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Sweet Liar (Montgomery/Taggert #6)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,271 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
It was her father's dying wish that Samantha Elliot search for her grandmother, who'd disappeared from Louisville when she was a baby. So here she was, in big, dirty New York City...her parents were dead, her divorce was final, and she was all alone....
Michael Taggert was Samantha's landlord, and he was easily the most beautiful man she'd ever seen. He was charming, too
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Pocket Star (first published 1992)
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Genre: CR
Sensuality: PG

I first read this over 20 yrs ago and have been putting off this re-read for a very, very long time. I would have put this off forever but I recently read a new NA that was obviously a nod to Jude and the trope that she popularized, if not invented, in this bk. The "if you are an identical twin, you marry the One who can tell you apart from your twin" trope. Yay, Jude! You may be batshitcray but your legacy lingers on. :-)

Anyhoo, back to the bk . . . . I used to be a big J
Apr 09, 2012 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhh my gosh this book was so bad it was funny! I remembered random facts about this story from when I read it back in high school, so I wanted to read it again.

The idea of what the author is doing is fine, but she does it so poorly it made me laugh! She spends a decent amount of time telling the reader how a "real" New Yorker does things to work that into the plot of the main female character (Samantha, moves to NYC from Kentucky), but it's so much that the author either doesn't know what she'
I am going to write the same thing for the Taggart and Montgomery series of Jude Deveraux. First, I can't believe that I read this books because they are so blatantly bodice rippers (not my style at all). And second, and more importantly, I devoured them all! Here is the scoop: We stopped at a friend's house in Tennessee on the last leg of one of our cross country trips about 11 years ago and I had run out of books. She gave me three of Deveraux's books in the Montgomery series and I kindly took ...more
Feb 12, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a decent plot but a light read
Recommended to Laura by: Myself and I
Okay, I will start by saying that I am tired of evading the fact in coversations that I will occasionally pick up a romance novel. "Hello, my name is Laura, and I read romance novels." I call it my brain candy, because they are great stories with snappy plots, and strong women (at least the ones I read). This is one of those books on my shelf that is an old friend, one I turn to when I want some thing comforting to read. I love Jude Deveraux's earlier works (everything before Remembrance; don't ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just "ok"! The main character, Samantha, was a bit whiney. Mike however was way too patient with all her shenanigans.
All I could think while reading this one was, I'd rather be re-reading "The Matchmakers" -- for the record, that is the story of Mike's brother Kane and his wife-to-be, Cale. I've probably re-read it about five times now and I've always thought it could have been longer. Any time I'd read it, I found myself curious about Kane's brother Mike and his wife, Sam, and think Hm, I should really check out their story sometime. Unfortunately, I find myself thinking this should have been the short story ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Cecilia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hero is a sweetheart.
His family seems nice.
The search for the truth about the grandmother was interesting.
The references to computers were so out of date they were sometimes really funny.


Heroine is a total headcase. The biggest headcase I have ever seen. Not in a way that seems genuine and makes me feel for her, just in an annoying way. For example, even though this is set in 1991 (when I myself was a couple years younger than what the heroine is aged), and even though she's from a c
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, contemporary
I am so disappointed that I cannot give this book a higher rating, however, I think I am in the minority. Sweet Liar is written by the infamous Deveraux, received 4.5 stars on Amazon, and made the top 100 romance novels of all time on AAR. I had hoped for a slam dunk awesome book and am so sad to say that this book did not deliver.

In all fairness, this is the first Deveraux book I've ever read, so the Montgomeries and the Taggarts families meant nothing to me. This was not the only problem thou
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
I dearly loved this book and could barely put it down! First off, we have an interested contemporary romance and our heroine is far from ordinary. Second of all, we have a puzzle. Samantha has been instructed by her father's will to look for his mother. Her grandmother was the mistress of a Gangster in 1928 and suvived and disappeared from a mob hit on a speakeasy. Putting together what happened that night, talking to any survivors still alive, and trying to find her grandmother or what happened ...more
BJ Rose
I liked this for the very reason that other readers appear to dislike it - the search for information about why Samantha's grandmother suddenly disappeared from her family, and what really happened to her. I liked Mike and the way he sort of shocked Sam back to wanting to live. Their love story was sweet, but not really the heart of the story. If I were rating this simply as a romance, it would be a weak 3*, but I liked the rest of the story.
Evelyn Espinosa
Apr 14, 2016 Evelyn Espinosa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No sé si reír o llorar, gritar o simplemente callar.
Pero esta obra me ha dejado traumada, muy traumada.
Es, simplemente, lo mejor. Llena de amor, compasión, tristeza, felicidad, misterio y mucho cariño.
Es sin duda una novela maravillosa, inolvidable, transmite más de lo que uno espera encontrar en una novela romántica. Y es que, no sólo es una novela romántica, es una novela que te cautiva, te atrapa, por que más allá de una historia de amor de pareja, muestra el amor de una familia, de los ami
Aug 06, 2008 Florascrap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Jude Deveraux book ever. I have read it at least 15 times, whenever I am in the mood to read and don't have anything else. Good story, very much a fairytale.
Feb 27, 2010 Ginny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To be completely honest, romance novels are my thing. I've read a fair few Deveraux books, and until this one, Legend was my favorite. The only reason I had this book in the first place, was because my mother had it given to get, and she absolutely abhors ANY books about love. (I think I've been give close to 100 from her just because of the genre, lol.) Anyway, I loved the way the book flowed from beginning to end, the strength of the characters, and the fact that "love" was just PART of the fo ...more
Mar 28, 2010 Jessi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite books in high school. I think it was one of the first romance novels and that's why I held it so dear. 'Cause other than that, it's not that great. The writing is okay and the story is very nineties but it's an okay book.
Samantha Elliot's father has just passed away. Her inheritance depends on her completing the task he has set out for her, finding her grandmother. She is given an apartment in the home of Michael Taggert, who is a certified hunk. At least in her estim
Jun 02, 2014 Amelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An oldie but still a goodie. Love the Taggart/ Montogomery men.
May 10, 2016 PSUDST rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I've read a Jude Deveraux book and really, REALLY enjoyed it but I keep coming back to the author that I first read when I was in high school in the late 80s anyway. Sweet Liar was a joy to read from beginning to end. The chemistry between Mike Taggert and Samantha Elliot pops from the moment that they first meet. There's so much in this book that I appreciated. The transformation of Samantha from scared rabbit to kick a** boss lady was helped by Mike but not manipulated ...more
Apr 14, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemporary (1992) romance/mystery with sex.

