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Compulsive by Lia Fairchild

From Bestselling author, Lia Fairchild

Lies hurt.
Lies destroy.
But some lies protect...and heal. At least that's what Gray Donovan had hoped for. She's a compulsive liar using it as a defense mechanism to survive life and her shattered past.
When she starts seeing therapist Daniel Harrison, she can no longer deny the truths that have haunted her for so many years. She must now stand and face them.
Opening up to Daniel leaves her exposed and vulnerable. When her soul is bared to him, she can't contain the attraction or the feelings he elicits.
Daniel feels drawn to his new patient, but he knows he will have to fight it in order to resurrect Gray from her demons. His will and his judgment are tested when he must overcome his own doubts and face his own secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781508914938
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/12/2015
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 1,146,040
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Bestselling author, Lia Fairchild, women's fiction and romance. Fans of her books praise her endearing, real characters who come to life in stories that will touch your heart.

Fairchild is addicted to the warmth of Southern California and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a multiple-subject teaching credential. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Look for updates on her and her books at or follow her on Twitter at!/liafairchild or Facebook at

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Compulsive 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 21 days ago
It kept you reading
Anonymous 26 days ago
Loved it!
rockrchic923 3 months ago
Compulsive by Lia Fairchild is the first book in her new series the Liar Duet and what a phenomenal read! Compulsive follows the story of Gray Donovan who has so many dark demons in her past that she is running for her life, using lies as the only way to appear normal to those around her. When she is at risk of losing everything in her life that makes her like everyone else she is willing to reach out to someone to help her. Enter Daniel, a handsome stranger that is entranced with Gray and willing to be whoever Gray needs him to be while she fights her demons. Will Daniel be able to save Gray, or give her the tools she needs to save herself? The dynamics between these two left me breathe less, on the edge of my seat, and wanting to find my own Daniel in real life. The way that Gray and Daniel's characters were written allowed me as a reader to fall right into the story and feel like I was living in their story. If it were possible to give this book more than 5 stars I would. This is the first book I have read by Fairchild and I am completely hooked. I could not put this book down, and devoured it in one night forgoing sleep to get another glimpse into the lives of Gray and Daniel. The suspense, mystery and romance in this book all tangled together to make for such a great book that I can't not rave about it. If you are looking for a series that will sink it's claws into you from the first page than this is the series for you. Prepare to get lost in this one, but don't worry you won't mind and will be among like-minded folks who took the plunge willingly.
Debi-Kircher 4 months ago
Compulsive (Liar Duet Book 1) by Lia Fairchild 5 Stars Wow, I read this book in just a few hours because I could not put it down. There wasn't any major twists and turns or major drama, mystery, or suspense involved, but was simply about a woman who thought the only way to survive life was by constantly lying, even little white lies that wouldn't matter one way or the other, she just couldn't help herself. There was a continued mystery of how she got to where she was in her life and a few small twists you didn't see coming, but to me it was more about how she coped, and how she worked to fix it. She was forced into therapy because of something that happened at work, and had to comply or she would lose her job. Therapy was not working with her current therapist as the lies just kept coming, until she ends up seeing Dr. Daniel Harrison. She feels comfortable with him and finds herself opening up and facing some of the issues that have been haunting her for years. The few flashbacks that I got were perfectly placed and were completely relevant in explaining why Gray was the way she was. She had some traumatic events happen in her past that would make it hard for anyone to not have some problems as they got older. The secondary characters in this book were fantastic, well most of them were and watching all of them interact and play a part in Grays life was awesome. I really liked Gray right from the beginning, she wasn’t a bad person in any way, she just made bad choices, and I can’t wait to read the next book to see if her healing progresses and also to find out more about the doctors past, and whether there is any healing for him in his own future. I sincerely loved this story, it obviously flowed well since I read it within a few hours and I can’t wait to dive in to the next part. This is my first read by this author but will for sure not be my last even after this series.
