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When her dating app decides she's a man, what's a lonely lesbian to do?

Jamie Richards is a scientist who embraces reason - except when it comes to romance. Tired of her impulsive streak leaving her heartbroken, she's determined to do everything right the next time she's in love. But her resolve crumbles when a technical glitch matches her with perfection in Claire, a woman who lives on the opposite side of the country. Who is straight. And under the impression that Jamie's a guy. But Jamie can't help being smitten. Would one tiny lie be so terrible if it gets her closer to the woman of her dreams?

Claire Flores is a dreamer and a believer in signs, but she has a secret that keeps her cautious about love. All she wants is a picture-perfect family of her own, but she's never met a man who attracts her. Until now. Throwing caution to the wind, she goes from Portland to Boston to meet Jay, her online love. Instead, she meets Jamie, his work colleague, who befriends her in Jay's unexpected absence. Claire's heart is aflutter. Jamie stirs up feelings Claire never knew possible, but how close can she get without having to admit that she's been lying to herself about her dreams all along?

What starts as a simple fib soon snowballs as Jamie fabricates increasingly ridiculous tales to keep her identity as Jay under wraps, until a comedy of errors threatens to topple the whole charade to the ground. Can true love prevail when it's founded on a lie?

©2016 Miranda MacLeod (P)2018 Miranda MacLeod

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  • 29-06-20

Nor-witch??

This book is well narrated. The characters are well put together in that the expressions of emotions are felt through the narration. The story is a little predictable and there are holes to be picked in the thread in some parts. Overall it is not Miranda's best work ( I am a fan) but it is an enjoyable listen. One major issue is the lack of research on the pronunciation of the English town of Norwich (the W is silent).

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Very enjoyable.

I read this some time ago and really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and the story really draws you in. This time I had the opportunity to experience the Audible version. Again I really enjoyed the story, and Stephanie Murphy reads it well. The only problem she has is with pronouncing Norwich, which perhaps she should have checked before recording the narration.

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This was a light and fun listen, with a really improbable story that had me groaning at times because of the lies that Jamie Richards was telling. However you might normalise her behaviour, it was mostly irrational and made an honest person like me quite uncomfortable. That said, the scrapes she got herself and Claire into were interesting and I spent some time waiting for the denouement, having expected it all to unravel some time before it did. If you want something to listen to that entertains, at the same time makes you squirm with embarrassment and have you wondering how this is all going to pan out, then go buy this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-18

Cute and happy

Miranda MacLeod’s books always leave me feeling good after a great story and a few laughs. This one was no different. Though both main characters can be frustrating I couldn’t help but love them

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  • RdKill51
  • 26-10-20

Why are you HERE?

Talk about your Computer Dating Mix-Up. Lying about it never helps. Why start a new relationship growing through a secret? Off to my next Adventure.

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  • Mary Dean
  • 14-09-20

Great romance with a heart felt message

I loved this story! It's a perfect story about the consequences a small lie can have. But it's also a story about accepting that everyone makes mistakes and you can either chose to forgive and live in the grudge or forgive and follow happiness. Jamie meets Claire on a dating website. She starts to form real and true feelings for her, even though they are miles apart. Then it turns out that Claire thinks she was man name Jay (her nickname) the whole time. Instead of making Claire aware Jamie plays it off. Then Claire is in her city and they form a friendship, while "Jay" is away. Claire starts to realize she has feelings for Jamie she was taught growing up were wrong. She has to decide to either accept who she is or stick to lie that her aunt made her believe about herself and who she is. Jamie and Claire are so good together and for each other. Then Jamie comes up with a way to get out of her lie and not have to tell Claire the truth. But as it does with all lies, it blows up in her face and now not only is her relationship on the line but all the things she has worked so hard for in her life. I really didn't know if Claire and Jamie could make it out of this mess. This was a fun story to listen to/read. It has a humorous side but also an emotional side. I really felt for these characters and I wanted their happy ending. This narrator did a great job making a separate voice and feeling for each character. A must read for romance fans.

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  • Jessica L Raburn
  • 12-07-21

Ok, not great

The book was a bit meh because the characters weren’t as fleshed out as I would have liked. I wouldn’t recommend it but I did finish it. I did like the very end as it had some elements that are missing from many lesbian romances. I hate spoilers in reviews so that is all I will say about it. The narrator was ok, not great as well. I would recommend trying Accidental Honeymoon by the same author. I loved that one. I didn’t look at publication date but I’d say this one feels like an earlier work before the author improved. So, solid 3.

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  • Rabid Reader
  • 15-03-21

A series of fortunate and unfortunate events 😀

I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I decided to give the audiobook a try and I was not disappointed. The narrator did a great job talking me on a roller coaster of emotions from silly to funny and sweet. I really enjoyed going on this journey with Claire and Jamie!

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  • Kristy
  • 16-08-20

Great story

This was a new author to me and I enjoyed the storyline it pulled me right into it

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  • DAR ICE
  • 20-06-20

cute story

Cute story, very predictable. I enjoyed listening to it. Not really steamy. it doesn't need to be.

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  • GAILE T.
  • 30-04-20

Roller coater ride

I enjoyed the flow of the relationship between Jaime and Claire in Miranda MacLod's Telling Lies Online. It was fun, and had bold supporting characters. At one point, The antics due to the lies were becoming slightly over the top. The author managed to bring the story to a reaonable turn with great aplomb that it made sense. The narration by Stephanie Murphy was very well done.

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  • Smhig
  • 23-04-20

Cute

Predictable story, but told well. Good for an easy listen. Happy ending as expected. Worth the listen if you like hallmark movies :)

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  • Jude
  • 06-03-20

A promising debut

I have to say, I really enjoyed this story, despite finding the characters utterly annoying at times, which I think is a testament to the author’s talent and the narrator’s too. Telling Lies Online is the story of a train wreck, you know it’s going to happen but you can’t help watching and you can’t prevent it. It’s unnerving and irritating. And yet, it’s very sweet too, go figure…

So, what’s the story? A technical glitch leads to a series of bad decisions. Jay and Claire have been online dating for a while, and both think they might have found The One. Only problem is, a bug changed Jay’s profile into a man’s. Claire is straight, or so she believes. In a totally unrealistic move, she decides to leave Portland (in Oregon) for Boston (on the other side of the country), where Jay lives. When she gets there, instead of telling her there was a bug on the dating website and she’s really a woman, Jay becomes Jamie and introduces herself as Jay’s colleague. She then uses everything she’s learnt about Claire during their months of chatting to woo her. I spent the whole book wanting to shake Jamie for missing so many opportunities to end her lies and Claire for being so gullible.

The most interesting thing about this novel, I think, it’s that it’s Miranda MacLeod‘s debut, and that she wrote it as part of NaNoWriMo. As she explains on her website, she wrote in a little over a month, it in not the best conditions (that’s part of the fun). I’ve read a couple of the books she wrote since and liked them a lot, which I find very encouraging for would-be authors.