Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

sweetfilthyboySweet Filthy Boy
(Wild Seasons, #1)
By: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: May 13, 2014
Genre: New Adult Romance
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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.

 

 

1thoughtsSweet Filthy Boy starts off with three friends who go to Vegas, get drunk, and marry their one night stand. It’s nothing we haven’t read before. However, Christina Lauren have brought that story to a whole new level. They take us on a trip to Paris where Mia spends the summer with her new husband. We get to vicariously eat pain au chocolat, travel the streets of France, go to the gardens, and pretty much watch Mia and Ansel figure out what this new turn of events means to them. Did I mention all the chocolate croissants? Seriously, if I wasn’t jealous of Mia over Ansel, I sure was jealous about all those darn chocolate croissants she was eating. I’ve never had one before but I could just imagine its awesomeness. I mean, you put chocolate and a flaky buttery pastry near me, and watch out! You may lose a few fingers.

Okay. Seriously though. I went into Sweet Filthy Boy expecting it to be the same old story I’ve read before but told through different eyes… or fingers… or words. Whatever. You know what I mean. I wasn’t expecting to be taken on such a journey. Sure things are awkward between the two of them at first. Especially when Mia decides to pack her things and run off back to Paris with her new husband for the summer before school starts back up. However, those awkward moments are what made the storyand the non-awkward momentsso great. Not to mention, it was interesting watching Mia find her bearings in a country where she doesn’t know anyone but Ansel who is ALWAYS at work. She doesn’t speak the native language, and she’s pretty much thrown into this foreign world with no one but herself for guidance. So, it wasn’t just simply Mia and Ansel figuring each other out between steamy scenes, in fact, it was a lot of self-discovery for Mia as she learned to just be her.

I’ve read the first couple of books in their Beautiful Bastard series and I have to say, they definitely don’t turn down the steam dial on this one. Let’s just say that Mia and Ansel like to role play and leave it at that. I’ve never read a book where that was a thing. However, it wasn’t just simply for fun and games for them. I mean, I suppose it was but you see, Mia has a problem with letting go. She thinks too much and finds herself not enjoying herself as much as she could if she just shut out the rest of the world. However, when she was in Vegas pretending to be a bad-girlsomeone she’s notshe finds herself experiencing new sensations and enjoying herself during the act. So, they decide to role play in the hopes of getting her to let go again… and it works. So, role playing plays a part in their late night activities, and I have to say that it was definitely interesting to read about. I mean, the authors did a great job both turning their characters into different people during the role playing while still allowing their true personalities to shine through. It was really well done.

Sweet Filthy Boy is a great start to a new series and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I’ve already ordered it but have to wait for it to come in the mail. Wah waaaah. Anyways, Sweet Filthy Boy has everything I love in a story, lovable characters, a relatable heroine, insanely steamy scenes without being cheesy or forced, and humor. I found myself snickering more times than I could count while reading this. I really wish I had that second book so I could start reading it now.

 

1favepartAs Mia is flying with Ansel to Paris (a 13 hr flight) she finds herself not feeling well. She starts throwing up in one of those little airline vomit bags, then she rushes to the bathroom to spew her guts out some more, only to realize she’s got her period and is wearing white pants. Mortified beyond belief she has to relay all of this to her new husbanda guy she’s known for like 24 hoursthat not only is she sick, has her period with the evidence showing, but that she doesn’t have anything to handle the issue. I just about laughed my butt off when poor Ansel has to stammer his way through explaining the situation to a stewardess and asks to borrow something for his wife.

“I’m sorry to bother you but my wife. The one who now got sick? She’s started her… cycle? And I’m wondering if you keep any, or rather if you have… something? You see this all happened a bit fast and she packed in a hurry, and before that we were in Vegas. I have no idea why she came with me but I really, really don’t want to screw this up. And now she needs something. Can she, uh, borrow quelque chose? I meant use not borrow because I don’t think they work that way.”

Stewardess: “Do you know if she needs tampons or pads?”

Ansel: “Um… I have no idea but I’ll give you a hundred dollars to end this conversations and give me both.”

 

 

12 Thoughts on “Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

  1. hahaha I loved this book too! So glad you enjoyed! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Me, too. This is one of the books I bought from the convention. In fact, I bought all three of the ones they had brought for the book fair. So, I was really glad that I enjoyed it so much. 🙂 Would have sucked to find out the series wasn’t for me after I pretty much had them all. >.< Have a great weekend!

  2. I’ve read a few books with the vegas marry trope as well, they can be done well. Glad to hear this book takes it to another level and ads something to the trope.

    Oh chocolate croissants! I like it when books mention food, although it always makes me hungry. I’ve actually eaten chocolate croissants before, our grocery store used to stock the, not sure if they still do, I haven’t bought them in a long time and usually prefer the plain ones.

    The role playing sex sounds like an interesting addition as well ad how that ties in with the characters. And that scene sounds really awkward, I like awkward scenes in books, they are fun to read. Great review!

    • Ugh. Super jealous. I have seen chocolate croissants once before but have never tried it. Plus, it was at a Starbucks… so it’s probably like calling a chalupa from Taco Bell real Mexican food. Something tells me a croissant from France is much better than the ones at Starbucks. But… I could be wrong. 🙂

  3. Stewardess: “Do you know if she needs tampons or pads?”
    Ansel: “Um… I have no idea but I’ll give you a hundred dollars to end this conversations and give me both.”

    OMG, that is hilarious!!! This sounds like a book I would love.

    • It was pretty funny. I’ve actually enjoyed all of their books so far. The third in this series has been my favorite by far since it deals with a comic book write/illustrator and a comic book store owner. Their awkwardness is pretty awesome.

  4. I didn’t like BB, this one won me over. I love this story but I have to pick the series back up. I found the pairings a little corny. But it’s a fun backwards romance you know? Let’s get married then date after. Cute!

  5. LOL Omigosh! I’m laughing so hard my cat is staring at me. Your favorite part…yes, I can see why. That’s hysterical! I read Beautiful Bastard and really liked it but for some reason I haven’t continued with the series. But I really like the sound of Sweet Filthy Boy. I like that we get a story of Mia and Ansel learning about each other and their relationship but also that Mia goes through so much self-discovery. All with some steam and some giggles! Great review, Kristin!

  6. Ahh maybe I’ll have to give these a go. I read one she recommended and it was so bad it put me off ever trying this author. But gah it does sound good. Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!

    • I like that the author does add cheesy sex dialog. That stuff makes me cringe. So I was happy that what goes on doesn’t seem scripted or rehearsed. It all just felt genuine.

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