Bobbi Wagner 4 months ago
Compulsive (Liar Duet Book 1) by Lia Fairchild is a mystery-romance book that I couldn't put down once I started it. This is my first book by this author and I loved it! I can't wait to read the second book in this series! I loved her writing style. It was easy flowing and it pulled me in from the first word. Her characters took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that made me cry one minute, laugh the next and simply feel compassion. There are a few twists and turns in this story that you won't see coming but they will keep you reading. This story is about a woman named Gray. She is some problems but the main one is, she is a constant lair. It has caused her to almost lose her job so she has to do therapy in order to return. This is where she meets Daniel. Her previous therapist drops her and she manages to convince Daniel to take her on as a patient. This is where the story really starts. Gray takes us on a journey of healing, romance and facing the cold facts of her life. I love both of these characters, they are connectable and true to life. They pulled me into their lives with ease and kept me there until the end. Gray has so many mental issues that it is just so sad. She doesn't seem to know how to deal with her problems which is causing her behavior. Daniel is the therapist that is kind of a mystery because we don't get to really know a lot about him. He does care about her and there is no doubt an attraction between them. Will he be able to get to the root of Gray's problems? This story is a soul baring and heartbreaking. It will pull at your heart strings one minute and a little angry the next. The secondary characters in this story are lovable as well. They help make this story engaging and at times seem to pull this story together. I highly recommend you read this story. It is an emotional journey of one woman you don't want to miss!
StraceyCharran More than 1 year ago
Compulsive by Lia Fairchild was simply brilliant. Your mind, body, and soul will be emotionally consumed. Compulsive is a story about acceptance, guilt, survival, love, loss, and most importantly forming relationships built on trust and honesty. In this story the main character uses different coping mechanism to deal with her demons physically and emotionally. Lying has become Gray's security blanket, to protect her heart from forming attachments, with the people around her. Sexual interactions under false identity, is also a defense mechanism Gray uses to keep her painful experiences at bay. Can Gray seek help and over come her past? Or will she let circumstances define her life? If you want to find out one click now. Ms Fairchild eloquent words will whisper to your heart and soul, leaving you breathless. Readers be prepared to be transported into the lives of unforgettable characters. The plights and uncertainties the main characters endured will pull at your heart strings. The magnetic force between Gray and Daniel is undeniable, the more resistance the stronger the connection. The imagery and visualization's was phenomenal, The vivid scenes portrayed is like choreographed snapshots, focusing on the main attraction, enhancing the special suspenseful moments. Lia Fairchild you created a masterpiece when you wrote the Liars Duet. The hypnotic rhythm to your story was done with ease and precision. You will learn to embrace life and all the struggles that comes with it independently. I am in awe reading this enthralling story. You will literally get goose bumps as you read this gem. Perfection at it finest. I look forward to Liars Book 2 to this series. Do not hesitate to one click five stars guaranteed.
AnyTime_ReaderSF More than 1 year ago
I am having a hard time trying to find the right words to describe this book from my stand point. It is different, confusing, compelling, heartbreaking and rewarding all rolled into 1 story. I think it has very good characters and a story line but for me to describe it I would have to use spoilers and I wont do that. I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. This is book 1 of Liar from the author.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4 star This is Gray and Daniel’s story. Gray lies about everything. When she could tell the truth she still lies. Daniel is a therapy doctor. She wants him but can she deal with her past and stop all the lying in order to get him? She has lied for as long as she can remember can she really change her ways? You can fell all the emotions that Gray feels and all the demons she is facing. Can she really overcome her past with Daniel’s help? Daniel has his own past and secrets. Can these two overcome the secrets, past demons, and the lies? Find out in the next story as this one ends on a CLIFFY………. I loved these characters and also the side characters. I felt I was able to connect with the characters and the story was a great read. I recommend this book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JJ Phillips for Readers' Favorite Compulsive by Lia Fairchild is a contemporary romance about a compulsive liar that has some dark undertones for a traditional romance. Gray Donovan is a compulsive liar. She attempts to see a psychologist to overcome her issues that are threatening to ruin all of her personal relationships. She wants help, for sure, but what she doesn't expect is to fall in love with her therapist. So this brings a pretty big question mark into the story, because not every romance has a romantic relationship between a patient and her therapist. Both of the parties know that being together is ethically wrong. But what if being together could be the one thing that could help? Don't Gray and Daniel deserve to be happy? Why should Daniel miss out on helping someone he really cares for just because he is a psychologist? That's one of the reasons he got into psychology to begin with... This story is a little bit darker than a traditional romance and hits on some heavy points that will make you think long after you've turned the last page. I liked that about this story and thought that Lia Fairchild did a nice job of really making you think about what was right and wrong, and what the characters should and should not do, morally and ethically for themselves and for each other. It was an interesting quandary to put two characters in and the results were a pretty interesting story.
