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A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson! Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to. M.E. Dr. Tom Bake A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson! Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to. M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. Which is terrible because he can’t stop his growing attraction to her. Can these two Type-A’s let their guards down and work together to put Ava’s tragic past behind her for good? And keep their hands off each other at the same time?


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A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson! Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to. M.E. Dr. Tom Bake A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson! Captain Ava Capp has been flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, against her better judgment, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected it to. M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. Which is terrible because he can’t stop his growing attraction to her. Can these two Type-A’s let their guards down and work together to put Ava’s tragic past behind her for good? And keep their hands off each other at the same time?

30 review for Truth, Lies, and Second Dates

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teodora

    Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! 1.5/5 ⭐ I'm speaking for myself here, my own experience with the book, everything is subjective when it comes to fiction. I'm honestly not pleased with this, I'm sorry to say it. I wanted to read something light and fun and nice. And maybe it was. For others. I did appreciate the try in making everything light and fun but at some point, it became too much and it got confusing. First of all, the cha Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! 1.5/5 ⭐ I'm speaking for myself here, my own experience with the book, everything is subjective when it comes to fiction. I'm honestly not pleased with this, I'm sorry to say it. I wanted to read something light and fun and nice. And maybe it was. For others. I did appreciate the try in making everything light and fun but at some point, it became too much and it got confusing. First of all, the characters were a bit childish, even though they were supposed to be funny and cute. Second, for the whole plot, I felt like every time two characters were having a conversation I was supposed to crack some sort of HTML code because...I had no idea what were they talking about. The dialogue was all over the place and sometimes (for me) it made no sense. Third, I think the whole book was a bit rushed at parts and also the whole 'mystery' thing - I didn't really have any of that. I really wanted to have more good things to say about it than bad but I just...couldn't. I promised honesty.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩

