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Lola Carlyle Reveals All Mass Market Paperback – April 2, 2002
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Setting: The Caribbean and North Carolina
Gorgeous Lola Carlyle is a woman who has overcome immense obstacles. Once a wildly successful swimsuit model, she's conquered the bulimia that kept her ultra-thin, gained enough weight to make her voluptuous, and walked away from modeling to start a successful lingerie business. None of her grit and guts, however, has prepared her for dealing with undercover agent Max Zamora. When he steals the yacht she's sleeping on in the Bahamas and heads for Florida, chased by drug runners who have beaten him badly, Lola's determined to escape. Unfortunately, her efforts disable the boat and the two of them are stuck on the drifting yacht. Max recognizes Lola's famous face and body immediately, but dealing with the furious woman tests his patience. It isn't until they're both nearly killed that the attraction between them blazes out of control. But if they can manage to stay alive and return to the States, is there any hope for a future between a man who thrives on danger and a woman who craves a settled life?
Author Rachel Gibson has a talent for creating characters who step off the page and into readers' hearts. She uses that gift to advantage in this latest novel with its bigger-than-life characters, hair-raising action, and searing heat between hero and heroine. Don't miss this one. --Lois Faye Dyer
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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.
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The lunatic's name is Max Zamora who really is a government secret agent. He realizes the yacht is occupied when it's too late to turn back. He's on the run from a powerful drug lord whose son he has just killed. Max has seen Lola before on magazine covers and like most men he has fantasized about the sexy Lola. However, right now Lola is pointing a flare gun at his chest and seduction is the last thing on his mind. That is until the flare gun goes off and destroys the yacht's controls and he finds himself stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a sexy ex-underwear model and her annoying yapping little dog.
I enjoyed this book very much even though several of Gibson's trademarks were notoriously absent from the story. I consider her trademarks the quirky secondary characters that have populated her previous books and the outrageous, unconventional heroines . I would say that Lola is the most "normal" Gibson heroine to date. Which isn't a bad thing except that I think Gibson fans have come to expect the quirky heroines and the mucho macho heros. In that department Gibson doesn't dissapoint since Max is way macho and utterly delicious. As far as secondary characters go, the only one worthy of any mention is Baby Doll (the yapping little dog) who is quirky and adorable in his own way.
I rate this book four and half stars because I very much enjoyed the romance and while I found Lola to be a bit dissapointing in the characterization department, I loved Max to distraction. I recommend this book to Gibson fans and for readers who are new to her. :)
Lola is a former bulimic model turned healthy lingerie business owner. The book takes a realistic look at Lola's bulimia and her struggle to recover. Max is a security consultant/undercover operative having a really bad day when he meets Lola by commandering the boat she's sleeping on to get away from drug lords who want him dead. Oh yeah, she has her yippy dog, Baby Doll, along with her.
Lola and Max have inner demons to face as well as real live bad guys (the drug lord and her ex). They face them together and fall in love in the process. A fun read for the summer.
I have read all of Rachel Gibson's novels. The first two were marvelous, the next two were...less marvelous. LOLA CARLYLE REVEALS ALL, Gibson's fifth book, is almost as good as those first two. Actually, heroine Lola Carlyle bears more than a slight resemblance to Georgeanne, the heroine of that first story.
Within the formula of romance writing, LOLA CARLYLE is extremely well-done. For more than half the book, there are just two characters, Lola and Max. (Okay, and Lola's cute little dog.) Nonetheless, once a reader accepts the premise, the story becomes neither strained nor implausible, and neither does the dialogue.
Gibson has done a great deal of research for this book, and it shows. In fact, the deeper details rival the kind of work that author Nelson DeMille offers, though he doesn't write romances--so, by definition, his stories are more complex.
Still, for the romance genre, Gibson's background research is unique and outstanding. One cannot read this book without learning a little bit about drug smugglers, government enforcement agencies, or modern-day pirates in the Caribbean. The biggest flaw in this book is that the information offered about Lola's career as a New York-based top fashion model is far more superficial than the crime subplot.
Everything considered, LOLA CARLYLE REVEALS ALL is a terrific read!
Do yourself a favour and pick up her earlier offerings esp Truly Madly, True Confessions & It Must Be Love.
Lola Carlyle didnt seem to have the same "heart " to the story.
The story seemed to be cut short and the tension didnt build between the characters as it usually does. I honestly felt that I had been ripped off, or at the least very disppointed in the story. Dont get me wrong its not a bad book just not as good as she has previously written
Hopefully her next will be back to her usual 5 stars !
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