The Innocent Liar by Elizabeth Finn
Released: April 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Reviewed by Sarah
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A woman hiding from her past, a man lost in his own…
Fiona was desperate to find a life in Jackson, Wyoming, but when a job interview that was supposed to be a sure thing turns ugly, she doubts there’s much hope of it. Eli sees through her lies, and regardless of the favor his father has asked of him, he’s just too stubborn to hire a woman who refuses to even give him her real name.
But there is a reason for everything, and he finds out soon enough her deceptions have a purpose too.
Secrets and lies are nothing to build a relationship on, but their attraction to one another is too intense to ignore. They’re simply magnets pulled together in a situation that should be driving them apart, but Eli has his own ghosts to contend with, and his past leaves him incapable of trusting a woman he can never fully know.
How can they move beyond her lies when the truth is what Eli really needs, and when her past threatens to destroy her, can he rise above his own needs to protect her — his innocent liar?
After having been hurt by a woman, Eli vows to never get attached again. Now in the wake he only has flings and feels like a good guy because he lets the women know the score up front. Instead of relationships, he throws himself into his custom furniture business where the employees are very much an extended family to him. As a favor to his father, he agrees to interview a mysterious woman for a nonexistent position.
Having found herself in a life or death dilemma, Fiona listens to her friend who sends her to hide out in the middle of nowhere. At least there she can lay low until her problem is fixed. For her safety she must lie about everything; her name, who she is, where she came from…the bad news is she’s a horrible liar.
Eli and Fiona have chemistry from the onset but it doesn’t feel like the I have to have you now kind, definitely more of a slow burn. He falls hard for the enigma of a woman who has been thrust into his life but he still doesn’t have enough faith to trust her or even his father to go with the flow until her situation is safe; this is at the crux of their push and pull relationship.
If you’re looking for an angsty romance, then this is the book for you. The layered, complex characters and subtle, yet palpable suspense round out an admirable plot to make for an entertaining read.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.