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Fool Me Once

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,582 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Olivia Lowell always believed her father's claim that her mother died in childbirth, until the shocking day a lawyer informs her that her mother has just passed away, leaving her a fortune. The money comes with a caveat - and a confession. In her will, Olivia's mother reveals that she and two college friends committed a crime long ago, and now she wants Olivia to track dow...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Zebra (first published August 29th 2006)
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Lynn Townsend
I was sort of astonished by this book.

I still can't really decide if I actually liked it or not. The author spends a lot of time TELLING you a thing without showing you ANYTHING. Our heroine, Ollie, cries a lot, but I never once actually felt a pang of emotional sympathy for her. The story itself was interesting enough to keep me going, but in the end, when everyone gets their happy ending, I really never thought they wouldn't.

And I do mean, everyone. gets. their. happy. ending.

Wow, seriously,...more
Oct 04, 2007 Catch22* rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit
Olivia is a self employeed animal photographer who lives a pretty normal life. Everything is good. She has a great career, a father whom she is very close with, a home that she adores and ofcourse her lovable yorkie.

Then one day Olivia gets a knock on the door from a lawyer who turns her life upside down. Suddenly she learns that the mom she thought passed away at her birth has been alive all these years and just recently died. In her mothers will she leaves her a huge estate, along with a mail...more
This book had an interesting plot line in reference to a Mother, who chose not to have a relationship with her daughter but then left her a mess to clean up -- the left over mess of a long ago robbed bank -- robbed by her estranged Mother and two of her other friends right after graduation. I would have liked to see how this mess resolved itself. However, the pathetically developing relationship with the lawyer of a DOG who inherited his owners estate became too much to stomach. I was listening...more
Aug 08, 2010 Renee added it
Shelves: romance
I found this book at the Salvation Army several months ago (I can't resist looking at the book table when we drop off donations) and finally got around to reading it. I now understand why I see Michaels' name on bookshelves so often! This book was a delight to read, light while full of enough plot to be fully engaging. It didn't feel like a romance, even though I know Michaels is most well known as a romance writer. I also get the feeling that most of her books are far more serious that this one...more
LOVED this book. Its light on the romance and heavy on the character coming to terms with a mother she never knew existed. Olivia learns of her mother's existence at age 34 and a week after she died. Her mother asks her for one favor, right the wrongs she and 3 firends committed when they were in college. So now Olivia has to decide does she return the money her mom stole from a bank and do a favor to a dead woman who abandoned her at birth or ignore mother's final wishes.
This was quite possibly the dumbest book I have ever read. The characters were one dimensional, at best, and I've never read so many cliches in my life! I'm actually ashamed that I finished the whole book. I should have put it down at the beginning when I knew it was going to be stupid. Don't wast your time with it. Not worth it!
Katrina the Bookworm
This was the first Fern Michaels book I bought and read, and it did not fail to make me happy. I liked the simple, realistic flow of the story, and the chemistry between Jeff and Olivia. It was cute, to say the most.
Don't bother to read. Found it painful at times, and was just willing the plot to take a more interesting turn. It felt like the author got sick of writing and just made up a feel good ending to finish the book.
This was a great read especially for folks who have dogs.. especially Yorkies.. It was a romance, mystery, dog lover book. It really keeps you moving along. It is a book I had trouble putting down. I so enjoyed it..
I found this to be a fun story to read and that the dogs added a unique touch to the story. This was a nice and easy read that was enjoyable - I do like reading books by this author. Nothing too heavy, just right.
This was the best book that I have ever read, bar none!!! I couldn't wait to finish it and then lend it to my sisters. It was great!!!!!!! :) Bravo to Fern Michaels for this wonderful book!!! :)
Predictable. Forgettable. -e
Dale Safford
It's hard to believe that a man exists such as the one in this book - handsome, talented, totally committed, perfect! The romance is a little too fast and too predictable. The story however is totally fun with doggies running all around and even being judges of people's character.

Olivia has been raised by her father, knowing that her mother died when she was born. It has been a good life, and they went into business together as pet photographers, but now her father has retired to a tropical clim...more
I tried so hard to like this book. I just couldn't. It's as though the author took three different story ideas and combined them in a not so idyllic way. The conversations were stilted and non-believable and some of the happenings were downright unrealistic.

The "love" story is extremely unbelievable and the fact that she takes dogs from clients is even more so. I take animal portraits and each pet that I do is loved beyond means.

The main character, Olivia, is extremely painful to read about an...more
I read the book 'Fool Me Once' because my language teacher told me to find a book with the title that had some April words. I could've chosen another kind of book, but i picked this book because the cover looked very interesting. I really wasn't sure about the book, but when I read the inside of the book that told me what I was reading, i liked what it said!
My opinon of the book was it was really odd in the beginning but when i kept reading it I liked what I read. I enjoyed how the book had a...more
As far as predictability it is all over the place and not predictable. This book had me cracking up at some of the lines.

