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Would I Lie to You?: A Novel Paperback – April 26, 2005
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Thomas's enjoyable but flawed novel continues the story of Venus Johnston, begun in Nappily Ever After. Now 36, Venus has become the director of a Washington, D.C., marketing firm. Sent to Los Angeles to revive JP-Wear, the clothing brand of former rap artist Jake Parson, Venus is surprised by her powerful instant attraction to Jake. She works hard to ignore her emotions, especially because her long-time fiance, Airic, a self-made businessman, awaits her return to D.C. Jake, attracted to Venus and undeterred by her engagement, begins to weaken her resolve, until the sudden hospitalization of Venus's mother forces her to step back and carefully examine her own life. It also brings her into contact with her old flame Dr. Clint Fairchild, allowing her to express her long-held anger at their sudden breakup. She remains ambivalent about Jake's role in her life until her best friend visits Los Angeles with the disturbing news that Airic is under investigation for securities fraud. With her successful project nearly complete, Venus decides to return to Washington-more out of duty than love, though she won't admit it. Airic's case is favorably resolved, but Venus decides to end their relationship, even though she is pregnant with his child. Jake, still on the West Coast, has stayed in close touch with Venus; finally, he can be hers-but will he want to make a life with Venus and another man's child? Readers may be distracted by the plethora of bit players, and too much is crammed into the final few pages. Nonetheless, Thomas's new novel will please her fans and perhaps win new ones as well.
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Venus Johnston picks up where she left off after ending her relationship with Clint. Although she supported him while he attended medical school, he wouldn't commit to marriage. This time she's close to marriage, engaged for two years to a successful businessman, Airic, a divorced father of two adult daughters. But she's plagued by a continuing dream of being left at the altar by Clint. Venus is all set to have what she's always wanted--the perfect job and a perfect marriage--until the job takes her on assignment to L.A., and she's irresistibly drawn to her client. Jake Parson is a former rapper who has parlayed his popularity into success in the clothing-design world with a line of hip-hop fashions. Jake's appeal, her mother's bout with cancer, and her doubts about Airic's suitability throw Venus into self-reflection about the true meaning of love and marriage. Readers who enjoyed Thomas' Nappily Ever After (2000) will enjoy this sequel. Vanessa Bush
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Top Customer Reviews
I liked Jake from the first. Airic was too stiff. He did not know or maybe couldn't remember how to have fun. That intensity would be his downfall.
Venus was given all the signs that is why her final decision was inevitable.
Loved loved loved the book (and Jake), and I am anxiously awaiting the next in the series.....Nappily Married.
While in LA, Venus is privileged to work with Jake Parsons, a rapper turned fashion mogul, who also happens to be ten years her junior. Their attraction is undeniable and soon Venus finds herself questioning her decisions regarding love. To further complicate matters, a newly divorced Clint appears, and Venus is forced to look deep within herself to decide what she values most, that which she loves or that which is familiar and secure.
Trisha Thomas has written another entertaining novel. While the beginning of the story flowed well, the ending seemed a little rushed. However, the story as a whole is engaging and I found myself rushing through to find out what Venus? ultimate decision would be. I really enjoyed the fact that WOULD I LIE TO YOU had several subplots that tackled intense issues such as breast cancer. As always the characters were realistic and well developed. WOULD I LIE TO YOU is an excellent read that can be enjoyed by all.
I had never read a book by this author, and I enjoyed the personality of the main character. She was aggressive, very professional and appeared to have everything together. This book taught me that sometimes even the best plans are well formulated but as many times the case, life throws a wrench in our plans and we have to deal with it. The book had great realistic drama and I felt myself being compassionate for the main character and the issue she had to deal with in her family. This was a quick read for me and I would recommend this book to a recent college graduate fresh in the working world. There are some great life lessons in this book.
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Venus is now a successful director of a marketing firm in Washington, DC. She's finally engaged to someone who wants to marry her, but has a problem of getting over Clint's betrayal in Nappily Ever After.
Venus' job takes her to Los Angeles, where she is to help revive one of her clients clothing line, and finds herself helplessly falling for the 10 year younger rapper, while all the while, her fiancé awaits her return back in DC. All of that, I could deal with.
Toward the end of the novel, all sorts of things are thrown into this piece of work. Venus tells Clint how she feels, dumps her fiancé, discovers she's pregnant, stresses over how to tell Jake, and finds out her mother has cancer. Way too much going on in my opinion. Would I Lie to You is definitely worth reading if you're a Trisha Thomas fan, just don't expect the story to live up to the wonderful cover and catchy title.
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