    TRUTH, LIES AND SECOND DATES is what you get when you mix in a little bit of everything - mystery, hilarious witticisms, ironic twists, and romance. I've never read a book where it pokes fun at itself and its characters so much, making me laugh during the most inappropriate times. When a gun is being pointed at you, I should not be giggling! Ten years ago, Ava's best friend was brutally murdered. After tragedy struck twice, she became dependent on pills, checked herself into rehab, and took t TRUTH, LIES AND SECOND DATES is what you get when you mix in a little bit of everything - mystery, hilarious witticisms, ironic twists, and romance. I've never read a book where it pokes fun at itself and its characters so much, making me laugh during the most inappropriate times. When a gun is being pointed at you, I should not be giggling! Ten years ago, Ava's best friend was brutally murdered. After tragedy struck twice, she became dependent on pills, checked herself into rehab, and took to the skies. She's now a famous airline pilot with a nutty batch of close friends. Honestly, she fits right in. So when it comes to the memorial, she tries to escape it. What happens when circumstances seem to align out of nowhere, forcing her to come face to face with everything she left behind? It was impossible to pick a favorite part or character. I chuckled, wheezed, cackled, and guffawed my way through this read. I loved how this story and its people didn't take themselves too seriously. From Ava's irreverence to Tom's literal sensibilities to the extras that were so much more than filler, I was beyond entertained. I did want more from the romance portion, but I was easily swayed by the mystery and the comedy that will make this book a popular pick. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the wonder I was blessed with by this new-to-me author and I will definitely be on the lookout for whatever she creates next.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    My favorite thing about this frothy romantic cozy mystery was the way it turned so many of the romantic story tropes on their heads. Ava, our heroine, is the pilot, with a spunky and funny flight attendant sidekick G.B., who is a man (and one of my favorite characters in the book). I liked the window into the world of flying, which is not one I’ve read about too much from the pilot’s perspective. I also enjoyed the author’s cute and funny footnotes about flight facts and trivia and other interes My favorite thing about this frothy romantic cozy mystery was the way it turned so many of the romantic story tropes on their heads. Ava, our heroine, is the pilot, with a spunky and funny flight attendant sidekick G.B., who is a man (and one of my favorite characters in the book). I liked the window into the world of flying, which is not one I’ve read about too much from the pilot’s perspective. I also enjoyed the author’s cute and funny footnotes about flight facts and trivia and other interesting details in the book. I also enjoyed the romance/horror tropes list in the book but did not think the horror ones worked quite as well. Though I really liked Ava and G.B., I couldn’t quite get into the banter or narration of the book. I felt like it was striving for a Bridget Jones-y tone but the narration never quite connected me with the character. I also felt like the book couldn’t quite decide if it wanted to be a romance or a mystery and shifted kind of awkwardly between the two. A cute and creative idea with some good characters, though. And, like it’s heroine, the book stuck the landing. 3+ stars. Thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and the author for the advance copy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Fun, weird, and nerdy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve never read this author before and I was delighted to just really be super engaged in the story from the get-go. I read 3/4 of the book on the first day. I kept sneaking in a chapter or two even while I was supposed to be doing other things. That’s certainly an earmark of a great story. I love that the characters are intelligent and a bit wise to the world. There’s not a lot of gameplaying and I find I enjoy that more and more in books today. This o Fun, weird, and nerdy. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I’ve never read this author before and I was delighted to just really be super engaged in the story from the get-go. I read 3/4 of the book on the first day. I kept sneaking in a chapter or two even while I was supposed to be doing other things. That’s certainly an earmark of a great story. I love that the characters are intelligent and a bit wise to the world. There’s not a lot of gameplaying and I find I enjoy that more and more in books today. This one has to do with a cold case murder and the renewed search for “Who Dun It”. It is a very unique plot that’s intertwined throughout the book. You just become invested in the characters and the outcome. Great twist at the end too! The character development is awesome. Davidson really elevated the story with her fun characters by showcasing their intelligence, and quirky, wacky ways that she built into each one of them. They’re very unique and definitely not boring. Plus, you get a bit of snark (yay) with delightful humor and wit throughout. I have to say I was surprised by this story and definitely thrilled that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is an atypical murder mystery sorta romance (huh?) that begs you to keep turning those pages while cheering on the unexpected and definitely atypical boyfriend material! Fun, weird, and nerdy. Awesome! * Copy received for review consideration Full Review - https://amidlifewife.com/truth-lies-a...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    I ended up enjoying this story about airline pilot Ava, who happens to fly into Minnesota, her home state, right before a memorial to the woman who had been her best friend but was brutally murdered. There are some flaws in the plotting of this novel particularly as it applies to who actually committed the murder, but I can’t specify my complaints without giving some stuff away. I’ll just say I liked Ava and Tom, the medical examiner that she falls for. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to I ended up enjoying this story about airline pilot Ava, who happens to fly into Minnesota, her home state, right before a memorial to the woman who had been her best friend but was brutally murdered. There are some flaws in the plotting of this novel particularly as it applies to who actually committed the murder, but I can’t specify my complaints without giving some stuff away. I’ll just say I liked Ava and Tom, the medical examiner that she falls for. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this novel, which RELEASES DECEMBER 15, 2020.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    This was a fun rom-com with a cast of characters that were all as entertaining as the other. Each one was unique, quirky, hysterical, and lovable. The one character that was the “adult” in the group was Tom’s niece who was a small child genius and I loved her more than any of the others. While Ava and Tom are definitely the main characters, the romance was on the light side but the humor carried the story enough so that element wasn’t missed too terribly much. Watching Ava and Tom try to solve t This was a fun rom-com with a cast of characters that were all as entertaining as the other. Each one was unique, quirky, hysterical, and lovable. The one character that was the “adult” in the group was Tom’s niece who was a small child genius and I loved her more than any of the others. While Ava and Tom are definitely the main characters, the romance was on the light side but the humor carried the story enough so that element wasn’t missed too terribly much. Watching Ava and Tom try to solve the mystery was more fun than suspenseful. I found myself trying to figure out who, what and how so I could get a jump on the reveal, but I was unsuccessful. This has a fast pace, lots of one liners that had me laughing out loud, and a slow burn romance. This is written in a style that isn’t my normal go to read, with what often bordered on what I consider immature humor. Normally, I would regret this choice but these characters were so likable I couldn’t help but enjoy this book in every way. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h not a virgin; H is a virgin; h is 5 yrs older than H; unsure of h’s age because it doesn’t add up to the story line - 17/18 when friend was murdered and it’s 10 yrs later making her 27/28 - H is 5 yrs younger, 22/23 but he’s a medical examiner; wouldn’t he have to have had more college than a person that age in order to be an ME? (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[past prescription drug abuse (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    This book kind of reminded me of Stephanie Plum. You know if Stephanie was a pilot instead of a bounty Hunter, lived in Minnesota instead of New Jersey, and only had one man after her instead of two. I do have to say though this book would have definitely benefited from Lula and grandma. this book was very quirky, goofy, campy, and over the top. A blend of mystery, romance, and humor. The book pokes fun at itself, the genre, all the over used tropes. at times I found the book quite amusing while This book kind of reminded me of Stephanie Plum. You know if Stephanie was a pilot instead of a bounty Hunter, lived in Minnesota instead of New Jersey, and only had one man after her instead of two. I do have to say though this book would have definitely benefited from Lula and grandma. this book was very quirky, goofy, campy, and over the top. A blend of mystery, romance, and humor. The book pokes fun at itself, the genre, all the over used tropes. at times I found the book quite amusing while other times I found it all a bit annoying. this style of book I’d imagine is really hard to right, because it’s a hard line to balance between humor and overdoing it. As I mentioned above reminded me of Stephanie Plum, just wasn’t quite as authentic, if that makes sense? I guess I felt at times it was just a little too forced. this is not to say I didn’t like the book I had a good time reading it, but I do recognize that this book is definitely not going to appeal to everybody. *** Big thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

  9. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    I loved the idea: a gutsy female pilot, a sexy medical examiner, a cold case, and lots of tropes and laughs. But humor evokes such diverse responses. In this case, TRUTH, LIES, AND SECOND DATES didn’t fly for me. Which means you may well adore it. 3 of 5 Stars Pub Date 15 Dec 2020 Thanks to the author, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TruthLiesAndSecondDates #NetGalley I loved the idea: a gutsy female pilot, a sexy medical examiner, a cold case, and lots of tropes and laughs. But humor evokes such diverse responses. In this case, TRUTH, LIES, AND SECOND DATES didn’t fly for me. Which means you may well adore it. 3 of 5 Stars Pub Date 15 Dec 2020 Thanks to the author, St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #TruthLiesAndSecondDates #NetGalley

