Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
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.

Natasha’s Experience:
It’s no surprise that I love Christina Lauren. Their books always leave me breathless. They might be the only authors who I actually feel the need to reread the book immediately after finishing it for the first time (I’m looking at you, BEAUTIFUL SECRET). Now this? WICKED SEXY LIAR had me texting my friends immediately after because I just needed to share my pain/love/adoration.

“Falling in love isn’t about who makes you feel the best, but who could make you the most miserable if they leave.”

London has sworn off of boys, especially after her a-hole of an ex burns her badly. She’s really to herself, and for good reason. She’s not in the mood to start trusting guys, or herself. In the meantime, she’s living life on a sort of pause. She’s graduated and working at a bar when her real passion is in graphic design. She surfs in her time off, breathes in the beach like it’s the only thing that is solid in her life. But then there’s Luke.

“I think when I give my heart, I want to give everything. You make that decision, and it’s all or nothing, you know?”

Luke Sutter is charming as heck. But he’s more known for charming a lot of other girls, all of the time. This kind of image isn’t something London wants; she’s done with guys who don’t know what they want. But Luke does know what he wants; he’s on his way to becoming a lawyer and is incredibly driven. Then there’s London. London who he just gets, who gets him, and who he feels like he needs something more from than what she’s willing to give.

“She’s making me want something I haven’t considered in so long. Connection, stability, something familiar and just ours.”

Luke and London’s story really hits a lot of incredible points that I love reading about. You get characters who are either too scared to love, to be loved, or characters who just need to love, need to show that kind of adoration, need to be that person’s person. Then you get characters who are doing something for themselves, finding their own way, paving their own path and actually going after their dreams.

“Do we ever see the big things coming, though? A predictable life never changed anyone.”

This book is the definition of actions speaking louder than words. Showing up is always going to be bigger than speaking up. Christina & Lauren are masters of the important two H’s in romance: heat & humor. You’ll basically read a book of theirs and think: heck yes!

Do you need to read this book? Yes. Do you need to reread this book after you finish it? Yes. Will you fall in love with Luke and London? Undoubtedly.

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About the Authors

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful Bastard and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, and The House.

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