Cheater’s Regret (Rachel Van Dyken)

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Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available now on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!


Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex — until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her — as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall — but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation — true — but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something — something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…


Review:

I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, go to her blog today to read her review of this book. You can also see my review of the first book of this series, Cheater, here.

There’s one thing I have to say about this book, and it is that it’s hilarious. RVD has a way with the words, and manages to write the most amazingly fun books. This one was no exception, and hey, it takes a lot to make some of the behaviours in this book funny.

I honestly liked the characters, but I didn’t fall in love with either of them, and I think that’s what I missed in this book, that connection. I liked Thatch and Austin, I liked their vulnerability and their various sides, but I needed a bit more from them.

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I felt like the romance was way too fast, which was something I thought in the first book already. And the whole revenge plot thing was not my favorite thing, and it made me think a little less of Lucas and Avery, the main characters from book 1. It still bothers me the way they talk about Lucas “cheating ways” and that both of them were so willing to embark on Austin’s crazy plans.

But while I thought the romance happened way too fast, there’s no denying that these character are great together and have great chemistry, and they has some funny and amazing to read moments.

Overall, this was a very entertaining book, and a super fast read. But I still couldn’t totally connect with the characters and I found the plot a little bit over the top. Either way, I love RVD’s writing, so I’m eagerly awaiting for her next book.


Excerpt:

“You want to do this right now?” He was still whispering as he slowly extended his large perfect surgeon’s hands out to the spider, and suddenly, I realized how this would end.

The spider would bite him.

Thatch’s bite would get infected.

And he wouldn’t be able to do his job.

Or pay off his student loans.

Leaving him in debt.

On the street.

Naked.

Dead.

Thatch was going to die.

“Wait!” I slowly lowered my body to the floor. Fear pounded in my ears as I held out my hands and Charlie lumbered onto my palms. It tickled. It would be nice if I weren’t so terrified of spiders.

Shaking, I walked over to the bucket and gently set him inside, this time, right side up so Thatch could transport him later. Just as I pulled my hands away, something sharp dug into my skin.

“Mother fu—”

Thatch grabbed me just before I collapsed against the floor, hands shaking and pain searing through my right thumb.

Before I knew what was happening, Thatch was carrying me over to the couch. Soft pillows met my back as he grabbed my thumb and held it close to his face.

“Am I going to die?” I whimpered. “Because the Discovery Channel [PS1] said tarantula bites feel like bee stings—they’re liars from the pit of hell!”

Thatch narrowed his eyes at the puffy red mark and then slowly dropped my hand to my side. “You’ll live.”

“Well, that’s encouraging. Don’t I at least get a sticker? A sucker? For saving your life?”

“You?” He chuckled and joined me on the couch. “Saved my life by getting bit by a tarantula?”

“Keep up!” Talking was at least distracting me from the throbbing pain. At least it had dulled a bit, though the fact that I had spider venom in my hand made me cringe. “If it bit you, you wouldn’t be able to do your job.”

He seemed thoughtful. “You mean I’d finally get a vacation where I’m allowed to sleep for longer than three hours?”

“Well, when you put it that way,” I grumbled, and tried to cross my arm, then hissed as pain exploded down my hand.

He grabbed it again. “At least the venom is weak, it’s really just the puncture wound from the spider’s fangs that causes the swelling.”

“Well, that’s disappointing on so many levels. I save your life and I don’t even get to turn into Spider-Man.”

“Tough luck, maybe next time.” He winked.

It was nice.

Sitting with him on the couch.

My legs on his lap.

My eyes focused on his mouth.

Abort! Abort!

I quickly looked away but not fast enough—he caught me staring where I shouldn’t have been staring, and I felt like a complete loser for still lusting after him the way I was.

What was it about Thatch?

Other than everything?

He was brilliant. Hardworking. Gorgeous. And he fought spiders on behalf of a girl he’d dumped.

Damn it.

“This leads nowhere,” he said in a hollow voice. “You understand that, right?”

It was like he’d just handed me the world’s happiest balloon and then popped it with a giant needle.

I was utterly defeated and deflated.

Even though I knew going into this there was no hope of us getting back together, I’d officially turned into that sad, pathetic clinger.

I’d always made fun of “those girls.”

And now “that girl” stared back at me in my own stupid mirror.

I let out a long sigh and nodded slowly. “This is strictly business, Thatch. You know how important this class is to me, how important getting my MBA is to me.”

He looked away, his jaw clenched. “Parents still MIA for the most part?”

I nodded.

“And the reelection, I imagine your dad wants you to join his mayoral campaign again?”

A sick feeling grew in the pit of my stomach.

