Narrator: Deacon Lee, Olivia Song
Series: Wild Seasons #4
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Contemporary Women, General
Length: 9 hrs. 45 mins.
Also by this author: Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Sweet Filthy Boy, Dirty Rowdy Thing, Beautiful Secret
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.
Wicked Sexy Liar is the fourth and final book in Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series. (Say it isn’t so!) The first three books in this series focus on a friendship trio who impulsively marry three strangers in Vegas and their romantic exploits. This final installment focuses on the womanizer Luke and the relationship gun-shy London. London is attracted to Luke despite all her warning bells going off, and Luke can’t get London out of his head. Can these two put their past relationship baggage behind them and try to make a go of it?
London is building up her graphic design business part time while she surfs by day and bartends by night. All of her friends are in relationships but she’s been burned before and isn’t interested in getting back in the saddle. Luke catches her at the bar on the one night her defenses are down and agrees to spend one night with him. Later she finds out that Luke has some history with Mia, one of her closest friends – so girl code would dictate that he’s off limits. But he’s not that easy to shake off.
Luke has been busy playing the field since his long-term relationship with Mia ended. He has a reputation as a lady-killer, so his friends and family alike are stunned when he falls hard for London. Does he have it in him to be a one-woman guy?
Readers are familiar with London and Luke as secondary characters from previous books and so it was a treat to see them star in their own story. We knew Luke as a shady character based on his relationship with Mia so this was a good redemption story.
In addition to the romance and friendship stories, we also get to see London and Luke’s career hopes and dreams. London is a talented graphic artist ready for her big break, and Luke is a law intern with a bright future. At this exciting time their careers are taking off so that also adds some pressure to their relationship.
One other thing I’ve enjoyed about this series is the San Diego setting. There aren’t a lot of books set there and since I know the city pretty well it’s been fun to imagine these characters visiting familiar haunts.
There is some great comic relief in this story provided by Luke’s family, especially his sister and his grandmother. Plus, I got a kick out of Luke continuing to call London by her wrong name because he misheard it the first night he met her.
Fans of the previous books in the Wild Seasons series will enjoy catching up with all the couples and secondary characters. (Fan favorite Not-Joe even gets his own short story in a Target exclusive edition of the book)
Deacon Lee and Olivia Song, two new narrators to the series, narrate the Wicked Sexy Liar audiobook. I have to say I did miss Shayna Thibodeaux’s narration since she has been a perfect fit for this series. Olivia Song captures London’s sunny nature and does an admirable job, and Deacon Lee is capable as Luke. I do think my favorite male narrator for this series is Sebastian York, but I guess he can’t narrate them all! Listen to a sample:
My favorite book in this series is still the first one Sweet Filthy Boy, but these books are like candy and I know I’ll read whatever the Christina Lauren writing team put out next.