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Tangled Lies (Men Made In America 2 Series, #11)

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  234 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Surrounded by greed and treachery, Rachel Chandler feels completely alone in the world - until her brother, who's been missing for fifteen years, is spotted in Hawaii. Rachel will stop at nothing to find him.

But when she arrives at her brother's cottage, she encounters a stranger. A man haunted by his past. A man looking to use Rachel for his own purposes.

A man Rachel want
Mass Market Paperback, Men Made in America #11 - Hawaii, 256 pages
Published March 15th 1994 by Silhouette (first published September 1984)
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So my Anne Stuart reading binge continued, this time with a Harlequin Intrigue that was published in 1994. Tangled Lies though an earlier story by the author was nevertheless a great one that compelled me to keep on reading, to find out the truth behind the tangled web of lies and deceit that is spun throughout the story, something Anne Stuart is so very good at.

Rachel Chandler makes her way to a little island in Hawaii to meet her brother Emmett Chandler after being estranged from him for 15 lo
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it really liked it
How does she do it? How in the world does Anne Stuart have the talent to turn ANY man into a DESIRABLE man! I have been wanting to get my hand on this early work of Stuart's and was so happy when the "Famous First" line reprinted it. Although an early work of hers, the quality of her writing is there....I dare you to figure this story out before Stuart decide to just out right tell you!

Caution!!!! There is a strong, what I like to call, "ICK" factor in this book. Rachel believes that the man kn
Rashika (is tired)
I have absolutely no idea how Anne does it. I should NOT like this book as much as I do but I do. I really really do. I spent the first half of the book extremely annoyed and the second half rocking back and forth in my chair.

A lot of people will not like this. There is a huge ick factor and I am sure most people will not jump on board with it. I didn't either. I still haven't but Anne just has a way of writing romantic suspenses that make you overlook things you normally wouldn't.

So even with a
Jan 02, 2012 Maha rated it did not like it
Um, I felt strangely sick while reading this novel, even though the whole time I knew the two love birds weren't actually related. So you got a girl looking for her long lost brother and who she finds is a stranger posing as a her brother, except she thinks it's really her bro come back from hiding. Now, the sick part comes in when she starts having strong sexual feelings for him even though he's her brother and winds up acting on them. I just couldn't see the intended humor of the situation and ...more
I admit I was a bit creeped out by the premise of the story. That being said, however, I decided to throw caution to the wind and trust in Anne Stuart. I'm glad I did. This was a nice story that even had a few *laugh out loud* moments for me. The "ick" factor associated with the darker theme of this book isn't so bad once you realize who everyone is and what's really going on. Also, I was completely blindsided by the twist at the end, I didn't see it coming and was pleasantly surprised. In compa ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Loralee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like this book, but I just couldn't. It just wasn't for me. I thought the heroine was too forgiving of the hero, and she fell for him way to quickly, especially when for half the book she thought he was her brother. I couldn't handle that she was attracted to him when she thought he was her brother. Even though the reader knew the truth from the get go, it still just didn't work for me. I also would have liked to know more about her brother, and the reasons why he ran.. I admit I may ...more
Fifteen years ago, Emmett Chandler was involved with a radical group of protestors when a bomb went off killing several people, including his girlfriend. Emmett quickly disappears, never to be heard from again. Now his little sister, Rachel, is an adult and has been searching for him. After hearing that he is on the island of Kauai, Rachel takes the first plane and tracks him down. Emmett does not recognize Rachel when he sees her. Why??? Because he isn't the real Emmett Chandler. He is posing a ...more
Ana T.
Jan 17, 2016 Ana T. rated it really liked it
Another Anne Stuart series book with a really original plot. This one is a Harlequin Intrigue. Rachel Chandler flies to Kauai to meet with her brother Emmett who's been missing for 15 years. When she finally finds him it seems he is not as happy to see her and she is about seeing him and soon she starts to feel very attracted to him.

