Posted in March Book Reviews 2017

Cheater by Rachel VanDyken

Cheater

Cheater by Rachel VanDyken

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…

So I will be honest and say I really struggled with this book. I was so excited about it and then I just really had a hard time. There was actually a point where I wanted to DNF it,  but I stuck with it. And I’m happy I did.

From the synopsis, we know that Avery and Lucas knew each other well before Avery became Lucas’ intern. But things have changed since Lucas cheated on Avery’s sister. Lucas has embraced his supposed reputation of being a cheater, only he follows the adage that if they know about it, its not cheating.

The chemistry and banter between Avery and Lucas was awesome. Even when they bicker, you can easily see how they were such close friends before. I enjoyed the way the author made their friendship strong because it made it a lot easier to see their attraction to each other. Yes, both are good looking. But when we see them interact is where we see how they work as a couple. This was probably my favorite aspect of the story.

This book has a lot of funny moments in it. There is a scene, or several, with Lucas’ parents and I admit that I outwardly cringed. You’ll laugh but also die of second-hand humiliation on behalf of Lucas and Avery. Many times, I found myself laughing and also covering my eyes because envisioning the scene I was reading about was so mortifying.

I mentioned above that I struggled with this story. I wanted to explain that in depth because I think a lot of people assume it would be the cheating aspect, but its not. I think when we see the backstory of Lucas and Avery, and knowing how he was engaged to her sister, I kept feeling like this story wouldn’t end well. So in  my mind, I was dreading this family fall-out that I felt like had to be coming. I get involved with the characters when I read and I never want bad things to happen to them. This story literally brought pits of dread in my stomach because I was so worried about Avery and Lucas.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this author already or if you’re looking for a book that definitely takes romance and completely flips it on its head. The story is fast-paced, hilarious and incredibly sweet. Take a chance on a Cheater…you never know what you’ll find.

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