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    If you know me or have ever noticed my reviews, you will notice that I very rarely give out a five-star review. That means that no matter where I've gotten the book, I am totally honest with my opinions! I loved, loved, loved everything about this book. If there is a romance trope or a horror trope out there MJD put it in her book. And that is what the point of this book and the others in this series are all about -tropes, cliches, etc. I laughed at parts and got frustrated in others. I didn't fig If you know me or have ever noticed my reviews, you will notice that I very rarely give out a five-star review. That means that no matter where I've gotten the book, I am totally honest with my opinions! I loved, loved, loved everything about this book. If there is a romance trope or a horror trope out there MJD put it in her book. And that is what the point of this book and the others in this series are all about -tropes, cliches, etc. I laughed at parts and got frustrated in others. I didn't figure out the who-dun-it until it was pointed out to me and I love that fact. The romance was great with only one sex scene Oofta! The fact that Ava is a pilot who saved an entire plane was just thrilling! How MJD used these cliches and made almost everything and every one the opposite of what we've come to expect just made my day. To tell the truth I'm getting ready to re-read this (It's going on my comfort reads shelf and I'm going to be buying my own copy!)to see if I missed anything. I admit I devoured this book quite fast and had so much fun with it! *ARC supplied by the publisher and author. Bless their little hearts!~

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Mary Janice Davidson…this author sums up what can happen when humor, heart, heat and witty/gritty storytelling hits the pages! TRUTH, LIES AND SECOND DATES is sassy, fun read that defies readers to try to NOT at least chuckle at what may normally seem the most inappropriate times. Airline pilot, Captain Ava Capp has a past she has avoided for years. Now she is back where the nightmare began and Medical Examiner Dr. Tom Baker remembers the young woman who disappeared after a murder case went cold. Mary Janice Davidson…this author sums up what can happen when humor, heart, heat and witty/gritty storytelling hits the pages! TRUTH, LIES AND SECOND DATES is sassy, fun read that defies readers to try to NOT at least chuckle at what may normally seem the most inappropriate times. Airline pilot, Captain Ava Capp has a past she has avoided for years. Now she is back where the nightmare began and Medical Examiner Dr. Tom Baker remembers the young woman who disappeared after a murder case went cold. In spite of the circumstances, when he sees her again, there are sparks and where there are sparks, there is fire and trust me, you will get caught up in the heat. Great characters, terrific dialogue, type “A” personality clashes and romance, all while finally putting an unsolved murder to rest and giving Ava a second chance on life, forgiving herself and possibly learning to trust in others, as well as her heart. A fun read, in spite of the serious parts, once again, Mary Janice Davidson has done it, again! I received a complimentary ARC edition from St. Martin's Griffin! This is my honest and voluntary review. Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (December 15, 2020) Genre: Romantic Comedy Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sherwood Smith

    The hook for this book was the snarky narrator. Ava can get pretty manic at times—she’s got a lot of emotional baggage, what with the murder of her best friend Danielle when they were seventeen, followed by the deaths of her parents in a car wreck. Not helped by Danielle’s drama-llama family blaming her for the murder. So her solution was to become an airline pilot, which keeps her always on the move. That includes relationships. Her hookups are all wham, bam, slam—out the door she goes, preferab The hook for this book was the snarky narrator. Ava can get pretty manic at times—she’s got a lot of emotional baggage, what with the murder of her best friend Danielle when they were seventeen, followed by the deaths of her parents in a car wreck. Not helped by Danielle’s drama-llama family blaming her for the murder. So her solution was to become an airline pilot, which keeps her always on the move. That includes relationships. Her hookups are all wham, bam, slam—out the door she goes, preferably without any words at all much less maudlin goodbyes or promises. Until she feels obliged to return to the scene of so much misery for Danielle’s ten year memorial. Ava’s hatred of her hometown has extended to the entire state of Minnesota, which only begins to mitigate when she meets a big, bald medical examiner named Tom. This is actually a murder mystery combined with a romance, with thriller aspects. The murder mystery seemed a bit tacked on, which I was okay with, as I was mostly reading it for the romance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The humor in the narrative voice veered between great banter, dark stuff about death, wild riffs, and footnotes* that were half a crackup and half surprisingly informative about the airline industry from the inside. At the start the author warns the reader that she intends to stuff in as many tropes in the genre as she can, and it added to the fun watching for them. *the narrative claim that ice cream sandwiches, which are doughy and disgusting, are the pinnacle of the ice cream truck experience is a howling travesty. Everybody knows that the true empyrean of the ice cream truck menu is chocolate covered bon bons. Copy provided by NetGalley