This could have been a very weird book, after all the heroine starts to have what seems to be incestuous feelings, however we are told almost from the start that Emm
Tatiana Stefan
Dec 24, 2015 Tatiana Stefan rated it liked it
I usually enjoy pseudo incestuous taboo love stories for the angst that comes with it and all that. So when I saw this book by chance in my Friends of the Library book sale and read the back cover: long lost brother?! “A man Rachel wants as she's never wanted another?!!!” I had to have it! Well, let’s just say it was just “alright” to me. In the beginning, there was this anticipation from me about the “brother”. The audience already knows earlier in the book that the “brother” is not really the ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Crissy rated it liked it
This is one of her earlier works (1984) and was a little weird for me. Rachel thinks that the man at her family's vacation home in Hawaii is her long lost brother, however, you find out pretty quickly that the man is just pretending to be him in order to draw out the real Emmett. Rachel does NOT know until around halfway through the book. Not only does she start slowly falling into romantic love with her "brother", which wireds me out, he is also almost double her age. The age thing doesn't usua ...more
Nov 07, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it
My only hope is that new readers to Anne Stuart don't start with 'Tangled Lies'. Not only did I have everything figured out within the first few pages, there was no climax in this novel. The plot arc just ended up being flat. This novel left me with more questions than answers, and I wish Stuart would have explored each character a little more. The character of Uncle Harris just dropped out out of the book during the middle and never returned.

Before you read this book read Anne Stuarts 'Ice' Ser
Feb 23, 2016 Melinda rated it did not like it
Grossed me out when she started feeling lust towards her "brother".
Apr 23, 2016 Jynt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
somewhat abrupt ending.
Sep 29, 2013 Applefruit rated it liked it
As an older work by Anne Stuart, "Tangled Lies" shows its age. Stuart's writing was not quite the perfection it later became. I knew all about the pseudo-incestuous relationship (no, not real incest), so I didn't think it would gross me out so much...only, it DID. The problem is that the heroine thinks "Emmett" is her brother for nearly half the book. Also, the climax of the book is ridiculous and disappointing. Overall, this book is just okay. Save it for one of your very last Anne Stuart reads ...more
Kathy Anne
Sep 25, 2011 Kathy Anne rated it it was amazing

Quite controversial because the h falls foe a guy she thinks is her brother,however it doesn`t go on long until he tells her-at their first kiss.Still he tries to keep his distance because his agenda is going to devestate her.

In the front of the book Anne says this is her 11th book and is one she really likes ,and it is a very good 5* book I think
Feels every so slightly outdated, and the highly phobic heroine is a bit irritating, but on the whole this lets itself be read, and the tangles are nicely knotted and do lead to a few dead ends, so it's not too annoyingly predictable. Quick holiday read sort of thing.
Alicia J
I didn't really have any reaction at all to this book. It was a bit boring, formulaic, and just so-so. It's probably because it's an old series romance and if I had read it 20 years ago, I probably would have thought it was fine. oh well.
Darla Stokes
Sep 19, 2013 Darla Stokes rated it liked it
Quick read to fill an old TBR challenge. Anne Stuart's always entertaining.

It would have been 4 stars for me if I hadn't been unsatisfied by how the revenge plot worked out in the end.
Jan 23, 2012 Michelle added it
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This was so bad (naughty) it was good! Wow! Completely unrepentant and semi-incestuous. Of course, I knew who her brother was almost immediately, but still!
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Felicity Meyers - Narration

Narrator sounds good in the sample but without the heroes voice given??
Brittany B.
A scandalous oldie from Anne Stuart... I can't wait to get my hands on it!! :)
Lynn Calvin
Amazon preorder,Amazon received
Aug 25, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Audiobook narrated by Felicity Myers
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Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic sus
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“His head moved down, his mouth taking hers in a kiss that held the passion of a thousand years as his body molded against her trembling frame. His lips were hard and hungry as he fought against her resistance, and he pulled his head away for a moment, looking down into her desperate eyes with no pity at all. “Open your mouth, Rachel,” he said.
And closing her eyes, she did, sliding her helpless arms around his body, pulling him closer against her yearning form. Just once, she told herself. Just this once. And she gave herself up to the searching demand of his kiss.”
“Ben scooped her up in his arms, holding her high against his chest as he carried her back into the cottage, past the shrouded, familiar shapes of the furniture into the night-dark bedroom. They were alone now for the first time. There was no Emmett, no Harris, no lies or masquerade or motives or revenge. There was just Ben and Rachel, together in the darkness.” 2 likes
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