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…
It was all I needed anyway, right? It’s not as if he was going to really commit to me, marry me, offer to impregnate me and father all our children.
“Are you sure about this, Avery?” He cupped my face with his rough hands. “You still have a choice. You can turn that cute ass around and march out that door—hell, you can even slam it on the way out. I’ll even let you keep the steak.”
“Are you offering me an out?”
“Do you offer that to every girl?”
“Do they ever take it?”
“What do you want me to do?”
He paused. “You know, nobody has ever asked me that before.”
Probably because nobody cared about what else he had to offer besides what was dangling between his legs.
“I’m asking. Right now.” I wrapped my arms around his neck. “What does Thorn want?”
“You didn’t full-name me.”
“It seems to make you even more arrogant, God forbid.”
His grin made me weak, so weak that I had to hold on to him for strength. Funny how things come full circle. How he’d always been my rock.
He held all the power. Lucas Thorn . . . could destroy me.
“Stay.” He brushed a soft kiss across my lower lip. “I want you to stay.”
Everyone thought Lucas Thorn had everything he could possibly want. A winning personality and good looks to go with it, a great career and the perfect fiancée. Why would he jeopardize his seemingly picture perfect life by getting stinking drunk and waking up in his fiancée’s sister’s room? Everyone though it was obvious: he was just too good to be true. Ignoring the pain of that night, he embraced the label and became a cheater, multiple dater. Everyone knows the rules, one girl for each day of the week. That way no one gets hurt, right?
Avery Black doesn’t see it that way and isn’t afraid to let Lucas know. Forced to work for the man she once hero worshiped, was her best friend and her sister’s fiancée she can barely tolerate him. But he holds her work review hostage and needs her to fake a relationship with her for the sake of his parents. Can they ignore the kernel of the deeper than friendship connection that previously existed and intense attraction?
“I glowered down at his perfect face and stupid chest and sexy smile—and I prayed for all his teeth to fall out, except for one. Because then I could call him Toothclops—like Cyclops of teeth!
I’ve heard that laughter is a great form of therapy and I’m all for having a good laugh as often as possible and Rachel Van Dyken provides a real treat with this story that is silly and kind of childish that you can’t help but laugh combined with sweet sexiness.
“It was all Lucas’ fault. Hating him was difficult. Being attracted to him was inevitable.”
Without giving too much away I’ll try to assuage concerns about the book’s title and the hero’s label. Lucas had realized that he was in love with the wrong woman. His fiancée youngest sister. On the eve of their wedding he makes a big mistake and rather than risk hurting anyone else he decides to adopt a no strings attached approach to relationships.
This gets very complicated when four years later Avery starts working for him and gets even more convoluted when they try to hide his nonstandard relationship style from his parents. All sorts of wackiness ensues and I just couldn’t stop laughing because by his own admission, Lucas’ parents are certifiable, just like Avery and himself, both of whom I found endearing.
Dr. Dupper looked between the two of us. “Your hymen is still intact.”
I looked up at Lucas and grinned, suddenly feeling quite pleased with the whole situation when I answered, “Well, he’s really small.”
Dr. Dupper burnt out laughing.
Avery is strong with a sharp tongue and totally adorable. Behind his sometimes crude mouth and arrogance he’s charming and caring, honest and absolutely redeemable. Their banter is quick, witty and yes sometimes silly, and the romance between Avery and Lucas is an interesting mix of cheeky and swoony. And in the words of the notorious Lucas Thorn: I laughed and cried (from laughter) and in the end I understood.
“You’re a bad habit, Thorn… An addiction I can’t kick—each kiss gets me drunker than the first, until I lose all sense of right and wrong.”
Cheater is book #1 in the Curious Liaisons series by Rachel Van Dyken. It is a standalone contemporary romance. Told from both points of view and has a happy ending.
About the Author:
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!