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Sex, Lies, and Online Dating (Writer Friends #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,945 Ratings  ·  387 Reviews
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
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 24th 2006)
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Jan 03, 2016 Alp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I loved this book! Absolutely exceptional!

When I picked up this one, I didn't know that I was going to read a Romantic Suspense story. But it was ok, I was just a little bit surprised considering most of Rachel Gibson’s books, especially the other books in this series that I already read, are Contemporary Romance. (I got the same feeling I got when I started reading her book, Lola Carlyle Reveals All.) And as always happens when I read her books, I was hooked from the first page and totally
Jan 04, 2014 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lucy was a writer. She worked with words. She filled each of her books with a hundred thousand of them. But only two words cam to mind. Holy Crap! Not eloquent but fitting.

When I went to read this one I saw that my Kindle was at 100% so I had read it already. It did sound a bit familiar but hey, better to re-read a good book than to read a mediocre new book? Right.

She pulled out a pair of jeans and a woman’s marathon T-shirt from the time she’d signed up to run but had accicentally on purpose
I can't particularly think of much good to say about this book. I wouldn't say it was downright horribly bad...well, maybe not. It was a waste of $7, though.

The plot isn't exactly original - A serial killer meeting victims online. I've read a number of books with a similar theme. Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily, if the author can make their work stand-out from the rest, but for this book, there was nothing to this storyline to separate it from anything else out there. It was all pretty basi
3,8, casi 4. Me lo he pasado pipa, me encantan estas historias de la Gibson. Lo que disfruto yo con estas lecturas xDDDD.
Quiero un Quinn
3.5 Stars

Funny in places, good story with plenty of tension between H/h......More than a 3 but not quite 4 stars.
Quirky Omega
After a very long time, a male lead forced me to sympathise with him. Poor guy was simply trying to do his job. Falling in love with a suspect while you’re in an under-cover job was bound to be a miserable mess. I suppose the heroine’s allowed to feel indignation at having been considered a suspected serial killer, but give the poor guy a break. He couldn’t have disclosed any information to her. Until she was categorically absolved of any kind of suspicion, he couldn’t have done much to help her ...more
⊱ Irena ⊰
Lucy Rothschild, mystery writer, is doing a research on online dating. Her next book is about a serial killer who kills people she met online so Lucy is doing the same, minus the murders. She is just doing her job.
Quinn ('hardluvnman') is also doing his, dating women who are the most likely suspects in the serial killer case. Someone has already killed three men and Quinn's job is to find the killer. He didn't expect to be this attracted to one of the suspects though. Neither Lucy expected to
Michelle [Helen Geek]
May 19, 2012 Michelle [Helen Geek] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star, nook-tbr
4 Stars

Consistently Rachel Gibson. Another enjoyable read.

Happy Reading!
Mar 01, 2011 Shxrxn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will always feel the loss of her, but that doesn’t mean I have to stand in one place and feel the pain of it every day. For the rest of my life.
- Quinn
Aren’t double standards a bitch?
- Lucy
I want to be with you. I like being with you. When I’m not with you, I’m thinking about you. No one else. Just you.
- Quinn
I wanted you more than I can ever remember wanting anything in my life.
- Quinn
I thought you were going to keep your hands to yourself.
- Lucy
Fuck that.
- Quinn
Are you going to remember me o
Juliana Philippa
I'm thinking that maybe Sex, Lies, and Online Dating should receive even less than 3 stars, but after reading two previous Gibson books that I absolutely adored (they were my first of hers and total hits: It Must Be Love and See Jane Score) I'm reluctant to give a worse rating.

The writing was good I guess, though Gibson sometimes cuts up her sentences very oddly and one feels like a period was put in one place when it should have been a few words earlier or later. On the plus side, Lucy's female
Six years after I first read this, my star rating is still a 3-star meh. In fact, I couldn't even be bothered to get halfway because this time round, it did sound like chick lit. This time I couldn't find anything to enjoy because there was nothing to attract me to either MC - the heroine was bland and so was the hero and six years after the book was released, the online dating plot device is so old that the only thing that could have saved the story was if the MCs were
Jenn Scranton
Nov 12, 2012 Jenn Scranton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HAHA! Sex, Lies, and Online Dating definitely put a smile on my face this Saturday! Just goes to show that honesty is the best policy!

Lucy is a murder mystery writer and she uses online dating programs to go on "dates" to do research for her books. Basically, she takes down mental notes on the people and then she "kills them off"... In her book of course! But she doesn't realize that some crazy woman is using her books as an instruction manual and committing real crimes!

Now Quinn is a cop who
Caz Malpas

With the hustle and bustle of the school holidays sometimes you just want a book that you can listen to that doesn't require lots of thought and doesn't put you on an emotional roller coaster.
This read/listen was a perfect combination of sweet and suspenseful, it held my interest and kept me entertained.
A lighthearted romance with a good murder mystery storyline.
Annika De
The worst kind of dilemma is when you're deeply ashamed of having read a book but you really want to count it towards your Goodreads Challenge goal. Here's hoping future employers never find my Goodreads.
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Fairly standard fare. Mystery writer Lucy Rothschild is dating men found on the internet to come up with characters for her book character to kill. Detective Quinn McIntyre is dating women found online to find the one killing people. He thinks she did it. She suddenly thinks he's dreamy. Can they get over the lies? Can they catch the real killer? Can they keep their hands of each other? Well it is a romance novel, what do you think?

Light and fun overall. Likable characters and a few funny moment
Apr 13, 2014 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy to read book about a love story I would like to happen in real life. Well, maybe I don't want to share the experience of the heroine Lucy but I like the idea of those love storys. And who wouldn't want a hot police officer at your service?

