Actually, You Do Look Fat In Those Jeans...

    New Harlequin Survey Reveals Canadians Welcome Little White Lies

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - When it comes to relationships between men and
women, sometimes honesty is not the best policy. According to the 2008
Harlequin Romance Report, Confessions(1), the majority of Canadian men (68%)
have done the right thing and lied when their significant other asked the
dreaded "Do I look fat in this?" According to 67% of Canadians, white lies are
an acceptable and even welcome part of any relationship, despite the fact that
trust and honesty were ranked as the values that mattered most to both men
(31%) and women (42%) in relationships.
    "Canadians want to have their cake and eat it too," said Marleah Stout,
Senior Public Relations Manager, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. "We want honesty
in our relationships, but only if it doesn't offend or contradict our own
self-image. We want to know that when it comes to the big things like
infidelity, finances, or relationship problems our partners are being honest
and truthful. But where physical appearance, annoying habits and personal
preferences are concerned we accept, and often expect, to be lied to."
    In a recent online survey conducted by Harlequin, one of the world's
leading publishers of women's fiction, Canadians revealed situations where
lies were acceptable versus situations where honest confessions were

    -   Forty percent of Canadian men and 51% of Canadian women have told a
        lie in order to get out of a bad date
    -   Thirteen percent of Canadian men admitted that they would give their
        partner a cubic zirconium instead of a real diamond engagement ring
        if no one would ever find out
    -   Thirty-seven percent of men and 40% of women would confess to their
        significant other that they flirted with someone else yet only
        twenty-four percent of men and 23% of women would confess to having
        sex with someone else
    -   Forty-five percent of men and 55% of women confessed to having
        planned to bump into someone on purpose in hopes of it leading to a
    -   Thirty-six percent of men and 45% of women admitted to having snooped
        through their partner's emails, text messages, instant messages,
        private letters and/or mementos from previous partners

    The survey also provided a regional breakdown of the data to reveal where
Canada's biggest liars live, where you'll find Canada's most truthful men and
women, and who has the most explosive confessions. This year's survey revealed
that British Columbians don't always play fair when it comes to first
encounters. Forty-three percent of respondents have given out a fake phone
number to someone they were not interested in. Things got a little steamier
online in the Maritimes where a whopping 65% of men and women revealed that
they have received sexually explicit text messages, instant messages or
emails. Watch out for the gossip queens in the Prairies. Almost two-thirds of
respondents (62%) admitted to having spread gossip at work. Office romances
are no longer taboo in Quebec, 68% of the residents agree with intra-office
romance. Ontarians are vain. More than half of respondents (51%) confessed to
using hair dyes, almost as many (40%) use tanning beds or lotions to enhance
their colour and 43% use some method of teeth whitening to perfect their
smiles. Albertans might leave you in a lurch. Half (50%) of Albertan women
think it's okay to lie when they want to get out of plans they've made.

    The Report also includes:

    Celebrity tell-all's - The Harlequin Romance Report 2008, Confessions,
includes the highly anticipated ranking of the male and female celebrities
whose juicy tell-all books we'd most like to read. Perez Hilton's tell-all
book would have everyone in Hollywood squirming which is why he topped the
chart on the men's side. Honourable mentions went to celebrated ladies' men
George Clooney and Jack Nicholson. With one of the hottest guys in Hollywood
on her arm, a dark past to overcome and a philanthropic future to look forward
to, Angelina Jolie took the number one spot for the women. Honourable mentions
went to Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears for their multiple DUI's, rehab
sessions and on-again, off-again relationships.
    Other celebrities making this year's list include: Oprah Winfrey,
Victoria Beckham, Brad Pitt and Colin Farrell.

    The best confession tunes of all time - Harlequin's Romance Experts
compiled a list of the top ten songs about confession. From Usher to Bon Jovi,
the songs are available for download at
Charity Tunes will contribute 10% of the amount collected from each download
to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
    This is just a taste of the findings in the 2008 Harlequin Romance
Report. The full text of the 2008 Harlequin Romance Report: Confessions can be
downloaded at

    Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and
one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued
worldwide in 25 languages and sold in 94 international markets. The company
produces over 115 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from
around the world. HARLEQUIN ENTERPRISES LIMITED is a wholly owned subsidiary
of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto
Stock Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin's Web site is located at Harlequin has offices in 18 countries including Toronto,
New York and London. For more information please visit or

    (1) This survey was conducted online by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. at between September 26 and October 31,
        2007. The survey was open to adults over the age of 18 residing in
        any country. The microsite was visited by more than 3,000 men and
        women around the world. and its contents are the property of
        Harlequin Enterprises Limited ("Harlequin") or its licensors and are
        protected, without limitation, pursuant to Canadian and foreign
        copyright and trademark laws.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information:

For further information: For a copy of the 2008 Romance Report, to
obtain a provincial breakdown of the Canadian statistics or to arrange an
interview with a Harlequin romance expert, please contact: Nina Keitner,
NATIONAL Public Relations, (416) 586-1908, or; Lisa
Olsen, NATIONAL Public Relations, (416) 848-1451, or

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