ARC review: Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken

Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken

Goodreads blurb

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…

Book Review

It’s not what you think. No, really it isn’t.

You’ve had that relationship that ends and you just didn’t know what you did wrong? Austin knows how you feel, the love of her life cheated on her and kicked her to the curb as if she was in the wrong. A girl has to have revenge in that situation, don’t you think? That revenge doesn’t feel quite as good as she thought it would though, but not nearly as good as being around him or even kissing him does. Why can’t she hate him completely like she is supposed to? Even worse, she needs him to help her.

Thatch hates himself for treating Austin the way he did, but things could have been so much worse if he didn’t cheat on her and end it. He did it to protect her, but was it really the right thing to do? He’d do it again, even if he does feel horrible about it but can’t tell anyone why he ended things. He has a very good reason for breaking her heart ladies. He just can’t ever tell her why he had to do it.

Hiccups and trials abound along the way to their happily ever after, quite a few, really. Pranks played as revenge, some of them actually quite funny and had me laughing so hard I cried and had to put the book down. Some very sad points in the story as well, as with most romances but they are worth it. Rachel’s writing is so vibrant that she brings her characters to life. A particular favorite part is that both Austin and Thatch love each other so totally that neither can completely hate the other or really move on so I feel it is inevitable that they should end up together. It is a crazy, funny, and emotional ride to get there so hang on.

Van Dyken doesn’t disappoint in this latest standalone story. This was much anticipated after Cheater and is so well written that the characters and their world just jump off the page and pull you in.

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