Dear Rachel Van Dyken

Dear Rachel Van Dyken,

Hello and happy Wednesday, or whichever day of the week this is. First and foremost, I would like to thank you and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of your book, Cheater, in order for me to read and review it. I will now proceed to write said review, which I hope you find useful and respectful.

I changed my mind about your book many times, and as I kept reading it I began falling for it, sort of like Lucas and Avery. The thing is, I started almost hating it because of that horrible prologue. You know, the little note Lucas writes about how he’s going to tell us his story and doesn’t expect us to understand him and whatever. Ugh. I despised that bit. As a radical feminist it made me roll my eyes so hard I could see the inside of my head. And then, as I kept reading, I thought that whole bit was completely unnecessary. It made me judge the book ahead of time, and I know some ruthless readers will just cease reading altogether after that note, so my advice for you is lose that. Start with the flashback scene, the one of the day before the wedding. That’s going to be a way better hook.

Now, Rachel, I enjoyed your story, but I couldn’t help but find similarities with other very famous erotic novels. Lucas Thorn at the beginning acted a lot like a certain Mr. Grey, and he even joked about contracts and stuff. Remember, Rachel, no woman wants a Mr. Grey in her life, he is a bad man and should be treated by a psychiatrist. Your novel, too, reminded me of The Boss series by Abigail Barnette, and here’s why. For one, the boss-intern relationship in your book is very similar to the one Sophie and Neil have in the boss at the beginning. The age difference, though smaller between your characters is also a point your story has in common with The Boss. And, oh, let’s not forget, the fact that the characters in both stories had previously met and are reunited by the time each novel takes place. I’m sure there’s more, but those were the most obvious similarities, you know? I didn’t have to think too hard to come up with them.

There’s one last thing that bothered the hell out of me in your novel, and it’s the way Brooke was portrayed. I am a radical feminist, and having a woman described as a whore, who dressed up as a hooker to grab men’s attention and who’d always been jealous of her sisters is just horrible. We live in the 21st century, Rachel, and though there are women in this world that act like Brooke, we shouldn’t describe them as such, and we shouldn’t fall in the trap of blaming all of our problems, fictional or otherwise on them.

Now, as I said, I grew to really like your book, to the point where I rounded the 3.5-star rating on Goodreads to a solid 4 stars. I think that’s because I absolutely adored Avery and thought she was an awesome main character. I also appreciated the fact that the whole book wasn’t just one big sex scene, but there was a plot that developed before the sexy bits, which were really sexy. I know there’s a second book in the series about Austin and Thatch’s relationship, but please Rachel, let Lucas and Avery have a wedding or at least a baby, please.

Your book was very entertaining, lighthearted and easy to read. It took me a week or less to read it, so I’d totally recommend it for people who like short, quick reads. I’ll be reading and reviewing your next book sometime in the future.

Happy reading! (uh, I mean, happy writing?)

Love, Miss Camila

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