Thursday, 17 September 2015

Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren - Review




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... 


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Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: September 2015.
I have a few authors I will drop anything for to pick up and read, and Christina Lauren are always right up there on that list, I was eagerly checking my kindle waiting for Dark Wild Night to drop, when it did, I dove in immediately. The dynamic between Lola and Oliver intrigued me in Sweet Filthy Boy, I was damn near obsessed by Dirty Rowdy Thing, by the time I swiped my finger to the first page I was fighting a smile so blinding I couldn't contain it, there's something innately sexy about physical attraction like that between Harlow and Finn, but the kind of connection that never fails to leave me breathless is friends to lovers, you see I'm happily married to a man who was once my friend, but more than that I'm happily married to a man that when we first met I would have told you was my polar opposite, I was certain he was definitely not my type, but that over time gave way to friendship, and oddly enough despite how much I didn't believe it to be true, attraction, and over time that grew to be exponentially more, so from the outset there was something special about Loliver's story that I connected with on a soul deep level.
For those who are not new to this series, we know that Ansel and Mia, and Harlow and Finn found their own version of happily ever after, after a drunk night in Vegas six people coupled off only to get married, while two marriage ended that night, one of which we revisited in Dirty Rowdy Thing, Lola and Oliver have been quietly congratulating themselves on doing the Vegas marriage the right way, with nothing but a hangover and a quicky annulment between them, out of the rubble of that night a friendship was born, one that even surprised themselves, Oliver and Lola have developed a short hand with each other, they've connected on a soul deep level, learning each other in a way so few ever do, they've catalogued looks and glances, smiles and expressions, but aside from this deep connection they've also been secretly pining away for the other. There in lines of the beauty of this dual POV story, as we delve deeper into Dark Wild Night we watch as Lola and Oliver's separate and combined stories weave this glorious tapestry. Separately these are two unbelievably talented and successful people, but together they are just two people who's worlds click when they're together.
Dark Wild Night in it's simplest form is a story about two people trying to navigate the pot holes that emerge when embarking on a new relationship, there's no crazy dramatic tear your hair out angst, no huge OMG I can't believe they wrote that moment, because the authors don't need it, Christina Lauren proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they don't need to rely on huge plot twists or shock value to sell their story, their writing, the characters they've created do it all on its own. I spent the two hours reading this book alternating between smiling like a goon and fanning my face, but beyond the sexiness and they witty banter, there's a beautiful message here about not fearing failure, about being willing to make mistakes in order to grow from then, there's a simplicity to one of the noblest of messages to not being afraid to make yourself vulnerable, to let people in, and most of that it's okay to get overwhelmed, it's okay to take a step back to calm your mind, even to freak out, it's just not okay to unpack and live there in that chaotic, mind numbing state.
Lola is every bit Queen of the geeks, she's an enigma, her quirks only serve to endear her more the reader, Oliver will his Aussie accent and laid back charm, mixed with his determined drive to succeed makes him a contradiction, there's something special about them individually but it's magnificent to watch when together, I adored every second of this book, every sexy growl, every smile, every wink, every caress and every sigh, I want to dive back in and read their story again and just get lost in the pages. Dark Wild Night is the kind of the book that makes me want to re read the entire series just so I can meet the characters all over again.


About Christina Lauren:


Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced nine New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

Twitter @seeCwrite for Christina and @LolaShoes for Lauren


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