Lovely Little Liar

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A young woman strives to establish her independence, with an over-protective brother and a boyfriend who is cut from the same cloth.

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Charlie gives the cop who pulls her over for speeding and reckless driving the performance of a lifetime, telling him that her mother is in the hospital on the edge of death.


Trooper Vin Loveanu wants nothing more than to pull her out of the vehicle and comfort her, but has to settle for sending flowers to the hospital, only to find out that the mother is not a patient. Further investigation turns up an obituary for Charlene’s mother from four years before!

Charlie’s lies, abominable driving and strong family ties continue to bring the two together. She can’t run away far enough or fast enough and maybe – just maybe she should be running to Vin – not away, even if it meant over his knee – the same way her brother Alex dealt with her. And she’d been trying to tell Alex she was too old for spanking for years.
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Chapter One

"Come on in. It’s open!" Charlie yelled louder than she had the previous time, so she could be heard over Brinks’ insistent barking, and then continued her task. She was washing down the kitchen cupboards and didn’t have time to get the door. Anyone else usually just waltzed right in.

"Damn it," she muttered when the knocking continued. She threw her sponge into the bucket of suds and looked down at her skimpy tank top. She was not fit for company; she didn’t even have a bra on and her shorts were her brother’s cast-off boxers. Whatever. She wasn’t going to be chatting with the visitor long anyway. It was probably a Girl Scout selling Thin Mints. What a misnomer; they didn’t make you thinner and they certainly never looked thin on her butt.

"Who’s there?" she demanded as she shushed her Yorkshire Terrier and swung the heavy beveled glass door open without waiting for a response. Brinks kept yipping, bouncing up and down, so Charlie bent down, turned to push him inside, and closed the door behind her.

When she stood up again and turned around, one hand flew to her mouth while the other arm came to cover her nips, which had instantaneously hardened to aching peaks. It had nothing to do with the bitter cold. ?She tried to say something, to ask what he was doing there. When words failed, her hand flew to her messy hair. Oh god, it was awful. It no longer all went back into the ponytail since she’d gotten it cut in the short A-line bob. ?She’d tried to pull it back to keep it out of her face while she had been cleaning, but she knew there were flyaway strands hanging everywhere.

?"Charlene Davis? Trooper Loveanu," he greeted her, and tilted his navy blue hat up with the tip of a finger to the side of the brim. "How is your mother?"

Her breath turned to stone in her chest as her hand came from her topknot to fold over her other arm, covering her breasts. How could she have thought she would be able to get away with it? She studied his intense brown eyes, looking for a sign. Did he know the truth or could he really be concerned? Had he looked her up because he wanted to get to know her? "I- ah?" Her eyes fell to the numbers on the pocket of his shirt. She’d worried about it ever since she’d spoken the lie and he’d asked for a name.

"She died. Didn’t she?" He sliced right through her with those sharp espresso-colored eyes, stepped forward, handed her a piece of paper and added, "Four years ago." It was the newspaper obituary. How the heck did he get a copy of it? He crossed his arms over his broad chest and stared down at her for a second, giving her time to explain. She was no longer cold. His stare warmed her to the core and slowly fanned up toward her neck and face.

What the heck could she say? Busted. She never figured she’d see him again. What in the world possessed him to look into her fabrication? ?She couldn’t continue looking at the stern set of his jaw any more. She wanted to back away from him, into the house and lock the door, but at the same time?she couldn’t deny that if there was any chance he could be attracted to her? Wait. What was the matter with her? She folded the obit and unfolded it again, wishing he would just drop the ax, give her the verdict. Was he there to take her to jail?

She bit her lip as she looked up again. He was dressed in uniform. If he just wanted to meet her, he probably wouldn’t be dressed for work and bearing the incriminating obituary. Was he going to arrest her? She couldn’t look up and meet his eyes again; instead she studied the colorful welcome mat at her feet, toeing the corner. She shivered, standing there half naked in the frigid February air. You’d think there would be steam rolling off him with the fire in his eyes.

