Published February 2016
Series: Wild Seasons #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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.
As a huge Christina Lauren fan, I had been eagerly waiting for Wicked Sexy Liar to be released. This title is the 4th Book in the Wild Seasons, and deals with London Hughes (who has made a couple of appearances in the previous books of the series, since she is Lola’s roommate). London is a web and graphics designer by degree, but surfs during the day and tends bar at night. That’s where she meets Luke Sutter, a really cute guy who she immediately labels as a player. But why not indulge into a one-time night of good sex with him?
But turns out that the tables are turned on ladies-man Luke, because with London, it’s the first time he wants a repeat, and more… But London is reluctant to engage further into what this thing with Luke could become. She knows what it’s like to get her heart broken over a cheater, and when she finally finds out about Luke’s past, there’s really no way she could ever want more from him.
While Wicked Sexy Liar wasn’t the best book in the Wild Seasons series, I still liked it because the characters were unique and because for once, the male character had to fight to get a girl’s attention. I can’t tell you just how many books I’ve read where the men could just get away with the crappy player past, and the women just accepted it because – y’know – love changed them.
London was weary, as she should have been, because it took Luke WAY too long to notice why she wouldn’t be head over heels for him the moment he realized he wanted more from her. And even then, she was weary that Luke was only in it for the chase, and that this was all just a game from him.
It took me time to warm up to Luke because a lot of things he did just disgusted me. He had a lot of grovelling and soul-searching to do, which was interesting to witness. I also loved how London and his sister wouldn’t put up with his shit.
“I want someone who makes me laugh, who challenges me, who listens to me. I want that leg within reach while I drive.”
And at the same time, there was London – whom I really liked because she was real and relatable – who needed to understand that people could change, and that she shouldn’t be afraid to take chances because otherwise she could just miss out on something great. That applied to both her professional career and her love life.
It was also nice to see the previous characters from the season all re-united, even though I felt that some of them were less likeable than in the previous books.
All in all, even though Wicked Sexy Liar wasn’t as good as the previous books, it was a really nice read which was refreshing, engaging and with just the right amount of steam and humour.
|All the feels|