Book Review: Lie to Me

This is about Lie to Me by Chloe Cox.

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Short description:

The man who saved her is also the man who destroyed her… or is he?

Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to be a fighter. Marcus Roma showed me how.

Six years ago, my parents died in a car accident. Marcus Roma picked me up off the ground and held me until I could stand on my own two feet.

Five years ago, I fell in love with him.

And then Marcus Roma disappeared. No warning. No explanation. Just gone.

Yesterday, he came back.

And now I have to decide who’s telling the truth, and who’s lying. Who wants something from me, and who wants…


If I guess wrong, I could lose everything. I need to think clearly. But Marcus makes that impossible. Marcus makes me weak. Marcus makes me want, in a way I’ve never felt before.

Marcus Roma will make me fall. The only question is—will he be there to catch me this time?

LIE TO ME is a new adult / adult contemporary romance novel about truth, lies, and redemption. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.


My review:

I was fairly warned: it was a new adult romance, so I expected some juvenile things creeping in.

Ms. Cox chose to write in the first person from the points of view of both main characters. That helped me understand their way of thinking because I was, after all, literally inside their heads. But writing from two different view points and making them both convincing is a challenging task.

Harlow was a likeable girl. She thought a lot and her resolve and ideas wavered greatly (cue in the early warning of this being a new adult romance), but she certainly sounded like a girl. At a number of points throughout the novel I caught myself thinking, “Pfft, that’s too much.” but I tolerated it as the style of the novel.

For me, a lot of the indecision and flashbacks could be trimmed.

Marcus was likeable as well, but there were numerous places where I smiled and figured that those were woman-logic infused into a man’s mind. I knew that the author was female so I could be biased, but at least it was done quite well. I “could” believe that it was a guy.

The sex scenes were hot. Indecisive girl who was obviously head over heels in love and lust over the man made a very sexy read.

All in all, a good story. Emotional at some points, too sentimental for my taste, but convincing and an enjoyable read.

3 out of 5 stars in my book.

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