There seemed to be several plots going on at once and sometimes I had to sit and think at which character was which to get what was happening.

it was ok. I liked some parts, and then some parts just felt like "fillers". Everything worked out for everyone, with no problems left to solve. I found it a little boring and would have preferred it if Jeff and Olivia's relationship would have developed a little slower and deeper. It seemed a little quick and then next thing you know they are sleeping together and two weeks later, engaged. Not what I would call romantic or even realistic.
The part about the bank robbery and the friends was prob...more
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Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels
Fool Me Once
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This was an awesome book, I loved it! I loved the main characters and the dogs! I would chuckle so many times with the antics the dogs would pull sometimes,and I just wanted to hug them when they showed such unconditional love. It was a sweet romance,sometimes comical between the two main characters-Olivia and Jeff.The story had mystery to it,...more
Horribly written! I couldn't even finish it! The idea is good... Even the sub-plot with the dogs had potential... But the writing was awful!
Cute, lighthearted romance at the center of this story about a girl who was given up by birth by her mother, to be raised by her father. Thinking that her mother died while giving birth to her she is shocked when a lawyer shows up with the news that her mother didn't die until 2 weeks prior to his visit. She finds out what kind of a woman her mother was and has to decide what to do with the information she gets. She meets and falls in love with a handsome attorney and he is there to help her thr...more
It was a nice book. Nothing fast-paced, super exciting, scary or "it kept me flipping pages all night" kind of book. It was calm and steady. Some of the things made me make the ':l' face, and left me thinking "oh please *rolls eyes*". But it was a gook book. I guess what kept me going on with reading it was that it's completely unpredictable. When it comes to Jeff, THAT was predictable, but when it comes to everything else, I couldn't imagine what was going to happen next. It left me satisfied,...more
Fun, entertaining, intriguing story. I fell in love with Jeff and Olivia was a great character too. All the characters were interesting. It was super easy to hate Adrian/Alison, she was a hideous person and was dead for most of the book. There were moments when I wished she would get over her issues with the money and some moments when all the dogs were just too much - even for an avid dog lover - but all in all it was well worth the read (listen) in this case. I enjoyed the story and found myse...more
Jul 30, 2007 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my worst enemy
Horrid, absolutely painful writing. I picked this up as a light summer beach read and spent my afternoons being disgusted with everything about it. The characters are only half fleshed-out - the author tells us about them rather than letting the characters show themselves, and the storyline feels contrived most of the time. The dogs are a self-indulgence on the part of an animal-loving author, and they really get on my nerves. Who honestly lets their dogs yap and pee all over their house and nev...more
compared to the previous fern michaels novel i've read before, this one failed in comparison in the romance dept. the story is fine, i just think it could have been given a better title. i get that fern michaels likes dogs, it was apparent in her other novel i've read before, that's when i decided i liked her. but this one has gone overboard, even for a dog-lover like me, i find it OA.

i only bought this book because it's on bargain, P300 for a hardbound book! it would look nice along with my boo...more
Lucy Bilik
This book is definitely is NOT for everyone! It was hard to jump from 1960 to 2000 in a matter of few paragraphs. But once it began to unravel it was fine. Much content devoted to god lovers interest, however if you're open minded you will take it all and appreciate it AS IS. After the middle point I could not put the book down, it captivated me with the decision making struggles, bravery, and blind persistence that paid out in the end. It made me think: what would I have done in her shoes? Real...more
Heather Taylor
I probably shouldn't review this book because I didn't make it very far. It looked like a cute light romance. I was listening to it and into the second cd there was scene after scene talking about her dogs and still no man. I personally love my dog but I don't want to read a book about them. The main character was crabby too. She kept going on about how awful lawyers were. I also didn't like the person reading the book. Her voice got on my nerves. I just couldn't take this cheesy, dog book anymo...more
Great read!
This was a pick from a very small book selection in a Kaua'i grocery store on my honeymoon. It was a very bad one actually. The plot is ridiculous - this woman finds her dead mother was a thief, so she tries to 'make it right.' I think the last straw was the engagement after a few days of meeting a man. I had to put it down. Maybe I'll finish it one day if I feel the need to see if the author redeems herself in the end. If I don't give it away before then.
While the plot was interesting and I listened to the whole book, it was pretty predictable and had a lot of sterotypical characters. A kind, wise dad, handsome, smart lawyer, evil lawyer, and beautiful, intelligent woman. Actually the main character spent way too much time crying and being completely devastated.

The dogs were a cute addition but I even got a little tired of them too. All in all, I wish the book had been about half the length.
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