This review is a challenging one for me to write. After reading the synopsis for Liar by Stephanie St. Klaire, I expected to get a fun, light-hearted romance with a trope that I enjoy. While that is what I got with the book, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was anticipating, even though it was still a fun read for me.
I enjoyed the premise of this book and really loved the cast of characters. Nick was a dream, of course, and I enjoyed Cori’s friends a lot. I loved Cori’s grit and determination, that drive to succeed and make something of herself. She was so admirable, and I want all the good things for her. I loved the chemistry between Nick & Cori.
But on the other side of the coin, some aspects of this story didn’t work for me quite so much. There were several parts of the book that just felt over the top and really contrived, and I feel like the story as a whole would have benefitted from another round of editing. While it was in keeping with the theme of the story, some of the antagonism in the book came across as forced and not really authentic.
Novellas are a challenge to me as I’m often left wanting something more, and perhaps that was the case here. Overall, this was a middle of the road read for me. While I had fun reading it, it didn’t quite make magic for me.