How far would you go to hide who you really are inside? And what do you do when you find the one person from whom hiding your true self isn’t an option?

Glamorous movie star Dara Thomas has it all—an Oscar nomination, dozens of magazine covers proclaiming her the sexiest woman alive, and people of both sexes clamoring for her attention. She also has a carefully guarded secret life. As Constance Darrow, Dara writes Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction, an outlet that allows her to be so much more than just a pretty face.

Rebecca Minton is a professor of American Literature in love with the work of the mysterious, reclusive author Constance Darrow, with whom she strikes up a correspondence. A chance phrase in a letter leads her to a startling conclusion about the author.

What happens next will change the course of both of their lives forever.


*From Ann Bannon: Lynn dear--You wrote a wonderful book and gave a grateful and moving speech. Brava! I'm proud of you and delighted that I could be there to hand you that well deserved award. All best wishes! *




All that Lies Within by Lynn Ames is a good read.

Lynn Ames is a good author. Her books are never the same, her characters and plots are well thought out and unique.

The book doesn’t have a lot of angst, and for regular readers you will know how much I love the drama that often comes with a good romance.

However, a good romance can also be gentle and explore characters and relationships in a way that doesn’t need drama. It can be sweet and tender and make you think. All That Lies Within is exactly that kind of book.

The Characters

Dara Thomas is a world famous movie star. She is America’s sweetheart. Secretly she is also a famous novelist, her pen name is Constance Darrow. Carolyn Detweiler is Dara’s best friend and agent. She keeps Dara’s secret allowing her friend to live a duel life. On the other hand we have Rebecca Minton, a professor of American Literature and a huge fan of Constance Darrow. She teaches Darrow’s works in her class and is thought of as the leading expert on all things Darrow. This is particularly handy when the film rights to one of Darrow’s books are bought because Darrow is a notorious recluse and will not come out of hiding to help with the film.

This is not really all that mysterious, considering that the writer is really the actress Dara Thomas. The studio hires Rebecca Minton to help with the script and Dara Thomas is cast as the leading lady. The two meet and well, you know…

The Writing Style

Lynn Ames has a nice style of writing. She is a little more eloquent with words than many of the lesbian fiction writers. Her story is gentle and even when big things happen, they are underplayed rather than making them very dramatic. I enjoy her work and enjoy the fact that her stories are entirely original.

The Pros

Her characters are both feminine females. What I mean by this is that sometimes books create a butch and femme role and that can become a little tiresome. I believe that couples come in all shapes and sizes and I like variety in my reading. It is also nicely written, has good pacing and clear characters.

The Cons

This is not a read for you if you can’t cope with subtleties or if you like the butch/femme roles to be clearer.

The Conclusion

This is a good book. Well worth a read.