To my parents, I was a trophy. Something shiny and pretty they could trot out to gain votes from families who appreciated their having taken time out of their busy lives to sire a child.

Granted, I knew my parents loved me.

They just loved me in their own way—the only way they knew how.

“I have to graduate,” I stressed again. “The job market’s fierce out there, and an MBA will help with that. The sooner I graduate, the sooner I can start my own life away from all of this.” I lifted my hands into the air.

This just happened to be a mansion.

A huge mansion.

With three interconnected swimming pools.

A tennis court.

Two movie rooms.

And a bowling alley.

I think I’d prefer anything but this. If I could choose to live in a dump with my parents and we’d be a family or I could have a mansion and scarcely see them.

I’d choose the dump every time.

“I’ll do my best to help you.” He lifted my legs off his lap. “But first, we ride.”

I blushed. I couldn’t help it.

“You can’t do that anymore,” he whispered, his blue eyes piercing. “You can’t blush when I say things like that.”

“Sorry.”

He muttered a curse and walked away. I could have sworn he adjusted himself near the door, but I was too busy hiding behind the couch to fully commit to ogling him.

“Where’s your bike?” he called over his shoulder before turning around.

“In the garage. It’s kind of dark now, though, let’s ride tomorrow after work.” I totally said it without stuttering or blushing.

“Fine.” He looked exhausted.

“Don’t forget the spider.” I pointed at the bucket. “And don’t let it loose in nature. We can’t have that bastard procreating with another, smaller spider and creating zombie spider babies that take over the world.”

He just stared at me like I’d lost my mind.

And then shook his head as a smile played across his face. “You’re entertaining, I’ll give you that.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you.”

“It was meant to be one.”

We froze, both of us smiling at each other.

“Sleep,” I whispered. “You’ve got a busy day tomorrow.”

“Yup.” He gripped the bucket in one hand; the muscles in his forearm flexed. “Take some ibuprofen and ice the spider bite. If you feel any muscle weakness or tightness in your chest, let me know and I’ll prescribe you something.”

“Ah, the power of the pen.”

He rolled his eyes and waved with his free hand. “See you tomorrow morning at eight, Austin.” He hesitated in the doorway. “Be sure to wear something work-appropriate.”

“Oh, so you want me to wear a bike uniform?”

He flipped me off and quietly shut the door against my laughter.

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Meet the Author:

RVDAuthorPicRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

  

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WWW Wednesday: May 24th 2017

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I’m still reading Noteworthy by Riley Redgate, yeah yeah… shame on me. Then I started Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh, which I’m not feeling so far either, but I’m only at around 8%, so I’m giving it time. Then I started Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras, because I decided that was the perfect audiobook to listen to, and while I’m enjoying the story, there’s something off about the narrator… And finally, I’m reading My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn.


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This week I finished When I Fall by J. Daniels, The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott and Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken.


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I need to finish the books I’m currently reading, so I’m aiming for only one more book next week: A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott.

The Butterfly Project (Emma Scott)

2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book based on its cover

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes — like child abduction — before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can — like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings — create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.


This book is a masterpiece! Another hidden gem. I cannot believe I had it for a few months on my Netgalley shelf without picking it up. What’s wrong with me?!?!?!?!

I absolutely loved this book. The writing is gorgeous, and it made me want to read more books by Emma Scott STAT! I loved the style. The book is told in the third person, and in dual POV, and I adored the different voices and the subtle beauty of the writing. My only small issue with the writing was the alternating of the tense if the verbs, mainly in the beginning of the book, but I think that is mostly an issue of editing that has probably been solved by now.

Both main characters are beyond amazing. Zelda and Beckett were just such great, lonely and sad people, who deserved all the good things in the world, because they had such amazing hearts. Zelda was trying to find a way to cope with what happened in her past, not allowing herself to see how anything that happened was not her fault. While Beckett believed that he had no right to happiness, because of what he did. They help each other see that they deserved forgiveness and acceptance. They deserved happiness. All the happiness in the world EVER.

The romance is a slow burn, and I thought it was perfect how they became friends, then partners, and only then just more. They both needed time to come to terms with how they felt for each other, so the pacing was PERFECT!

I found the plot pretty amazing too. I loved how it focused so much on the growth and acceptance of both Zelda and Beckett, because I love character driven books.

Overall, I loved pretty much everything about this book. The secondary characters are also pretty epic, and I loved the graphic novel aspect of the book, and how Beck and Zel find the perfect way to intertwine their lives in it.

I loved loved loved this book, so you guys should DEFINITELY pick it up. SOON! It’s that good!

Teaser Blast: My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn

Check out this amazing teaser for MY BEST FRIEND’S EX by Meghan Quinn releasing on June 1st! 