"You have nothing to say for yourself?" His deep voice, stern and seductive at the same time, sent tingles down her spine. How could that be? She felt like a little girl as she peeked up at him through her lashes. "You played on my emotions with your sob story. What in the world were you doing driving like that?twenty miles over the speed limit? You didn’t pay any attention to that blinking yellow light, which is careless and dangerous. So, if your mother wasn’t in the hospital at the end of her life, then what in the world possessed you to drive so irresponsibly? You know what?if you could lie about your own mother, I don’t think I want to hear whatever lie you come up with next."

"You would never understand." Charlie’s impulsive anger sprang to her aid. "I don’t have to talk to you. Do you have a ticket for me or something, officer?" She spat the title out as if it were repulsive. "If you do then give it to me and go on, otherwise I am busy." Her palms fisted at her sides until she realized she had left her breasts to hang free, nipples beaded tight in the cold air. She quickly covered them again. Her raw throat ached with unshed tears.

He shifted his weight, took his hat off and rubbed his hand over the stubble of his dark, short-clipped hair. He started at his temple and ran to the back of his head where he stopped and rubbed his neck a moment. Then, with a sigh, he brought his free hand down to his gun belt and rested it there while he tapped his hat against his thigh.

"You know, I really hoped you had a good excuse. It broke my heart to see you crying that day. I wanted so badly to pull you out of that car and into my arms to comfort you, rules be damned. When you drove away, I couldn’t stop thinking about you all day. I finally looked up your mom’s name at the hospital you told me so I could send flowers."

"I don’t want to hear this!" she snapped. Wait. What was she saying? Of course she did. Did he say he wanted to hold her? Oh god, he was so tall and overwhelmingly near to her?had he stepped closer?

"Well, I would really like to hear why you went so far?it wasn’t just a lie."

The big man before her seemed blurry or maybe her eyes were getting watery. She swiped at them, trying to stop the tears from falling. How did she tell him the truth? She couldn’t. He would never understand?it was too stupid.

"I don’t have to tell you anything. If you’re here to arrest?" she began, her lip trembling, "?me or something, then just get it over with." She lifted her head, holding it high, trying to be brave.

"Honey, I am not going to arrest you, but I am going to have to give you a ticket. I can see you won’t be honest with me. I really hoped that somehow you would help me understand." He turned away and headed for his car.

Crap. She watched his back as he retreated. He seemed like a nice guy, too, but he would hate her when he found out she really didn’t have a good reason for speeding; she hadn’t even been late for work. Just like Alex always said, she acted reckless and immature?and then she told the worst lie in the history of ever. She tried not to stare at him when he walked back.

"This ticket is for driving twenty miles over the speed limit, which is four points on your license, by the way. I did not include completely ignoring the yellow light, which would add more points. So, I’m letting you off with a warning on that one. I just want you to really understand how dangerous?"

"I got it already, okay? I’m sure you have other people you can lecture all day. I have things to do." She reached behind her for the doorknob.

He shook his head, his mouth drawn tight in a smirk. "You are something else. I really hoped for more. The best thing for you would be if someone took you in hand and gave you a well-deserved spanking."

"Oh, you too! For the love of Pete. I’m sure a spanking would just take care of the world’s troubles. It’s no wonder you don’t have a ring on your finger!" She dove through the door and slammed it closed behind her. She made it as far as her mother’s ugly old sofa in the living room and slumped down right in the middle where the crack between the two large cushions met, right where the supports were caving, and pulled her knees to her chest. She reached for one of the tattered pillows and pulled it between her knees, hugging it, and then finally opened the ticket. She swiped at her eyes; she couldn’t see any of the writing. Her tears wouldn’t stop. She reached for Brinks.

"Oh, shit!"

A knock sounded at the door at precisely the same time she realized her tiny friend was missing. He must have snuck out when Charlie had come in. Her feet slapped against the hardwood floors of the old house as she stomped back to the door and swung it wide.

She barely looked or focused on the mammoth day-wrecker as she reached to snatch Brinks out of his arms. The poor dog whimpered at the abuse and the officer pulled back.

"Hey, hey, calm down?" His voice was softer this time, more soothing. He turned his body sideways, as if protecting him from Charlie.? She was crushed?she’d never intentionally hurt Brinks.

The officer reached for her and stroked her arm, "It’s going to be all right, sugar." His kind words caused her to cry harder. "Shhh, it’s not that bad."

