Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons #4) by Christina Lauren
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.
Oh, I loved Wicked Sexy Liar. I loved Luke so freakin much! Seriously I don't know how these authors do it. They keep writing characters I just don't want to leave. I was reading this story and looked down and saw I had a bit over an hour left in the book, but then next thing I know it was over! I think I may actually have yelled NO!!! when I got to the end. I wasn't ready. Not at all. I loved Luke and London so much! Sometimes it is hard to say goodbye.
London doesn't want a relationship. She really doesn't want anything to do with guys because they are trouble. They are not worth it. She doesn't really understand why you would want to be in a couple when you could be by yourself. You can do whatever you want when you want to because you don't have to make decisions as part of a pair. She graduated college with a graphic design degree but is happy to surf all day and bartend at night. She doesn't want anything else.
Luke is a good guy, but he has been on autopilot for years. He is not ready to jump back into a relationship again. He is not even sure if he is over the last one that ended years ago. He has never wanted to try again with anyone he has met so he is happy to just sleep with girls when he wants, no strings attached. He hooked up a lot, but once he meets London he starts to realize maybe he doesn't want to be doing that anymore. Maybe he has finally found someone that he could be with. Someone that could lead to something really amazing. But first he has to convince her of that.
These two started off as a no strings attached one-night stand, but of course, things get a bit complicated when they both start having feelings. London definitely doesn't want to and is very harsh when it comes to Luke. She knows who he is, the kind of guy he is, even if he isn't really. Especially if he wants to change and not be the player he was. Oh man, I couldn't get enough of Luke and London. I...my heart hurt for Luke so much at times. I loved him so hard it was crazy. I love how he loves. How once he is in he is all in. He knows himself and there is no in between. It is all in or nothing and oh, it was wonderful to read. I loved his family as well. His sister and mother and grandmother were so much fun. I understand completely as that is how my family is. We pick on each other as a way of showing love. And I understand when he would get upset when they would joke about things that he doesn't want to joke about. I've been there. I loved reading him and wanted everything to work out for him because he really is a great guy.
I liked London also, but at the same time never really understood her. I know she has a bad past, a not so good relationship, but...I don't know. She is so afraid of making connections with people and really jumping all in that she was a bit of a mystery for me. I loved her and was rooting for her to finally find her place. To be able to let people in finally. These two were wonderful and I was so sad when their story ended.
Now at the end of this story there was an extra added bonus short story of Not-Joe! As I was reading I kept wondering if we would get to know him more. You see him in the background in all of the books (or all of the ones I have read thus far - still haven't read the first in the series yet) and I wanted to see what he was really like. So I was super excited for this mystery short story and let me tell you afterward I was crying wanting more! I thought Not-Joe would be fun, but oh I love love loved him!! Seriously I want so much more Not-Joe!! He was amazing. I love the way he thinks and says whatever comes into his head. He is so sweet and kind and wonderful! Oh, if only we could get a full length book for him! I will just have to make due with my short Not-Joe story. Truly amazing.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2