Rachel Gibson has a very detailed style of writing. She does not only give things a name but she point out the color and shape. I am aware that it isn't everybodys taste but I enjoyed it.
The crime plot is predictable and wouldn't get chosen for the next
Sara Kate
This was super cute and light. The title names were amusing and I laughed a little as well. Definitely not a typical murder mystery book. I really enjoyed this.
Sep 19, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel-gibson
Once again Ms. Gibson does not disappoint me.
Aug 13, 2016 Barb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
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
Oct 02, 2011 Starry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda P
May 02, 2011 Amanda P rated it liked it
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Lucy is posing as a nurse and is online dating to research her next book “”. She has gone out several times with guys who call themselves “luvstick” and “bigdaddy182” and she has about had enough. Her last date is with “hardluvnman”, but from the beginning this date is different, this one is HOT! Quinn is an undercover cop, and Lucy is a prime suspect in a murder investigation. All three victims were male who were on the online dating circ
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Lucy is a writer working on her new novel; she is doing online dating strictly for research purposes. She has meet all kinds of men, none of which she really wants to get to know better. Until she meets Quinn on a coffee date, she thinks he might me worth seeing again. Quinn is wants to see Lucy again too, only problem, he is doing online dating because someone is killing men. The same men that Lucy has been going on dates with, so he is the cop who goes undercover to find out who is killing the ...more
Ana T.
This is the first book in Gibson series about 4 friends who are successful writers in different genres and while I enjoyed her funny lines, fast paced writing style and nice characters I couldn't overcome the fact that the plot was a bit of a letdown for me.

Lucy is a writer. She writes thrillers and is currently researching a new story about a killer who chooses his victims online so she sets up a few dates through an online dating site. Quinn is a police officer investigating a series of crimes
Lucy is a mystery writer whose latest book (unpublished) just happens to mirror the actions of a serial killer who currently has three kills under her belt. Detective Quinn McIntyre goes undercover to catch the killer, suspected of finding victims via online dating sites.

Lucy, for her research is also online, setting up dates. She and Quinn inevitably meet. For both it is attraction as first sight. For Lucy she wonders why this hunky guy is trolling online for dates. For Quinn, he is sure, much
Susan Schnelbach
I couldn't even get past page 92 of this book. Rachel Gibson must be paid by the word, or by the adjective, because the book is filled with unnecessary, unimportant, useless details.

For example, within the first two pages, the main character's BMW is mentioned twice, we know she's wearing a Ralph Lauren blazer (navy blue), and her umbrella is red as she opens the umbrella before stepping outside her car. Seriously? We need this level of detail when introducing a character?

Most of the novel is l
Jul 13, 2016 Kathie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I read this for the first time in paperback years ago. I couldn't remember anything about it or if I even liked it. It's a cute romantic comedy. I can see why it's a series. The best part of this book is the zany interactions between Lucy and her friends, particularly how they describe the dating world and their dates. Their interaction makes you want to spend time with them, too. Very fluffy book but sometimes fluffy is just what you might need.
Sep 04, 2012 Senem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
RACHEL GİBSON <3 Son zamanlarda okuduğum en iyi kitaplardan biri oldu :)
Bu yazarı gerçekten seviyorum.
Anlatımı ve seçtiği konular gerçekten çok farklı ve eğlenceli :)
Sanırım bu seride yazar olan arkadaşları okuyacağız :)
Cinayet romanları yazan güzel mi güzel sarışın bir yazarımız var... Kendine değişik konular yaratmak için internetten yazıştığı adamlarla buluşuyor ve bu sayede bizim sivri dilli yakışıklı ve sevimli polisimiz Quinn'le tanışır :)
Lucy'nin hiçbir şeyden haberi yoktur ve heme
Wonderful romantic-suspense lite. Heavy on the romance and lite on the suspense. Even though this book is mostly romance, the suspense plot is great and the baddie isn't revealed until the end.

Lucy is a mystery writer and in doing research for her latest book, she is online dating. It seems that she also has an admirer that she could live without.

Quinn is a cop and there have been three men who have been suffocated and it appears that they have also been online dating. Quinn trolls the internet
Oct 04, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suggested by my daughter's friend. Lucy Rothschild is researching characters for her next book and is dating people in the internet... Quinn McIntyre "hardluvnman" detective is investigating a serial killer that dates her victims from the internet; Suddenly Lucy fits the profile of the "Breathless" serial killer and becomes the prime suspect of the investigation...Quinn is a broken heart man that has decided that love is not made for him after having a broken hard from his ex-girlfriend Amanda a ...more
I love this book! This was my first Rachel Gibson and it's my fav of hers. When looking for some comfort I decided to re-read this for about the billionth time and I can't believe I had forgotten just how funny it was! At the start it's got a kind film noir feel about it, which is really unusual and quite captivating.

I love when a couple meet through unusual circumstances and they don't come much more unusual than this. I love the characters, the supporting characters, the suspense, the humour,
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“He wrapped his arms around her waist and looked at her through those intense brown eyes she loved. "I wanted you when I thought you'd pull a bag over my head and snuff out my life. I wanted you more than I've wanted anything. I love you more than I've loved anyone. You burst into my life like sunshine and made me see how lonely I was. I don't want to live that way anymore." He pressed a kiss to her hairline. "I will love you with my last breath.” 17 likes
“I want to be with you." He straightened and brought her against his chest. "I like being with you," he continued. "When I'm not with you, I'm thinking about you. No one else. Just you.” 14 likes
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