"I didn’t mean to hurt Brinks. Ple-ase give him back."

"There you go, sugar." He handed her the tiny dog and stepped closer, rubbing his hands up and down both of her arms. "Are you home alone?"

"Yes! I’m an adult. I can stay alone." Why did everyone always treat her like a kid? Wait, did he know Alex?

"Do you live by yourself?" He reached for her front door and nudged it open farther, directing her inside again. "Get inside. You’re not dressed to be out here. Do you want me to come in?"

She stepped inside the door once again and turned to face the dark-eyed, dark-haired lawman. "You don’t have to, I’m fine. I do live by myself and I manage just fine." She drew her shoulders up and hugged Brinks tightly to her chest. The little dog licked the bare skin at her neck appreciatively. "Thank you for returning Brinks. Have a nice life."

Charlie backed into the house and closed the door on the man. This time she walked more sedately to the orange velvet sofa and sat down with Brinks sheltered in her arms. He was warm and willing to be hugged and that was what she needed. She had a lot to think about.

She had never felt like that about another man before, not even Jeremy at Senior Prom. Not their prom, but Helmsworth’s. They knew that Alex would be watching their prom and watching Charlie so they snuck out to H-town so they could enjoy the night without Alex and his friends hanging over their shoulders the whole time.

Jeremy had kissed her and his hands had caressed her back and her sides, but it hadn’t been exciting. It had been something to do, a thrill because she had managed to get past Alex, but nothing special in the sexual department. It definitely hadn’t been worth the spanking that Alex had given her. Spankings?plural. He started before they left the high school in his truck, and when they got home, he used his belt. Alex took his job as the man of the house way too seriously, especially since he was her brother. So what if he was ten years older.

No, this was unique. She had been very thoroughly piqued by the sexy officer. Damn it. Why in the world would she feel all topsy-turvy with a man who treated her the same way her brother did when Alex drove her crazy? She was forever trying to get out from under Alex’s tyrannical thumb. This guy had threatened to spank her. Well, he didn’t threaten her, but he said she needed a spanking. Of all the freaking nerve!

And that was what was going to happen, if she couldn’t figure out what to do. Alex was a cop, too. Not a State Trooper, but a deputy with the sheriff’s department. When she’d been pulled over less than a year ago by the city police, he’d found out about it before she even made it home from work. Would he find out the same way now?

Oh! It wasn’t fair. She threw the ragged sofa pillow away from her. At twenty-six years old, she shouldn’t have to worry about this crap. It just wasn’t fair; none of her friends were ever spanked, let alone by their brothers!

At times like this, she cursed her mother. Charlie looked around her with a greatly exaggerated sigh. It didn’t matter that there was a crack in the plaster ceiling or raised floorboards in the hundred-year-old hardwood floor?it was her ceiling, her floor. If it weren’t her home, if her mother hadn’t left the house to her, Charlie most likely would have run away a long time ago. She often wondered if that was why her mother had done it.

The previous will, the one that was in place when their father died, stated that the estate would go first to Sherry, their mother, and then to both of the siblings. At some time after that Sherry had changed it, giving the house solely to Charlie.? Alex had been given everything else. No, they weren’t rich, but he’d been given their father’s two project-cars when he’d passed two years before their Mom. Then when she’d died, he’d received the rest: the summer cottage, the CDs, savings bonds and the like.

If only it was as easy as?"It’s my house, get out!" But that had never worked with him. Alex had stayed there with her until he married Jenna, and really, Charlie had never minded Alex living there. She simply wished he would understand that after she turned eighteen, she had her own house and most importantly?she’d grown too old to spank. She wished that when he had the desire to spank her, she could simply ask him to go home and he would listen. But no, he still treated her like a child. He didn’t trust her to live on her own and it’d been over a year.

Charlie probably could have and would have stayed there pouting on the sofa all day long and wasted her day off if two things hadn’t happened. First, Brinks realized a terrible need to empty his tiny terrier bladder, and secondly, while she’d been up she heard her cell phone go off in the bedroom with the ring tone she reserved for work. Work was definitely a good idea. She loved to take an extra shift when they asked. Too bad working in the emergency room happened to be another of the things Alex like to blow up about. It would get her out of the house, give her something to do, and it would give her a reason to stall. So if she had to work, she had more time to delay making the decision of whether she would actually tell him about the ticket or wait and hope he never found out.

