Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

51O8h-E7zEL (1)Getting to know the characters in a story by Christina Lauren is just like actually meeting someone and then gradually learning their admirable and even flawed traits. All the couples introduced in the Wild Seasons series seem like long-time acquaintances when their stories end, as their thoughts and dreams are experienced through alternating points of view. Though Luke Sutter and London Hughes hookup in San Diego instead of Las Vegas like the other couples in the series, their relationship seems doomed when a significant fact is eventually revealed. But sometimes the heart wants what it desires despite the consequences. Christina Lauren never fails to enchant with convincing realism during every compelling scene. WICKED SEXY LIAR is intensely passionate, amusing and even stirringly emotional.

While her roommate is deliriously happy and very sexually satisfied by her boyfriend who was met during a Las Vegas vacation, London Hughes has no prospect of finding someone special. Though she has graduated from college and lives in San Diego, she has yet to find work in her chosen career so her days are spent surfing and is a bartender at night. Never dating anyone from the bar has always been a steadfast rule for London, yet one man does grab her notice when her day has not been the best. Needing a little distraction, she goes home with Luke Sutter after work and the two have a memorable evening with no promises.

After his relationship ended with a woman for whom Luke really cared, no date since then had been meaningful. When he asks London to come back to his place, his thoughts afterward keep going over what they shared. They both find the other is someone that they enjoy being around, but having sex plus occasionally hanging out together is all either is seeking. When London hears about his prior connection with someone she knows, she thinks it is time for their short affair to end. But surprisingly Luke is not ready for her to disappear from his life.

When Luke and London were met in previous Wild Seasons books, neither got the chance to let their sparkling personalities shine until the chance to tell their own story. It is easy for me to see that London is dedicated to carrying out whatever task she needs to do for someone else, but feels vulnerable in taking a big jump in her life after college. She can be sassy, yet keeps much about herself hidden from others. Luke appears carefree at first, and his initial actions really did show him to be a manwhore. Yet there is just something about his likable nature that made him adorable to me. It only takes one night with London to make Luke start questioning his behavior, and he then must decide whether he is really happy with the way everything is going.

Regardless of whatever situation arises and how Luke plus London react, their responses are always convincing with total genuineness. Christina Lauren never fails in creating characters whose emotions are so honestly conveyed that they truly come across as real people. Conversations are frequently filled with lively banter, yet there are also discussions where feelings are laid bare. I could always tell exactly what was going on in their minds because of the author’s skilled writing. The sexual attraction between Luke and London is powerful from the start, and it only gets stronger with each new encounter. They can have fun together no matter what they are doing, and I often laughed at their candid comments. One particularly hilarious scene in the story is a family dinner involving his grandmother. Most of the charming characters from earlier books make an appearance, and I certainly enjoyed the new insight into Not-Joe. Cannot wait to see what the exceptional two authors known as Christina Lauren come up with next. WICKED SEXY LIAR is entertainingly unforgettable.

Series:  Wild Seasons

Copy received from publisher:  Gallery

Releases:  February 2, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/ozlb3rt

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.christinalaurenbooks.com/

Rating:  5 Stars

Scoring Position by V.K. Sykes

51+sIShp5iLThe world of baseball and romance is once again entertainingly connected in the latest Philadelphia Patriots story. Stakes are high as a multimillion dollar contract is being negotiated, and there definitely should not be any emotional involvement during the discussions. But the sexual attraction between a catcher for the Patriots and his new female agent cannot be denied forever. V.K. Sykes has this couple reacting with such genuineness that they just have to be real. SCORING POSITION puts the reader right in the heart of each compelling moment.

There have been many highlights for Nick Rome being on the Philadelphia Patriots baseball team, and his talent as their catcher has made him an important member. While he thoroughly enjoys his time actually playing the game, all the business dealings off the field are certainly not a fun part. Sadly, he is yet again without an agent because he often disagrees with their methods, but must find one quickly as his current contract will be up at the end of the season and negotiating on his own is not going well. When another player suggests Nick talk with a sports agent who has few clients, he wonders if the woman can get what he requires.

Though Kate Berlin has never worked with a baseball player before, she plans to get Nick the best offer possible when he hires her. Since he would be her most famous client, she knows pulling off a successful deal would prove she is able to help any athlete. Kate wants to satisfy the goal Nick demands, but she thinks his reputation as a hothead may hurt his chances. As the two work together, the spark of awareness between them grows with every new interaction.

Total enjoyment is how I felt while reading SCORING POSITION. The characters are very true-to-life, especially Nick and Kate, and what happens in their lives is also conceivable. Two strangers working together for business reasons often has them learning details about each other, and what is discovered can sometimes lead to interest for personal reasons. Nick may be confrontational when he feels wronged, but it just shows how passionate he is about things. Though rich, he still cares about others and I found his humble ways to be endearing. Kate is a very loving mother to her young son, and she is also a dedicated agent who is concerned about her clients. Her integrity had me respecting her quite often. Nick and Kate are a charming pair, and I found them to be particularly honorable.

I always felt as though scenes could take place as described, because lifelike events occur in the bedroom plus in any circumstances related to baseball. Kate and Nick certainly have no trouble expressing their desire for the other, as any sexual encounters are very pleasurable for them. V.K. Sykes truly hits a homerun when depicting any baseball plays or contract negotiations, as I could always understand exactly what is happening. Plenty of past characters make an appearance to my delight, and I hope the Philadelphia Patriots series continues for a long time, thus giving more players their own story. SCORING POSITION has romantic challenges and lots of heartfelt emotions.

Copy received from author

Series:  Philadelphia Patriots – Book 6

Publisher:  self

Releases:  January 28, 2016

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/jv7nlfy

Genre:  Contemporary

Author website:  http://www.vksykes.com/

Rating:  5 Stars