ReneeWeaver More than 1 year ago
Wow, I finished this book last night. Honestly I couldn't write the review last night because I had to process the book. The author does an amazing job of pulling you into the characters, making your mind twist and turn to try to figure out their heads, where they are at mentally. There were a few twists in the last 100 pages that had me daring any person to call me, text me or walk in the room because I had to get through it. Without giving away any spoilers I must say this book took me places emotionally I wasn't expecting, pain, grief, love, hurt, anger...I felt it all, it feels so real. I highly recommend this book! 5 Stars isn't enough for it.
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Charmedreader More than 1 year ago
This book is an exciting ride. It makes you consider second chances in life and not missing the opportunity to make yourself a better person. A definite must read! Lia Fairchild has done it again :D
Literary_VixenAP More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel I've read by Lia Fairchild. To be frank, I didn't know what to expect after reading the blurb for this book, but I have to admit, it's an addictive story about not only inner struggles with addictions, obsessions and faults, but of the strength of real love and how it affects the people we surround ourselves with every day. This follows the story of Gray Sky Donavan. She's one broken lady and basically stuck in a cycle of sex addiction, lying and letting her tragic past push her down. She knows she needs help, but she's unwilling to fix what's wrong until she runs into a mysterious therapist, Dr. Daniel Harrison, who makes her heart jump and her soul feel the spark of life again. Could she really get better with his help? She really wants to find out. The relationships in Gray's life which include not only her family: twin aunts and her father, but also a young teenager she takes under her wing and a long time friend/lover named Nathan. Even with their endless support and the wedges driven between them all, Gray struggles mainly with her relationship with  men. Possibly stemming from past betrayals that haunt her still, she has to learn to break through these barriers that she placed within herself to keep others out. She never wanted to break them down half as much as she does now, with Daniel. He's got his own issues and worries, but he wants to help her too, even if it means keeping is own secrets from Gray.  It all leaves me needing book 2 like yesterday. This story not only resonates with anyone who has experienced tragedy, but pulls in readers in a way that leaves them needing to see more of each character's life. I wanted to keep reading to see what else happens between the three main characters, hoping something huge was going to go down. I guess I have to wait until the next one for sure. It's going to be rough waiting to find out more! 
MelissaJ72 More than 1 year ago
A Romance, but So Much More! I could not put this book down! The story of Gray and her compulsion to lie is just the tip of the iceberg in this book. This story will have you entranced and keep you turning pages as you try to figure out what's going on behind it all, as it's obvious that there are secrets to be found out and not just Gray's. Gray meets Dr. Daniel when she is forced to go to therapy to deal with her multitude of problems. There is definite mutual attraction going on there, but that's an ethical no no, is it not? Will Dr. Handsome give in to his attraction to his wild, weird, and witty patient? Let's just say there is some major sexual tension going on! There is more to the story, which we will find out in the next installment. This is the first book I've read from this author and I can't wait for number 2! I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mom22BoysRS More than 1 year ago
Wow! Lia Fairchild does it again! This book was amazing! I found myself thinking of Gray and Daniel during the day and couldn't wait until I could pick up the book and continue reading about their journey. All the characters are well-written and the story moves along at a great pace. I have truly enjoyed all the books I have read by this author. She writes wonderful, touching stories that stay with you long after you have finished reading. I cannot wait to read more about Gray and Daniel! I was given an ARC copy to read and review and that in no way affected this review!
