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

Title: Cheater
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Curious Liaisons #1
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Lucas Thorn wasnโ€™t born a cheater. All it took was a single momentโ€”say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his weddingโ€”and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundaysโ€”Godโ€™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 didnโ€™t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Averyโ€™s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, itโ€™s definitely not because heโ€™s falling in loveโ€ฆ

My Review:
No one does romantic comedy quite like Rachel Van Dyken, and this was another hugely entertaining read that I had a very hard time putting down. Rachel doesn’t fail to deliver, every time, cementing her status as one of my fav authors.

Lucas was engaged to Avery’s sister but due to events the night before the wedding everything is canceled and he’s branded a cheater. Fast forward a few years and he’s the ultimate man-whore with a shagging schedule for every day of the week (except Sunday which he reserves for his family.) Honestly, I found it very difficult to like him at the start even though I was chuckling to myself at the ridiculous (but believable) set-up he had going on. However, by the end of this book I had fallen in love with him along with Avery and that is true author skill.

Avery has grown up with Lucas. He was going out with her sister from the time they were teens and he was the big brother she never had. Until she turned seventeen and her feelings changed. Then all hell broke loose before the wedding and she hasn’t seen him since. Cue the current day and she’s in a bit of a pickle and she ends up working as his assistant. Abuse is hurled, sparks fly, and, gradually, bit by bit they start falling for one another.

Although I started out not liking Lucas his character most certainly grew on me. Avery is a very funny character and some of the scenes had me laughing hysterically with tears rolling down my face. When they finally get it on, it’s very steamy and those scenes were so well written.

The plot’s a little predictable in parts but in the main the story is well told and it flows perfectly.

If you enjoy romantic comedy or you’re already a fan of the wonderful Ms. Van Dyken then you’ll love this book. I’m so looking forward to the next book in this series.

Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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