36 reviews for Lovely Little Liar

  1. Kzoo

    Adorable! I loved it! Sweet, fresh, funny at times, but also serious. Charlie has an overprotective brother. He was there for her after her mother died, stepping in almost like a surrogate father, but now she\\\’s an adult! She doesn\\\’t need him hanging around any more, disciplining her when she messes up! How can she get him to see that! Then along comes this gorgeous guy, and he seems to think he can take over where her brother left off! What is it with the men in her life. So she tries to escape – but in the end she realizes that maybe she\\\’s only running from herself.

    I liked Charlie – although I wasn\\\’t sure I would when I first read the title. We\\\’ve all be programmed that lying is bad – so how could we like a liar? But hers are just little white lies (most of the time), harmless little half-truths… who among us haven\\\’t told the same thing, if only to avoid confrontation?

    I simply loved the climax and resolution. I wept with Charlie, and wanted to give her a big (((hug))). Thankfully, Vin was there to do it for me.

  2. Kzoo

    Adorable! I loved it! Sweet, fresh, funny at times, but also serious. Charlie has an overprotective brother. He was there for her after her mother died, stepping in almost like a surrogate father, but now she’s an adult! She doesn’t need him hanging around any more, disciplining her when she messes up! How can she get him to see that! Then along comes this gorgeous guy, and he seems to think he can take over where her brother left off! What is it with the men in her life. So she tries to escape – but in the end she realizes that maybe she’s only running from herself.

    I liked Charlie – although I wasn’t sure I would when I first read the title. We’ve all be programmed that lying is bad – so how could we like a liar? But hers are just little white lies (most of the time), harmless little half-truths??_ who among us haven’t told the same thing, if only to avoid confrontation?

    I simply loved the climax and resolution. I wept with Charlie, and wanted to give her a big (((hug))). Thankfully, Vin was there to do it for me.

  3. Laurel Lasky

    Patty Devlin delivers again in this story of Charlie, a compulsive liar after some medical issues in high school who strives for independence. The character development is excellent and the plot well done. Romance, family issues and spanking.

  4. Laurel Lasky

    Patty Devlin delivers again in this story of Charlie, a compulsive liar after some medical issues in high school who strives for independence. The character development is excellent and the plot well done. Romance, family issues and spanking.

  5. Krista Strickland

    A wonderful story by P.D. about a woman who finds love after telling a little white lie. If we could all be so lucky! Her older brother seems too hard on her in the beginning but he grows on you.

  6. Krista Strickland

    A wonderful story by P.D. about a woman who finds love after telling a little white lie. If we could all be so lucky! Her older brother seems too hard on her in the beginning but he grows on you.

  7. anon

    I found this to be a story about a young woman finding and accepting what she needs to be strong and truly happy with herself. Ironically, what she needs she\\\’s always had…she just had to acknowledge it. This story was nicely done. The family love and caring is strong. Charlie\\\’s thoughts and feelings are what carry the story.

  8. anon

    I found this to be a story about a young woman finding and accepting what she needs to be strong and truly happy with herself. Ironically, what she needs she’s always had…she just had to acknowledge it. This story was nicely done. The family love and caring is strong. Charlie’s thoughts and feelings are what carry the story.

  9. Tracey Horton

    Lovely Little Liar is one of my fantasies. If you have a penchant for stories with law enforcement, as I do, you will love this book. Trooper Vin is big, strong, dominant and has a problem with lying. Charlie, however, has a few huge problems. Besides speeding, she has trouble with telling the truth and finds herself in trouble for lying not only with the trooper but with her older brother. And, seriously, who doesn\\\’t want to be spanked by a police officer? No spoilers here, but there is a beautiful yet tragic story behind all the lying and as a reader it will draw you in and have you looking forward to the continuation of this engaging story by Patty Devlin.

