Review: Wicked Sexy Liar (#4, Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts

Wickedly sexy, flirty and fun to read!
Everything I want to read in a contemporary romance.

5stars

Synopsis

Feb-02When three college besties meet three hot guys in Vegas, anything can—and does—happen. Book Four in the New York Times Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times book of the year that Sylvia Day called “a sexy, sweet treasure of a story”), Dirty Rowdy Thing, and Dark Wild Night.

For two people ambivalent about dating and love, they sure get naked around each other an awful lot . . .

London Hughes is very content to surf daily, tend bar, hang out with her group of friends, and slowly orient herself in the years after college. Everything’s going great and according to the non-plan.

But when a wave knocks her for a loop one morning, then Luke Sutter’s flirtatious smile knocks her for another that evening, she veers slightly off course…and into his path. Sure, he’s a total player, but the Why not—it’s only one night is a persistent voice in her ear.

For his part, Luke’s been on hookup autopilot for so long that he rarely ever pauses to consider what he’s doing. But after an amazing time with London, he realizes that he hasn’t been moving on from a devastating heartbreak so much as he’s been drifting to wherever—and whomever—the current takes him. With London he wants more.

Every relationship involves two people…plus their pasts. And as much as she enjoys her fling with Luke, when London learns about his past—more specifically, who’s in it—everything becomes the brand of complicated she strives to avoid. It’s up to Luke then to change some things in order to try and ensure he’s not something she’ll outright avoid as well.

My Review

I’m obsessed with this entire series. Every book is entirely consuming, fabulously flirty and fun to read. Every story touts the perfect mix of heart, humor and heat. And just when I think I couldn’t love a couple more, along come Luke and London.

I loved them!

Theirs is a story rife with angst, riddled by fears of the past, and reluctant to a desire that brightly burns between them.

You may recall Luke Sutter—the Luke that was Mia’s first love. As fate would have it, Mia found Ansel one drunken Vegas night, but Luke, on the other hand, has been hopping from one bed to the next, his phone fastidiously brightening with texts from girls who seek him out. But when London Hughes catches his eye, he can’t seem to turn away.

London is a girl happy to catch her high on the waves during the day, while tending bar at night. She’s not looking for a relationship, certainly not with the kind of guy who sits on the opposite side of the bar. One night, however, Luke’s charm knocks out her usual defenses… enough for her to break the rules.

“Sex with a guy like Luke is supposed to mean multiple orgasms and a smile you have to explain to your friends the next day. It’s also supposed to be a one-time thing.”

Luke and London are both drifting through their own lives, each working through past heartbreaks and hangups. So when something significant sparks to life, it’s a big surprise they each struggle to process. Can she trust him to stay the course? Could she mend the pieces of a heart broken long ago? Wasn’t this supposed to be a fun, casual romp between the sheets anyway? Making complicated matters more complicated, once London learns he’s that Luke from Mia’s past, she knows she needs to stay away.

“Luke seems to get me, better than I like to let him believe. Unfortunately, he’s flaky, has douchey friends, is a womanizer, and–after this morning’s drama?–completely off-limits.”

These reluctant lovers fall in love slowly, a delicious slow burn that kept me up all night reading with a huge smile plastered on my face. The quick-witted banter, the push and pull, the off-the-charts chemistry… I just couldn’t get enough. I absolutely love Christina Lauren and their singular style of storytelling, and Luke and London’s story is another home run for this talented writing pair!

“I’m thinking that you’re mine…”

“Fucking all yours.”

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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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Exclusive Interview + Signed Giveaway: Christina Lauren and Anna Todd

INTERVIEW

Recently, I had the chance to spend some time gabbing with Christina Hobbs, Lauren Billings and Anna Todd, who were doing a signing in Austin, Texas. I loved spending time with them, it was so much fun as we spent most of our time laughing. We talked Finn and Hardin and upcoming projects and so I’m thrilled to be able to share both a written and fun video interview with you. Plus, make sure you scroll down below and enter the signed giveaway!

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Interview

anna toddLet’s start off with Anna Todd! Last time we talked you were gearing up to release After, the first book of the self-titled series. Now, you just recently released After We Collided. Give us a quick run-down of what to expect with the novel.

After We Collided starts right where After leaves off, except this time we get to see Hardin’s POV.  There is just as much drama and back and forth between the two of them in this novel and it ends with another surprise 🙂 

You have a tremendous fan base on Wattpad who have fallen in love with these characters and their story. What has been their reception on this expanded, new edition? Have many of them read it all over again?

