Contemporary, Humor, New Adult, Romance

Review: LIAR | A Faux-Mance Novel by Stephanie St. Klaire

Today we are celebrating the release of LIAR by Stephanie St. Klaire! This is a Faux-mance novel you will not want to put down! You can purchase it now for only $2.99 or read it for FREE in KindleUnlimited!

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Fake it until you make it. That was the mantra Cori Dash chanted as she chased a big city dream. The more you tell people you’re on top of the world, the more they believe it – just like they believed the embellished image she sold them with her knock off designer facade. It wasn’t lying if the truth stood somewhere in the middle – and she didn’t get caught.

Dominic Blackthorne owned half of that big city…and a reputation. Rather than dispel rumors or show the world the real Nick, he let his own fake image run free. Until Cori Dash – the only person who told him exactly how it was, even if it stung.

When Cori is faced with her ex-fiance, now engaged to her ex-best friend, it’s game on. In her boldest move yet, she concocts her biggest lie to date by introducing the first handsome stranger that walks by as her new fiancé. Happy to play the part, Nick is already planning the fake wedding of her dreams.

You know what they say about lying – the truth always comes out – and it hurts. Especially when Cori finds out she isn’t the biggest Liar in this game, and she’s been out played.

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3 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary | Comedy

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***


Did you read that synopsis? I mean come on!! Gimme more fake everything please! I am sorry, I am guilt as charged, I go for this trope. I know they are a train wreck of hot mess plot cluster but gosh comrades they are soooo gooey good. I mean it, it is a perfect romcom mix with a bit of drama angst to get the feels stirring – always an entertaining treat. And honestly, I have quickly became a fan of Stephanie St. Klaire so tickle my pickle excited I was ready to dive in! 

I gotta hand it to the gal, I loved Cori and Nick. Right off the bat I liked Cor’s spirit. She is nice yet stands her ground, I just really enjoyed her spunk. Nick on the other hand is just oozing sexy yummy – man I need to lick a piece of that. But he is also quite sweet, something I wasn’t really banking on. AND GUESS WHAT? Not only is this a one trope show, there is another trope in our midst, actually one of my favorites but I won’t discuss it because that would definitely give away one of the most humorous of introductions. 

But honestly, I liked Cori and Nick. They had such a fun, sweet, just entertaining personality that once there was a chemistry established in their deal it was nothing but swoon me more. 

As the chemistry, or rather ‘fake’ engagement scenario start to jump steadfast into plot involvement, I have to say I have my likes and dislikes. Obviously I liked Cori and Nick – who wouldn’t? They are both an interesting breed of fictional characters that was creatively grown. Firstly I liked their connection. I mean I wanted the sexual chemistry to really get steamy but I also really appreciated the dynamic that played out. They actually had fun together, like two friends plotting world domination. However as Nick starts to flood Cori with gifts to hold up their facade, it more and more looked like a twisted sister of Pretty Woman. Not in a bad way, but just… different.

Unfortunately one of the biggest pet peeves I have is the secondary characters. I understand their purpose, I understand they involvement but honestly everything from their dialogue, their interactions – it was a forced dramatic effect for the plot that above all was over the top. It was complete exaggeration of sorts, one that became extremely annoying. Again, I understand where the author was going with the reasoning behind the ex-best friend being fake to show off, but at many points I felt the story would have been more entertaining with less of that aspect and more of a different avenue to focus Cori and Nick’s ‘fake’ engagement. Especially considering the end trip, too many stories tied into one just to make some type of climatic rumpus? Smidge pointless. 

Overall, I liked it, I just did not LOVE it. Not like I thought I would. At many points there just seemed to be this anti-climatic, perhaps overly dramatic situation that just did not jive together properly. Though I understand majority of this was probably on purpose for the growth of the story, the dynamic of the characters development but for me, it just felt it lacked a certain flare. There is also my slight distaste of the rushing factor. 

Again I say, I really enjoy Stephanie’s writing style and plan to continue reading her work; she is fun, quirky writing style that is sweet and entertaining. I just think I went into LIAR with a certain expectation and unfortunately it was not entirely set to that standard. Definitely a fun, light read that honestly was quick, enjoyable read. 


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Stephanie St. Klaire is a Pacific Northwest native currently living in Portland, Oregon with her husband, five children, and two ferocious lap dogs that are used to the finer things in life like sleeping all day. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found with a plate full of taco’s, a side of bean dip, and probably some gummy bears while being a little bit hippy and a lot bit busy mom’ing and wife’ing.

When she’s not tossing around gritty crime show inspired serial killers and diabolical bad guys, she likes to make people pee their pants a little with a good romcom. Sometimes, her worlds collide, and she writes really funny stuff right before she kills people off on the pages! She loves murder and mayhem as much as a good laugh and HEA! That’s why she’s a die-hard Hallmark junky but loves her gritty crime shows – balance!

Stephanie has always been a story teller, with the gift of “gab”, and a life-long goal to be a writer. Unfortunate circumstances with her health, finally afforded her the time to do so. Irony at its best, she began writing her first novel at an adverse time, to escape her circumstance and explore the stories in her imagination for relief. She is happy to share those stories with her readers, and bring a little fun, entertainment, and of course smexy characters to the pages.

Follow Stephanie St. Klaire on Social media to learn more about her, how often she really eats taco’s, and to keep up with her work.


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