“Compulsive” Book Review

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Title: Compulsive (Liar #1)
Author: Lia Fairchild
Publication Date: June 23rd 2015 (first published May 12th 2015)
Genres: Contemporary Romance, forbidden love, women’s fiction
Source: Free copy provided (BookFunnel)

Heat gauge: 3 out of 5 cooking flames

This book is loaded with steamy tension, but nothing too explicit.


Traumatised by family tragedy that is slowly revealed during the story, Gray Donovan has resorted to compulsive behaviours to escape the pain. The biggest of these for her is lying. She believes that Dr. Daniel Harrison is the answer to her problems. Thrilled that he agrees to take her on, Gray begins to push the boundaries of their doctor/patient relationship, tempting Daniel to break his professional code of conduct. Given the doctor’s hidden past, she is playing a dangerous game.


This book had much of what I love in a good romance story: flawed yet likeable characters, family drama, tension galore, heart break, and forbidden love! Fairchild wove the character threads and backstories together flawlessly, bringing them to life so that they could tug at my heart strings.

I cried! Yep, this one brought on the waterworks for me. I loved the way Gray’s backstory unravelled alongside her relationships. I was immersed in her world, with numerous overlapping plot lines. My one critique of this book is that I felt there were too many subplots cramped into its 300 pages. Don’t get me wrong, they were great story lines, but having so many meant that some were not given their due attention.

Compulsive is an emotional rollercoaster that explores the life and love of a complicated woman. I was so invested in the story that I moved straight onto the sequel, Liar, which I am halfway through (and loving). I highly recommend this book to all, but especially to lovers of slow-burn and forbidden romance.

About the Author

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Lia Fairchild is a US bestselling author with journalism and teaching credentials. In addition to writing romance novels, she has worked as a copy editor and ghostwriter.