Friday, February 5, 2016

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Title: Wicked Sexy Liar
Author: Christina Lauren
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Wild Seasons #4
Main Characters: London and Luke
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

My Review:
This has been just the best contemporary/new adult series out there, and I absolutely fell in love with London and Luke...who are both so messed up when it comes to relationships.

If you've been reading the series, you're familiar with Luke. He was Mia's boyfriend from the age of 12 until her accident when she was 19. For him, she was everything and after that he refused to risk his heart again. The end of that relationship broke him. To protect himself, he's since become one of the biggest manwhores around. And he's very popular. His phone is constantly buzzing with hook-up texts from women, it's hard for him to go to a bar without running into someone he's slept with...usually the bartender. The guy is a major player. 

London is a bartender. She knows exactly what type of guy Luke, but all that experience and the fact that the women keep coming back means that he's pretty good in the sack. London could use that. It's been two years, and she sure doesn't have time for anything to do with a relationship. So when Luke propositions her, she says 'yes, but it's a one-time thing.' He's good with that...until he discovers just how much he likes her and how little she truly wants to see him again. 

London is awesome. She's straightforward and blunt as all get out. She gives Luke a hard time about everything. She calls him on his playboy ways and doesn't let him get away with anything. I loved her. But despite his history, Luke is pretty awesome too. Yes, he uses a big way...but that's just the superficial. Underneath, there's this great guy who used to be the best boyfriend in the world. That guy is still there and London is seeing more and more of him, which is so not good for this girl who was hurt by a cheating ex (he cheated for TWO WHOLE YEARS...and she had no clue...that's pretty devastating.) 

I love the myriad of names that Luke calls her. The dialogue in this book was some of the best around. It was witty, and fun, and sarcastic. I kept laughing out loud and smiling as I read. This is the type of contemporary romance I love to read because it simply feels good. But there's a lot of depth and emotion to the story too...just because the characters' backstories are so heartbreaking. I loved how the two are tied together, too, although they don't realize it for a while. 

It was just a GREAT story. I'm going to miss this series, but luckily I own it all in print so I can re-read it over and over again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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