Review: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken


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…


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This book took a little bit of time for me to warm up to, but in typical Rachel Van Dyken fashion, she eventually hooks me in and I can’t put it down. I can’t explain my attraction to this book, while I didn’t experience many laugh out loud moments, I didn’t want to put it down. I think I was fascinated with this taboo story line. I mean it takes a special author with some balls to write an entire story centered around a cheater, and Rachel does it with easy and a well practiced mastery.

I was captivated by Lucas, I wanted to be in his head, and know what made him tick. Avery was a spit fire and I loved the absolute chaos that ensued when they are reunited. The secondary characters are absolutely, over-the-top ridiculous, and made the story so much better. I really like how unique and different the story was, it was a refreshing POV, regardless of the story line. Lucas really grew over the course of the story and while I am not sure he is a changed man, I have high hopes. I was also cheering when a certain character got punched in the face. Some characters are so awful you can’t help but be satisfied when karma rolls around.

Overall, this book has me very hopeful for the second one. While it wasn’t the insta-love I usually experience when reading a Rachel Van Dyken novel, I did enjoy the interesting story line and the different POVs. I am feeling confident that the next book will far exceed this one.


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