by Rachel Van Dyken


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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503942097
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Curious Liaisons , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 494,430
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A master of lighthearted love stories, Rachel Van Dyken is the author of several novels that have appeared on national bestseller lists, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. A devoted lover of Starbucks, Swedish Fish, and The Bachelor, Rachel lives in Idaho with her husband, son, and two boxers. Follow her writing journey at and

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Cheater 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JWright57 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I first want to say please don't judge this book by its title. Lucas made a mistake the night before his wedding and that mistake lead him to become a manwhore, he makes no excuses for having a diffferent woman every night of the week the only day he keeps free is Sunday that's the day he saves for his sister. Avery can't believe her new boss is Lucas, he broke her sisters heart when he was caught in bed with her other sister the night before the wedding. Avery always looked upto Lucas before that fateful night and now she finding herself having to be told what to do by the man she despise's. The thing with this book is everything is not what it seems, did Lucas cheat that night or did he just fall asleep, does he want a different women every night of the week or is he just covering up his true feelings for the girl who now works for him. This book is filled with witty banter, humorous moments and it was fun to read. Rachel Van Dyken writes these types of stories so well and if you give this book a chance you won't be dissapointed as I said at the start don't judge a book by its cover. I loved Lucas and Avery's story after all what's not to love about a witty funny couple and a book with a HEA. Great job from a great author
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* I was really excited to read this book and see what kind of a spin the author would put on the socially unacceptable act of cheating; unfortunately i was disappointed. I found the timeline of the story quite disturbing with the male love interest Lucas Thorn ten years older than Avery Black, our female love interest. This in itself is not too bad but the fact that Lucas falls in love with Avery when she is seventeen, and he is twenty seven, makes the whole situation awkward as Avery is underage. Not only that but Lucas was engaged to Avery's older sister Kayla. Despite this, on the night before the wedding Lucas sought out Avery to confess his love but instead ended up kissing her eldest sister Brooke in his drunken state. This leads to a mess that is quite disturbing. Similarly, the fact that Avery knows Lucas' lifestyle and his revolving door of girls, yet she still accepts him and decides to be with him is quite shocking to me. Overall, I found this book to be quite disappointing due to Lucas' lifestyle, the age of the main characters and the fact that Lucas has had sexual relations with all three of the Black sisters.
Brotherhood_Lover More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing story! She kept you on your toes as to what happened in the past. I enjoyed the interactions between characters. You loved to hate Lucas then you just loved him. I am super excited to see what happens with Thatch and Austin!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Lucas Thorn is a cheater, C H E A T E R. But is he really? maybe it was a misunderstanding on everyone's part.  Avery Black is the little sister of his Ex-Fianceè. Who just so happens to end up being an intern at his job. That’s when everything starts to get all crazy. This book is hilarious like caught out loud hilarious. The banter and the witty comments make these characters great.  I actually feel bad for Lucas. Because when you really understand what was going through his mind 4 years ago. It’s not what it looked like. If only everyone in their family believed the same thing.  Van Dyken is an amazing writer, she holds the pen to writing Romantic Comedies like no one's business. I highly enjoyed this and I really loved the whole story. The narrators were great, even though when the male narrator would use a women voice (lol) Overall, I give this Four Boundless Stars
WendyDouglas More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this book. I'm a little sensitive to the whole cheating issue, but the blurb made me curious. Well, I loved it. One of the reasons it worked for me was the humor. Plus, Lucas was really a pretty decent guy. He'd developed a kind of warped sense of himself, and he worked hard to keep his self-image intact. (Most of us do.) The fact that Avery was an integral part of how he arrived at that kind of messed up idea made it all the more delicious! I loved their backstory together. I hated Avery's sisters. I loved that Lucas was in over his head with Avery, and he didn't even know it. I hated that he fought so hard to keep up his reputation as a cheater. (Even though I totally understood it). And I really, really loved that, despite his best efforts, he had to learn about himself and his past actions. Oh, and the fake engagement was perfect. I can't wait for the next book!
JulieD2 More than 1 year ago
Typically, cheating is not an amusing subject. But I have to admit that this book has to be the funniest story I've read in ages, I laughed and giggled from start to finish, not that I endorse cheating at all, I don't, but because I loved Ms. Van Dyken's brilliant, humorous writing. Lucas Thorn wasn't born a cheater, he had a girl and was getting married, until an unfortunate incident changed every thing, and he thought "well, what's the point, I'm being accused of cheating, I might as well take a hold of the title". But he doesn't feel like a cheater because a different girl every night who know about each other isn't really it...or so Lucas thinks anyway. And in enters Avery Black to the story, she was nearly his sister-in-law and now dislikes him intensely, Avery now is his employee and is determined to make his life hell. You don't want to be caught in the cross fire between Avery and Lucas, they didn't get along at all thanks to Avery and when The Mom's are thrown into the mix, the outcome is hilarious. A great book, I can't wait for Thatch's story next.
Jlmonty4 More than 1 year ago
I loved Lucas and Avery! This story isn't what I was expecting. It's not as cut and dry as it sounds. It's sweet and funny,with sexy moments. I loved the chemistry between the characters,and the story was different. Another awesome book from RVD. I loved it!!
