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I am a huge fan of Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series and each time a new book comes out I swear that it’s my favorite. It’s happened again – I adored the back-and-forth between Luke and London and they’re my new favorite couple in the series!

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Review:
London Hughes has a plan for her life – not to have a plan.  She’s happy surfing, bartending, and hanging out with her friends.  She’s done the whole “in love” thing, and gotten her heart broken in the process.  Now she keeps her heart firmly protected from ever getting hurt again.  An off day sends her into the path of sexy Luke Sutter – she never dates the customers, but one tiny exception to her rule won’t hurt anything, right?

Luke Sutter has earned reputation as a man-whore since his breakup with Mia years ago.  He and Mia had been childhood sweethearts, so when they broke up he kind of went overboard, which hasn’t been a problem, until London.  Now that he wants a relationship, he’s fallen for the one girl who doesn’t want anything serious, and she won’t take him seriously because of his reputation.

As Luke and London form a friendship “with benefits”, things start to get complicated (as things tend to do) when Luke wants more and London doesn’t know if she has more to give.  Toss her new-ish friendship with Mia into the mix and things go from complicated to impossible.

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Ohhhhh… I loved Luke and London’s story. It’s flirtatious and charming but also HOT, although that’s not what kept me reading.  I love how Christina Lauren writes their characters so fully, as you read along you feel like you’re with them, chatting at the bar or worrying over other characters’ reactions. I felt like I knew these people, and their happiness was important to me.

The story was character-driven and the dialogue was wonderful.  Their journey to happiness was full of self-inflicted road blocks, and they both had to work hard to get to their HEA.  There were moments where I wanted to choke each of them, and other moments where I *may* have been a bit swoony.  There were a few spots where I felt frustrated with the characters inability to move forward, but overall I loved the story.

Addendum: I am in love with Not-Joe’s character; he’s such a pleasant surprise. More please!

Recommendation:
If you’re already a Christina Lauren fan, you know you can’t miss an installment to this series.  If you haven’t read their books before, Wicked Sexy Liar could be read as a stand-alone, but you may get confused about some of the group dynamics that carry the story.  Start with Book 1 – Sweet Filthy Boy.

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Wicked Sexy Liar

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

Series: Wild Seasons #4
Published by Gallery Books on February 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Also in this series: Dirty Rowdy Thing, Dark Wild Night
Also by this author: Dirty Rowdy Thing, Dark Wild Night
4 Stars

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.