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Published by Gallery Books on February 2, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Erotica
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Source: Simon & Schuster
What started with three college besties and a wild night and Vegas turned into a whole lot more, and now it’s London’s turn.
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.
For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .
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For characters that we knew near to nothing about, Christina Lauren did a phenomenal job of warming these 2 into our hearts right from the beginning! London and Luke are an extension of the group that us Christina Lauren fans have come to love from the WILD SEASONS series (Ansel & Mia from SWEET FILTHY LIAR, Finn and Harlow from DIRTY ROWDY THING, and Lola & Oliver from DARK WILD NIGHT). In true Christina Lauren fashion, they won my heart over page by page with Luke and London <3
This was the perfect continuation of the WILD SEASONS series! I, for one, felt like it gave a sense of “closure” to Mia and Luke’s past without overdoing that part of the plot-line…bc we truly already got Mia’s closer in her book (SWEET FILTHY LIAR), but we didn’t quite realize the other characters didn’t, like Harlow, Lola and even Luke. So I loved that in between Luke and London’s story, we also got that added plot, which in the end was needed in order for both Luke and London to find love and trust again.
I love that no matter how many books from Christina Lauren I’ve read, I never feel like I am rereading characters from their previous books. They make ALL their characters completely unique and well developed that they make it impossible to not enjoy reading their stories unfold. Luke and London were no exception. Their story depicted a relationship full of resistance and was loaded with trust issues. It was not one sided…they BOTH brought baggage into their relationship, which was refreshing to read. Both characters were such contradictions, but yet had a lot in common. Luke was this notorious manwh*re, who was a complete soft-hearted guy underneath who was just burnt by his one of only past love. London was this beautiful bartender who has sworn off all men because of her terrible judgment in men and also was burnt by her past love. Hence the similarities and trust issues! Being able to get both POV’s from London and Luke helped out immensely! Their inner dialogue was a great demonstration of the personal struggles of learning to love and trust again. Plus the banter between these two was wickedly adorable and comical. Add to that their push/pull dynamic….it all made for a compelling story.
One of my favorite aspects of this book was it showed us some people are worth taking the leap for <3 “…but sometimes we all have to stop thinking about what could hurt us and just…jump.” –Luke. Luke had to help show London this. He had to attempt to show her that not ALL men are like her ex, which was hard for him to prove…he had some of his own “tendencies” that made it hard for London to fully trust him, but in the end Christina Lauren demonstrated that time and persistence can prevail. *wink*
I felt like Luke and London were extremely relatable characters…they seemed real, if that makes sense. They went through all the day to day issues that anyone could go through and that right there was ANOTHER reason I thoroughly enjoyed their story. And then Luke’s family…HILARIOUS! OH! And we FINALLY get to know “Not-Joe’s” name!! (You’ll know what I am referring to if you’ve read the previous books in the series).
All in all, I REALLY liked WICKED SEXY LIAR and would recommend it to ANY and ALL Christina Lauren fans and any new ones that are deciding to pick up their books…DO IT! Read this series, you will not be disappointed.
5 wicked stars!
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