Release Day Review: Fables & Other Lies by Claire Contreras

Do you believe in curses?

I never did.

Not until that fated night, six years ago, when I sat in The Devil’s Chair and made a wish.

Not until it came true.

Not until I met River Caliban himself, heir to a fortune of curses. My fated sworn enemy.

I knew I should have stayed away from him. I should have run the other way when he called out my name, when he flashed that sinful smile of his, but instead, I walked toward him, leaving the light behind. Instead, I go against all reason, against all warning, and attended the gala of the year at his dark, allegedly haunted home at the top of the hill.

The moment I step foot inside I know I’m in trouble, but there’s something about River that magnetizes me, reels me in, and when he asks for the impossible, I find it impossible to turn him away.

Audio (narrated by Joe Arden & M. Bella): coming soon! 

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

I haven't read many Gothic Romances, but in general I love stories that are mysterious and you don't know what to expect. We are thrown into the story right from the start and I was a bit confused but very curious to see which direction the story would go. I was intrigued by the characters and their family history. I was hooked to the story but it was just too short for me to fully believe in the connection between the two main characters Penelope and River. It was over before I knew it and it left me unsatisfied.

The pacing was great in the beginning but then thing started developing very quickly, and I just couldn't keep up. I wanted to know more about the characters so I could connect to them better. I wanted more details about the curse and family history, and maybe have a couple of flashbacks. The premise and atmosphere of the story was amazing, it was very unique and it really interested me. It felt very dark and creepy at times, which I absolutely loved. Claire has a great writing style and she always knows how to grab my attention. This one just felt unfinished for me. There was just so many aspects of the story that were left unexplored, but I still enjoyed the story and I really hope Claire will write more books in this subgenre. 

Meet Claire

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Miami, and now lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French Bulldog. When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book. 

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