So, here’s the thing. While this is light and funny overall, the practiced playboy and the cranky liar were always going to be a couple that’s difficult to root for. And when you’ve been reading a book for hours and the playboy still hasn’t dumped the girl he’s seeing and the liar still hasn’t stopped lying… well, that’s a problem. I loved the banter and chemistry between these two, but it was just too much of a slow burn – and I never thought I’d say that. It’s funny and low angst with some solid moments, but the romance was really lacking.
The story follows Nick, who proudly goes by the nickname “Ponch” – aka a playboy of the highest order. While he’s toned it down over the years, Ponch knows how to turn on the charm and get any girl to fall at his feet. But when he meets Andie – or is it Maria? – that all changes in the blink of an eye. Andie keeps Ponch on his toes like no woman ever has before, and he soon finds himself caught up in her. What starts as a mutually beneficial agreement of the non-sexual variety turns into a friendship of sorts, and then something more.
I’ve been enjoying this series quite a bit, so I was looking forward to this. Really, I think it’s the pacing that brings it down, because there was a lot that I liked. It’s low angst with some honest moments, and I loved that Ponch and Andie are two flawed individuals who slowly learn how to open up to each other. There’s some great humor and the tone is similar to other books by this author, though definitely a LOT less sexy. I actually went back to my copy of New Jerk in Town to confirm that, yes, this has significantly less heat and the romance is not developed nearly as well. Case in point? Ponch knows absolutely nothing real about Andie for a large portion of the story – including her name. And Andie believes he’s in a relationship for just as long. Yes, that’s all part of the story and I loved the honesty that comes about once everything is out in the open, but it took too long to get there. I’d barely consider this to have a HFN ending if not for the epilogue. It’s still a very fun read, but this is much more com than rom. I received an early copy and am voluntarily leaving a review of this playboy tamed story.
I know his type: slick, stupid, and so far up his own ass it’s a miracle he can still breathe. In other words, he’s exactly what I’m looking for.
Love is fake and so are most people. That’s why I prefer to keep it real by speaking my mind, using posers for my own devices, and protecting what’s mine. So when Ponch Amante swaggers up to my front door with his smirky face and annoying charm, all I see is a solution to a problem. If he agrees to be my fake boyfriend, I can get out from under my parents’ blackmail scheme to pair me up with one of their sanctimonious Ivy League spawns of Satan. Anything would be preferable to that—even putting up with Ponch for a few days. I, of all people, can resist a guy like him, right?
I know her type: frigid ballbuster with a huge chip on her shoulder. She wouldn’t know good sex if it hit her between her creamy white thighs. But the family she works for owns half the town, including the building I want to rent for my new motorcycle gear shop. One word from her can get me the shop, so if she needs a fake boyfriend for whatever crazy plan she has, I’ll be her fricking Prince Charming on a white Harley. It’s a no-risk investment as far as I’m concerned because there’s no way in hell I’d ever fall for someone like Andie. And that’s no lie.
Although The Last Good Liar is part of an interconnected romantic comedy series set at the beach, it can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Sylvie Stewart is addicted to Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance, and she’s not looking for a cure. She hails from the great state of North Carolina, so it’s no surprise that most of her books are set in the Tar Heel state. She’s a wife to a hilarious dude and mommy to ten-year-old twin boys who tend to take after their father in every way. Sylvie often wonders if they’re actually hers, but then she remembers being a human incubator for a gazillion months. Ah, good times.
Sylvie began publishing when her kids started elementary school, and she loves sharing her stories with readers and hopefully making them laugh and swoon a bit along the way. If she’s not in her comfy green writing chair, she’s probably camping or kayaking with her family or having a glass of wine while binge-watching Hulu. Or she’s been kidnapped—so what are you doing just sitting there?!!
**Winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Romantic Comedy
**Winner of the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal for Romantic Comedy**
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