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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  31 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
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Paperback, Harlequin Desire #2152, 192 pages
Published April 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Susan
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
Paige
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
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Fiona Marsden
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
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Kay
Mar 24, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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
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
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Tia
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
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
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Christa Runge
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
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Saly
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
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LoveRomance
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.
willaful
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
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
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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
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Jacqueline
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.
Penney
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!
Vaishnavi
A beautiful and short and cute read! I love her collection of dresses and her love for fashion :D
Kate
A great debut novel of a new HD writer!
Kira Sinclair
Fantastic debut!
Melody May
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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
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Natasja
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
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Rachel
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
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Lizzie
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
Modesty_b
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.
Betzacosta Fiction
Me gusto esta autora, primera vezque la leo, quierop continuar leyendo los demás a ver qué tal. Me gusto la historia.
Penny Ramirez
Maybe 3.5 stars. I was worried - this is the 3rd book in this group (of 6 this season!!) that featured a mistaken identity story. At least it wasn't twins separated at birth - these two were women who closely resembled each other, switched seats on a plane, the plane went down, and only one survived. Of course there was enough facial reconstruction required that everyone knew she wouldn't look exactly the same - throw in some amnesia, and BOOM there's a story!

It was well written, and Laurence's
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Natālija
All in all, a good way to spend a few hours, but there was nothing new about this amnesia/mistaken identity story.
Diah Didi
Apr 27, 2012 Diah Didi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who loved Mirror Image by Sandra Brown
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Cecilia
A quick and reasonably enjoyable read. I would have liked a stronger sense that characters were people; they definitely were depicted in pretty broad strokes, with very little sense of a real internal life.
Tina White
Fantastic first book. Couldn't put it down, keep them coming, will buy all Andrea writes.
She creates depths in her characters which makes you want the book to continue.
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