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Dual Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Title: Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)
Author:
 Christina Lauren

Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Comedy
Publisher: 
 Gallery Books (May 13, 2014)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful BastardBeautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player starts a brand new story of friends, love, and lust with Book One of the Wild Seasons series.

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.

But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.

When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.

 

 

Elizabeth’s Review:

Well, Christina Lauren did it again.  Not only did they make me fall for yet another guy (seriously, my list is being infiltrated with CL men) but this time they got in there with sweet, but naughty, Ansel.   Also, I’m a sucker for accents so his French way with words had me all fumbling and stupid pretty quickly.  They may be women from the good ‘ol US of A but they sure can write a Frenchman well.

Hang on… give me a sec.

Sorry.  Composure fully in place now, I promise. 😉

In this story we meet a whole new gang of characters and they did not disappoint. Sometimes when authors spend so much time developing a world and cast of characters, the transition to a new one can be bumpy or too similar to the previous one but, there was no evidence of that here.  This was a fresh start, complete with characters that you feel invested in within the first few chapters which makes me that much more excited for the next installment in the Wild Seasons series.

The setting begins in sinful Las Vegas and sunny California but then we grab our passports and head to  France where the ambiance was felt as soon as we stepped off the plane.  Yes, I said “we” because here you feel a part of the gang, not just some creepy looker with your nose to the window.  I do love travel within stories- especially to places that are on my bucket list- and thankfully here, the story did not get lost in the scenery details.  It’s clear that Christina Lauren did their research but also kept their focus on the plot line and the beautiful story unfolding.  Just the right touch of France with each page; just wish I got the stamp in my passport to prove it. 🙂

Here we meet Mia and Ansel. These two find themselves out of their elements and letting loose in Las Vegas, looking for a small break from the rigors of life. And we all know…what happens in Vegas, STAYS in Vegas.

Well, at least it’s supposed to.

Ansel, Mia, and their gang of cohorts, find themselves in a predicament (I’m sure) many have faced the morning after a night of being seduced by Vegas but they don’t exactly share the reactions of their friends. I’m not sure how I’d react to waking up to that realization but, Ansel and Mia decide to throw caution to the wind one last time and take a detour from the life waiting for them.  What ensues is a crazy, bumpy, incredibly sexy, and occasionally awkward ride towards a goal neither of them had planned to set but ultimately becomes their destinies.  There is a lot of personal growth within this story and it was wonderful to see these two on that journey together and separately.

Of course I have to admit that Ansel is a doll and had me wrapped around his finger pretty quickly.  I should be ashamed to admit it, but I’m not.  He certainly has his alpha moments but here I saw so much more than just a hottie Frenchman who knows his way around a woman’s curves. His heart, his personality, and even his silly somewhat eccentric ways were what sealed the deal for me.  The French sometimes get a bad rep for being snobs or stuffy but Ansel is anything but that.  His way of seeing the world and those he cares for was refreshing and enjoyable.

Mia is a beautiful young woman who needed, and I emphasize the word “needed”, this detour in life and I loved her even more by the end of it all.  She is the girl you want in your circle, not just because she hangs out with the likes of Ansel, but because she’s got that quality character that we all look for in those we keep close.  Her father is less than desirable but you can’t exactly have a self-growth journey without some conflict and a jerk of a father can certainly make it harder.  One quality I loved about her…this chick is not afraid to put on a show for her man!  She may have some personal struggles in life but she certainly knows what she likes and what she’s willing to try and that’s the kind of strength in sexuality that should be in more females out there. C’mon girls! Get on that bandwagon!

As I said before, I loved this story. It has everything you need and so much more.  Those aww moments, the *gasp* moments, the giggle moments and even some HELL-O! moments scattered in there.  This is totally one of those books I will be thrusting in friend’s hands and I cannot wait to see what Christina Lauren has on deck with the next installment Dirty Rowdy Thing! 😀

P.S- writing this review 2 weeks post read completion has me all dreamy over Ansel so it looks like a re-read will be happening. Also, there’s a certain song that’s all over the radio right now that’s very, VERY Ansel and Mia and I can’t help but think them when I hear it. *cough*Latch*cough*  I love it when a book does that!

 

Amanda’s Review:

There are times when I really resent the fact that my mother pressed me to learn Spanish instead what I really wanted to learn, French.  I’d spent enough hours watching those Warner Brother cartoons to know that French was sexy.  If a skunk could speak French and needed to kiss to punctuate his sentences, it had to be something good. So, when I started reading Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren, I did an “AWWWW, SHIIIIIIIT!” the very first time I imagined Ansel’s French accent.

Mmm.  MMMMMMMMMMMM.

But you know what?  That isn’t the best part about this book.  Yes, Ansel is dayum fine and Mia is a cheeky little thing, but the story between them is beautiful.  Imagine what it’d be like to suddenly live with a guy you had a connection with during a crazy time in your life.  Of course, there are going to be awkward moments (and hell yes there are some in this book).

There’s a point when things shifted for me from being just about how Ansel is….DAYUM, UMF…to the story making my heart flutter.  Whenever he went to work, I was just as lonely as Mia.  Cray, I know.

Bottom line is that I really, really loved this book.  Christina Lauren’s writing has gone from great to fantastic as they transitioned from their Beautiful Bastard series, to YA, and back to erotic romance.  Their stories always have some heart along with the erotica which makes their characters a little more real and a lot more lovable.

Oh, back to my mom…

Now I want to thank her for making me take Spanish.  There’s something about imagining Ansel saying things to Mia in French that I couldn’t understand and REFUSED to Google that took the story to a whole-nother-level.  And when he translated it?  Oooooo, girl!

 

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About the Author:

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soul mates and brain-twins, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, New York TimesUSA Today, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful Bastard series. Some of their books have kissing. Some of their books have A LOT of kissing. 

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

You can follow their shenanigans at:

@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

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