by: Rachel VanDyken
My Rating: Highly Recommend

Published by: Skyscape on February 28th 2017
Genres: Adult, Cliffhanger Free, Contemporary, HEA, ROM/COM, Romance
ISBN: 1503942090

Pages: 320
Series: Curious Liaisons #1
Also by this author: Ruin, Elect, The Bachelor Auction, The Matchmaker's Playbook
Content Warning: sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence make this title appropriate for readers 18 and over.


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…

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There aren’t many authors I have on pre-order. In fact, I can count them on one hand. But Rachel Van Dyken is one of them. And Cheater, her newest release and the first book in the Curious Liaison’s series, is a perfect example of why.


Okay, I should start by saying I hated Lucas Thorn. I mean, we know from the title of the book what kind of guy he is, right? Then we flip it over (which, admittedly, I didn’t do until after I’d purchased the book because I’m fearless that way) and our worst fears are not only confirmed, but he ups the ante by cheating with… drumroll… the sister of the woman he’s going to marry the following day. Yeah, I hate him. Except, not. Cuz, like most things, there’s more to the story. But the amazing thing was, I liked him even


Except, not.



Cuz, like most things, there’s more to the story. But the amazing thing was, I liked him even before I knew the whole mess of a story. And it’s a hot mess. And awesome. Just like family drama and gossip is meant to be.


Lucas Thorn—and that’s how all his women (and there are A LOT) refer to him—is awesome. Every man wants to be him and every woman wants to… well you know. And he’s more than happy to oblige them. If they obey his rules (read the book—no, it’s not a 50-shades thing).


“Because I needed sex.

Like some men need water.

It was what I did when I felt nervous—actually, it was what I did when I felt anything—sex was my yoga.”


Well, okay then. As if men need another reason to have sex. Apparently, now it’s their yoga. And Lucas Thorn (note the first AND last name), needed a lot of yoga. He’s an incredibly stressed individual. So stressed, in fact, he has a, um, yoga partner for each day of the week. Monday… one (woman) yoga partner. Tuesday… another yoga partner. Wednesday… yeah, you get the picture. But, as he’s so fond of telling everyone…


“It isn’t cheating if they know the score.”


Then there’s Avery. She hates Lucas, or Thorn as she calls him. She knew him “before.” When he was a normal guy. One who didn’t have a woman for every night of the week. But, even with all the baggage of their relationship—and, man, there’s so much even Samsonite would have trouble fitting it all in—she isn’t immune to the Lucas Thorn Effect.


In true Van Dyken form, Cheater will have you giggling one minute, squeezing the book tighter and tighter and tighter until your fingers turn white and ache the next, and swallowing down the lump of tears the next… hopefully before your boyfriend, or husband, or significant other sees them leak from your eyes. Because if they’re like my husband (and teenaged son), you’ll never live down crying over a book. Yeah, like crying when your favorite football team loses a game is any different. Moving on.


I loved Avery. She’s facing some tough times. Like, moving back with mom and dad tough. Shudder.


“My parents were—special.


And my bedroom? Still filled with stuffed animals from my childhood, and with plush pink carpeting.


Sometimes I had nightmares of returning to that room as a grown adult. My dolls came to life and choked me to death while I screamed for help, only to have the captain of the football team, now with a beer gut, tell me he’d only save me if I married him and had ten children.”


Then, as if she isn’t having it hard enough (no, I’m not going to tell you the specifics… read the book), she runs into her nemesis: Lucas Thorn. And she just can’t shake him. He’s in her life like a bad head cold.


Bottom line: I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat myself in case you missed it: You can’t go wrong with Van Dyken. Her books are funny, sexy, and sweet. And always have a way of giving me those feels I crave from a good romance. And I’m not talking the warm fuzzy kind (even though there are a lot of those), but all the feels. Sometimes I wanted to slap Lucas. And Avery. And Thatch (Read. The. Book.). There isn’t a cliffhanger, just a nice HEA and a big goofy smile waiting for you at the end of the book. I read Cheater in one sitting and then blamed Van Dyken the next morning when my kids didn’t have jeans for school. Cuz, let’s be real, if the book had sucked, I’d have gotten my laundry done.


Do yourself a solid and get your copy. Highly recommend.


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About Rachel VanDyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!


About Michelle

I'm an award-winning YA and NA author... but, really? I'm the wife of an amazing man, mom of four awesome kids, a reader of words, and writer of stories. I love candles and books, think garden gnomes are creepy and M&Ms are the perfect food (especially peanut butter). I live and write in North Carolina, but was raised in Flint, Michigan and will always think of the Great Lakes state as home.


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