Thursday, May 22, 2014

REVIEW - Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)

Title: Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: 1476751803
Release Date: 13 May 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult Erotica Romance
Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 1/2

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.

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My thoughts:
Great story, even though the beginning was a bit over the top with the whole Vegas escapade, but it was a still a good set up for the rest of the book. I loved the camaraderie between Mia, Harlow and Lola, it was realistic and hilarious, but you could tell their friendship is genuine and real (well, real for a fictional story). The chemistry between Mia and Ansel is funny, cautious, playful, sexy, sweet and beautiful; they really are great for each other, even if their relationship happened in reverse. The sex scenes are pretty freakin' hot; the first time they did role play and the student/professor scene (hell, ALL the sex scenes are hot!)

I liked how both Mia and Ansel are portrayed; they're more like real, everyday people rather than someone you know will only exist on a fictional level. Mia wanted to be a professional ballerina, but her life was irrevocably changed after her accident; add to that, she also stutters when she gets upset or stressed. She really feels in her element when she can pretend to be someone else, like she was able to do when she danced; it seems to be her coping mechanism. I liked how Ansel was the catalyst for Mia finally getting it together and doing what she wanted to do with her life, instead of what her father wanted (her father is a controlling, condescending jackass). With that said, I do wish that had been more of a resolution between Mia and her father; there was one conversation and then.....nothing more about it. I think the Perry situation could have been handled a bit differently; it came from left field and then...a sort-of resolution, but the potential was there for more angst and drama. The ending was sweet, but not like I wanted; it read more like a HFN rather than a HEA.

This was my first time reading anything by Christina Lauren, I can't say why since I've got the entire Beautiful series on my kindle, but you can best believe they now have one more fan to add to their collection!

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