Erryn reviews ‘Liars’ (Licking Thicket Book 2) by Lucy Lennox and May Archer. The ebook was released October 27, 2020 and is 330 pages. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Michael Dean, released November 4, 2020, and is 9 hrs and 42 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved Fakers and I really wanted Diesel and Parrish’s story.
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.
Joyous Pickin’ Tidings
I maintain that Lucy Lennox is one of the best m/m writers in the genre today. I’ve yet to read a book of hers I didn’t love. When I heard she was hooking up with May Archer, I was intrigued to see what I would get. Gotta say, did not see Licking Thicket coming, but boy, have I enjoyed every moment of the ride since I got to town.
In the last book there was one brief scene between Diesel Church and Parrish Partridge and I was intrigued. Although the writers had maintained the book would be a stand-alone, I suspect they had so much fun, they just had to keep going. And I’m so glad they decided to keep writing, turning one book into a series, all with different characters at the center.
Okay, so Parrish and Diesel. About as opposite as two men can be. Diesel operates a salvage yard. He’s got a good business going and has overcome his rough childhood. When his sister dies unexpectedly, and he’s left guardian of his precious seven-month-old niece, he knows he’s in deep trouble.
Enter Parrish. He works for his Uncle Beau’s chain of BBQ restaurants. In the first book we got a glimpse into Beau, his wife Marnie, and his nephew Parrish. I adored the young man even then, and couldn’t wait for him to get his happy ending.
Things start off…awkwardly. Screaming babies will do that – bring everything into perspective. The men start off on the wrong foot and the first several encounters don’t do well. I kept thinking, yeah, things just have to get better, right? That being said, Parrish’s apology gifts really were epic.
In desperation, Diesel asks Parrish to be his fake fiancé. Seems pretty simple – Parrish pretends to be the planned second parent, thereby providing the best possible home for Marigold. Best laid plans and all that.
Of course the men are attracted to each other. Of course they act on that attraction. And of course hearts are now on the line – as well as the security and future of his little orphan girl.
Okay, so laughter (so hard I snorted), crying (a bit less than sobs), and some major love. I knew the men were going to get their happily ever after, but I wasn’t sure they were ever going to admit how they really felt about each other.
Okay, thrilled Mal and Brooks from the first book made an appearance. Plenty of characters for upcoming books (yay!) and my sincere belief that Ms. Archer and Ms. Lennox have something really special going on here. What started out as one project has turned into many, and we’re the luckier for it.
Finally I’ll mention Michael Dean. The guy is just an awesome narrator and he always does a great job with these books. I don’t know how he reads some of these lines with a straight face. So, definitely one you have to check out.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Lucy Lennox is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree earned way back in the 1900s.
She enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She has some snarky kids and is married to someone who is better at math than romance but who makes her laugh every single day and is the best dancer in the history of ever.
She stays up way too late each night reading M/M romance because that stuff is hot.