Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

Title: Dark Wild Night
Author: Christina Laure 
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Wild Seasons #3
Main Characters: Oliver and Lola
Release Date: September 2015
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: hot

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:

Hands down...I think Lola and Oliver are my favorite couple of the group. I love that even though they got married in Vegas, just like everyone else, they didn't act on that, instead got an annulment, and then became best friends. Because despite their initial start, they didn't know a thing about one how they are absolutely perfect for one another. 

But because they are perfect for one another, now they're stuck in that friend zone where they're both terrified of ruining the really good thing they have right now between them. So neither says a word about the chemistry brewing between them, although all their friends can see it. But remember this is a romance novel...that isn't going to be the status quo for long. The thing is, Lola has a HUGE amount of upheaval in her life right now. She's trying to meet her writing deadlines, while at the same time is working with the film team for her first novel...and being completely run over by the process. 

This story line was really good. Lola is a methodical, cautious person, but her life is going at 200 mph right now and obviously, she can't keep up. Something has to give. Oliver is the thing with the most flexibility and should-be understanding in her life, since he's been her best friend for months. But Oliver doesn't see it that way and that's where the real conflict arises. 

I love Lola and Oliver when they are on the page together. Their nerdy chemistry kept me smiling and laughing out loud. I love geek stories and these two are fabulous in their nerdiness. They work...and when things get hot between them...oh boy. My book was sizzling! I love them...individually they are great, but together everything is just right. They fit...beautifully. 

But this book is not without it's issues...and I'll admit, I keep waffling between giving this book an A- (4 star) rating vs. an A (5 star) rating...and there's a very good reason for that. The ending kind of falls flat. While the relationship issues between Lola and Oliver are resolved on the surface, all the story isn't tied up. 

A huge part of the stress in Lola's life is dealing with her movie deal and the changes the execs want to make to her story. This is HUGE in this book...and why she's so stressed about being with Oliver. But none of that is resolved. NONE OF IT. I could have overlooked it if there had been a single page epilogue between Lola and Oliver on opening night with a quick exchange about "was the pain worth it?" Even if Lola didn't get her way with what she wanted in the movie, she could have kissed Oliver and said something along the lines that "we made it through it, so yeah, it's okay." That was all that was needed, but instead the cause of their major problems is still hanging out there unresolved, so I'm not sure I can believe they're going to make it to their HEA. I want to believe that, but this movie deal...yikes, it's really bad for Lola and her sense of peace and happiness.

But, even with that, I maintain that I love Lola and Oliver. Maybe Christina Lauren will gift us with a novella for them so that we can feel better about where they'll be in another year. I would LOVE that because I did truly love them and enjoyed reading their story.

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

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