Firstly let it be said that Jennifer Cruise is by far one of the best writers of Romantic Fiction around. She wins hands down over most other writers I have read of this gendre (including the excellent but somewhat overated Irish writer, Marion Keyes). That having been said, Jennifer Cruise's books all revisit the same themes and are, at first glance very similar. I think of it like painters who spend their whole lives painting the same tree, when you look closely you realise that there are infinate varieties and therefore possibilities within the same framework. So, what's Jennifer's 'tree' like? Well, they are all set in small town America, our heroine, the hometown girl, usually wants to 'break out' of the mold that she feels has been set for her, and she usually has a unbelievably sexy guy turn up to help her do it. There will be a best friend, a spunky kid, a strange looking dog and some kind of intrege that gets sorted out in the end. It will all be set to a soundtrack of classic pop/rock/country tracks. Oh and there will be plenty hot sex out of doors (Brit speak for outside). Believe me, Ms Cruise makes it much better than this sounds. Start with "Welcome to Temptation" and she will have you hooked - all her books are great (with the possible exception of Manhunting that is just good).
"Tell me lies" has all the essential elements, the characters aren't as well developed as "Temptation" but I think it's a funnier book. Its heroine is likable, but less attatching and couragous than Ms Cruise's other female characters. CL the hero, is great, as cool as his car, I would have just liked to have seen more of the drama from his point of view. I would have also loved to get to know the secondary characters a bit more. That said, I'll happily pay a visit again (and again and again) to small town USA, as long as its Ms Cruise who'll be showing me around.