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What Lies Beneath (Millionaires of Manhattan #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  240 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
They say she's Cynthia Dempsey, fiancée of media mogul Will Taylor. But try as she might, she can't recall their high-society life or the man sitting by her hospital bed. Though her body certainly remembers him. Even as she senses the distance between them, the electricity when they touch is undeniable.

Will can hardly believe Cynthia's transformation. Gone is the ice queen
Paperback, Harlequin Desire #2152, 192 pages
Published April 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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I like the storyline with the amnesia and mistaken identity....but I did not liked the reaction of the hero upon finding out the truth about the heroine that she was not his fiance...I wanted more emotion/remorse from him that would satisfy me that he realised his error of judgement, but there was very little of it..he was mean and angry and would not listen to her explanations..that really ruined the book for me and knocked 3 stars! Heroine was kind and selfless and he just threw her out on the ...more
Mar 16, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. This wasn't the usual amnesia story, as this combined amnesia and mistaken identity. I liked the way that Will stood by her, even though they had called off the engagement right before the plane crash. I think it said a lot about how good a person he was. That being said, he was also very cautious about the apparent change in her personality, since he had been betrayed by her before. Meanwhile, Cynthia was trying to remember the things that everyone was telling her, but none of i ...more
May 10, 2012 Paige rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, nook, 2012-books
I think I am probably the only one who did not see the twist from the beginning. WHAT LIES BENEATH was a story about second chances and growing from the past.

For months Will Taylor sat in the hospital with his fiancé’s parents during Cynthia Dempsey’s recovery from a plane crash that left her with facial reconstruction surgery and amnesia. With his plans to leave her because of her unfaithfulness on delay, he watches and waits for her true attitude to come crashing back, because the sweet, cari
Fiona Marsden
Apr 04, 2014 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
Say what you like about them, I just love amnesia stories. In this one we have it compounded with mistaken identity when failed fashion designer, Adrienne changes seats with Cynthia Dempsey on the plane. One plane crash later, some plastic surgery and a head injury further along, we have Cynthia Dempsey restored to her family, her fiancé and her trust fund lifestyle.

Cynthia doesn't feel comfortable in her skin, and from what is said, she wasn't a very nice person. In fact her fiancé seems to hat
A woman badly injured in a plane crash, and suffering from amnesia, is mistaken for a society girl; in the aftermath, "her" fiance discovers that the woman he no longer loved has become a different, far more attractive person. I've read variations on this plot a number of times before and had no objection at all to reading another, but I had trouble getting into this story. It's such a high-drama plotline and the writing is so… low-key. There's more tell than show, which creates a dispassionate ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: print
When I read the back cover synopsis for this book, I was instantly reminded of a book with a very similar plot, The Other Laura by Sheryl Lynn. I was intrigued, and just had to read this story. I'm so glad I did.

Adrienne's dream to be successful New York fashion designer is shattered. On her flight to return home to Wisconsin, she exchanges her seat with a woman who's irritated at having to sit by the window in coach. A sudden loud boom, and the next thing Adrienne remembers is waking in the hos
Joyfully Reviewed
Cynthia Dempsey wakes up in the hospital surrounded by people she doesn’t know. Apparently, she had been in a plane accident where only three people survived. After several surgeries, she is starting to look normal. However, nothing appears familiar to her. The people that visit her every day claiming to be her parents, the fiancé that sits beside her bed . . . nothing is familiar, not even her own name. Cynthia must figure out how to go on from this point with no point of reference to her past. ...more
Paula Legate
Apr 20, 2013 Paula Legate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-suspence
Wow! This was a beautifully written love story, with a great plot, and some shocking twist along the way!

Cynthia wakes up in the hospital after a plane crash. She has had several surgeries including plastic surgery. She also has amnesia.
When she wakes up, her fiancé Will is there, along with her family. She doesn’t know any of them. Once she is released from the hospital, she doesn’t remember what she likes or dislikes. It was exciting to see Cynthia, and Will trying new things, and her apprecia
Mar 06, 2012 Tia rated it really liked it
Cynthia and Adrienne were on a plane together, when Cynthia wouldn't stop whining about her seat, Adrienne switched with her, only for the plane to crash and Adrienne to survive with amnesia. Everyone thought Adrienne was Cynthia including Cynthia's fiance Will Taylor but when he finds out she's not Cynthia but in fact Adrienne, he confronts her and says she's been lying the whole time. Adrienne has fallen in love with Will but she thought she was Cynthia, when her memory returns, her heart is s ...more
Tina Vaughn
May 22, 2012 Tina Vaughn rated it it was amazing
Andrea Laurence is one of my new favorite authors. Here's why...

What Lies Beneath isn't just an amnesia story, it's also a story of mistaken identity. Score! Laurence took what could've been an overly-dramatic, predictable and confusing trope, twisted it, then unraveled the whole thing in eloquent prose, a realistic setting, perfect pacing, witty and honest dialogue and stellar character development.

Will and Adrienne (Cynthia) are perfectly matched. Aside from the obvioius, and believeable, sexu
Christa Runge
Feb 26, 2012 Christa Runge rated it really liked it
What Lies Beneath by Andrea Laurence

Cynthia Dempsey was in a horrific plane accident that left her in the hospital for several weeks. She had to have her whole face reconstructed. But the plane accident also left her with no memory. Even her fiancé Will Taylor, who ended their engagement before her accident is willing to give them another chance because Cynthia is now like another person. But will he be able to guard his heart when she gets her memory back?