  13. 4 out of 5

    A Klue

    Rating: 2.5 stars This new to me author liked to spike her writing here with pretty much non-stop, back and forth, flippant, at times funny, often quirky banter. It didn’t matter if it was conversations between the main couple, co-workers, or anyone she met on the street, Captain Ava Capp, the heroine, kept them coming, folks. So did Dr. Tom Baker, the hero, and everyone, it seemed. At first, I was enjoying it. But like eating too much chocolate cake, too much can simply lead to being too much to Rating: 2.5 stars This new to me author liked to spike her writing here with pretty much non-stop, back and forth, flippant, at times funny, often quirky banter. It didn’t matter if it was conversations between the main couple, co-workers, or anyone she met on the street, Captain Ava Capp, the heroine, kept them coming, folks. So did Dr. Tom Baker, the hero, and everyone, it seemed. At first, I was enjoying it. But like eating too much chocolate cake, too much can simply lead to being too much to digest. I started to feel like I was watching a ping pong match of words. Along with nothing significantly happening by 77%, I also found it starting to become somewhat exhausting. The pace never actually picked up that much, even by the end. Oh, my favorite part had to be the captain of the airways pilot heroine. It was so cool to see her in action and talking FAA lingo. Not that I speak that language, mind you. Walking into her past footsteps and reliving her heroic work related rescue was icing on the cake. The calm, quiet, protective, had fighter skills, determined demeanor hero had a lot of heroine to live up to. He seemed her opposite but in a complimentary way. I did enjoy their chemistry and camaraderie. I couldn’t help but picture the face and soft spoken mannerism of the fictional character Tom Keen from The Black List, btw. So, anyone else out there confused why the heroine was wrongly suspected/accused for a single second of committing a strange, out there, bizarre crime right after a memorial service? I just didn’t get why she’d be on anyone’s radar for that type of blame. The much more serious, previous, forefront of the whole plot, ten years in the making accusation had me baffled, as well. It just didn’t resonate or mesh with me to the point it really lowered my overall rating and enjoyment of the whole book. The writing didn’t flow consistently all the time to the point I didn't feel the need to hang onto every word, especially by mid-way. Meaning, I started skimming, folks. The turbulence of lack of progress in the plot, the talking in circles, and bizarre evil villain reveal had me tempted not to finish it. I did, however, but felt it morphed into a “Say what?” strange murder mystery wrap-up. I did like seeing Ava and Tom becoming an unlikely couple. After all, it isn’t often you run into a virgin hero. Their unique personalities and skill sets set them apart but somehow complimented each other. Romance Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[ Virgin hero a few years younger than heroine. Opening scene is Ava crawling out of bed with her handsome, sexy voice, booty call, non-boyfriend ONS lover whenever they are in the same town guy. You get the feeling it isn’t unusual for her to pick up men. Virgin hero has never gone all the way. He’s a few years younger than her. No OW/OM drama after meeting. (hide spoiler)] Title: Truth, Lies, and Second Dates, Author: Mary Janice Davidson, Pages: 320, pub date: 12/15/20, stand-alone, calm, soft spoken, protective, good guy hero, sassy mouthed cool pilot heroine, OTT strange plot backdrop with a bizarre out of the blue killer revealed, virgin hero a few years younger, no OW/OM after meeting, very slow moving plot, constant banter got tiresome, writing didn’t consistency flow some of the time, liked their chemistry and camaraderie. (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review. There is no affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author, publisher, NetGalley, or PR firm.)

  14. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Truth, Lies and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson is a mystery with a touch of romance, snarky dialogue, humor, insight into the world of commercial aviation and a heroine that is smart, independent and good at her job. I hadn't read any books by this author before this one and I was delighted to be engaged in the story from the first chapter. A smoothly paced plot, plenty of twists, no viable suspects, fiction tropes scattered throughout and the cutest genius I have ever been introduced to in Truth, Lies and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson is a mystery with a touch of romance, snarky dialogue, humor, insight into the world of commercial aviation and a heroine that is smart, independent and good at her job. I hadn't read any books by this author before this one and I was delighted to be engaged in the story from the first chapter. A smoothly paced plot, plenty of twists, no viable suspects, fiction tropes scattered throughout and the cutest genius I have ever been introduced to in a book made this an easy and fun afternoon read. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    This was pretty different than I thought it'd be. There is such a weird mystery and it just wasn't handled well? Plus the romance wasn't that cute or exciting either. I'll never understand why romance books even have third person POVs though like who is this for? But that is personal preference and this book was not for me. Thank you to netgalley for the arc This was pretty different than I thought it'd be. There is such a weird mystery and it just wasn't handled well? Plus the romance wasn't that cute or exciting either. I'll never understand why romance books even have third person POVs though like who is this for? But that is personal preference and this book was not for me. Thank you to netgalley for the arc

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brianna

    I haven't read anything by this author before, but the blurb peeked my interest. Strong female lead "flying" away from her past when she meets the sexy medical examiner who turns her world upside down? I'm intrigued. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates follows the strong-willed and blunt Ava Capp (Captain Capp) as she reluctantly goes to her best friends memorial service. Her friend was brutally murdered 10 years ago and try as she might, she can't fake her way out of attending. Well lucky for her, sh I haven't read anything by this author before, but the blurb peeked my interest. Strong female lead "flying" away from her past when she meets the sexy medical examiner who turns her world upside down? I'm intrigued. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates follows the strong-willed and blunt Ava Capp (Captain Capp) as she reluctantly goes to her best friends memorial service. Her friend was brutally murdered 10 years ago and try as she might, she can't fake her way out of attending. Well lucky for her, shortly after the service, she meets Tom Baker - the clumsy yet handsome medical examiner who just wants to help solve her friends cold case. Tom is adorable which makes Ava and Tom so perfect together. She talks too much and is sarcastic and he thinks everything through and is very literal. It's like two halves that fit perfectly together. I just wish there was a little less murder solving and a little more sexy times. *wink wink* Also. Abe and Hannah are equally adorable. The novel was slow at first, but by about 50%, I had a hard time putting it down. I just didn't really understand the parenthesis and foot notes. Lost .5 of a star rating in my books because of this. 3.5 / 5 stars (rounded up to 4) A huge thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Reads It

    Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is another winner for the queen of dark humor, MaryJanice Davidson. This is a murder mystery that will leave you wondering “Who Dunnit?” No one does cynicism, or insanely relatable, yet highly entertaining inner monologues quite like her. I love that with any MaryJanice novel, there is a guarantee of unique yet lovable characters and a plotline so intensely captivating that you can kiss sleep goodbye! Ava Capp has some dark shit in her past that she would rather not Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is another winner for the queen of dark humor, MaryJanice Davidson. This is a murder mystery that will leave you wondering “Who Dunnit?” No one does cynicism, or insanely relatable, yet highly entertaining inner monologues quite like her. I love that with any MaryJanice novel, there is a guarantee of unique yet lovable characters and a plotline so intensely captivating that you can kiss sleep goodbye! Ava Capp has some dark shit in her past that she would rather not come to light with her recent fame as Captain Belly Flop. Her emotional baggage has made her a serial dater and the queen of no strings attached. Tom Baker is classic geek chic with a hotter than sin body only rivaled by his wicked smart brain. He thinks Ava could be a sociopath or the woman of his dreams, he isn’t 100% sure but he’s anxious to find out. I love how complex Tom's personality is and truly enjoyed his quirks and general bluntness in social situations. Together, Ava and Tom hilariously navigate a series of unfortunate events - from crashing a memorial to throwing up in the loo- to clear Ava’s name. As a reader, getting acclimatized to the author's random use of italics, endnotes, and bizarrely quoted facts took some time, but once you do, it's like looking inside the character's brain. There is no filter for the characters and I love how the author manages to incorporate a diverse range of unlikely characters together and makes it work. I would recommend this to persons who love murder mysteries with a twist, dark humor and laugh out load dialogue. Huge thanks to the author and NetGalley for providing me with an arc.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is an extremely witty novel that is refreshingly self-aware. MaryJanice Davidson adeptly navigates through tropes while simultaneously embracing and subverting them. Captain Ava Capp is perfectly happy flying commercial planes through the friendly skies. No roots, and definitely no commitments. Is she running away from the losses of her past? Maybe. Is she slightly emotionally closed off? Probably. All that aside, this pilot is about to be thrown back into her past Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is an extremely witty novel that is refreshingly self-aware. MaryJanice Davidson adeptly navigates through tropes while simultaneously embracing and subverting them. Captain Ava Capp is perfectly happy flying commercial planes through the friendly skies. No roots, and definitely no commitments. Is she running away from the losses of her past? Maybe. Is she slightly emotionally closed off? Probably. All that aside, this pilot is about to be thrown back into her past troubles when she is unexpectedly grounded in her hometown. Add in Dr. Tom Baker, the medical examiner who is as hot as he is brainy? Things are about to get really interesting. This is the first Davidson novel that I’ve read, and I was blown away by how incredible her dialogue writing is. It’s sharp, fast-paced, and thoroughly witty from beginning to end. It was honestly a joy to read. As I mentioned earlier, the writing in this book is wholly self-aware; in many ways, it’s an homage to the romance and thriller genres. Told in close third person, there are a couple of moments in the narrative where the viewpoint shifts abruptly, but said moments don’t have an injurious effect on the overall story. Ava is a strong, flawed protagonist who is fascinating to read. Tom is a refreshingly unique character who defies a lot of expected romantic stereotypes in the best ways. The supporting characters are also all entertaining and delightful to read. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is funny, witty, and well written. A definite must for your TBR stack. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I received an ARC of this novel from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I should start by saying that I really wanted to love this. A badass female pilot and a quietly ripped ME on the spectrum has the makings of a perfect romance. And, I think this book is very close to being there? I know ARCs aren't necessarily finished copies, but this felt like an early draft of a really fun novel rather than a close to publication copy. Through a series of unfortunate events Ava Capp ends up trapped I received an ARC of this novel from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I should start by saying that I really wanted to love this. A badass female pilot and a quietly ripped ME on the spectrum has the makings of a perfect romance. And, I think this book is very close to being there? I know ARCs aren't necessarily finished copies, but this felt like an early draft of a really fun novel rather than a close to publication copy. Through a series of unfortunate events Ava Capp ends up trapped in her hometown just in time to attend the memorial service for her best friend who was murdered ten years prior. Then the killer comes back. It's an okay plot on paper, but the mystery isn't really executed well. There is next to no foreshadowing when it comes to the ending and the pacing is all over the place. I really liked the characters and the banter, but the plot cut into my enjoyment of that.