  10. Tracey Horton

    Lovely Little Liar is one of my fantasies. If you have a penchant for stories with law enforcement, as I do, you will love this book. Trooper Vin is big, strong, dominant and has a problem with lying. Charlie, however, has a few huge problems. Besides speeding, she has trouble with telling the truth and finds herself in trouble for lying not only with the trooper but with her older brother. And, seriously, who doesn’t want to be spanked by a police officer? No spoilers here, but there is a beautiful yet tragic story behind all the lying and as a reader it will draw you in and have you looking forward to the continuation of this engaging story by Patty Devlin.

  11. Rhonda

    This story just didn\\\’t work for me. I don\\\’t know if it was because Charlie got spanked by her brother Alex. Or the spanking she got from Vin felt out of place and heavy handed. Too the last lines in the book just seemed awkward.

  12. Rhonda

    This story just didn’t work for me. I don’t know if it was because Charlie got spanked by her brother Alex. Or the spanking she got from Vin felt out of place and heavy handed. Too the last lines in the book just seemed awkward.

  13. Jessica

    I liked this story but it was not one of my favorites. After a while the main character started to get annoying. It also had an awkward ending. On a positive note, the plot line was interesting and I have lots of respect for Patty Devlin for keeping it clean, and not too racy.

  14. Jessica

    I liked this story but it was not one of my favorites. After a while the main character started to get annoying. It also had an awkward ending. On a positive note, the plot line was interesting and I have lots of respect for Patty Devlin for keeping it clean, and not too racy.

  15. Missy

    Charlie struggles to find her way on her own with an overprotective spanking older brother. When she tries to spread her wings and sore, sexy Vin steps in. There\\\’s family love, romantic love and romance in store for you with this one. I enjoyed this serious but moving story of domestic discipline.

  16. Missy

    Charlie struggles to find her way on her own with an overprotective spanking older brother. When she tries to spread her wings and sore, sexy Vin steps in. There’s family love, romantic love and romance in store for you with this one. I enjoyed this serious but moving story of domestic discipline.

  17. SH

    This is such a sweet story but oh man, I can\\\’t wait for a follow up, I really hope one is planned 🙂 Charlie was a sweet sensitive character who had some major upsets in her life and Vin seemed to be the perfect person to help her move forward with things. I loved the story as a whole.

  18. SH

    This is such a sweet story but oh man, I can’t wait for a follow up, I really hope one is planned 🙂 Charlie was a sweet sensitive character who had some major upsets in her life and Vin seemed to be the perfect person to help her move forward with things. I loved the story as a whole.

  19. katD

    liked this story character development was good but it had an abrupt ending.

  20. katD

    liked this story character development was good but it had an abrupt ending.

  21. LJ

    I love this story. The characters are realistic and fun. Charlie definitely needs someone to watch out for her and Vin seems to be that man. I can\\\’t wait for the next book. A good length for the price. Focuses is on the discipline not on sex.

  22. LJ

    I love this story. The characters are realistic and fun. Charlie definitely needs someone to watch out for her and Vin seems to be that man. I can’t wait for the next book. A good length for the price. Focuses is on the discipline not on sex.

  23. CS

    The brother/sister harsh spankings bothered me enough that I didn\\\’t enjoy the rest of the book. Plus, she seemed genuinely distressed by them that she left, moved, sold property to get out from under his thumb. Vin was a refreshing introduction but I think it was odd that he just left her alone for the time that she vanished right under their noses, in the same town. He\\\’s a cop right, why didn\\\’t go after her and make sure she was alright if he wanted to be with her so much. something just didn\\\’t sit right about this story for me. Harsh non-con notwithstanding. Sorry.

  24. CS

    The brother/sister harsh spankings bothered me enough that I didn’t enjoy the rest of the book. Plus, she seemed genuinely distressed by them that she left, moved, sold property to get out from under his thumb. Vin was a refreshing introduction but I think it was odd that he just left her alone for the time that she vanished right under their noses, in the same town. He’s a cop right, why didn’t go after her and make sure she was alright if he wanted to be with her so much. something just didn’t sit right about this story for me. Harsh non-con notwithstanding. Sorry.

  25. Kamil Tyler

    I love cop stories and this was no different. I would have loved for this to be a longer story. It took a long time for Charlie to understand she was truly love.

