Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

3 Stars

“This is my story. You will hate it. You will hate me.”

^^^^I thought that was secret porn code for “you will love it and splooge yourself all over everywhere,” but it turns out he kind of wasn’t lying. But what do I know????

The story here is of Lucas Thorn and Avery Black (yay for actual human names!!!!). Lucas and Avery go way back . . . all the way to when they were kids and Lucas was childhood sweethearts and eventually engaged to her sister. A disastrous case of mistaken identity found Lucas en flagrante with yet another sister thus making with a cease and desist of the nuptials and Lucas labeled as he who shall not be named among the members of the Black family. Fastforward several years and Avery discovering her new boss is . . . you guessed it. Lucas. The new Lucas has a different girl for every day of the week in order to make sure he’s never caught “cheating” again – but can all that change when the truth of what actually happened so many years ago finally comes out?

I’ve mentioned before I absolutely adore Rachel Van Dyken. She is an autoclick for me whenever a new release comes out and she writes the best stories. Good characters, so much chemistry, not icky smexytimes. I REALLY appreciated what she tried to do here by writing something fresh rather than following the formula of using one of the handful of tired tropes most porny writers choose. And Lucas and Avery where amazing together. Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut, I just couldn’t get over the used to be engaged to her sister part. I don’t think the family would have ever been able to get over it either. Not to mention the age difference back-in-the-day was kind of at the statutory level so that raised the ol’ hinky meter a bit too. For all of those reasons I just can’t let myself give this more than 3 Stars. I wasn’t offended by anything – it just didn’t work for me and seemed way too unrealistic. I guess I really channeled my inner Ron 2.0 on this one. Someone call the fun police . . . .

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you, NetGalley!

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