Book Review: Liar, Liar Hearts on Fire by Jennifer Zane

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  liar_liar_hearts_on_fire_72dpi_200x300My favorite part of Jennifer Zane’s books is George the gnome.  He plays a starting role in all of her contemporary works.  However, there are some people that think gnomes are creepy, so she’s rebranded her series as zany romantic comedies instead of gnome books.  Personally I’m sad to see the gnomes go.  I like the gnomes.  Thankfully, George did not go by the wayside and he appears in this, the first of the new novels. Seems everyone that George visits finds true love.  In this installment he takes a trip with Violet Miller to Alaska.  His young charge thinks he should visit Nome, because that’s where George is from.  To that end, George hitches a ride in Violet’s suitcase when she travels north to help out an old friend. Violet Miller is a teacher savoring her summer break until she’s been called in as emergency reinforcements—of the dating kind. She volunteers to help an old flame by pretending to be his girlfriend. In Alaska. At a family reunion. Since the guy is a handsome, lumberjack-sized doctor she’s never quite forgotten, faking a relationship won’t be hard work. Mike Ostranski is a desperate man on vacation. His mother wants grandchildren and sees a crazy Alaskan woman as a candidate for daughter-in-law. Mike needs Violet by his side to deflect the lady’s advances. A week in Alaska as boyfriend and girlfriend should be easy for them. They grew up together, even had a brief fling. What could go wrong? Everything. Violet and Mike are fun.  They have a history so there is some baggage to work through before they find their HEA.  They are enabled by a zany cast of characters in the form of his family.  Case in point, his uncle is the embodiment of Jubal Early; in his retirement he’s signed up to play Jubal in Civil War reenactments all summer. Though there are some references to handcuffs and other sex paraphernalia, the actual sex scenes are fairly tame.  This in no way detracts from the overall story.  In fact, it is a rather refreshing change to let the reader use their own imagination for those activities.  All in all, this is a fun easy read that will delight most readers.

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