JD was my favorite romance author back in the day & this one was a favorite reread. It's been years since I read it, so I was interested to see how well it's stood the test of time. Not all of her books have for me. I'm happy to say that it's still a winner!

Samantha is not the easiest heroine to like. In fact, for the first 1/3 of the book you tend to DISLIKE her intensely. As the story progresses you understand why she acts like she does.
Aug 18, 2015 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I've always loved Jude Deveraux's work, on my reread of all her books this summer I've noticed a disturbing trend. This woman clearly has something against overweight people. I've noticed this in nearly every book, but here's a prime example from Sweet Liar:

Nodding, the child sniffed and smiled at Mike just as his nanny, at least seventy pounds overweight, came trudging up to her charge.

Now, this nanny isn't a significant character in the book, where knowing her weight would give us a bett
Jan 29, 2014 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A typical Jude Deveraux romance novel. Not a favorite book but, I loved the story line. A young woman, Sam, newly divorced, unsure of herself, promises her father, on his death be, that she will look for her long lost grandmother. In order to collect her inheritance she has to move to an apartment in NY, which is terrifying for her. She finds much more than she bargained for as she meets her new landlord and then the characters from her grandmother's past.

I loved the male character but don't und
Aug 20, 2008 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly one of my top 3 favorite books of all time. It is such a sweet story about a woman who is truly finding herself and the man that helps her do that. I have probably read this book 15 times and the imagery and language is so great that I want to be a part of the characters world. Read this and you will be a Deveraux fan for life.
Valentina Sullivan
I had put this book on hold since 1 and a half year, and after such a long time, one tends to get weary of the said thing and has little or no inclination to complete the task. Nevertheless, I started reading the book, I hoped it to be an intriguing book because of the storyline. Alas! At first I was unable to connect with the protagonists. However, I continued to read it, hoping that the story would get deeper and interesting. And this time my hopes were met, and my wishes granted! Sweet Liar i ...more
May 11, 2008 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books by Jude. I have read it at least 5 times and probably more. I am not sure why this book out of all of Jude's book means so much to me but love love love this book. I love the Taggarts and the Montgomeries too and really like how she moves these families from Europe to the Americas.
Danielle Williams
Sep 08, 2014 Danielle Williams rated it really liked it
Originally read this book years ago, in fact it was the first Jude Deveraux book I read. It was a bit dated, but reading it as an historical novel made me feel a bit nostalgic. It was also a bit disconcerting because I was familiar with the time period it was written in. Early 90s wasn't that long ago, but it seems like a lifetime ago.

I did find some of the machismo disconcerting, and I wanted to smack the hero time and time again. The heroine had been abused and traumatized and he expected her
I read this book. I use to own it, but lost in the process of moving. I didn't have this edition. Anyway, this is a good book. Mike was truly a hero. Very smart and he went crazy when he seen white. Poor Samantha. :)

Mike and Samantha made a cute couple.
Nov 21, 2014 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-chic-lit
Samantha's father sets her a task on his deathbed, he wants her to find out what happened to her grandmother. Sam's grandmother Maxie disappeared in 1928 from a nightclub after a massacre. After Sam's father dies, she heads to New York to move into her father's apartment and start researching with the help of her new landlord, Mike Taggart. Mike and Samantha have a connection right from the start, but Sam's life hasn't been easy and she finds herself reluctant to becoming attached to Mike. But, ...more
Apr 24, 2009 Maya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jude-deveraux
Another book that I decided to re-read this weekend. This book was funny, sad, and happy all rolled into one. It also had a tiny mystery added to the mix. Just the right kind of novel to pass the time with and enjoy it while it passes.
Lori Limberger
Jan 08, 2014 Lori Limberger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Arielle Deamron
Feb 14, 2016 Arielle Deamron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe
More like 3.5 but I'm stingy on ratings so I can't rate it higher... Really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't in my usual genre. Definitely interested more in the genre now and the author!
Valéria Alves
Nov 01, 2015 Valéria Alves rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um tanto de coisa me incomodou no livro, às vezes, ele soava um tanto quanto sexista.

No entanto, ele foi escrito no início dos anos 90 por uma mulher que nasceu em 48, e levando isso em conta, "Sweet Liar" estava bem pra frente do tempo dele: uma heroína que é expert em computação, um herói que se importa com o prazer da heroína, cenas de sexo picantes, entre outras coisas.

É fato que "Sweet Liar" não chega aos pés de "Sweet Revenge" da Nora Roberts, mas não dá para negar que Jude Deveraux tamb
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
This novel captured me from beginning to end. I enjoyed this beautiful love story so much and I adored Michael, who's handsome, kind and loving.
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Jude Gilliam was born September 20, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky. She has a large extended family and is the elder sister of four brothers. She attended Murray State University and received a degree in Art. In 1967, Jude married and took her husband's surname of White, but four years later they divorced. For years, she worked as 5th-grade teacher.

She began writing in 1976, and published her first bo
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