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ARC Reviews: Dirty Rowdy Thing: Christina Lauren


Dirty Rowdy Thing 
(Wild Seasons #2)

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Expected November 4,  2014

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.






 Graphics from Christina Lauren's Facebook page


Not having read the first book (Sweet Filthy Boy), and lacking familiarity with the characters, I wasn’t sure how I would like Dirty Rowdy Thing. I am excited to say I loved… loved… loved Finn and Harlow. For all those wondering if they have to read Sweet Filthy Boy in order to read this one, let me assure you, you do not. I promise you will not feel lost in the least bit; however, in the end, you may love the characters so much that you will WANT to go back to the first book, just so you can experience even more of them. 

This enchanting couple was exactly what I needed after a stressful week, both of them were a breath of fresh air. Finn was absolutely dirty, in that, oh so, panty melting kind of way. Holy hell, he was naughty, not to mention, hella fine! I would definitely describe him as pure, unadulterated sex on a stick. FYI, our boy loves rope play! But don't fret, this book doesn't get too kinky with the BDSM scene, other than a few spankings and some rope play here and there. It won't offend the senses, or make you squirm uncomfortably in your seats for those who aren't into that. Promise! However, the slight play did have me squirming in my seat, but I am so totally into that kind of stuff in my books. Finn had all of my favorite traits in a book boyfriend. And as much as I was intrigued and infatuated by one Mr. Finn Roberts, I think for the first time, I actually adored the heroine more than the hero. Harlow Vega was so damn wicked! Her character was pure spitfire; I could not help but smile whenever she was on scene. Harlow was my kind of girl; she went after what she wanted, making no apologies. She was also not afraid to give as good as she received, while at the same time holding heart on her sleeve. I also adored the fact that she didn’t hesitate to try and move heaven and hell for those she loved. Looking back, there honestly wasn’t anything about her that I did not fall head over heels with. Major girl crushing right now!! 

Even as a couple, they rocked my socks. Finn and Harlow had the best banter, and the chemistry sizzled off the page. In my opinion, they were perfectly paired, well balanced in intensity and personality. I can tell you right now, I will be visiting this couple repeatedly. Definitely a go to book for me.

I have only read one other book by these authors, and while I liked it well enough, it never made me want to pick up the others in the series. Dirty Rowdy Thing has me wanting to backtrack and grab the rest of the series. I cannot wait to get my hands on Oliver and Lola’s story.

This is a MUST READ for those who are looking for a quick, fast paced, well-written, provocative, and sassy book with minimal angst!

Thank you, Atria Books, for the complimentary copy of Dirty Rowdy Thing.

Finn Roberts and Harlow Vega spent twelve hours married in Las Vegas before divorcing and going their separate ways. Harlow made a quick trip to Canada to visit Finn, but quickly returned to her lift in San Diego.

When Finn arrives in San Diego on business, they are both looking for a distraction from the stressors in their lives, and find it in each other.

But what happens as distraction turns into something more?

I loved Harlow’s meddling in Sweet Filthy Boy. She loves her friends and always wants to help fix things when she can. She’s also a little lost when this book opens. She’s in a job that’s a joke, and her normal life and routine has had a shock that she doesn’t know how to deal with. She was such a huge personality that her moments of introspection and soul searching were even more powerful for their out of character nature. 

And Finn. *sigh* There were as many times that I just wanted to wrap him up and take him home as there were times I wanted to smack some sense into him. This title is such an apt description of him. He has a side to him that I would never have guessed based on what we had seen from him before. But he is also loyal and focused on what’s best for his family, hence his stress and the reason he finds himself in San Diego. 

Finn and Harlow were never lacking for physical chemistry. But watching them navigate from those wild nights to the unknown beyond was entertaining, to say the least. They quickly reach a point where their physical relationship shows the vulnerability they feel even when they are not willing to talk about what’s bothering them. 

This was a great continuation of the Wild Seasons series. The friends we were introduced to in the first book return to add to the antics once again. Lola, Mia and Ansel pop in and out throughout the story, and Oliver plays a few key roles during the course. Dark Wild Night , the next book in the series, should be fun to watch play out, especially as that couple has been identified and pointed out throughout the second book.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.


Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)
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See Kim and Rachel's 4.5 star reviews

The New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful BastardBeautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player starts a brand new story of friends, love, and lust with Book One of the Wild Seasons series.

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.

Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3)
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Expected September 2015
Now that they’re only friends, kissing Lola is all Oliver can think about. Trying to forget her with a wild, anonymous hookup, he’s simultaneously thrilled and torn: Is this his chance to get over her? Or will this new stranger only pull him in deeper?

Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons #4)
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Expected February 2016
Dating a friend’s ex is supposed to be off the table. But sometimes what’s really, really wrong is actually really, really right.

Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right) have been writing all kinds of stories together since 2009. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties talk several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier.

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

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