DorisB More than 1 year ago
If you like to laugh this is definitely a read for you. Lucas is a player so with that in mind he is bound to cross paths with women who know of each other at some point you’d think and that is exactly what happened with Avery. This is a light read with predictability but that isn’t always a bad thing because if a book is fun to read who could ask for anything more. The interaction between Lucas and Avery is lovable and one that gives you a feel good feeling. There isn’t too much that Rachel Van Dyken writes that a person cannot fall in love with. I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley for a freely given and honest review.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.25 stars--CHEATER is the first installment in Rachel Van Dyken’s contemporary, adult CURIOUS LIAISONS erotic, romance series. This is businessman Lucas Thorn, and PA Avery Black’s story line. Told from dual first person points of view (Lucas and Avery) CHEATER looks at the tumultuous relationship between Lucas Thorn and Avery Black. Avery’s history with Lucas is a heartbreak of family and friendship. Lucas Thorn was once engaged to Avery’s sister Kayla but the night before their wedding a drunk Lucas was found in bed with Avery’s sister Brooke and the aftermath broke two families and destroyed several friendships that were years in the making. Four years had passed and Avery found herself employed by Lucas Thorn-a man she despised for betraying her family. What ensues is the rebuilding relationship between two people who have loved one another for many years. CHEATER is a story about one man’s fight to move on with his life-a move that furthers his reputation as a manwhore and cheater. Lucas was never in love with Kayla Black but had never intentionally set out to destroy her life. Lucas’s attraction to Avery began years before but the ten-year age difference meant Lucas was more of a big brother than a potential romantic involvement. Now that Avery is Lucas’s assistant his attraction to his ex-fiancee’s sister continues to grow. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive although both keep secret their ongoing affair. There is plenty of back and forth banter with some over the top (and sometimes funny) but not necessarily believable reactions from the parental units on both sides of the relationship. For those readers who despise ‘cheating’ or ‘infidelity’ in their romance story lines CHEATER is a different take on adulterous relationships with some angst and heartbreak, humor and fun, at the expense of our story line hero. Not everyone or everything is as it seems. The maturity level of all of the characters is questionable; oft-times the juvenile behavior was similar to YA; all of the women in Lucas’s life obviously have issues of low self esteem; the parent’s attitude and emotional reactions were outlandish and caricature-like in presentation- the gynecological appointment so out of this world. We are introduced to Avery’s sisters: Kayla the betrayed; Brooke the psychotic; and of course Avery’s parents whose acceptance of Lucas is way too enthusiastic. Avery’s best friend Austin Rogers may or may not have a thing for Lucas’s best friend plastic surgeon Thatch Holloway-a man whose own history of ‘cheating’ becomes fodder for Austin Rogers-their story line is next in Cheater’s Regret. CHEATER is a slow building story line that tries too hard; a look at one man who lives life by his own rules; and one woman who doesn’t want to be another nameless face one night of the week. The premise is imaginative and farcical; the characters are sensational and theatrical. Rachel Van Dyken is a delightful story teller but I had difficulty enjoying her take on the CHEATER.
KrissysBookNook More than 1 year ago
I can’t tell you why I was drawn to this book initially. I don’t care for cheating books so this title alone should have turned me off of it. But, the blurb was alluring. I hadn’t given any thought to what made a cheater a cheater. That maybe sometimes something has happened in their past and cheating is just the way they are coping with whatever traumatic event they’ve endured. I won’t ever be super comfortable with cheating in general but this book did explore a whole different side to cheaters and what makes them they way they are. At the very least I think it’s a pretty interesting topic for discussion. Our BBF, Lucas Thorn, begins the book in a relationship with 6 different women. (One for every day of the week except Sunday.) He’s adamant that he’s not technically a cheater because he’s honest with all of them about the others. (He has a point, right? LoL) So apparently he’s such hot stuff that a constantly rotating list of six different women find him so irresistible they are totally cool with sister-wifing it just to have their one day a week with him. Thank goodness our heroine, Avery, sees right through Lucas and his BS. She is a snarky-but-lovable young woman who has a long history with Mr. Thorn. Avery’s older sister was once engaged to Lucas and their engagement ended with a spectacularly awful series of events that left Avery with serious resentment toward her former, almost, brother in law. Avery ends up interning for Lucas and when she finds out about his highly unusual lifestyle her reaction is completely realistic. I love when an author takes a totally crazy situation or plot and has their characters react in a perfectly realistic way to them. To me, it’s like the author is saying, “Yeah I know this is a bit much, but just go with it, k?”. Haha! This book is filled with over the top scenes and one of my favorites in the entire book involved Lucas’s mother. Her reaction to Avery and Lucas’s paring is priceless and she has several hilarious, scene-stealing moments in this book that had me laughing so hard! I give Cheater 5 out of 5 Krissy’s Stars! I’m really glad I took a chance on this cheater. Lucas Thorn with all of his faults somehow charmed his way into my heart and had me rooting for the cheater in the end. Xo-K *I was generously given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
MBurton More than 1 year ago
If you haven't been scared off by the title of this book and you're a fan of Rachel Van Dyken's comedic talent, then I think it's safe to say you'll likely enjoy this book. The only reason I even gave a title like this a chance was because of who the author is. I absolutely love romantic comedies and I know the title and blurb can be misleading. I hate cheating. I don't want to read it in my books but even I can admit that I can get past some blurred lines depending on situations. If you want to know if there is cheating, it's not a cut and dry answer. The famous cheating line "It's not what you think" can be said here. Things are implied that didn't happen but Lucas still goes on a path that many will not like or enjoy reading. I didn't enjoy some of it and had moments were I felt he was acting like a douche and his excuses were weak. However, I never felt he actually cheated. Lucas and Avery are not a couple through most of this book but the feelings are there. This will be enough to bother some readers and it's best if you skip this book. Rachel's talent to write fun, whitty banter is present in this story. Despite the moments I wanted to slap Lucas, I really enjoyed these two together and it didn't detract from my love of watching these two spark. Besides, Avery slapped him for me on several occasions. :) ARC provided by NetGalley.