When a surfing mishap convinces London that going home with lady-killer Luke is a good idea, she’s drawn to him despite his reputation.
London is enjoying her slightly slacker lifestyle in San Diego. Surfing in the morning and bartending at night while living in the house she inherited from her grandmother is a fun, responsibility-free existence and the perfect way to pay the bills while she’s doing some small graphic design projects to build up her portfolio. Roommate Lola and her friends provide a welcome social circle, helping her get over a long-term boyfriend’s betrayal. Usually averse to male attention at the bar, especially from guys who give off seducer vibes, London finds herself saying yes to Luke after a spill from her surfboard leaves her feeling edgy. One night of mind-blowing sex is all she wants, but Luke is compelling and more likable than she’d like. At first she tries to keep her distance because of his reputation, but things get more complicated when she discovers he grew up with Lola and had a long-term relationship with one of her best friends, Mia, which imploded after a pre-college accident. Way too much drama and angst for London, so why does Luke keep pushing for more? For a verifiable womanizing jerk, he seems to be going to a lot of trouble to keep her in his life. The two writers known together as Lauren take their Wild Seasons series beyond the original trio of friends with this fourth title, and fans won’t be disappointed. London is scrappy and understandably ambivalent toward Luke, who is a perfect book boyfriend: a player who’s hot, sensitive, and ready to reform for the right girl. Lauren’s snappy dialogue, amusing banter, and dual first-person perspectives (with alternating chapters told from London's and Luke's points of view) keep the emotions high, close, and intense.
A hypersexy, sophisticated romance that perfectly captures the hunger, thrill, and doubt of young, modern love.