Review: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted March 3, 2017 by Shannon in Blog Tours, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Cheater by Rachel Van DykenCheater (Curious Liaisons, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Curious Liaisons
Published by Skyscape on February 28, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 317

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 review will be brutally honest. Our motto is to always be 100% forthcoming about our thoughts on a certain novel, so you want mine? Here you go. Now don’t yell at me, even if you don’t agree. You know who I love? Rachel Van Dyken. I haven’t read her mafia series but the books of hers that I have read are all fun and easy going (except Ruin – I forgot about that one), guaranteed to have you crying from laughter and to keep a huge smile on your face. It’s safe to say that when going into Cheater, I expected the same. Even from her first chapter (or in this case a prologue), RVD certainly has one hell of a hook!

Avery is such a little spitfire at the beginning, I really liked her, even early on. In no time she was airing out her thoughts and had no qualms about calling Lucas out on his crap. I love when a heroine can do this.

I did like the deeper side that we saw of Avery. There were a few moments or glimpses when she felt unworthy, or like she wasn’t good enough. I really felt for her during these times because really, who can’t relate to that? And when it was explained why she felt this way, my heart cracked a little for her.

The humour was quite classic RVD style, but after reading both the Consequence Series and the Matchmaker’s Series, it didn’t exactly stand up to those. I loved Avery’s sense of humour, and Lucas’s more so in the beginning, but the rest (a few scenes in particular) that were suppose to be funny (I’m assuming) just felt so fake and flat to me, I almost couldn’t believe it. Lucas’s parents for instance? I didn’t laugh, I was honestly kind of mad.

My biggest overall issue was simply the fact that I didn’t believe the relationship between the main characters. I didn’t believe it as an enemies to lovers situation, a friends to lovers situation, or even forbidden. None of these tropes added up. I didn’t understand or feel chemistry or a pull between them, I didn’t find their conversations flirty. I just honestly didn’t get that feeling from them which was kind of a disappointment.

I don’t know about all the other girls… I mean, I get it, he’s a cheater, you learn early on about all of his girlfriends, but when he was developing feelings for Avery again, he just carried on seeing them and talking to them. In front of her. Having her manage his “other” calendar, including his dates. I think this was a big reason as to why I didn’t buy Lucas’s feelings for Avery. I understand not wanting to hurt her, but even that idea was mentioned offhand and then never again. He just didn’t have a good reason for any decision and it was aggravating.

I appreciated that Avery stood up for herself and refused to be one of Lucas’s ‘Days of the Week’, but then she caved so quickly. She went from strong willed and honest to falling into bed with him in a matter of days. Where did her self respect go? She definitely had some at one point.

I wasn’t the girl I used to be—the one he would be willing to give up his serial screwing for. I was like every other girl, like the ones he spent time with during the week—completely and utterly replaceable.
And that hurt.
More than it should have.
Because I’d always come up short when it came to Lucas.

Sort of along this point, the timeline doesn’t match up in certain areas of the book (between how much time you’re led to believe has passed, mentions of the weekend, a party or dinner or girl on a certain day, etc.). Details like this are so easy to pick up on, I feel like it should’ve been caught.

“Still possessive, hey, Avery Bug?”
She glanced back at me. “In every way that matters, yes. When a man loves me, he’s going to get all of me, not twenty-four hours.”
Lucky bastard.
Lucky freaking bastard.

I really didn’t find this to be believable as a forbidden, enemies to lovers or friends to lovers, which is kind of weird because it should be all three. I didn’t get enough hostility for it to be enemies to lovers, didn’t get enough flashbacks or memories to believe the friends to lovers, and where it should’ve been forbidden, it wasn’t because the parents were all crazy and weird.

“Please tell me my assumptions are wrong.” I cleared my throat.
“Maybe they are?”
“Tell me you don’t have a woman for every day of the week. Tell me you don’t sleep with them and change them around like you would your socks. Tell me that she didn’t just assume I was . . . FRIDAY!” Her voice rose an octave, grabbing the attention of those at the table next to us.
“You’re wrong.” I grinned.
She let out a rough exhale.
“I sleep with a different girl every day of the week—except Sunday. That’s God’s day.

Just a small side note, but Brooke and Kayla — Avery’s sisters — pardon my French but they are fucked. Like seriously messed in the head. From how they acted as adults to how they acted during flashbacks when Avery was a teenager, I definitely wouldn’t have liked these girls.

Even if a book is lighter and for all intents and purposes – fluff – I still expect it to have some semblance of a solid storyline, but after finishing Cheater, I honestly can’t tell you what that would’ve been. There just seemed to be so much conversation about nothing at all, and focus on the others girls, that the plot felt weak, predictable and underdeveloped.

So all in all, yes, RVD is one of my favourite authors and no, this was not my favourite book of hers by a long shot. And you know what? That’s okay. I still love the crap out of her writing. Not every book will work for every reader and that’s totally normal. In this case, Cheater didn’t really work for me, but it seems to be going over much better for everyone else, so you probably don’t have to listen to my ramblings. 😉


*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.


About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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