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.
©2016 Christina Lauren (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio
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This author, or should I say these authors, are some of my favorites. I've read and listened to the entire beautiful series as well as the wild seasons and as always the books are adorable and funny, cute and easy.
That being said....
Here's the thing about them, they tend to be repetitive, which is great if you aren't reading the whole series or you're reading out of order, but if you're reading them the way I do, as soon as they come out, it can be a little off putting. The whole dynamic of the series revolves around this group and they tend to run parallel so you find yourself basically re-reading something that you already had before. Sometimes it's nice to see the other side of a scenario, sometimes it's frustrating. The characters aren't deep.
The real hang up I had with this one, and actually probably all of them, is that you drown in details. I don't need to know how to make a vodka gimlet, I don't need to know every single thing that's in a room and I don't need to know every single over exaggerated feeling everyone has. It swamps you. It may just be me, but honestly, it's overwhelming and I zone out.
Now, if you can get passed it, the book is great. It's fun, and it made me laugh. I'm in my thirties so the early twenty-somethings tend to be a tad cliche with the whole girl friend- zones player, player falls in love and chases, nerdy girl resists kind of way, and it's pretty drama free. Light. Pretty much, the problems that kids fresh out of college worry about before the world becomes real. They are all super adorable and charming and I really think that's why I still love these books despite the obvious flaws.
I love to read, I love to listen to the audiobooks, and I always check the reviews to decide if it's a book worth while. By all means, I think this one is worth the listen, but seriously, the first few chapters are a hill to get over before you finally get lost in the story and forget about all that is annoying. It's a fun, easy listen that really is pretty adorable in that aw to be young kind of way.
"Witty Banter, Poetic, Hot Love Scenes - A+ story!"
I absolutely loved this book. I don't understand any of the lackluster reviews. I think this book is SOLID Christina Lauren, and shows the growth and development of their writing. My long-time favorite of theirs was Sweet Filthy Boy, and Wicked Sexy Liar came in a close second. The banter between Luke and London is witty, flirty and dirty - really awesome and engaging. The storyline is realistic, with appropriate, uncontrived angst, meaning the angst comes from real life jealousies, doubts and insecurities and not from 'surprise' pregnancies, 'mistaken' infidelities, or wicked, manipulative parents. The main characters are real, fleshed out, show growth, and are 'want-to-know-them' worthy. Grams is a stitch. All the key 'supporting' characters provide a solid structural foundation to the main characters, a tie-in to the other books of this series and a healthy perspective on the whole story arc. The sex scenes are pretty hot - though not over-the-top-porn-crap. I felt like the authors tried to be a bit more poetically sensual in this book, and I think it worked. Sex scenes were written in such a way that they were very erotic by virtue of the intense feelings that accompanied them, and the vivid descriptions of those feelings, both emotional and physical. I think both narrators did a fairly good job; I especially liked chapter 14, narrated by Deacon Lee. It was so sensual and poetically written and his delivery was perfect for those very intimate, personal feelings of Luke. It was a compelling read, and one I'll likely do again.
"it wasn't terrible but...."
I'm on the fence, it wasn't a terrible listen, but i'll probably avoid Deacon Lee narrations in the future.
The ending could have been better, i didn't really feel like there was closure, because a lot could still go wrong, more fights or complications, we are kind of left to assume they have a happy ever after.
I think so!
I thought that Luke's character was extremely whiney, in my opinion their story wasn't necessary, but that being said- it wasn't a bad one, I just felt like i was waiting for something to happen & it never came, no huge drama's (which I appreciate sometimes!) but it just felt like it was dragged on when so many other things could have been happening to make it interesting.
"I WANTED TO LOVE THIS--BUT, IT WAS JUST OK"
Christina Lauren books are an immediate purchase for me typically--I don't even bother to read the description, that's just how addicted I am to their books, and how fantastic each one has been. This one, not so much. I have to say it's at least 60% because of the narration. Both narrators were tough to stomach, and didn't fit the characters. The storyline had some of the usual sass and humor that I love about Christina Lauren books but this seemed like a throwaway story. It's nice to see the expansion of the lovers circle that began with Sweet Filthy Boy, but, this book is sadly forgettable.
"Narrator problem or a flat story line?"
I think that Christina Lauren should keep on writing the books that they are inspired to write whether or not they are follow-ups.
The first Christina Lauren book I listened to was Sweet Filthy Boy. It was such an amazing combination of sexy romance and humor with a good story line. It is still my favorite of all the Christina/Lauren duad's books, although I have really enjoyed many of their others. So I was waiting with great anticipation for Wicked Sexy Liar. All through listening to it I've been doing that internal debate we readers do when an author (s) we love puts out a book we don't love. How do we rate a book we're not liking when we also recognize the skill and creativity that has gone into it?
The story seemed rather flat to me and Luke and London were not particularly interesting as characters. I had really liked the London character in the previous books in this series, so it was disappointing. Luke had been a shadow character, and I do think the authors did a good job of redeeming his character, which had been darkened in the other books (in my opinion). There was a good plot and it was developed well but I ended up being rather bored and impatient, listening simply to finish rather than to enjoy. It just was not up to the standards I've come to expect from Christina Lauren.
That said, I still think the quality of the writing of Wicked Sexy Liar is way beyond that of most romance fiction being written today. There are no stupid misunderstandings, the characters feel real, the situations feel real. So I have to wonder what left me so cold throughout most of the book?
