Review: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Series: Curious Liaisons, #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Skyskape
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


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…

Cheater is one of those books people are probably either going to love or hate. It’s title alone is a testament to what’s to come in this romance. But don’t write Cheater off simply because cheating is a turnoff for you. It’s one of those stories that can’t quite be judged by that trigger.

Lucas Thorne has come to terms with the fact that he’s a cheater. To avoid making the horrible mistake he made ruining his own wedding, he’s come up with a system that works for him to avoid hurting yet another unsuspecting woman. Things are going great until his ex-fiancee’s younger sister turns out to be his newest employee. Being around Avery again reminds Lucas of what once was and what might possibly could be.

I have to admit that when I first started Cheater I was a lot turned off by Lucas Thorne and his hoard of women. Imagining my hero with a bunch of women isn’t exactly something I like to do. There were little sparks of hope for Lucas Thorne, though; so I kept reading. I’m happy I did because there were so many pieces to the Lucas Thorne puzzle that were revealed that reshaped the way I saw him. I didn’t find him to be the perfect hero, but one that was ultimately good underneath all of his flaws.

Avery was a little shocking to me. I didn’t really get her attraction to Lucas at first. I expected the hate and rudeness she doled out, but wasn’t ready for that to morph into something completely opposite. I had to keep reminding me that people fall in love with the siblings’ exes all the time.

What made me end up falling in love with Lucas and Avery’s relationship was the way their separate and combined histories were shared piece by piece. Once I had the whole picture, it was easy to see how perfect they were for each other. I loved how their relationship ended up playing out and every little bit of craziness that happened along the way.

I’ve always enjoyed Rachel Van Dyken’s books, but I have to give her extra props for making fall in love with a cheater. If that doesn’t prove what a talented writer she is, I don’t know what would. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I can only imagine how Rachel Van Dyken is going to redeem the next cheater.

14 thoughts on “Review: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken”

  1. I think I have only ever one book by this author and I really hated it, so I’ve been hesitant to ever pick her up again. It sounds like her writing isn’t bad, though. I might have to give her another try…but not sure this book would be the one for me haha.

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