Saturday, June 8, 2024

Review: When We Lied

When We Lied by Claire Contreras is now live! 

A brand new hockey romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras set in the same world as Until I Get You...

Finneas Alexander Barlow is a walking thirst trap. Tall, hot, and broody. Tousled brown hair, chiseled jaw, alluring green eyes, perfect teeth, well-groomed beard, broad shoulders, and lips good enough to bite. He’d look like a Disney prince if the prince was a broody ahole.

Four years ago, a fated meeting led to an inevitable hook-up. Just one. It’s his rule. One-time hook-ups, no information exchanges, and no repeats. I knew that even before he established his boundaries, and he kept his promise. I hadn’t seen or heard from him since.

A year ago, when tragedy struck, he came back to town and sought me out. Gone was the disarming grin and the innuendos he’d once used to make my knees go weak. Unfortunately, his ire was equally debilitating.

Now he’s back as the face of Fairview’s brand new professional hockey team and he’s looking for answers I don’t have. Finn won’t accept that, though. He’s as determined to uncover my secrets as I am to keep them.

He pushes as hard as I pull. It’s only a matter of time before the rope snaps. Now I can only hope I'm the one left standing.

challenging, dark, emotional, mysterious, sad, tense

Plot- or character-driven? A mix
Strong character development? Yes
Loveable characters? Yes
Diverse cast of characters? Yes
Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

This is a perfect fit for readers who crave a steamy and suspenseful romance with a possessive hero, a dash of mystery, and a strong focus on the emotional intensity of a second-chance love story, all set against the backdrop of the high-stakes world of professional hockey. Get ready to be kept on the edge of your seat!

Content Warnings


Emotional abuse, Sexual content, Death, Toxic friendship, Kidnapping, Alcohol, Death of parent, Suicide, Fire/Fire injury, Grief, Infidelity, Murder, and Addiction


Gun violence, Toxic relationship, Cursing, Violence, Stalking, Mental illness, and Panic attacks/disorders


Drug abuse, Drug use, Vomit, Pregnancy, and Addiction

Tags for Me:

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Meet Claire

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author who traded her psychology degree to write fiction. Don't worry, she still uses her knowledge on every single one of her characters.

She's a breast cancer survivor (x2), who was born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida, and currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two adorable boys, and French bulldog.

Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in over fifteen languages. When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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