  26. Kamil Tyler

    I love cop stories and this was no different. I would have loved for this to be a longer story. It took a long time for Charlie to understand she was truly love.

  27. JJ

    This story had a great set up- Charlie lies to get out of a ticket and the cop, Vin shows up at her door with a ticket after discovering her deceit. She has spent her life being disciplined by her brother and is positive that is not what she wants in a long term relationships. The problem is that she thinks she might like Vin, but he wants a marriage based on love and disciplined. Will Charlie be able to come to terms with what she truly needs? Read and find out….it\\\’s worth it.

  28. JJ

    This story had a great set up- Charlie lies to get out of a ticket and the cop, Vin shows up at her door with a ticket after discovering her deceit. She has spent her life being disciplined by her brother and is positive that is not what she wants in a long term relationships. The problem is that she thinks she might like Vin, but he wants a marriage based on love and disciplined. Will Charlie be able to come to terms with what she truly needs? Read and find out….it’s worth it.

  29. drb (verified owner)

    This was a pretty good book. A little intense with not much laughter or happiness in it though. Even at the end when Charlie and Vin seemed to be on the same page, I didn\\\’t get the feeling they were happy. I don\\\’t know what it was that didn\\\’t cause that feeling, maybe because the rest of the book was so intense. The story could have used a few lighter moments.

  30. drb (verified owner)

    This was a pretty good book. A little intense with not much laughter or happiness in it though. Even at the end when Charlie and Vin seemed to be on the same page, I didn’t get the feeling they were happy. I don’t know what it was that didn’t cause that feeling, maybe because the rest of the book was so intense. The story could have used a few lighter moments.

  31. KArc

    I loved this story. Charlie gets out of a speeding ticket by telling Officer Vin Loveanu that her mother is sick. When the officer discovers that her mother died 4 years ago, he shows up at her door with a ticket. Then her brother finds out about the ticket and the lie, and he was the reason she lied in the first place. Charlie\\\’s parents are dead and her brother Alex wants to guide and protect her. He does this by spanking her and for Charlie there is nothing worse than Alex spanking her. Until she starts dating Vin and he spanks her too. This sets off a chain of events that send Charlie into hiding. There are a lot of truths that Charlie has to face before she puts her life back together. Thankfully she has plenty of loved ones who wont give up on her.

  32. KArc

    “I loved this story. Charlie gets out of a speeding ticket by telling Officer Vin Loveanu that her mother is sick. When the officer discovers that her mother died 4 years ago, he shows up at her door with a ticket. Then her brother finds out about the ticket and the lie, and he was the reason she lied in the first place. Charlie’s parents are dead and her brother Alex wants to guide and protect her. He does this by spanking her and for Charlie there is nothing worse than Alex spanking her. Until she starts dating Vin and he spanks her too. This sets off a chain of events that send Charlie into hiding. There are a lot of truths that Charlie has to face before she puts her life back together. Thankfully she has plenty of loved ones who wont give up on her.”

  33. Jaimie (verified owner)

    Great story and details!

  34. Jaimie (verified owner)

    Great story and details!

  35. Redrabbitt

    When it comes to being a nurse, Charlie is a very good one. When it comes to taking care of herself, she fails completely. Losing her Dad when she is 18 and then her Mom at 20 hasn\’t helped, but having a big brother, Alex, who has taken it upon himself to be her guardian and punishing her when she messes up just becomes too much. Then to have to deal with a new state trooper, Vin, who turns out to be a cousin to her sister-in-law feels like a set up. Charlie\’s lies and excuse really are hurting her and finally she realizes that family and love really do matter. This is an emotional story and deals with several health issues including anorexia.

  36. Redrabbitt

    When it comes to being a nurse, Charlie is a very good one. When it comes to taking care of herself, she fails completely. Losing her Dad when she is 18 and then her Mom at 20 hasn’t helped, but having a big brother, Alex, who has taken it upon himself to be her guardian and punishing her when she messes up just becomes too much. Then to have to deal with a new state trooper, Vin, who turns out to be a cousin to her sister-in-law feels like a set up. Charlie’s lies and excuse really are hurting her and finally she realizes that family and love really do matter. This is an emotional story and deals with several health issues including anorexia.

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