One crucial thing that really detracted from the book for me were the narrators. Christina Lauren's previous books have been read by pros. I was blown away by Shayna Thibideau's voices, especially Ansel's in Sweet Filthy Boy. She was a huge piece of why that book was so fun to listen to. So I have to say that Olivia Song in particular just wasn't good enough for this book. Her voice did have the sort of youthful sound that could have made a good London, but she just doesn't have the maturity or the nuance to even do a good job of all of the emotional changes that London goes through, and her voices of the other characters (many of whom we fans know well by now) are just plain painful to hear. Deacon Lee does a better job, although his voice is not one that is particularly sexy; he did improve through the book and his sex scenes felt more genuine. His non-Luke characters' voices were not great.
So I have to say, once again, that it is crucial to a book that the right narrators are chosen carefully. I can't imagine that Christina Lauren and their publishers don't know this and don't have a choice of the best in the business. So I think it was perhaps a miscasting which can happen to the best of productions. But sadly, this is not a book I will want to listen to again, which is not the case with any other of the Christina Lauren books. Every other one is a fun and easy listen.
I am giving the story 4 stars because I think behind the unfortunate narration is probably at least a 4 star story. I always want to give authors the benefit of the doubt, and I do plan to read the Kindle version to see if I find it to be better appreciated that way.
"Narration ruins the story ...."
I love this series ..... I liked the story .... but the narration especially the male narration is just terrible. I suggest reading instead.
"WHAT A JOY... A FEEL GOOD HUMOROUS LOVE STORY"
London's been cheated on before and it went on for years behind her back until she finally found out so she can't trust her own judgement anymore when it comes to men and she definitely never dates customers at the Bar she works at. But after a bad day, and feeling a bit lonely, it's not surprising that she's talked into breaking her own rules because Luke, the handsome, sexy and flirtatious Player, is offering her just what she needs.... sex with no strings, no promises and absolutely no commitments. And for Luke, well she was just meant to be another random hookup in his long long list of meaningless conquests to help him forget about the 5 year breakup of his first love, his hidden heartache and the pain of broken dreams.
However, right from the start, Luke was intrigued, amused and challenged by the feisty Bartender and somehow the sex felt different with her and, instead of the usual feelings of one and done, he wanted more.... but, as he lay there breathless and happy, London was already reaching for the door. And Luke soon realised that he was in for a life-changing battle of wills because he was determined to change London's mind - it wasn't going to be easy, it would be frustrating and very challenging but the prize at the end would be oh so worth it.
Luke and London were wonderful characters.... he was so sweet, genuine, open, honest and yet vulnerable too and she was confused and torn between her growing feelings for Luke and her loyalty to her friends. The sexual chemistry was off the charts and their playful and humorous banter was just a joy to listen to and so was the flirty innuendos and sensual breathless touches stirring passions and desire. The story flowed well, had layers and depth and was a good balance between their budding romance, the hot sexy times and the overcoming of all obstacles as well as a nice line-up of interesting, quirky and funny secondary characters. Alternating POV's and the narrators did a great job.
Worth a credit? What a touching and tasty little morsel this was, I was engrossed in it from the start and thoroughly entertained by it til the end - and now that the Wild Season series has ended it's left me craving more from the dynamic writing duo of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings whose partnership has lead to many wonderful love stories.... and each and every one of them were, IMO, very creditworthy.
"Luke & London love story"
This is a great love story. The characters are easy to like. Strong, confident, smart, and sexy with a great sense of humor.
"Another solid Christina Lauren book."
I have listened to this entire series and this book is another hit on the target for Christina Lauren. I love how these books have a lot of the same formula but the characters are so different that you fall in love with them every time. If you enjoyed any Christina Lauren's in the past, Luke and London's story will not disappoint. I love their tie in to the previous 3 books and I enjoyed catching up with those characters to see how their relationships have progressed.
Deacon Lee, while not one of my narrators, gives a good performance and Olivia Song is great as London.
I would recommend spending a credit on this.
"So good once you get passed the first few chapters"
It took me a while to get into this book. I'd been listening to it off and on for weeks. I can't decide if it was the narrators or my lack of connection to and interest in the main characters. It was probably a 50/50 split between both. However, I'm so glad I stuck with it! I ended up enjoying the developing friendship between the girl group AND Luke and London. The scene that family got me over the hump was the Sutter family dinner. I was literally laughing out loud. Luke's grandmother is hilarious!
A few things I really liked:
Luke's relationship with the women in his family
Harlow finally growing up and not being so judgmental
Lola and Finn ❤️
The chemistry between Luke and London!!
I wasn't so keen on all the back forth indecision at the beginning of the book. If you can soldier through it, this is a Wicked-Sexy good read!
"I love this series"
Wicked sexy liar is one of my favourites of this series and that's high praise indeed. Both characters are simply adorable but Luke is simply wonderful. Both Deacon lee and Olivia song are outstanding !!
I absolutely adore this series (in fact I'm pretty much a Christina Lauren junkie, love ALL their books), but this book might possibly be my favourite. I absolutely adored both London and Luke, I could get completely into the psyche of both of them, I understood every decision they made and could get on board with their friends and relatives and the way they lived their lives. The story, told in dual POV, follows manwhore Luke who is just coasting through life with his friends, until, that one moment when he meets London, who has been cheated on in the past and has serious trust issues. She is not looking for a relationship, at all, so they both make it quite clear, it's just one night! Okay, maybe not, but are they able to accept that? Can they however, get past their issues and build a trusting relationship together? The chemistry between these two is off the charts and, as usual, the writing and characters are all perfect. Another winner.
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