"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 non-plan.
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 realises 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 than to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well."
I originally became obsessed with Christina Lauren's novels after reading book 1 of the 'Dirty Seasons' series. I fell in love with Mia and Ansel in Sweet Filthy Boy — I've re-read that book so many times that I've lost count. As Jennifer L. Armentrout is quoted as saying on the front cover, Christina Lauren has an amazing ability to not only write steaming hot books, but she also adds sweetness.
If you've read the previous books in the series, you might know Luke as Mia's ex before she ran off to Vegas and married Ansel. London is the roommate of Lola — who is best friends with Mia and Harlow. Luke doesn't have the best track record with women since his break-up with Mia and has become a 'manwhore' of sorts and hooks up with endless women. London has trust issues and the last thing she wants in her life is the guy that's going to break her heart. Initially, she stays cautious of Luke, reluctant to fall in love with him — but, how could she possibly keep it up when Luke keeps on surprising her.
London is an incredible character, not only is she down to earth, confident and a surfer, she's also fiercely independent and isn't afraid to take Luke's ego down a few notches every now and then. The female protagonist of a romance novel is an important part of a romance novel as the reader wants to connect to her somehow if she isn't likeable readers will put the book down. Lucky for us, it's hard not to love London. Luke's charming nature and quick wit is loveable.
Christina Lauren exceeded my expectations with the book and I adored it from beginning to end. The chemistry between both characters was addictive and I couldn't get enough. I didn't want to like Luke, but he was just one pretty damn amazing guy — despite the whole 'manwhore' thing. I'm not sure how she does it, but Christina Lauren has once again delivered a superb book.
This book was provided to me by Simon & Schuster Australia in exchange for an honest review