Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Dark Wild Night, by Christina Lauren {ends 9/22}

I rarely take a day off - in fact, I haven't taken an entire day away since the store opened four months ago - but I need it today.

I sleep in, have coffee on the back porch, and watch a mourning dove build a nest in my eaves.

I run a few miles along the water, to Cove Beach and back.

I get the car serviced and washed.

I clean the house, shower. Eat and dress.

And I give myself the entire day to think about what's happening with me and Lola. 

I love Christina Lauren's books. I always fly through them because they're so easy to read. Dark Wild Night is the third book in the "Wild Seasons" series, which focuses on a group of six friends who end up romantically involved and paired off. Dark Wild Night focuses on Lola (real name: Lorelei) and Oliver, the only pair of the friends who annulled their Vegas marriage (the 3 pairs all got married in Vegas, drunkenly, one night) and didn't end up together afterwards still.

Official synopsis:
Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense not to consummate their drunken Las Vegas marriage. 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.


Lola is probably the most sensitive of the group, and we learn more about her past in this book; her father was deployed to Afghanistan, and when he returned, he wasn't the same, and her mother abandoned the two of them. Lola and Oliver have been "best friends" since the night in Vegas, but both of them secretly - or not so secretly - have huge crushes on the other.

At the same time, Lola's career is blowing up, because her graphic novel is being turned into a movie, and she has to make frequent trips to L.A. to meet with the producers, director, etc. She also has a second graphic novel due soon that is stressing her out.

I loved these two together as a couple, although I've loved the other couples in Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing too. Oliver and Lola are a bit more nerdy than the other couples, though, and it's kind of what makes them connect, too - he runs a comic book store, and she writes graphic novels. Because Lola is under so much pressure currently, though, once they (spoiler?) get together, issues start to arise, and Lola isn't sure if she can handle the intensity of their relationship at that point.

I'd recommend this book (and all of Christina Lauren's novels) for anyone who likes a great story with a bit of R-rated-ness thrown in; I'd classify these books in the "New Adult" genre.

4 stars out of 5.
The release date for Dark Wild Night is today, September 15th.

{Wild Seasons series}
#1 (Mia + Ansel): Sweet Filthy Boy (purchase)
#2 (Harlow + Finn): Dirty Rowdy Thing (purchase)
#3 (Lola + Oliver): Dark Wild Night (purchase)

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

One of my lucky readers will receive a SIGNED paperback copy of Sweet Filthy Boy (book #1 in the series) as well as an (unsigned) paperback copy of Dark Wild Night.


Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be contacted via email the next day and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

Dark Wild Night

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