child ... words failed him. He'd thought all night about what it would be like to be a husband as well as a father. The responsibilities were great, but he was more than ready for them.

Moments later, he entered the library, smiling as he saw Felicity standing at the window. He hurried toward her, his voice lowering huskily as he took her into his arms.

"Hey, baby ... you look beautiful," he said, then laid his hand on her belly. "Feeling okay?"

Felicity stiffened, then pushed herself out of his arms. She needed distance between them to say what had to be said. When she pulled away, Jonah frowned.

"Felicity ... honey ... is something wrong?"

She lifted her chin and tossed her hair, giving Jonah a brief, brittle smile.

"Not anymore," she said briefly. "As of nine o'clock this morning, there is no baby."

If she'd pulled out a gun and shot him point-blank, Jonah wouldn't have been any more shocked.

"You miscarried? My God ... why didn't you call me? Are you all right?"

Felicity's stomach turned. The hurt on his face was actually making her nauseous.

"No, I didn't miscarry, and of course I'm all right. I wasn't ready for motherhood, that's all. And before you say anything else, this thing between us just isn't going to work." She frowned, then pouted when Jonah's expression went flat. "Don't fuss. You know how I hate it when you fuss."

"Fuss?" Jonah's voice was just above a whisper. "You think I'm going to fuss?"

Suddenly the look on his face was frightening, and Felicity wished that she'd let her father stay with her, as he'd wanted to do. Subconsciously she put her hands to her throat, as if protecting her most vulnerable spot, and then took a step back.

"I wasn't sure how you would -"

"You had an abortion. Without a word to me first?"

Felicity was getting nervous. It was time to cry.

"You don't understand," she said softly, knowing full well how luminous her blue eyes looked filled with tears. "I'm too young to settle -"

"Jesus Christ," Jonah muttered, more to himself than to her, then shuddered as he turned away. He had to get out. Now. Before he put his hands around her throat and choked the life out of her - just as she'd killed their child.

When Felicity realized he was leaving, she knew she would never see him again. There was a part of her that regretted that more than anything else she had done. Before she could stop herself, she called out.

"Jonah, wait!"

He paused, then turned, and as he did, she wished she'd never called him back, because she would forever remember that the last look on his face had been one of pure hate.

"We were good together ... weren't we?" she asked, and then was ashamed.

Jonah shook his head, as if trying to clear his thoughts, then stared at Felicity as if seeing her for the first time.

"You were nothing but a fuck," he said, and then he was gone.

Felicity gasped. The ugliness of what he'd said was not as painful as the truth of it. And it was truth that sent her to her knees. She heard the car door slam as he got inside, heard the sound of his engine rev as he sped out of the driveway, and then he was gone. Hot tears spilled out from beneath her eyelids as she covered her face with her hands.

"Sissy ... what's wrong? Why were you and Jonah fighting?"

Felicity looked up. Her little sister, Macie, was kneeling at her side.

"Get out," Felicity sobbed. "Leave me alone."

So she did. Moments later, Felicity was left with nothing but dreams of what might have been and the echoes of the perfect lie.


Excerpted from The Perfect Lie by Dinah McCall Copyright © 2003 by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Loved this book!

    Love all books by this author. Some are better than others but woukdnt miss a one. Her heros are so considerate and understanding of the heroine. And i fall in live with everyone of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Not a fan

    Do not understand the good reviews . This book was slow and quite boring, I couldn't wait to finish! Please stick with your virgin river type books which I enjoyed very much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2005


    This book was great. Jonah is by far one of my favorite male hero in a book.The action never stops. I figured out the book, but I was still shocked in the end. If you like to read at all you must read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2004


    I read this book last summer and it is still fresh im my memory. I fell in love with Jonah just as Macie did. I usually don't read these kind of books and was amazed. Anyone who seeks love would love this book and I would recommend it to any women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    The Perfect Lie

    Sixteen years ago, Felicity's lie ended her marriage to CIA agent Jonah Slade. Believing she had aborted their unborn child, he was very willing to end their marriage. Now, after a successful drug raid in South America, he learns that his exwife has been brutally murdered, and the child he thought dead kidnapped by an enemy who wants revenge on Slade for killing his son. Her sister, Macie, who was just a child when he last knew her, has grown up into a stronger woman than Felicity ever was, and is demanding that he help her find his son. As they work together to rescue the boy before vengeance is taken on him, Slade begins to wonder if he should have waited for the baby sister to grow up, for Macie is much more than Felicity ever could have hoped to be. Dangers all around them drive the couple together as this action packed, exciting romance races to its thrilling and touching conclusion. ***** Under any name, this author is guaranteed to give her readers an exciting story, heady romance, and a touching plot that will warm your heart. Slade is the older man that most of us dream about finding, not too old, but like fine wine, aged to perfection. His son looks to be someone who might grow up to be just like dad, so if the author reads this, please take the hint for a sequel. *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    This book was.. amazing

    This book was so good..! I laughed and cried... I fell in love with Jonah, and had Macie's caring with me when I read this book..! This book is a clearly must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    One of her best!

    I thought this book had everything you look for in a romance suspense story. The characters and their relationships were fully developed and believable. Definitely worth reading and a keeper.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting romantic suspense novel

    Sixteen years ago in Bel Air, California, Jonah Slade is elated that his girlfriend Felicity Blaine carries his child and plans to propose. However, his bliss ends immediately when Felicity informs him that she aborted the baby and will stop seeing him. Jonah angrily leaves while Felicity knows her inability to stand up to her billionaire father Declyn ended the relationship though she lied about having the abortion............................... Over the past six months, CIA agent Jonah works undercover as a mercenary for Columbia drugpin Miguel Calderone. Jonah sets up the bust, watches Miguel's son Alejandro kill a friend, so he kills Alejandro. Miguel sees the incident and vows vengeance........................ Thugs invade the Blaine home killing Felicity, severely injuring Declyn, and kidnapping her son Evan. Felicity's sister Mercedes, estranged from her father, visits Jonah to enlist his help. He is stunned to learn he has a kid and plans to free him, as he understands Miguel's message, 'a son for a son'. As the rescue mission unfolds, Jonah and Macie, as he calls Mercedes, fall in love, but first they must save the teen and survive the mission before seeking anything long-term............................... THE PERFECT LIE is an exciting romantic suspense novel that readers will enjoy once Macie visits Jonah. The story line is loaded with action and a strong cast though one traitorous individual seems out of character. Jonah is a courageous protagonist and Evan is clearly his son though the two never met. Macie is a brave person not afraid of the truth even when it proves costly. Dinah McCall provides a taut thriller that the audience will welcome....................... Harriet Klausner

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