mars76 More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Lia Fairchild for providing me with an early copy of this book! Anyone who follows me in any capacity knows that I generally enjoy Lia Fairchild’s novels and short stories. I would recommend any of her books to just about anyone who likes to read. Compulsive has now joined the ranks of her other stories and I’ll tell anyone who listens to read it. Labeled Romance, I was leery in the beginning because I typically am not a huge fan of the genre. I’ll read them occasionally, but they aren’t often a go-to for me. But Fairchild broke the mold and I absolutely adored it. Typical of Fairchild’s work, she made the genre her own and it really worked – creativity and fabulous writing just ooze from the novel. Fairchild’s well-developed characters have some of the same issues seen in other romance stories – tortured love, unrequited love, and even sketchy pasts, but let me tell you, this isn’t your mother’s or your grandmother’s romance and it isn’t a swoony, drippy, loaded-with-sex sap fest. This thing has some serious substance and intensity (and no, I am not slamming books that have all that other stuff – they just aren’t for me). The main characters have secrets – it is clear that there is something going on from the very beginning and the suspense is almost palpable. I was flipping pages (I mean, the best one can “flip” when reading on a device) like a maniac trying to figure out what in the heck was going on and what Gray was hiding. In my opinion, Fairchild handled both the vagueness of the secrets and the revealing of all info in the book with precision. Additionally, this romance doesn’t have some brooding, bad-for-you guy that is also perfect for the heroine. There are some sexy guys and like their chiseled and unrealistic counterparts they say and do the perfect things at the perfect times, but this book is never predictable; never trite or stiff. For me, this book is just the right amount of romance mixed with just the right amount of Lia-ness and that balance equals perfection! Do yourself a favor and give this one a try. Do not let the label fool you; if Romance isn’t your typical read, this book is still for you because it breaks the mold in just the right places. I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not compensated for any of my reviews.
Bookaholic_Banter More than 1 year ago
I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I highly enjoyed reading this story! It was a wonderful story full of love, loss, and growing. I adored the imperfection of the characters in this book. It made them more real. Perfect people just don't exist! Every character in this book serves a purpose, they aren't just there to merely fill the pages.  Gray is a young woman who has many flaws. She lies and needs to see a therapist to keep her lies under control, she drinks to forget the tragedy that happened to her when she was a child. Gray is not perfect but she has a good heart. There is a 14 year-old girl named Alyssa who lives in her apartment building who she bonds with and takes in under her wing, becomes sort of a mother to her.  Nathan is Gray's friend whom she met in AA. He keeps her centered, he is her rock.  Daniel is Gray's therapist whom she is highly attracted to.  The story weaves nicely and the plot thickens! The characters all have their issues to deal with. Will everything all work out in the end...or will everything go terribly wrong? Guess you will just have to read to see what happens. 
tomW1 More than 1 year ago
received an eArc of this book and recently finished it. Quite honestly, romance is not what I would call my favorite genre. However, this book is more than a romance novel. It's about 2 people fighting their own demons and finding that they are attracted to each other. Lia Fairchild is a very good writer and tells a story remarkably. I have read other books by her and that is why I decided to read this. I was not sorry. If you like romance with some psychology thrown into the mix, you will like this book. Well done Ms. Fairchild.
schnappy More than 1 year ago
This is my third book by this author and it won't be my last! This is a love story told from the point of view of a compulsive liar, who is struggling with many issues relating to her past. When she finally decides to open up to her therapist, a whole new world of possibilities opens to her. I really enjoyed the relationships in this story between Gray and Daniel, as well as with the secondary characters, especially with her neighbor Alyssa. If you've liked her other books, you won't be disappointed.