Review: Dark Wild Night (#3, Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren

Irresistible sexual tension, explosive chemistry,
swoon-worthy romance—
Loliver’s story has it ALL. Wildly fun to read.
5stars

Synopsis

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

But what didn’t happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere. 

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. If they’d doubled-down on that mistake, their Just Friends situation might not be half as great as it is now.

… Or so goes the official line.

In reality, Lola’s wanted Oliver since day one—and over time has only fallen harder for his sexy Aussie accent and easygoing ability to take her as she comes. More at home in her studio than in baring herself to people, Lola’s instinctive comfort around Oliver nearly seems too good to be true. So why ruin a good thing?

Even as geek girls fawn over him, Oliver can’t get his mind off what he didn’t do with Lola when he had the chance. He knows what he wants with her now … and it’s far outside the friend zone. When Lola’s graphic novel starts getting national acclaim—and is then fast-tracked for a major motion picture—Oliver steps up to be there for her whenever she needs him. After all, she’s not the kind of girl who likes all that attention, but maybe she’s the kind who’ll eventually like him.

Sometimes seeing what’s right in front of us takes a great leap of faith. And sometimes a dark wild night in Vegas isn’t just the end of a day, but the beginning of a bright new life…

My Review

Loliver!!! This may be my favorite Christina Lauren novel yet—Lola and Oliver’s story sizzles with a geeky, endearing, irresistible charm. Their amazing connection comes alive on the page, making it wickedly, wildly and wonderfully fun to read.

There are so many elements I loved about the novel. That they were such amazing friends. That they were brilliantly geeky. That there was tremendous honesty between them. All those elements combined made their story feel special and fresh and remarkable.

Lola and Oliver met and married in Vegas, as did the rest of their crew. Whereas the others holed up in a room, however, Lola and Oliver talked for hours, establishing the foundation of what would be an enviable friendship. As that night came to a close and desires braved mentioning, practicality prevailed and they departed as soon-to-be-annulled exes.

“Oliver is both my former husband and my current crush, but it will forever remain unrequited: our marriage was never really a marriage. It was that-thing-we-did-in-Vegas.”

As close as they are, their hidden feelings intensify day by day, each yearning for the other. Oliver is busy running his comic book store and Lola’s career takes off as her book tops the charts and gets optioned for a movie. As war rages inside, each wonders whether taking the step and voicing their feelings could ruin it all.

But one wild night, truths tumble out and the hunger for each other becomes uncontrollable. Their chemistry is explosive. Oliver (who quickly became one of my favorite book heroes ever) is refreshingly honest and caring. Their relationship is so right, so perfect, and while it seems inevitable and impermeable, it’s also dangerously fragile.

“I can’t mess this up, Oliver. This is huge to me. I know enough to know it doesn’t happen ever day, and I will be sick if I mess it up.”

And break it does. Lola’s fears get in the way. Work dominates. Insecurities consume. Hearts get broken. Lola and Oliver must find a way back to each other, tackling deep-seated issues in order to be happy.

This book just had it all. The Wild Seasons trilogy continues to get better and better. Because when it comes to sexual tension that keeps you furiously flipping pages, no one does it quite like this talented duo of authors. I love their characters, their edgy and unique stories, the scorching sexiness, and of course, their sharp, infectious wit. Read this book!

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Each book can be read as a standalone and features interconnected characters.

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