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Sweet Liar (Montgomery/Taggert ( Publication order) #6)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  6,769 Ratings  ·  221 Reviews
Samantha Elliot hadn't wanted to come to New York. But her father's will made it clear that he'd wished her to spend a year in New York looking for her grandmother - a woman who had up and left her family when Samantha was only a baby. Dave Elliot had even sold their Louisville home and rented an apartment for her in Manhattan. So here she was, in this big, dirty city...he ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Pocket (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
Oct 08, 2011 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The references to computers were so out of date they were sometimes really funny.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
It was just "ok"! The main character, Samantha, was a bit whiney. Mike however was way too patient with all her shenanigans.
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 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
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
May 19, 2010 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
Feb 27, 2010 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
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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.
Aug 06, 2008 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.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 20, 2008 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.
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.
Apr 04, 2009 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.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never like contemporary romance. This book is the exception. Touching and wonderful. Might go read it again right now. :)
Elizabeth Jules Mason
One of my all time favorites by this author - a shelf keeper for me.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book!
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.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An oldie but still a goodie. Love the Taggart/ Montogomery men.
Apr 10, 2015 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!
Diane Briones™
I love this book. Creative, and in touch with the emotional hangups that can wear away at a person after repeated loss in their life. In that respect it was sobering but not heavy at all, and in parts the romance and sweetness were just as swoon-worthy as you'd want in a romance.--- Diane ™

Jude Deveraux writes the kind of books that have good stuff for everyone; romances, yes, but so much more. Each story is an intense mystery with a complex and surprising plot, plus carefully drawn and develope
Kathy Davie
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, history
Third in the Taggert romance series revolving around the Taggert family in Chandler, Colorado. The couple focus in this story is on Michael Taggert and Samantha Elliot and takes place primarily in a contemporary New York City.

My Take
About the first third of this book, I just wanted to put it down. I'd start it and set it down over and over. I just could not stand the female protagonist. I had enjoyed the first two, however, and I just kept pushing on hoping that Deveraux would finally get somewh
Author: Jude Deveraux
First published: 1992
Length: 6060 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary, 1991, New York.
Sex: reasonably Explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Author
Heroine: Who knows? A divorcee.

I liked it.

I think.

It was an interesting plot.

But odd characters.

With strange fetishes.

Had the sight of her in this plain cotton gown affected him that much, to make him turn pale, to make him unable to continue looking at her?” loc.3489 

And a rape fantasy.

All his life girls had been easy for him, but the gi
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and fantasy

This romance is one of my favorites from Jude Deveraux. It has a wonderful, thoughtful woman and a hunky, kind man who find each other in NYC. Added bonuses are travelogues of NYC and fantasy shopping trips. Add a mystery from 1928 and lots of family. This is a really fun book.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro fantástico, uno de los mejores de la autora, mi nota de este libro es un 20 de 10 puntos
Momma Wheezy
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Main character was indecisive. Either stay or leave but make a decision. Didn't finish it
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
re-read of an old favorite.
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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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