My readers love it! They love getting expanded and new scenes. It’s really fun for them to relive the story again with Hardin and Tessa. They rushed out to the store to get After and After We Collided! 

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You recently shared the gorgeous cover of the fourth book, After Ever Happy. Originally, there were three books, but the final book was split in two… is that right? Give us the scoop! What can you tell us about this installment? Will we see some new material? 

Yes, that’s right! The third book was the longest, (Yes, even longer than the first two) so we decided to split it into two books instead of cutting too much content. Also, I am reworking the ending so there will be plenty of new material! ☺

Ok, so now let’s talk fans, fans and more fans. You’ve amassed a huge following on social media, but are now being welcomed by a whole new set of readers in the new adult and contemporary romance side. What has that experience been like?

It’s been really, really great. I love my original readers and appreciate them so much but it’s always nice to welcome new readers as well. 

christina laurenAnd of course, you’ve had amazing peers like the talented duo of Christina Lauren, which is way cool! So let’s move on and talk to the girls all about their super sexy, sizzling latest release, Dirty Rowdy Thing! That boy Finn… wooowwwzers!!!! He is a little bit naughty, a little bit bad boy and a whole lot sexy. What can you tell us about Finn?

Thank you for having us! Finn is definitely different from anyone we’ve written before, and he was so much fun. There’s a line in Dirty Rowdy Thing that sums him up quite nicely: “I mean, sweet Jesus, the man works with his hands, sweats when he works, fucks like it’s his vocation and was raised by a father who expects, above anything else, that his sons are capable fishermen.”

What is it about Harlow that is alluring to a guy like Finn? Describe their dynamic. I was fascinated myself by it!

Harlow and Finn’s dynamic is a lot like Chloe and Bennett. Bennett would grow bored with anyone who couldn’t stand up to him, or beat him at his own game. Likewise, Finn needed someone who was strong enough to handle him, and in his case he also needs someone loving enough to coax him out of his shell. Finn is proud, and trust is very important. It took someone loving and patient enough—though she absolutely wouldn’t describe herself as patient—to get him to open up. 

And when we think about it, Harlow might very well be the Bennett in this scenario because she is a LOT to take—loud, funny, sweet, opinionated, strong—and needed someone who could handle her as well. 

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So this is the second book in the Wild Seasons series and one of the things I’ve loved about both books—Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing—is that there is so much humor in them. The novels are incredibly sexy and seductive with some gripping emotional moments, but I think the humor that’s woven in gives the stories a realness and an edge that make them stick with you. Was that always the intent, or did it happen more organically?

We do our best to make every book funny so THANK YOU! We heard someone describe our books as smutty sitcoms, and we don’t think it’s possible to love that description more. We’re silly and ridiculous and we love that our personalities shine through in the stories we tell. We all love books that make us think and feel, but we also love books that let us laugh or blush or even just disappear for a slip of time. If we give our readers an escape from the real world—even if it’s only for a few hours—we feel like we’ve done our job. 

And speaking of balancing acts… emotion, sexy times, wit, action… do you both like to tackle a little bit of everything, or does one of you tend to write more emotional scenes while the other writes sexier scenes, for example? How does this duo function??? What’s the secret?!

We each have things we’re better at, but for the most part everything is split pretty much down the middle. We outline in person—usually in the car or while waiting in line at Disneyland—and divide by POV, chapter, or even scene. Christina really loves world building and setting a scene, while Lo is great at those emotional and heart-wrenching moments. We can each do both, but if there’s something we think the other will do well, we’ll assign it to that person. Then we write our particular chapters/sections, and switch when we’re done. By the time it’s compiled it’s sometimes hard to remember who wrote what. 

Just one teeny-tiny glimpse. Give us something on Dark Wild Night!!! I mean Lola and Oliver! I can only imagine…

Lola and Oliver are two characters who, from the outside, have their lives entirely together. Both are climbing the ranks in the comic industry—either with a new, hot comic book store (Oliver) or as a comic writer-illustrator (Lola). They’ve had their heads buried in work and when things cool down, are able to start to look around them and at the building tension between them. But just because someone seems like they have it all together on the professional side doesn’t mean that they can navigate relationships quite so easily.

These two were the couple that we’ve been excited to write since we first came up with this series. We’ve loved every single couple, but there’s something about how long we’ve made Oliver wait—in book years, before it was his turn with Lola—that made it really fun to write. And it’s also a more emotionally complex story in some ways because the mistakes they each make are genuine, human errors.

