Book Reviews

Liars (Licking Thicket 2) by Lucy Lennox and May Archer

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 15-February-2021

Book Blurb

Parrish Partridge’s True Facts:

There’s nothing hotter than a tall, gruff, bewildered, tattooed mountain of a man cuddling a sweet, orphaned baby, so you can tell yourself that you’ll resist him...


But that’s a lie. 


And when that man asks you to do him a favor and pretend to be his very temporary, very fake fiance to help him get custody of that adorable baby, you can pretend you know better than to say yes…


But that’s a lie, too.


And when you actually get to know your kind, strong, pullet-loving prince of a fiance, and all his crazy, lovable, meddling neighbors, you can tell yourself you’re not really falling for Diesel Church and the town of Licking Thicket…


But that might be the biggest lie of all. 


Book Review

From the moment I met Diesel Church and watched him mess with Brooks by openly flirting with Mal in ‘Fakers’, I was so hoping the authors would write his story. His description alone— heavily tattooed, tall, sexy, and grumpy— pretty much had me at hello. Then to pair him with Parrish Partridge, a man I’d not really gotten much of an impression of in the first volume except that he loved his Uncle Beau and working in the family business, Partridge Pit Barbecue, turned out to be sheer storytelling genius.


“Putting me next to someone like Parrish was like setting a homegrown turnip on a plate next to sushi.” ~ Diesel


Diesel is the kind of character, and man, who hits all of my buttons. He’s grumpy and grouchy on the outside but has vulnerabilities hidden deep inside. When his sister dies suddenly from a brain aneurism and names him as guardian of his niece, Marigold, he steps right up even though he hasn’t got a clue about babies, diaper changing, pacifiers, etc. Making life even more difficult is that his sister’s adoptive parents (they didn’t want Diesel) sue for custody of a baby they consider to be their grandchild. Unfortunately for Diesel, the grandparents are wealthy with a lot of connections and he owns a salvage yard with mostly cash and/or trade transactions. Diesel doesn’t look too good on paper and something has to happen. In steps Parrish.


Parrish is adorable. Seriously. He mutters and talks to himself, saying some outrageous things not realizing it’s out loud and people can hear him; he may be slight of stature but has the inner strength of Goliath, even though he doesn’t see it that way; and he has always wanted a family and kids, which had him making a bad choice and getting his heart broken back in Nashville. So, of course, Parrish agrees to be Diesel’s fake fiancé so the courts will look more favorably on giving custody to Diesel. Even though Parrish tries his hardest NOT to fall for Diesel or Marigold… well, it doesn’t take him long for feelings to emerge and all of his insecurities right along with them.


‘Liars’ has much of the quirkiness factor of the first book in the series; well, it is set in Licking Thicket and there might not be a Lickin’ festival but there’s the Licking Pickin’ going on. *grins* But Diesel isn’t a golden boy, born and raised in Licking Thicket, and he doesn’t feel as if he’s a true Thicketeer, even after a decade. He’s only recently made some friends in Brooks and Mal, although with the arrival of Marigold, Ava pokes her nose in and helps get Diesel involved with the parents and babies’ groups. Not to mention the Licking Thicket Beautification Corps steps up to help beautify the outside of Diesel’s home to make a better impression on the case worker.


Diesel and Parrish may have been worlds apart in outward appearance and childhood upbringings, but they both suffered from very similar insecurities and vulnerabilities. Watching them fall in love was really beautiful and seeing the whole town helping just made me smile more than once. Of course, there’s also a number of laugh out loud moments as I’ve come to expect with this town, but at its core, ‘Liars’ is a sentimental, sweet, hot and sexy romance to be savored. I know I’ll reread it many times over.


Trust me when I say: You can’t go wrong with this book or the series. It’s contemporary rom-com at its very best. I fell in love with Diesel, Parrish, and much to my surprise, baby Marigold. There was just enough angst to keep me turning the pages but not so much that I felt like I was drowning. I’m so glad I stumbled onto this series and I can’t wait for more to come.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 307 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-October-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $13.99 paperback
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