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Review: Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

Dark Wild NightTitle: Dark Wild Night

Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Wild Seasons (Book #3)

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

Format: Paperback, 338 Pages

ISBN-10: 1476777942 (Gallery Books)

ISBN-13: 978-1476777948 (Gallery Books)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: Fun contemporary story that has great characters, steamy romance, and the perfect amount of drama. I was nervous to read this one because I’m not an erotic fan, but I surprisingly really enjoyed it!

Opening Sentence: I mentally draw the panels of the scene before me as we follow the receptionist down the marble hallway: the woman wears six-inch black heels, her legs go on forever, her hips shift with each step.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Lola and Oliver got married one drunken night in Vegas eight months ago, but they quickly got an annulment the next day. That night might not have been the start of their marriage but it was the start of an amazing friendship.

Lola likes to get lost in her own world and the ones she can create. She feels safer interacting with made up characters versus interacting with real humans. Sure she has some great girl friends that have gotten her through so much, but when it comes to relationships she is an epic failure. The longest she has ever been with a guy is a few months, and all of her relationships have generally ended badly. She just doesn’t feel comfortable around other people easily until she meets Oliver. He just seems to understand her in a way that no one else can. He lets her be who she is and doesn’t judge her for it. That is one of the reasons why they have developed such an amazing friendship, but Lola has been attracted to Oliver since the first day they met. She still wants him all this time later but will being with him mess up the amazing friendship they have together?

Oliver knew that first night with Lola that she wasn’t someone he could have a one night stand with. He saw something in her that made him think she could be the girl for him but he also saw how fragile she was and knew that it would take time. Oliver is fine with being patient but when things between them start to heat up he can’t help but jump all the way in. He has wanted Lola forever and now he finally has her. But soon life gets in the way and things go from great to complicated!

There were things I loved about Lola and there were things that bugged me a little bit. She is an intelligent, beautiful, organized person that reminded me of myself in many ways. Her creativeness was amazing and I really liked the fact that she was an author. I am obviously a huge book geek, so I have a soft spot for authors. The one thing I struggled with was how she dealt with some of her issues. I get being stressed sucks and I also understand having insecurities, but I just thought the way she dealt with things was a little dumb. With that being said, I ended up really liking Lola and enjoyed reading her story!

Oliver is one very sexy man! He is sweet, charming, smart and He is a total comic nerd, which I found very endearing! Then add in the fact that he has a hot accent and I was a total goner for him. I loved his confidence and how understanding he was of Lola’s situation. He never pushed her into something she wasn’t comfortable with, but he push her to be honest and open with him. They have a very fragile relationship but once they figure things out they really are the perfect couple. They have a very passionate connection and some extremely hot chemistry!

I was in the mood for a contemporary romance and I happened to win a copy of Dark Wild Night at a Sarah J. Maas signing because Christina Hobbs was moderating the event. Erotic romance is not usually my thing, but I’ve heard really good things about the dynamic duo Christina Lauren, so I thought I would give this a try. After reading this I’m not sure I would actually categorize this as an erotic book because that aspect of the story was almost non-existent. For the most part this was just an adorable contemporary love story that I really enjoyed! It had the perfect amount of drama to keep me interested. There was some great humor that made me laugh but it also delivered a great message! The only thing I might have preferred less of was the sexy times. Don’t get me wrong, I love steamy scenes, but it just had a few more then I prefer. I did not read the previous books in this series, but I would suggest that you do before reading Dark Wild Night. This book can obviously be read as a standalone, but I felt like I was missing some of the inside jokes and extra tidbits because I didn’t know the other character stories. While the secondary characters are really minor in the story, their relationships with the main characters are very important, so I wish I had known more about them. I liked this book enough that I do want to go back and read the previous two! If you are a fan of the series or you like sexy romance books you should definitely pick this one up!!!

Notable Scene:

She gives me an innocent shrug. “We’re playing poker.”

“I’ll clean the floor with you,” I warn, before tilting my bottle to my lips and sipping my beer again.

She watches me swallow. “ You can clean the floor with all your clothes while I watch.” I raise an eyebrow at her and she adds, “We’re playing strip poker.”

Wild Seasons Series:

1. Sweet Filthy Boy

1.5 Sweet Filthy Morning After

2. Dirty Rowdy Thing

3. Dark Wild Night

4. Wicked Sexy Liar (February 2, 2016)

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FTC Advisory:  I won a copy of Dark Wild Night.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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