Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is now Live on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!
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…
I enjoyed Austin and Thatch. I like books that explore things that aren't perfect, or relationships with people who are not perfect, and this one did this well.
Thatch cheated on Austin. She saw it, he admits it. And, as a reader you know really fast that it happened. The book is about dealing with it, and from both sides. From the side of the person who was wronged and the side of the person who did the cheating. It's tough to go into this without spoilers, but I feel safe saying it was a "minor" cheat (if there really is such a thing) and that Thatch has his reasons. And, they are good ones...or so he thinks. But what they also are, they are good enough reasons for the reader to be ok with Austin going back to him.
The scenes in his office, while a little predictable that it was going to go that way, were fun. And, sometimes predictable is the author taking the easy way out. But in this case, the scenes were predictable as they were set up well in the beginning of the story, so the decision to involve him in her project made sense.
I enjoyed the writing in this story and I liked the pacing. The author definitely created a challenge, as making someone who has a bit of a checkered past with the heroine into the hero of the story isn't the easiest of things to do, especially while remaining true to the idea that they are meant to be. It mostly worked.
I did feel that the resolution was a little fast and that there was a little bit of an imbalance in the time spent with Austin hating Thatch and the time spent with her forgiving him, but not enough to really ruin the story for me.
I recommend this title.
So this book was definitely not what I expected-and I mean that in a good way. I went into this looking for a solid second chance romance with some fun times. I got that and a bit more with an emotional side I wasn't quite expecting.
I felt for Austin right away. She had my sympathy from the first page, and had my laughs in the next chapter. I loved how the author portrayed Austin post breakup-because let's admit it, we've all been there. Her friend snaps her out of it and they formulate a fun revenge plot-and it definitely made me chuckle.
Thatch ticked me off from the start-I'm not going to lie. But I knew there HAD to be a reason for his actions so I was determined to give him the benefit of the doubt...and boy was I glad. Thatch has issues yes, but he has reasons and you can't help but sympathize with him once you discover them.
I loved these two together. Even when Austin is plotting revenge initially you can feel the sparks between them and it kept me on the edge of my seat. The sexy times between them were hot and fun and I definitely appreciated that!
Now I will say I didn't always love some of the other character's in the book-but that's ok. I needed to not like some of them (and I won't mention who) for shaping our hero and heroine into the people that they were. I definitely cheered at the end though-and when you read it you'll know why.
This book was so much more than I expected and it's one I definitely recommend.
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