[Review] Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: Cheater (Curious Liasons #1)
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: February 28, 2017

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…divider_line (1)
Review: I love Rachel Van Dyken, but I don’t know about this one. On the one hand I absolutely loved the chemistry and romance between Avery and Lucas, but on the other I just couldn’t get over the fact that he was engaged to her sister. It’s definitely a different dynamic than I’m used to. Then there’s the fact that there is a large age gap (ten years) and Lucas started thinking about Avery when she was seventeen. The beginning did start off a little slow, but once I got into the story I found myself powering through.

Avery desperately needs her new internship to work out. Otherwise it’s back to living with her parents. Then she finds out her new boss is the same man who cheated on her sister and tore apart their families and it all goes to hell. Lucas has a no-strings-attached outlook on life. He has a roster of girls for every day of the week, but as soon as they get too attached he sends them packing. When he discovers his new intern is the grown up younger sister of his ex-fiancée, he knows he’s screwed. Things kind of get out of hand with one simple lie about their relationship. But if it could bring their families together, why not?

I really enjoyed the tension and banter between Lucas and Avery. It’s a total forbidden romance, but their chemistry is undeniable. I love the fact that Avery holds her ground when he makes advances on her as well. She’s not into sharing and knowing she might become just another day of the week is a total dealbreaker. This book definitely turns into a total crap storm, though. The family drama is insane and I couldn’t decide if Lucas or Avery had it worse off.

Overall, this was a good romance, but I don’t think I’m into the fact that Lucas has been with both sisters. I will be reading the second book because it features a different couple, but this one was definitely a different book for me. The romance was great, but the premise was hard to get past.

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