But some lies protect…and heal. At least that’s what Gray Donovan had hoped for. She’s a compulsive liar using it as a defense mechanism to survive life and her shattered past
When she starts seeing therapist Daniel Harrison, she can no longer deny the truths that have haunted her for so many years. She must now stand and face them.
Opening up to Daniel leaves her exposed and vulnerable. When her soul is bared to him, she can’t contain the attraction or the feelings he elicits.
Daniel feels drawn to his new patient, but knows he will have to fight it in order to resurrect Gray from her demons. His will and his judgment are tested when he must overcome his own doubts and face his own secrets.
In the first book of the series, we meet Gray a compulsive liar who can’t seem to stop herself but when she meets her new psychologist, he starts to make her see the truth behind the lies. But when they form an attraction to one another, they have to try and fight it before it controls them.
We follow Gray throughout the story as she tries to grips with the horrible tragedy that she had to go through when she was younger. It had resulted in her shutting down in life and becoming a compulsive liar. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like something that someone would go to therapy for. In fact, I was curious to why she was even there until we started getting some flashbacks.
Fairchild did a good job at mixing the flashbacks with the present time so that it wasn’t too heavy on one and so that it didn’t get confusing. She made it so that the flashback were a story in themselves, separate from the main story.
Right when you meet Daniel, you know right away there is going to be something that happens between them. We get a sense that Gray is not one to form attraction towards someone else, so when she does when she meets Daniel, you know that fireworks are going to explode. Daniel is a good man that has some secrets of his own that he keeps from Gray.
As the story unfolds, we can feel the angst and desire that both of the characters have but know that they can’t do nothing about it. He’s her therapist that would be a major line to cross from him (which you know it will happen inevitable). There is a lot of build up for these two characters and I would have liked to have seen more of a physical struggle (like stolen touches or kisses) rather then just a few glances here and there.
The story is quick at the beginning, then slow in the middle, and quick at the end. I wished that she would have had a stolen moment (like a make out scene) somewhere in the middle so that it didn’t seem so long for the two to get together. Also, I would have liked to have seen more of her friends in her life Evyn and Nathan.
The story did seem a bit slow but overall it’s a nice setup for a potentially epic series. The ending had just enough of a cliffhanger to keep you interested and wanting to read the next book but no so much where you are yelling at your e-reader for the giant question mark that was left.
Bestselling author, Lia Fairchild, is both a traditionally published and independent author who writes women’s fiction, romance, and chick lit. Fans of her books praise her endearing, real characters who come to life in stories that will touch your heart.
Fairchild is addicted to the warmth of Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multiple-subject teaching credential. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers.
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