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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken


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Publisher: Skyscape (February 28, 2017)

From Goodreads.com: Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…



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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This story was OK. It wasn't wonderful, but it wasn't horrible. It had its moments of good, and its moment's of bad. There were a couple of major sticking points for me that kept me from becoming truly involved with this story. 

To begin with, Lucas comes across as much older than Avery. So much so that even he alludes to the fact that when last he saw her he kept commenting on how she was only 17. Then why, when they reconnect years later does he often act like a teenager? I expected immaturity from Avery to an extent, but Lucas should have known better. And he definitely should have not kept putting off the important conversations they needed to have, and yes, perhaps he should have thought with his "big head" and not slept with her in the first place until they had clearly defined how they felt. 

I also found it very, very, hard to believe that their families were not only ok with what happened, but thrilled about it. Sure, I can understand his family being happy that he is settling down and with a girl they know and like, but speaking as a mother myself, I cannot understand how her family more or less welcomes him with open arms. Sure date my oldest daughter, become engaged to her, be found drunk in bed with my middle child, and now you tell me you're with my youngest? I would have been more ok with Lucas' story if he had not been "keeping it in the family". 

And seriously? Avery felt absolutely NO "ick" factor at sleeping with a man that had also slept with her sister? Speaking of an "ick" factor, you know he has a different girl every day of the week, you've even met some of them. And yet, the only mention of a condom being used is the first time you sleep with someone? Real smart there. 

HOWEVER.

I did very much enjoy the banter between Lucas and Avery. It was obvious by the way he was able to get under her skin, and she his, so easily that they had a pre-existing friendship. I also found some of their jokes to literally make me laugh out loud. It was also nice to get a bit of an insight into the mind of a "cheater", the how and the why if you will, of what makes them what they are.

Overall, I am sure this story may still appeal to those who enjoy a different take on the romantic comedy. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                                  Cheater 
is available from Amazon.com

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