Series: Wild Seasons #1
Published by Gallery Books
Published on May 13th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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
“I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night.”
I was late to the Christina Lauren train, but now I’ve punched my ticket, and am enjoying the ride!
When I started reading Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series a couple months ago, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed how they incorporated the dual POV-style of storytelling. I love getting different perspectives when reading a story. However, with Sweet Filthy Boy, we get a different format– singular First Person POV. It was an interesting change from what we are accustomed to.
I liked the story itself, but I have a few things that had me on the fence, rating-wise.
1.) The monotony of Mia’s POV: I had a hard time connecting with her character as she was constantly internalizing everything. There were times that she came off as a broken record, and I found that there were moments where I was longing for Ansel’s voice/perspective. I think that if we had had a couple chapters of Ansel’s POV, I may not have gotten aggravated with Mia’s character at times.
2.) The Length of the Book: This book is 416 pages, and at times, I felt those pages. Sometimes it didn’t feel like it (the first 35% breezed by for me—I loved Mia & Ansel’s buddies), but at some parts, it I felt the pacing slowed down a bit, which then made me well aware of the book’s length in pages. (aka, it felt like it dragged on in some parts).
3.) The ending: Don’t get me wrong, I liked how it ended. It’s not a cliffhanger, everything was resolved, and View Spoiler »everyone is happy. HEA all the way! « Hide Spoiler. My issue with the last 15% of the book was that it kinda left me scratching my head about a certain character’s behavior. If you want to know who and what I’m talking about–> View Spoiler »Mia is the character I speak of. I ultimately understand her need to work out her issues on her own before proceeding with her “forever” with Ansel. However, from the moment she left Ansel (without saying goodbye) to the moment she decided to call him, her reasoning wasn’t evident. (At least to me.) I thought that she was merely driven by her feelings of betrayal toward Ansel (by the fact that she didn’t say goodbye, that she wouldn’t return his texts or phone calls, etc). I just wish that there hadn’t been that “dark” period (the non-communication) between them if the real issue wasn’t her anger toward the Perry revelation. I’m sure that the “incident” helped give Mia the kick in the pants that she needed to get the ball rolling, but to put herself and Ansel through the added stress of the silent treatment just had me confused after they were reunited, and she explains everything to him.*shrugs* « Hide Spoiler
All of those things aside, I still enjoyed this book. Each of the characters were interesting and entertaining in their own right, and I loved getting to see the unconventional evolution of Mia & Ansel’s relationship. Ansel was a swoon-worthy character that had me glued to my kindle the entire time. Whether he was talking in English or French, he had me completely captivated. Mia was a character that will be relatable to many readers out there who are trying to find their place in the world while being stuck in a situation that seems to be a means to an end. Watching Mia “get her groove back” with Ansel was both enticing and heartbreaking at the same time. Yes, there are plenty of racy and provocative moments thrown in, but to see them progress emotionally is what truly made this book special.
“I’m shy. It’s not a quality that comes out of me in certain situations, it’s my baseline. The magic isn’t why it ever appears with him; it’s how it so easily goes away.”
I cannot wait for the next book, Dirty Rowdy Thing! I just know that Harlow and Finn (who you’ll meet in Sweet Filthy Boy) are going to bring with them a whole lot of vulgar-tongued goodness. I’m so excited!
If you’re a Christina Lauren fan, you’ll love this. If you haven’t yet become a fan, what are you waiting for?
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