Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sweet, Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Title: Sweet Filthy Boy
Author: Christina Lauren
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Wild Seasons #1
Main Characters: Mia and Ansel
Release Date: May 2014
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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.

My Review:
Warning: this review may become a little gushing because I loved this book so much. And I should add a disclaimer... because unlike a lot of women, French men and that accent just don't do it for me. But Ansel...omg, this guy may just change my feelings on that one because he was about the best written male character that I've read in a while.

Okay, so the set-up for the book. Three girls from California on college graduation day. One of them has loaded parents who gave them a weekend in Vegas as a graduation present. Three days of partying and drinking in a really amazing hotel suite. When the book begins, you get the idea that Mia is the most reserved of the three, but you truly don't understand what difficulties in life she's overcome... she grew up with a stutter and only felt like she could be an upfront person on the stage when she danced. Her senior year in high school, that was stolen from her when she was hit by a car and her leg/pelvis were crushed. She reverted back into that quiet girl...in fact, she didn't speak at all for 6 months after the accident. On this trip she decides to be that girl again. The girl acting on the stage. Because she's in another place, being someone else, she's finally able to relax...and meets Ansel.

Ansel is French. He lives in Paris and is only in Vegas for the weekend too with a couple of his really close friends. They are there to party and live it up. The book is told from Mia's POV so as a reader, you don't get to know Ansel as well, but he definitely feels the instant connection with Mia. He's also impulsive although he NEVER pushes her. I loved how he treated Mia...he let her make the decisions that she may regret later. You could see how much he respected and liked and really got her. Honestly, I fell in love with this guy. He's such a great character that any girl would LOVE to have in her life. 

Mia's life is not what she'd hoped. She's under her dad's thumb since her accident and he wants her to be a business mogul...that means going to graduate school in Boston next. Something that she's dreading. So her future is something that she really doesn't want to think about. Ansel has his own pressures. He's a lawyer working a very high profile case that he hates. But this is a step toward what he really WANTS to do. But suddenly things are a lot more complicated when he throws a new American wife into his Parisian life...even if it's only for the summer. 

This book...wow, it was so good and so powerful. The majority of the story takes place in Paris and is seen through Mia's eyes as a first time American visitor. I loved the visuals of her explorations. It was like being an armchair tourist with her. But the story is about so much more...Mia is discovering what she really wants out of life. It's a story about growth and growing up. It's a story about love and being brave enough to do what you know you need to do. It's a story about friendships. And it's a story about taking chances. And I loved every minute of reading it. 

I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series since all the couples were set up in this first book. A great, entertaining, extremely sexy book with wonderfully deep, gorgeously written characters. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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