Okay, so let’s do some fun rapid-fire questions.

Favorite song of the moment.

  • Anna: Taylor Swift, Blank Space
  • Christina: No Control, One Direction
  • Lauren: The live version of Jane Says by Janes Addiction I saw on Friday night

Last awesome movie you watched.

  • Anna: The Fault in our Stars
  • Christina: Mockingjay!
  • Lauren: Mockinjay! (We saw it together, heh)

Last kickass book you read.

If I wasn’t writing, I’d be a…

  • Anna: Someone in the makeup world!
  • Christina: Working with teens
  • Lauren: A research scientist

If I could be a character in any book, I’d be…

  • Anna: Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • Christina: This is so hard! Most of the things that make for a great book would make for a terrrrrrible life. Can I cheat and say I want to be Cinderella or something?
  • Lauren: Pippa Marbury in Sarah Maclean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

Last time you fangirled was…

  • Anna: At the AMAs!!!
  • Christina: We met Susan Ee at YALLFest a few weeks ago and I was pretty embarrassing
  • Lauren: Meeting bestselling authors Sarah J Maas and Alexandra Bracken, or tweeting with Sarah Maclean about how much I love her books.

Thanks so much you guys!!!

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Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing (#2, Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts

Super sexy, sizzling and totally fun to read.
This dynamic duo delivers again!

4halfstars

Synopsis

Nov-04

Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other…which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours.

He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants.

She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra.

Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

 

My Review

The talented writing duo Christina Lauren delivers another super sexy, stirring page turner in this second installment in the Wild Seasons series.  The story comes alive through irresistible banter, crackling sexual tension, infectious humor and an endearing group dynamic. I loved how deliciously hot this book was while still being emotionally anchored. Humor, heat, feelings, angst—it all combined perfectly to impart the addictive, volatile, super-charged story of Harlow and Finn.

“Finn Roberts, the notorious ex-husband-of-twelve-drunken-hours-in-Vegas,who was good with hands, lips, and body, and who made me come so many times he told me he thought I passed out.
Finn Roberts, who turned out to be an asshole, too.”

Finn and Harlow were married. In Vegas. For twelve raucous hours. Amidst a drunken debacle they got to know each other… intimately.

It was the best twelve hours of their lives.

After annulling their marriage and officially becoming ex-spouses, Harlow can’t get the rugged, controlling Finn out of her mind, especially as thoughts of them between the sheets pervade her every thought. Shortly upon their return, she shows up to his doorstep for a surprise visit, but after a whole day of incredible sex, Finn turns out to be an ass and Harlow severs ties. That is… until she sees him again… one post-coital morning at her local Starbucks.

Sexy, muscled, tanned Finn Roberts. Wholly unsettling and gorgeous Finn Roberts.

Harlow is so taken aback to see him, especially after he tells her he’ll be there for awhile. They are both strong-willed, take-charge individuals and they constantly bicker and banter about everything. I absolutely loved Harlow. She is such a sharp-witted girl, smart, self-assured and loyal to the core. But a recent family situation weighs heavily on her mind, and falling into Finn’s arms as an escape suddenly sounds like the exact thing she needs. Harlow and Finn fall into their old pattern of “fighting and fucking” as they call it, but the more time they spend together and as their own personal issues plague their thoughts, the dividing line between just sex and a whole lot more, blurs.

“I’m not sure if being with Finn is an escape, or a new dangerous obsession.”

Both of them struggle with their own issues and day by day, moment by moment, they relax into the people they truly are, vulnerable and real and perfect for the other. Their antagonistic dynamic is so them, it so works for who they are and what they need, and it just adds more fuel to that delicious, irresistible, palpable, on-fire chemistry.

“He could only do rowdy because he felt what I felt: that whip-crack unleashing that comes when you meet the person who frees you.”

As truths are revealed and reality threatens to destroy their temporary bubble of bliss, they must both decide whether they are willing to put in the work of understanding each other, of fully submitting to what a relationship means and of figuring out how to merge two futures that seem so far apart from the other.

I am really loving this new series by Christina Lauren. They have this ability to pull you in to their stories… to get you completely addicted to their deliciously sexy tales. I love that there’s always humor, that the writing is solid and that the characters seem so vivid to me. If you were a fan of the first book, you’ll love it. And if you’re just diving in for the first time, you’ll love it too.

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