This was Andrea Laurence’s first book a
This book has amnesia and a case of mistaken identity, the heroine's who is mistaken for the daughter of a wealthy guy. The hero is quite shocked to see the changes in her and disbelieving, after all she cheated on him and now she seems like such a nice person.
The heroine finds everything new and somehow the life they said was hers doesn't seem to fit or be her's, of course it isn't, these two fall in love, truth comes out, he thinks she tricked him, she goes away and then they get together. A d
Apr 22, 2012 LoveRomance rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin
Great new author for HQN! I really enjoyed this book -- no loose ends or awkward dialogue as I've often found with other new authors. Will definitely watch for other titles by Andrea Laurence.

Great twist on usual amnesia story line.
Mar 23, 2016 Widala rated it liked it
This could've been a four stars read if not for how fast Adrienne forgive Will.
I mean, quoting from Adrienne's own words : He’d broken her heart. Sent her out the door like a pesky vacuum salesman without a dollar in her pocket. She couldn’t allow herself to trust someone who could turn on her so quickly. And there was no hope for love without trust. So what did they have left?
Adrienne's non existing backbone apparently.
Because just as soon as Will throw her a bouquet of pink rose and a couple
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What lies beneath is a fast paced emotionally satisfying read. This book had a unique spin on the “Amnesia trope” with the added dimension of “mistaken identity”.

Heroine wakes up in the hospital with no memory following a deadly plane crash and a series of facial reconstructive surgery to be greeted by her family and aloof fiancé Will all of whom are strangers to her.

Will takes Cynthia home to recuperate, where she discovers that Will had actually broken o
Mar 13, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my all time favorites by Andrea Laurence! I loved the whole idea of this story and how Andrea carried it out. This was another one for me that I could not put down until I had finished it, so a one sitting read for me again! I love Andrea Laurence's writing and how she make her stories come to life.

We meet Cynthia and Adrienne in the beginning of the book when they are both on the same flight. Cynthia is a high maintenance woman and she is engaged to a big name that owns o
Amnesia story. This time the heroine is mistaken for someone else after a plane crash. This was a decent enough amnesia story for us aficionados. The heroine was super sweet and the hero here was really a bit of a non entity. He did have one fun asshat moment.
Lynn Brooks
Feb 23, 2016 Lynn Brooks rated it really liked it
A story about unlikely endings. Lots of intrigue as you try to put the puzzle pieces together!

She wakes up in a hospital remembering absolutely nothing about herself, her life or what led her there.

Will Taylor takes fiancee Cynthia Dempsey home when she's released from the hospital, but he's just holding his breath for the tirade to start one day soon when she regains her memory. She's been like a different person since waking up after the accident ... she's nice, she's polite, she seems to list
May 05, 2012 Penney rated it it was amazing
This is a new author for me she is brilliant! I loved this book, the characters were great. I highly recommend reading it. I'm looking forward to more by her!
Feb 27, 2016 Judyrudy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
What Lies Beneath was published in 2012 and I read it when it was first published. I was looking through my library for a good book to read and decided to re-read it. From the outset, I remembered in detail each and every fact of the book. I read a lot of books and for me to remember all of the aspects of the book indicate what a fabulous author Ms. Laurence is. I was drawn in from the first pages. It is an emotional read to say the least. I loved the amnesia storyline and the twist of mistaken ...more
Apr 16, 2012 Vaishnavi rated it really liked it
A beautiful and short and cute read! I love her collection of dresses and her love for fashion :D
May 18, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great debut novel of a new HD writer!
Loved it <3
Kira Sinclair
Feb 08, 2012 Kira Sinclair rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut!
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May 13, 2013 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
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I actually like the amnesia/mistaken identity story line. I mean I haven't read to many like What Lies Beneath. This whole story starts with a trip going horribly wrong. When Adrienne Lockhart boarded the plane she didn't expect to come out alive. She finally wakes up, and has no clue who anyone is and they keep calling her Cynthia. Yet, it doesn't feel right to her. So, you watch Adrienne living Cynthia's life and still trying to figure out who she really is.

I really l
Jun 26, 2012 Natasja rated it liked it
What Lies Beneath by Andrea Laurence is a wonderful contemporary romance novel. I always love to read Harlequin Romance novels between my darker paranormal or urban fantasy books and this novel by Andrea Laurence took me right in from the beginning.

Cynthia Dempsey wakes up in the hospital and cannot remember anything from her life. The people around her are total strangers and she doesn’t feel a connection with any of them, not even with Will Taylor, her fiancé. She has had several surgeries and
Aug 18, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
What Lies Beneath has an intriguing premise which is, for the most part, well-executed. A plane crash survivor unknowingly living someone else's life...that alone is too alluring to ignore! Throw love into the mix and it gets even more interesting. The reunion between Adrienne and Will might be the best scene of its kind that I've read. Adrienne sticks to her guns and doesn't immediately fall back into Will's arms.

The most glaring downfall in Laurence's writing is the lack of detail. Adrienne's
Strangely enough, the amnesia/mistaken identity bit was the best part of this book (and that's no spoiler, since the book opens with the heroine in her original identity.) The big reveal scene when Will confronts "Cynthia" with her real name reminded me of a mash-up of the amnesia scene in Judith McNaught's Until You with the kicked-to-the-curb scene in her Double Standards. Unfortunately, the rest of the book was rather boring. Nothing else grabbed me emotionally, the writing was workmanlike at ...more
Dec 21, 2015 Leyns rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mills-n-boons

Sorry but there was nowhere near enough grovelling at the end. I do not forgive you. Lost a whole star for that. Other than that disappointment, it was a decent read. I really enjoyed the alternating POV from both hero and heroine.
don't know how I missed marking this .. but I read this a while back. It's a good amnesia-tragedy story. What I remember most about this story is that she's a designer.
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Andrea Laurence has been a lover of reading and writing stories since she learned to read at a young age. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. A dedicated West Coast girl transplanted into the Deep South, she's working on her own "happily ever after" with her boyfriend and ...more
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