by Lia Fairchild
Genre: Contemporary Romance
When all you’ve known are lies, how do you face the truth?
My past was a bitch.
Now it’s come back to haunt me. After months apart, Daniel and I are finally trying to make our relationship work. But my lies run deeper than either of us imagined. Lies so terrible I imprisoned them in the darkest recesses of my mind. Just when my heart begins to come alive, the lies seep out of the shadows…revealing secrets with the power to crush me.
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Despite both of our troubled pasts, I want her…more than I’ve ever wanted anyone or anything. I’m determined to fight for her—to fight for us—even if it means facing my own demons. I have to reach Gray before it’s too late…before the truth completely destroys her.
Reviewed by Christyn :)
My Rating: 4.5 Coffee Cups!!
First let me start by saying this is a sequel to Compulsive and CANNOT be read as a standalone (and check out my 4.5 Coffee Cup review for Compulsive HERE). And that being said, I'm going to reference some things that will probably spoil the first book, so STOP HERE if you haven't read it yet!! Ok, now that that's out of the way- this was an amazingly perfect conclusion to Gray and Daniel's story in Compulsive.
Daniel and Gray's relationship has been complicated from the start. A therapist and his patient. He knew all of her deep secrets and her fears (at one point it was his job) but she didn't know much about his. She recognized his hesitancy in starting something with her (his reaction to their one night together was proof of that). But she also recognizes that there's more to it than just professional lines being blurred. He's scared and that in turn makes her scared because she desperately wants him to confide in her, so they can stop torturing each other and move forward. But in the midst of her and Daniel's careful exploration of what can be, Gray's already fragile world essentially starts coming apart at the seams. Things she accepted as truth are questioned and despite all of the people around her who love her she feels utterly alone and isn't sure how to cope.
Daniel wants to be her shoulder, he wants to be her rock. But she is pushing him away. His nature is to analyze and doctor, but his past is both pushing him and preventing him in a heartbreaking tug of war with himself. She doesn't want or need Dr. Dan, she needs the man she has fallen for and he is afraid of his past repeating itself.
I can't tell you much without telling you all. But this story, like the first, brings realism into the situation. It would be easy to make this a happy-go-lucky story, but their story has never been one of those. Gray is a complicated character, and her and Daniel's relationship was never going to go smoothly at the start. It had to be messy and tough or it wouldn't seem natural. Gray, as much as she has come along in her story, is still an un-trusting, weary and self-destructive woman. And in order for her to be happy she needs to get passed it and she needs Daniel and Alyssa and Nathan and even her father to help her not spiral. She needs to realize she has a family that loves her, supports her and accepts her no matter what.
Like the first part of this story, it revolves around the bonds of family. But in this one Gray realizes she has more than she knew possible and in her worst possible time she has to decide whether or not she is capable of being what they need in their lives.
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EXCERPT FROM LIAR:
Her head turned in my direction and her eyebrows rose before she bent to pull bread out of the oven. This woman would be the end of me if she didn’t stay away from trouble.
“Gray? You know I have to ask. I need to know you’re not in danger.”
She set the bread pan on top of the stove, removed the potholder and walked toward me, eyes narrowed on mine. “I like it when you want to protect me, Daniel,” she said in a silky voice that made my skin blaze. She stopped when we were toe-to-toe. “Come to think of it, that’s when you seem to want to be the closest to me.” Her hand trailed up my arm to my neck. “Maybe I need a little danger in my life to keep you close.”
I reached up and took hold of her wrist and pulled her into me. “Tell me,” I said, commanding her attention. “If this is serious, I need to know.”
“You need to know? Tell me, Daniel. Why do you need to know? What exactly do you want?”
What I wanted to do was put my lips on that little smart mouth of hers and show her just what I wanted. Every part of my body ached to touch every part of hers, but I needed to be patient. I had her number, and I wouldn’t be goaded into sex…no matter how pleasant the thought. I refused to start something I wasn’t yet prepared to finish. First, I needed to make things right.
I grabbed her chin, tugging her face close to mine. “What I want is for you to be safe and happy.”
Her eyes fell to my lips. It took everything in me not to take them right then.
“And what I want…” Her chest rose profoundly, pressing against mine. “…is for you not to burn my damn dinner.”
About the Author
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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