MY BEST FRIEND’S EX
NA Romantic Comedy

Release Date: June 1, 2017


Blurb:

When I found an eviction notice taped on my apartment door, I had two options: find a comfortable cardboard box to call home, or move in with Tucker Jameson.

Seeing that cardboard makes me feel itchy, I chose the latter. Which shouldn’t be that big of a deal since Tucker is one of my good friends. And because he’s still pining after his ex-girlfriend and I’m trying to finish my nursing degree, there is nothing to worry about in the romance department, making my last semester an easy one to conquer.

Boy, was I wrong.

Rules are set, dinners are made, conversations are had, and a shirtless, swoony roommate walks around in nothing but a pair of black briefs, ruining me for every other man.

Before I know it, I turn into a panting, lust-filled woman begging for Tucker to kiss me, touch me, and show me exactly what is hiding under those briefs.

But with great orgasms, comes great consequences.

Tucker might be my friend and roommate but he’s also my best friend’s ex-boyfriend, making him completely off-limits. At least that’s what my brain is telling me, my heart is speaking an entirely different language.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Great Summer Reads You Should Definitely Read

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Summer Reads Freebie: In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff for me), let’s rec some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

I’m keeping today’s theme very basic: Great Summer Reads You Should Definitely Read.


Musical Mondays: You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi

Shame on you if you don’t know this by now 😛 , but Bon Jovi are one of my favorite bands ever. I grew up listening to them – courtesy of 3 older siblings – and they just remind me of that time. Also, I just love the music. So, today, a walk down memory lane.

Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
Darlin’, you give love a bad name

An angel’s smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven, then put me through Hell
Chains of love got a hold on me
When passions a prison, you can’t break free

Oh, you’re a loaded gun, yeah
Oh, there’s nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done

Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
You give love a bad name (bad name)
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name (bad name)
You give love, a bad name

Paint your smile on your lips
Blood red nails on your fingertips
A school boy’s dream, you act so shy
Your very first kiss was your first kiss goodbye

Oh, you’re a loaded gun
Oh, there’s nowhere to run
No one can save me
The damage is done

Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
You give love a bad name (bad name)
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name (bad name)
You give love, oh!

Oh, shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
You give love a bad name
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name (bad name)

Shot through the heart
And you’re to blame
You give love a bad name (bad name)
I play my part and you play your game
You give love a bad name (bad name)
You give love
You give love (bad name)
You give love
You give love (bad name)
You give love
You give love (bad name)
You give love
You give love

When I Fall (J. Daniels)

For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible.

Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.

Not my dick. My dick is good.

The women I take home know exactly what they’re getting from me — sex. Nothing more. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen. The sweet brunette from Kentucky I set my sights on tonight shouldn’t have been any different. I had her right where I wanted her. Where I needed her. But when my past comes walking into McGill’s pub, the woman in my arms decides to take things to a whole new level, putting me into a situation I never saw coming.

My heart is about to get f**ked. My dick can sit this one out.


I’m loving this series! The characters and stories just keep getting better and better, and they’re all just so different… I love it. See my reviews of Where I Belong and All I Want.

I’ve been curious about Reed since book 1, because he was  always described as a manwhore, but I knew something had happened to him in the past, so I was curious to see how that had affected his actions. I loved Reed! I loved how unapologetic he was about who he was, but he also didn’t deny his feelings, and never lied to Beth. He was all in since the beginning, even if he wasn’t aware of it.

And Beth was just such a great and amazing person. I was a bit scared about the darkness that had been in her life for so long, but she was a survivor, and she still kept a positive view of the world, so it was impossible not to love her. Also, I just loved that this girl didn’t care what she looked like and what she wore.

The romance was also great, and I loved these 2 together. They had amazing chemistry and it was so clear how they felt for each other.

I only had a couple of things that weren’t that great. For one, the romance starts very much as instalove, and while I did like the way it played out, I still wish they had gotten to know each other a little bit more, before the big feelings came into play.

Another small issue I had was with Beth’s family life. I wanted more details on what had happened between her and Rocco, I wanted to see even more of her bonding with her uncle and aunt, because I felt like they accepted her very easily without almost any questions, and I just needed a bit more, you know? Then there’s the matter of her missing parent, and how she’s so willing to accept it… even though I understood her reasons, I wanted her to be a bit more skeptical, but hey, she was a positive view of everything kind of girl, so I cannot really blame her.

Overall, I really really enjoyed this one, and I’m excited for the next couple of books. I love the group dynamics, and I just adore that Reed considers Mia and Tessa his BFFs, eheh. Can’t wait to read the next one…