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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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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Review: Sweet Filthy Boy (#1, Wild Seasons) by Christina Lauren

My Thoughts

Fun, sweet and irresistibly sexy!

4halfstars

Synopsis

sweet filthy boyOne-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.

 

My Review

This book was so much fun to read. It was all kinds of sexy, witty and adventurous. Wild and sweet. Romantic and super steamy. The series follows three best friends who meet three hot guys in Vegas, while celebrating their graduation. This is their last hurrah before dealing with the reality of grown-up life.  And well, you know what they say about Vegas… A night full of too much drinking and scandalous partying leaves the six of them with some unforgettable memories (some which they’ve yet to remember) and some situations they must work to correct. Mia Holland is the most reserved of the group. She’s the girl who lives in her head… who does thoughtful, and not wild and serendipitous. She’s getting ready to pack up and move to Boston for graduate school in a field she cares nothing about. Constantly scrutinized by her father, Mia follows the path he sets for her while tossing her own aspirations by the wayside.

During their night out in Vegas, Mia spots a gorgeous man across the room, whom she later meets. Ansel is a gorgeous, witty French guy who brings out a side of her that’s fun and brave. Mia pretends she’s someone else, someone flirtier and wilder, to really let herself go and when she does, the morning brings all kinds of surprises as she finds herself tangled in barely-there sheets. In addition, she realizes that in one crazy night, she did more than bare her body… she bared sides of herself that she keeps under lock and key. And even when morning comes, there’s a part of her that isn’t ready to leave it all behind.

“I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night.”

Ansel is enamored with everything about Mia and so he does everything to convince her to spend the summer in France with him. Ansel is impulsive, sexy and funny… seemingly carefree. So he doesn’t think with his head when he asks Mia to go, he thinks with his heart. Mia can’t believe she’s considering it, but spontaneity reigns when she embarks on an adventure that would change everything.

“What we know is dimly lit bars, playful banter, the clean, crisp sheets of hotel rooms. What we know is the unrequited possibility, the temptation of the idea. The make-believe. The adventure. But when you choose the adventure, it becomes real life.”

Arriving in France (and just barely with a trip that had me dying in laughter), everything suddenly feels unsteady and unknown. Their banter and easy comfort begins to falter. The stark reality is wholly different than the idealized adventure.

“It’s just now that I realize I’m still waiting to learn anything about him, other than what he looks like with no clothes on.”

Their time together is charged with emotion, spent desperately wanting each other but needing the actual time together to build something real. Mia must stop wallowing in her thoughts to allow fate and heart to take over and let things happen. But when she finally frees herself to be someone else, to really be brave enough to be the person she wants to be, things start to happen as the chemistry heats up between them.

“He makes me feel safe exploring all the ways I can wrestle my way out of my own head.”

And suddenly this game, this trip, and this desire that burns so brightly begins to feel all too real. Trouble ensues when secrets are revealed and we learn more about Ansel. Both Mia and Ansel need to get to know each other fully, without lies and hesitation, to see if what they have could truly work long term.

“Ansel was as scared to face his past as I was to face my future.”

This was simply a treat to read. Delicously sexy and humorous with romance and heart at its center. I actually really loved that their beginning was sort of shaky. It wasn’t insta-love despite them being so attracted to each other. Their initial time together was awkward (as I think it should’ve been), lending the story more credibility. So looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble the next set of characters will bring to the page.

“I know that I love him, that what we have is real, and that I probably loved him that first second I saw him from across the room.”

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