Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken
I have read a few Van Dyken books and I often find them hit or miss. Although I wouldn’t go as far as calling this a hit, I also wouldn’t say it is a miss either.
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…
3 / 5
It may sound as though I am sitting on the fence but this is far from true. There were aspects I really liked about this story and then aspects I really didn’t.
I have rated this story as a 3 and the main reason why I chose to rate it as high as I have is because I liked the idea of approaching a cheating storyline with a different twist. I have written cheating books myself and have delved into the clichés and the reasons why someone would cheat. I liked that Van Dyken tried to approach the topic from a different angle.
What I didn’t like, which seems to be a reoccurring theme in a lot of romance novels lately, is that the heroine is in her early twenties and the hero is always somewhere in his thirties. (Why does there always have to be such an age gap and why are the women always barely out of school?) Avery came across as immature at times but that’s not to say I didn’t like her character.
The title, as it suggests, is around cheating, although there’s a reoccurring theme that Lucas is a cheater because he dates 6 women at a time. Personally, I do not view this as cheating as all the women are aware that he’s dating other women. The cheating aspect happens right at the beginning of the book when Lucas has kissed his fiancée’s little sister and accidentally crawls into bed with the other when he is drunk.
I liked the chemistry between Lucas and Avery and the idea of a different aspect on cheating but Cheater fell a little short for me. Van Dyken almost glossed over the fact that Avery wanted her sister’s ex-fiancé. The poor sister was expected to entirely forget that he broke her heart and then wanted to be with her sister. It almost felt as though it was fine he started looking at Avery the way he did because his fiancée had been neglecting him. I just couldn’t ever envisage treating my sister that way or vice versa. I think I would have scored the story more if this had been considered with greater care.
I tried to read the second book of the series, Cheater’s Regret but the only thing I regretted was the time I spent trying to read the book. I found the characters a bore and stereotypical. I couldn’t review the book any further as I had given up only a quarter of the way through.
Cheater is worth a read. I liked it but I had some serious reservations over some of the plotline.