  20. 4 out of 5

    The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

    Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is my 1st Davidson book! I was excited to dive in, and I didn't really look into the book much before starting. The cover and title made me think this would be fluffy. There are certainly light, fun times, but there was a darker side as well that was unexpected (but not unwelcome). Ava has a tragic past that is haunting, but her current life is vibrant, funny, and full! I really loved the side characters in the story; it reminded me a bit of the side characters Truth, Lies, and Second Dates is my 1st Davidson book! I was excited to dive in, and I didn't really look into the book much before starting. The cover and title made me think this would be fluffy. There are certainly light, fun times, but there was a darker side as well that was unexpected (but not unwelcome). Ava has a tragic past that is haunting, but her current life is vibrant, funny, and full! I really loved the side characters in the story; it reminded me a bit of the side characters in a Stephanie Plum book-zany! After many years away, Ava returns to her hometown and the source of her painful past. It is there she connects with the ME, Dr. Tom Baker. Together with Tom, she begins to solve the mystery of what happened years ago, find love, and learn to forgive herself. Personally, the romance is light. Its not bad or anything, but as a hard core romance reader, I categorize this more women's fiction with a romance than straight up romance. The driving force of the story is in Ava's growth as a character-accepting her past, coming to terms with it, putting it behind her, etc. Ava and Tom are great, but their romance isn't the focal point. Fans of Kristen Higgins, Janet Evanovich, and Christina Lauren will enjoy this comedy of errors and find it a delightful way to pass a weekend in front of the fire!     POV: 1st   Tears: no   Triggers: (view spoiler)[Ava was in rehab for drug abuse (hide spoiler)]   Series/Standalone: standalone   Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)[no (hide spoiler)]   HEA: (view spoiler)[yes (hide spoiler)] other low heat romances like Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne, Size 12 is not Fat by Meg Cabot, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella...then you will probably like Truth, Lies, and Second Dates!   Truth, Lies, and Second Dates See full review on The Book Disciple

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    This book made me giggle with all of the tropes and kept me enthralled with the mystery of who killed Danielle ten years ago and why was it resurfacing? I had read a previous book in this "series" that was ok, not horrible but not great. So I was a little hesitant to read this book but am glad since I was pleasantly surprised. I loved Hannah, the precocious niece of Dr. Tom Baker, the ME for the town in Minnesota. She is just a little too smart for her own good, but she helps keep Tom grounded... This book made me giggle with all of the tropes and kept me enthralled with the mystery of who killed Danielle ten years ago and why was it resurfacing? I had read a previous book in this "series" that was ok, not horrible but not great. So I was a little hesitant to read this book but am glad since I was pleasantly surprised. I loved Hannah, the precocious niece of Dr. Tom Baker, the ME for the town in Minnesota. She is just a little too smart for her own good, but she helps keep Tom grounded...most of the time. I loved the nerdy talk from Tom and Hannah and even Ava. The tropes are what kept me in stitches - yes everything was expected when it came to the characters, but it all worked in my mind. G.B. and India are two hoots on top of everything else. The romance between Ava and Tom took time to grow but when they finally came together, sparks galore.  They had some missteps but it worked well into the storyline.  It was interesting that they were both interested in the macabre of Minnesota. "Who knew the capital of Minnesota was such a hotbed of exotic/weird murders?" There are remnants of the previous book at the beginning and the end involving Blake from the 2nd book. I like how it was tied together to create a flow from one story to the next even though they were not intertwined. We give this book 4 1/2 paws up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Janae

