Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Audiobook, Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator: Shayna Thibodeaux
How I got it: I bought it!
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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.
Sweet Filthy Boy is definitely one of my biggest surprises of the year so far. If you ask me again in a month and a half at the end of the year, it’ll probably still be near the top of the surprises list. I tried to read Beautiful Bastard a few months ago, but it just wasn’t for me. Not every book/author is, so I was ready to write these fine ladies off into the “not my thing” category. A friend raved about how much she loved Sweet Filthy Boy and, after reading the blurb, I decided to give it a shot. I started the audiobook one morning on the way to work, listened to it for an hour or so during the workday and promptly drove to the bookstore to buy a paperback copy so I could finish it NOT in audiobook format and add it to my favorites shelves. That’s how much I loved everything about this story. I’m pretty sure there’s nothing I can say about it that hasn’t been said 1,000 times before – and more eloquently than I ever will – but I can’t get this story out of my head. I hope writing a review will help. 🙂
Mia’s post-graduation trip to Vegas with her friends wasn’t supposed to end with her getting married to a gorgeous French stranger, but that’s exactly what happened. The morning after, she has some decisions to make: get an annulment, lose Ansel, this man she has an attachment to, and go on with her plan, or take a risk and go to France with him for the summer. She might not remember everything about their night together, but she remembers how it felt to be with him and the chemistry they shared. She takes a chance and to everyone’s surprise, decides to join him in France. As they struggle to get to know each other and find their way back to the couple they were the night they decided to get married, I was completely hooked and totally emotional.
“I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night.”
There were so many things I loved about this book. The words are just beautiful. I’m officially obsessed with the quote above. It’s gorgeous and totally embodies the book. The quote is part of one of my favorite things about this book: Mia’s letter to herself. She didn’t remember all of their night together, but the letter she wrote made everything clear. Mia has a difficult time expressing herself, but it isn’t nearly as bad when she’s writing. We never see more of she and Ansel’s first night together than their first meeting and some flashbacks, but the letter tells us the depth of the connection they shared.
Mia was a wonderful character. I loved the relationship between her and her friends. The banter and the humor grabbed me from the start. Ansel is officially my new book boyfriend. As you may have guessed from the title, he’s sweet and dirty. Which is an amazing combination. I loved how upfront he was with his feelings. He’s not perfect. He’s a workaholic and he was keeping something pretty big from Mia, but I can forgive him for that. Mia and Ansel’s relationship might have had an unconventional start, but that didn’t make what they shared less real. I just loved these two. I loved watching them navigate this thing between them. I loved reading about how Mia found herself in France and was finally able to admit what she really wanted out of life.
I just can’t say enough about this book. It was seriously sexy. Like, off the charts on the hot-meter. The characters were easy to relate to and fall in love with. Sweet Filthy Boy is a good bit longer than the books I normally read, but it could have been twice the size and I still would have devoured it. I couldn’t get enough of these two characters. I’m so excited about this series, too. I really enjoyed the secondary characters and look forward to reading their books, as well. I’ll be diving into Dirty Rowdy Thing very soon.