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Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken


August 7, 2017


reviewed for


Jeri’s Book Attic








Rachel Van Dyken


Curious Liaisons #1


February 28th 2017 






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…






Many times it’s the Cover that sells the book


Sometimes it is the Blurb that sells the book


And few times and I do mean really really rarely it is the name of the author that sells the book – despite the Blurbs best intentions NOT to be sold.


Well at least not to me…So here we have a book called “Cheater” and if there has ever been an unbroken (so far) hard limit for me it has been the subject of cheating. I hate that subject … but here is the crux… the book is from Rachel van Dyken.


I can already feel the stares on me from other readers, the looks that say “what does the name of the author have to do with the subject of a book” – either it is a hard limit for you or it is not.


And then there is me staring back at them with my “yeah BUT this is RACHEL VAN DYKEN” …. OK I agree that might be only a valid argument for those that know this author (and if you don’t ? huge mistake)


This author sells you sore subjects and even your worst hard limits and you will later reconsider your own opinion on things. (ok – no – I admit this is me going overboard) – I will never be ok with cheating and other hard limits I have but what I want to express is that this author has a way of getting close to you.


It is not that you are willing to get close to a story –  no – the story will come to you. It will pick you up where you are. It agrees with you that cheating is bad and then it will take you from there. And in the end you will … (ha no forget it – no spoilers from me)


I doubt I have to say that I loved the characters and their banter will stay with me for some time I am sure. And I have divided feelings looking at the stapler on my desk. But that is what happens if you let authors like this one into your life.


Rachel van Dyken if I ever get the chance to ask you … I would love to know your secret on how you turn around subjects that are hard, sad, bad and worse into something that makes the reader smile (sometimes while crying – oh yes I have not forgotten “Ruin”)


I think it is fair to say “She did it again”



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