REVIEW – CHEATER (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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SYNOPSIS

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…

*****Patty’s Review*****
*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

”One day you were my friend, and then you became something completely different. Because I wanted you. Because even when it was wrong—and you were only seventeen years old—I wanted you.”

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It’s been a while since I read a book where the subject of cheating was the main theme of the story. There’s only been one cheater that I rooted for to get the girl in the end but that man definitely deserved a swift kick in the nuts for his infidelities. Lucas Thorne, however, is a “cheater” that will slowly but surely win your heart as you progress through the pages of this thoroughly engaging story. At first, I was thinking this guy is a real douche and there’s no way I’m going to end up liking this book, but as his story is revealed, I started to root for the two main characters to ride off into the sunset together.

Lucas is a very attractive and successful businessman, who has a strong aversion to commitment. He has an ongoing relationship with seven different women, who each see him on separate days of the week, except for Sundays, which is the day of the week he devotes to his older sister. Life is great as far as he’s concerned. He’s got the best sex life with women who know about his arrangements and that there can never be any kind of serious relationship between them. For some reason every woman is fine with this setup and even when they end up choosing to break things off, it always ends amicably. But was Lucas always this cavalier with his interactions with women? It turns out only five years ago, he was engaged to his high school sweetheart, but on the night before the wedding, he was caught in bed with his fiance’s sister. From that moment on, he was deemed a ”cheater”, and it’s why he has never attempted to be in a serious relationship since. He’s about to get a serious wake-up call!

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Avery Black has just lost her dream job and she is desperate to find employment because there is no way she wants to be forced to move back into her parent’s house while her evil and conniving sister is still living there. She ends up finding a paid internship. She will be the executive assistant of one of the VPs of the company. Turns out she happens to know her new boss better than most people. Lucas is her boss, but he’s also the douchebag who cheated on her sister, Kayla, the night before their wedding, with her other sister, Brooke. The two have this strong chemistry between them and even though it seems their relationship has turned volatile, you just know this is going to be a hotter than hell enemies-to-lovers romance.

Back in the day, Lucas and Avery were very close. They were best friends. Lucas was always like a big brother to Avery. He was there to wipe her tears whenever someone hurt her feelings. He would offer her advice when she turned to him for help. It wasn’t until she turned seventeen, that he started to see her as more than a little sister. Lucas was battling some intense feelings for Avery, and she was just as into him, if not more. Avery always lived in the shadows of her older sisters. She never thought she measured up to them. She had a huge crush on Lucas and dreamed that he would fall in love with her instead of her older sister. Little did she know that she might have been the only woman that ever truly owned his heart and that the truth about what happened that night before the wedding, had never been what her sister had claimed.

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I loved both Lucas and Avery. Lucas was a seriously swoon-worthy and charming Hero. Even with his skewed outlook on his no strings relationships, he was never portrayed as a heartless, cheating whore. The women he spent time with were very different in many ways and he appreciated them for their individuality. What happened in the past severely messed with his head and it becomes clear that it affected him deeply. Avery was a total spitfire and I loved the heated banter between her and Lucas. Even while she claims to hate him, she doesn’t hesitate to come to his defense, which lands them both in an uncomfortable situation with their families. But the heat between these two only intensifies and I was unable to put this book down until I could get to the very last page.

I know there are some of you who don’t read books about cheating, but I hope that you’ll give this one a chance. I promise you, there is so much more to this story! It was angsty, hilarious, and downright steamy!!

CHEATER is currently available!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2kXKMz6
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2miEZUN

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