Wicked Sexy Liar: 5 stars
Not Joe’s Not-So-Short Story: 3 stars
First of all, I have to once again thank the wonderful Mrs. Julien for getting me the Target special edition paperback of this book and sending it to me with a veritable feast of Junior Mints, just so I could get to read Not-Joe’s story, which wasn’t included in the e-book version of the book. The Junior Mints were a lovely bonus, and I now have to be very strong and not gorge myself on all of them in one weekend.
London has a graphic design degree, but as she has her own place in San Diego and a flatmate she adores, she doesn’t feel a pressing urge to be throwing herself into a competitive job market. She’s quite happy surfing by day and bar tending by night, doing the occasional job to slowly build her portfolio. Having been burned more than once by cheaters, she’s very wary about dating anyone at all, although seeing all her current friends disgustingly happy in couples, the loneliness is starting to smart and she can’t help but feel like a seventh wheel. So when she meets the gorgeous and charming Luke at the bar where she works, she knows she shouldn’t go home with him, but does anyway. Determined to keep things casual between them, she doesn’t really expect to see him again.
Luke loved deeply and long, but broke up with his girlfriend Mia four years ago. Since then, he’s been looking for the opposite of commitment and has become a bit of a player. Hooking up with London (whose name he mishears when they are introduced and as a result he calls her Logan for the entirety of their first night together) wasn’t supposed to be anything more than a bit of fun, but he quickly realises that he wants to see this woman again and he doesn’t really like how correct she is in her surface assessment of him as unreliable, a bit douchey and prone to one night stands. Unfortunately, he can’t deny that he has a lot of dumb bro friends, that his phone is full of random women’s numbers and that on a given day he gets a ridiculous number of propositions. He has played the field rather epically since his break-up with his first love and now he needs to figure out how to change his ways and convince the woman he wants to become deeply committed to that he’s worth her trust, time and affection.
His job is not made easier once London puts two and two together and discovers that he is her friend Mia’s ex. Not having many close friendships, London is terrified of ruining the ones she has with Mia, Harlow and Lola and will certainly not continue seeing Luke if either of them has a problem with it, no matter how short of breath she gets when she sees him or her heart beats faster around him. Luke has his work cut out for him, but thrives on challenges and is determined to win the fair London, even if it takes a while.
Full review here.