Monday, February 1, 2016

Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons #4) by Christina Lauren: ARC Review

Blurb:

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.


 


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About the Authors:

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

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Review by Yvette:

The three previous books in Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series have been 5 Star instant favorites for me, which is why I’m disappointed to say that the fourth and final book in the series didn’t live up to my expectations. Did I enjoy Wicked Sexy Liar? Yes. Was it a worthy conclusion to a much-beloved series? I don’t believe this was the case. The writing is funny, witty, and entertaining, but there was something missing – a lack of emotional connection between protagonists, Luke and London, that kept this book from being truly memorable. Wicked Sexy Liar features a casual-hookup-turned-romance type of relationship, which is a trope I’m quickly finding unsatisfactory as it focuses more on physical rather than emotional intimacy. Luke and London have chemistry but there's also an awkwardness between them as they vacillate between casual sex and something more. As such, their relationship is complicated and uncomfortable where I wished for swoon-worthy romance.

As the book’s central characters, Luke and London are a bit one-dimensional: Luke is defined by his phone's tendency to chime with suggestive texts from the opposite sex each and every night, while London is defined by her severe trust issues with men. With the exception of these character insights and their respective (underdeveloped) relationships with recurring characters in the series, I never felt as though the narrative delved too deeply into the minds of Luke and London. Wicked Sexy Liar is a character-driven romance and I couldn't help but feel as though we only scratched their surface. Luke was portrayed as this heartbroken womanizer and, while he worked to overcome this label, the stigma followed him far longer than I would've liked, even leading him to a choice that I had difficulty accepting seeing as how he wanted to move away from his playboy past. As much as Luke was an open book, with everything laid out on the table, London was more mysterious with her thoughts and motivations, and I wasn't sure if this mystery was ever fully unraveled.

On its own, Wicked Sexy Liar is a quick, lighthearted, sexy read. I may not have connected with Luke and London individually, but I liked them better as a couple, when they could play off each other. When you take into account that this is the final book in the Wild Seasons series, though, I couldn't help but be disappointed in how Luke and London's story seemed to be disconnected to the rest of the series. I would’ve appreciated this more as a standalone novel rather than a series finale because, as much as the authors tried to incorporate previous characters, I didn’t get a sense of the history between the group as a whole that was implied. Overall, Wicked Sexy Liar didn't pack quite the same emotional punch as its predecessors and the steam level wasn't quite as scorching as I anticipated, though it was a fun, flirty, and enjoyable read.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 Stars

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