    Dear MJD,  This is going to come across a little weird, but hear me out. Will you be my new best friend, (don’t worry Cass won’t mind)? Wait, that’s a bit forward….let’s start over. Over the course of 24 hours I devoured this little thing that you wrote. Oh you know, it’s just a full-fledged novel that you should be completely proud of. It all started with that Author’s note of yours. My adoration starts there. Now I sound a bit stalker like. You just drew me in though with all that wisdom and snar Dear MJD,  This is going to come across a little weird, but hear me out. Will you be my new best friend, (don’t worry Cass won’t mind)? Wait, that’s a bit forward….let’s start over. Over the course of 24 hours I devoured this little thing that you wrote. Oh you know, it’s just a full-fledged novel that you should be completely proud of. It all started with that Author’s note of yours. My adoration starts there. Now I sound a bit stalker like. You just drew me in though with all that wisdom and snark. I can assure you I now know many things such as not trusting a nineteen year old to fly a plane, not to use my husband’s hard earned military earnings on J.Jill clothes even though they are very much worth it, and to wear a diaper if I ever fly to Nepal. I feel like while I am being utterly honest with my new found adoration I should mention that I have never read any of your other books. I know, I know. Sorry. I feel like a backlist binge may be oncoming. Is it possible to order a copy of all of them gold-plated? Oh, that’s not an option. I suppose I will just buy the paper copies like all your other hardcore fans. I loved the story that you created in “Truth, Lies, and Second Dates.” I loved the mystery, I loved the foul-mouthed characters and the creative cussers, I loved the intelligence displayed throughout, I adored the inclusion of disabilities, quirky Dr. Tom is a good fella, and the footnotes that made me giggle through-out. What I am ultimately saying is thank you. You definitely helped this reader escape her four needy children for a day. It’s possible your writing made me want to smother myself in Nutella and roll in crushed Oreos. Oops, that’s the diet speaking. I should probably end this sap fest and get a healthy snack instead. Just know that you made a longtime fan of me, especially if I can continue to get your quirky side. Sincerely,  The Crazy Cat Lady who doesn’t own a Cat, but really wants to.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.5* Hannah saved the day! Or the book, as it were. I honestly don't know that I would have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't for the scenes she was in- she stole the show. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates was entertaining, but it seemed to want to be too many things all at once- chick-lit, romantic suspense, cozy mystery, although it's promoted as a contemporary romance, which threw me off. And I know (after having read the Author's Note) that this is part of MJD's series on tropes, but too much of s 3.5* Hannah saved the day! Or the book, as it were. I honestly don't know that I would have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't for the scenes she was in- she stole the show. Truth, Lies, and Second Dates was entertaining, but it seemed to want to be too many things all at once- chick-lit, romantic suspense, cozy mystery, although it's promoted as a contemporary romance, which threw me off. And I know (after having read the Author's Note) that this is part of MJD's series on tropes, but too much of something isn't always a good thing. Ava is still reeling from her best friend's murder and the 10 year anniversary memorial sets off a series of events that take her right back to that day. And that's when things kind of got iffy for me. There were some fun parts, but it felt wrong to laugh at them, because ultimately this was a story about trying to find Danielle's killer- which was apparently grisly, but the description of it was so flippant that I almost couldn't believe what I was reading. This book also didn't fit as a cozy mystery because there was more of a focus on the romance than you usually find in that subgenre. And then you have the romantic suspense aspect of it- if it wasn't for the sometimes silly things that happened, it would have fit more under this subgenre than any, but it was too silly at times to fit. There were some parts of this story that I did like, other than Hannah! I appreciated Ava being a strong, independent woman with a pretty kick-ass career. I thought Tom was a sweetheart and I enjoyed his addition to the story- he brought a bit of lightness to Ava. And like I said, I adored little Hannah! She was such a precocious little thing, one of the highlights of the book. I think ultimately, for me, that Truth, Lies, and Second Dates would have actually worked out better if it had been a true romantic suspense, instead of trying to be too many things. I'm realizing after having read this, and The Love Scam, that maybe Mary Janice Davidson's recent books and I aren't that compatible. (The whole footnote thing is weird to me in a contemporay novel, among other things.) I loved the books in the Undead series that I read (years and year ago), and the Fred the Mermaid series, but these current books just haven't given me that same enjoyment. I appreciate St. Martin's Press giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy through Netgalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    4.25/5⭐️ I think I can truly say that I’ve never read a book like this one. The author (new-to-me) explains in the Author’s Note that this is a book about tropes…specifically romance/horror tropes, and all 60(!) of them are listed at the end of the book. This is a rom-com/horror/mystery that is FULL of snarky humor…laugh-out-loud humor. It reminds me a bit of the Airplane!/Scary Movie films but not as patently silly. The plot centers around Ava Capp, a pilot captain (Captain Capp), who is a tough 4.25/5⭐️ I think I can truly say that I’ve never read a book like this one. The author (new-to-me) explains in the Author’s Note that this is a book about tropes…specifically romance/horror tropes, and all 60(!) of them are listed at the end of the book. This is a rom-com/horror/mystery that is FULL of snarky humor…laugh-out-loud humor. It reminds me a bit of the Airplane!/Scary Movie films but not as patently silly. The plot centers around Ava Capp, a pilot captain (Captain Capp), who is a tough, woman-of-the-world who hides her teenage scars (from the murder of her best friend) through snarky humor and running away. She and a sexy, socially inexperienced medical examiner embark on a quest to find the killer-at-large who might be targeting Ava. Hijinks and a cast of quirky characters make this an enjoyable ride. My only personal complaint was the amount of foul language which I think could have been toned back a bit (however it somewhat plays into the plot of the story). Anyone enjoying a light, tongue-in-cheek, humorous romp will enjoy this. Thanks to #NetGalley and #StMartinsPress for providing me the ARC. The opinions are wholly my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book is funny at times; however, the writing is off in other areas regarding the romantic comedy elements necessary for this to be an absolute hit with me. I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley; however, my opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Humor, love, and murder.... just the type of book I needed right now. I enjoyed this book for the escape it provided. An easy read that made me LOL on many occasions.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Tyler

    Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was a 3.5 star read for me. This was not my first book that I have read by this author. The first book I read was "The Love Scam." After reading that amazing book, I knew I wanted to read more book by this author, so when I saw she was coming out with another book, I knew I was going to request to read it right away. This book is fill with heartbreak as Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. This was a 3.5 star read for me. This was not my first book that I have read by this author. The first book I read was "The Love Scam." After reading that amazing book, I knew I wanted to read more book by this author, so when I saw she was coming out with another book, I knew I was going to request to read it right away. This book is fill with heartbreak as captain Ava Capp tries to escape from her past. For the past decade, she has avoid spending any significant time in her home state in order to avoid the painful memories that are still haunting her. But when a set of unforeseen circumstances led her back to her home state of Minnesota, will she finally be able to lay to rest her past or will it consumer her? Captain Ava Capp was not an easy character to like. She was harden into a person, who did not want to make any lasting connections with anyone including those she had physical relationships with. She was consumed by her work, which she tried to use as a means to run away, or in her case fly away and never look back. Then enters M.E. Dr. Tom Baker, who has never forgotten Ava and the tragedies that have surrounded her. Despite himself, Tom finds he is drawn to Ava and wants to help discover the answers from her past. I loved how strong they both were as individuals, which made their chemistry and partnership that much better. Both had baggage from the past that neither could full let go on their own, but together they were able to give each other the answers they needed in order to make a future for both of them. I liked Tom's niece. She was so bright and witty. The pacing of the story was a little slow at times, but overall led to a complete ending. The mystery aspect of the story was a little confusing and had some plotline holes that did not completely convince me of the reasons for their actions. Overall, this was a good book of healing, family, and finding that one that helps you let go of the past. I will look forward to more books by this author in the future.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Denise Wilbanks | This Is My Everybody

