Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Wicked Sexy Liar, by Christina Lauren {ends 2/17}

"You're a lot of fun, Logan."

"Easy, tiger."

Luke laughs, sending little bursts of warm air across my skin. "I meant more in a general sense but, yeah. That too, obviously," he says, gently squeezing my hip before he steps back and across the door. Goose bumps make their way across my body and I try to hide a shiver.

Luke Sutter is going to be trouble.

This novel is the fourth book in Christina Lauren's Wild Seasons series (see below for a full list of the books in the series) and it focuses on someone outside of the core Mia/Harlow/Lola group: London, Lola's roommate, who is a graphic designer by day and bartender by night.

(and no, I didn't misspell her name in the paragraph above ... read on to see why ...)

Official synopsis:
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.

Don't quote me on this, but I believe Luke made a minor appearance in one of the other Wild Seasons books - I think London did as well, but I don't remember her in them.

London and Luke start hooking up, but London gets scared when she thinks she wants something more - and Luke definitely wants something more, but he's gotten used to his "hookup" lifestyle because he hasn't had a serious girlfriend in a while. Oh, and that serious girlfriend was Mia, London and Lola's friend who is now married, to Ansel ... which complicates things.

Christina Lauren's Wild Seasons books are always fun, and this one was as well. Because London and Luke were such minor characters, if they showed up at all, in the other three books, however, I didn't like this one as much as the first three. However, it was definitely a cute read, and I found myself rooting for the two of them to get together, though they got off to a rocky star; Luke thought London's name was "Logan" and she didn't correct him until the next time she saw him, which was funny.

This is definitely a standalone novel, as well, but you'll want to read the other three books in the series first to catch up on all the history between the friends in the book and their pasts.

3.5 stars out of 5.

{Wild Seasons series}
#1 (Mia + Ansel): Sweet Filthy Boy (purchase)
#2 (Harlow + Finn): Dirty Rowdy Thing (purchase)
#3 (Lola + Oliver): Dark Wild Night (purchase)
#4 (London + Luke): Wicked Sexy Liar (purchase)

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

I have one paperback copy of Wicked Sexy Liar for one of my lucky readers to win!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday, February 17th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be contacted via email the next day and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. and Canadian residents only, please.

Good luck!

Paperback copy of Wicked Sexy Liar

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