Wicked Sexy Liar (Unabridged)
by Christina Lauren
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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 nonplan. 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 to ensure he's not something she'll outright avoid as well.
One of the better NA series that I’ve read / listened to over the past while
Overall: Stars 4 Narration 5 Story 4
London is a bartender – a bit of a tough girl she’s solidly aware of who she is and what she will and won’t tolerate. With a solid group of friends from college, the ability to surf almost whenever she wants, and no lack of entertainment, a ‘relationship’ isn’t in the cards for her right now, and that’s just not a problem. But, one night is not a relationship, she’s an adult able to make her own choices and the one night rule comes with no harm no foul. And Luke, considering the number of women wanting a second night is nothing to sneeze at.
Luke is a card-carrying player with a string of women – most lasting no longer than the nearest sunrise. He finds London intriguing, and of course he’s ready for one night. But, when that one night has him thinking that he wants more ….that’s completely unheard of from him. But, much to his surprise, unlike the other women he knows, London isn’t interested in more…
These two are adorable together. The hoops that Luke jumps through to get London to see that he cares and wants more. It’s a first for him, not since his first serious girlfriend has he wanted more. And that brings up another problem: London and his first girlfriend Mia are friends – and that doesn’t sit well with London. It’s been a while, but does he still care? Sure, he says he’s all in and has created several pet names to call her, almost daily, and their conversations are wonderful, always leading to more ‘convincing of the naked version”. And yes, Luke does have a Ph.D., in convincing. Oh these two are just precious!
One of the better NA series that I’ve read / listened to over the past while. Moments that move seamlessly between sexy and snarky to raunchy in all the best ways, with plenty of emotion and a solid set of friendships that highlight every moment. Making the series even better in my opinion is the solid narrative performances by Deacon Lee and Olivia Song. They are cast with perfection, providing voices that sound and feel completely at home in the characters they portray with pitch, tone and sound of a group of 20-somethings. Emotional nuances, comedic timing and even pauses are placed with precision as the conversations did feel as if you are a fly on the wall listening, the interior moments where doubts creep in have the perfect pacing and pitch to bring it all to life. With each story in this series, the narration manages to fit both characters and story, adding to the experience in ways that enhance the experience.
I’m a fan of this series from this author duo, and I do believe that it is current and honest in the approach and the way the friendships and the romantic entanglements are portrayed. If you enjoy New Adult stories – that mix heart, humor and heat, this is the series for you.
I received an audiobook copy of the title from Simon and Schuster for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.