    BOOK PREVIEW: Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson Let's see what we have here… STORY... Captain Ava Capp has been “literally” flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected. M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. WHAT SHOU BOOK PREVIEW: Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson Let's see what we have here… STORY... Captain Ava Capp has been “literally” flying from her past for a decade. She’d much rather leave it, and her home state, behind forever. But when she finds herself back in Minnesota, everything goes sideways in a way she never expected. M.E. Dr. Tom Baker has never forgotten Ava and the cold case she ran away from. When she shows up unexpectedly in town, in spite of himself, sparks fly. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WITH THIS BOOK?.... Sounds like we could have a touch of spicy romance on our hands here… Stay tuned for my personal Jalapeno Rating on this one to see if this story has the “heat setting” you prefer! Definitely all in... ✨😎✨ Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson 2020 New Book Releases | December Contemporary Romance Books | Romantic Comedy Books | Spicy Romance Novels | Romance Fiction -------------------- All my reviews can be seen at This Is My Everybody | Books & DIY Home Ideas | Denise Wilbanks at www.thisismyeverybody.com ... Including my video tutorials for DIY home ideas inspired by recommended books to support you in bringing your favorite books to life in your life and home. You can see all my December Book Previews & additional features for Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson at https://www.thisismyeverybody.com/boo... ✨😎✨A big thank you to MaryJanice Davidson, St. Martin’s Press (St. Martin’s Griffin) and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in my review are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    I'm a fan of this writer because I enjoy the humor in her books so i looked forward to reading this. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. Per the author's note, this was supposed to be a spoof of a typical book in the Romance/Horror category. I don't read Horror so I didn't get that nor did I realize that was a subgenre.  It was more of a Suspense-Romance in my opinion. I also didn't get the whole sarcastic spoof trope thing. A third of the way thru, I thought " I h I'm a fan of this writer because I enjoy the humor in her books so i looked forward to reading this. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. Per the author's note, this was supposed to be a spoof of a typical book in the Romance/Horror category. I don't read Horror so I didn't get that nor did I realize that was a subgenre.  It was more of a Suspense-Romance in my opinion. I also didn't get the whole sarcastic spoof trope thing. A third of the way thru, I thought " I have no idea what this story is about..." but i kept reading. I liked the Ava character. It had Davidson's razor-sharp wit that i enjoy. As the story progresses and more characters (ie.Tom) are introduced, it gets better. I've come up w/my thought on the plot summary: Ava is a commercial pilot who avoids commitment and her hometown in MN. A little after she graduated high school her best friend was murdered. It's unsolved. Due to unforseen circumstances, Ava becomes stranded in her hometown on the 10 yr anniversary of the unsolved murder. She meets Tom, the ME, and he convinces her to help him solve the cold case. Ava had great chemistry w/Tom and his family. The dialogue between them was hysterical. I have no idea how realistic it was but the scene w/the belly-flop plane landing was thrilling. And i'm not sure if the writer had experience w/pilots making similar announcements on her flights but i have to say that I would enjoy a flight w/a similar Captain. Also because i was so engrossed in the absurdity of the story, i didn't guess the killer.  FYI: Per Goodreads, this book is a stand-alone but in the author's note she mentions this is part of the trilogy (the Danger series) of her "trope spoof" books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kerry - Readkerryread

    This book was a little confusing for me, it was kind of a mystery, kind of a romance but also just an place for witty quips. There was so much dialogue it was really hard for me to tell who was speaking at times so that was really distracting. Captain Ava Capp is a pilot and doesn't spend too long in one place. She does make a stop in her home town and just happens to run into the brother of her best friend who was murdered 10 years ago. Dr. Tom Baker is the current ME for the county and someone This book was a little confusing for me, it was kind of a mystery, kind of a romance but also just an place for witty quips. There was so much dialogue it was really hard for me to tell who was speaking at times so that was really distracting. Captain Ava Capp is a pilot and doesn't spend too long in one place. She does make a stop in her home town and just happens to run into the brother of her best friend who was murdered 10 years ago. Dr. Tom Baker is the current ME for the county and someone who can't forget the case of Ava's friend. It just so happens that Ava and Tom share a passionate make out session, just before discovering something goes wrong at the memorial. While it appears Ava is a suspect by the family, she is also determined to find out what really happened and why someone is still trying to cause trouble. There was some really heavy moments in this book, that was not in line with a typical romance. However I really like Dr. Tom and his extended family. He is taking care if his niece and his sisters father-in-law is also helping. The niece provided some levity and also pushed them together in some sweet moments. Dr. Tom and Ava also have something in common, they are both extremely blunt, and have no filter which is something they both seemed to have issues with when connecting with others so it was great to see that they both felt understood without judgement. Overall this book was enjoyable if often confusing and a little over the top. Also Tom was a virgin, and while it's nice to see a male virgin other than the female virgin, it still bothers me. I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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