White Lies by Linda Howard

Synopsis (blurb): Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door — or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity.The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share?

Review: If you are willing to overlook the absurd plot this is an entertaining read. I never read anything by Linda Howard before, so I can’t say whether this is her usual formula or not, but to me it was quite enjoyable up to a certain point. After that I felt sorry for the hero, becauseI started to dislike the heroine (see spoiler below).

I don’t really see any white lies here, though. I found it most disturbing that the heroine did not tell “Steve” right away when she found out that he is not her ex-husband. To leave someone suffering from amnesia believing that he is someone that he definitely is not, I don’t consider fibbing, but something quite serious. Her ludicrous reasoning behind her decision is intolerable. That whole charade could have continued if she had told only “Steve” himself. At least he would have known, but to everybody else he still could have been Steve. The idea that he would leave her behind is just as ridiculous. He was obviously already crazy about her and in order to keep this false identity up he would have had to stay with her anyway. At least she would have been honest with him. I didn’t like that at all.


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