Blog Tour: Sweet Filthy Boy: Christina Lauren

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)
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Expected May 13, 2014

    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.

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    One weekend  in Vegas=Life changing. Three girls, three guys, alcohol, and a whole lot of naughty. It has repercussions for each of them. But Ansel and Mia really rock each other's worlds.

    The formerly shy, tongue tied girl lets is all hang out with Ansel. He brings out a different personality hidden inside her, and he is fascinated by her. They share a connection and scorching hot chemistry. Next thing she knows  he is inviting her to his home in  Paris. Their adventure is full of comedic episodes, a bit of humiliation, and many sexy times. Their lives are complicated by work, goals, time, and trying to figure out what they both want and need.

    Ansel. Oh My. He was sexy, charismatic, charming, caring, and just plain adorable. He was a work-a-holic, but also fun and impulsive. He was sweet, unguarded, thoughtful and vulnerable, but  was also alpha, hot, and had a dirty mouth.  And he's French. Yes, Please!  I adored all of the facets of him and thought he was totally swoony. But he had a bit of mystery and some secrets surrounding him as well.

    Mia was a bit lost and shy, and was not sure that her life was leading where she wanted it too. She had overcome something that changed her outlook on life and changed her future plans.  But Ansel brought out a side of her she never knew existed and pushed her out of her comfort zone. He encouraged her to let go and to do what makes her happy. I enjoyed seeing her gradually start finding her own strength to face her life and future rather than just living in denial. 

    They just clicked when they shouldn't and made each other do impulsive things that they shouldn't. But could not deny the pull they had for each other even when their lives were not really compatible. But in some ways they were very, very compatible. But he's got past issues, she's got future issues, and their present is all full of complications. 

    Can they make a go of something that started as an impulsive fling? They like to play, but is their whole relationship make believe or real?

    This book had a different vibe than some of the Beautiful Bastard ones as it was lighter and sweeter. Ansel was such a good guy and the story line was engaging and fun. There was enough drama and spice to keep it interesting, but there was also emotions, humor, and romance too. I really fell for this couple and was totally invested in them finding a way to make it work. 

    I loved all of their friends in this new series: Finn, the obnoxious, bossy Canadian, Oliver the Aussie comic book guru, Lola the responsible, sweet one, and Harlow the rich, sassy, sexpot. Their intermingling was feisty, fun, and they supported their friends but kicked their asses when needed. And they all have more stories to tell. I cannot wait for Dirty Rowdy Thing in November with more of Finn and Harlow!. 

    Thanks to Christina Lauren and Gallery Books for providing me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

    This book kept me continually amused and entertained. The Vegas scenes, especially, were full of humor and a lightness that left me forgetting that at some point there would be some kind of conflict. 

    It didn’t take me long to fall in love with Ansel. I think I loved him before we had really even met him. He was the perfect gentleman, with a mischievous streak. Sweet and impulsive, he drives many of the early decisions that cause this story to move from Vegas to Paris. 

    Of the three women introduced at the beginning of the book, Mia is the quiet one. She is the introverted observer to her friends’ outgoing off the wall personalities. But something about Ansel makes her lower her walls and she quickly finds herself more comfortable around him than she’s ever felt. 

    I was a little bit worried about the “whisks her away to Paris” part of the storyline. The last book I read with an impulsive trip with a stranger came off creepy and would have set off stranger-danger warnings all over the place. That feeling never came in this book. While yes, they were relative strangers, a drunken letter from Mia to herself, a few days to think, and a few other factors combine to make the trip to Paris something completely different and a much needed break from reality for Mia and as it turns out, Ansel too. 

    But that trip to Paris also set up a twist that I didn’t see coming. A twist that left me (and Mia and Ansel) wrecked. In a complete turn of emotions, I wasn’t laughing anymore, I was crying. (And my family noticed…) But that twist, though gutting, was necessary to make Mia and Ansel face some things that they had been ignoring throughout their summer in Paris. 

    As I have come to expect from books from Christina Lauren, Sweet Filthy Boy kept me on my toes -- laughing, waiting for the other shoe to drop, and then hoping they work it out. But through it all, those bits of humor that filter through the other emotions. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series, Dirty Rowdy Thing, for more of Finn and Harlow based on the beginnings of their relationship hinted at in Sweet Filthy Boy. In fact, this whole series is automatically on my TBR list now. 

    Thanks to Christina Lauren and Gallery Books for providing me with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

    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 theWant-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.

    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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