Book Review – Liars by Lucy Lennox and May Archer

Licking Thicket #2
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 307
Characters: Parrish/Diesel
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

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.



I haven’t read either of these authors before, and will have to rectify that ASAP. I love small town stories, and Licking Thicket is quirky and a lot of fun, with an interesting and appealing cast of characters.

I loved Parrish who talks non stop, and his filters disappear especially when he’s nervous. I’m surprised he managed to keep the lie going as long as he did. But then what started as a lie, turned out to be more true than he wanted to admit. I like how he’s so smitten with Diesel, and yet rolled my eyes several times about how clueless they both were that their feelings were more than reciprocated. Watching these two dance around each other and pretend they were together when they’re not… yet… was very entertaining. I did feel for him having his heart broken before, though, and could understand why he was hesitant to believe the future he wanted could be real. I also love the way he takes the time to get to know everyone, especially his employees. He’s a nice genuine guy and it shows.

Diesel is wonderful. He’s such a great uncle/dad to Marigold, and he has such a tender heart and is ready and willing to help anyone who needs it. His chickens need a special mention, and how very much part of the family they are.

This is very much a story about family and community, and I loved the way the town rallies around to help Diesel and Parrish realise their dream. I want to know more about the supporting cast, and read their stories now. Miss Sara (not the chicken) totally rocks. I love the way she totally gets Parrish and listens to him talk, while he thinks he’s having a conversation.

Payne, Parrish’s ex, is very aptly named, and I loved Diesel’s reaction to him. I liked the way Marigold’s foster grandparents were portrayed, and thought the conclusion to that part of the story was nicely done.

The glimpse into Parrish and Diesel’s future life together and HEA was brilliant and exactly what I expected and more, with the added bonus crazy of the town.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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