Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
Narrator: Sebastian York, Shayna Thibodeaux
How I got it: From the publisher
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player, Book Two of the brand-new Wild Seasons series that started with Sweet Filthy Boy—a story of friends, love, and lust.
Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.
I probably should’ve written this review a long, LONG time ago. Last November I started the audiobook and then switched over to paperback because I couldn’t wait for my next commute to get another dose of Finn and Harlow. After thinking of little other than Finn here lately, I decided to do a reread on audiobook and stick it out for the duration this time… no matter how badly I wanted ALL THE STORY immediately. I loved everything about this book – whether in paperback or audiobook. Though, Sebastian York, the narrator for Finn is damn near perfect, so I just might prefer the audio a little more. 😉
Dirty Rowdy Thing is the second book in Christina Lauren’s new adult Wild Seasons series, about two groups of friends who meet in Vegas and decide to get married – just to say they did. (Ahhh, college.) There were some quickie annulments to go with most of those weddings, but the initial chemistry between the characters never went away. It was actually the Wild Seasons series that made me fall in love with Christina Lauren’s writing. I adored Ansel and Mia’s story in Sweet Filthy Boy. It continues to be one of my favorite books of all-time. Well, Dirty Rowdy Thing is every bit as amazing and memorable.
It’s tough to say what I loved most about this book because, seriously, I loved every little bit of it. I wouldn’t change a thing. Separately Finn and Harlow were wonderful characters, but there was just something about them together that made everything right in the world. These two just clicked. Their connection was powerful and chemistry intense. They were each dealing with family issues – Harlow with her mom’s cancer and Finn with the possibility of losing his family’s business and deciding what lengths he’d go to in order to keep that from happening – and were happy to get lost in each other for a little while. Finn leaned on Harlow a little more for support than she did in return, but I understood why. I guess I just really “got” both of these characters.
As I mentioned above, I read this one via audiobook this time around. What a perfect choice. I had some concerns with the female narrator going in, not because she wasn’t amazing, but because she also voiced Mia in Sweet Filthy Boy. I was afraid I would only hear her as Mia. That wasn’t a problem AT ALL. Shayna Thibodeaux is a fantastic narrator. She totally owned Harlow’s character in this book. Harlow has a penchant for sarcasm and Shayna did it perfectly. And what can I say about Sebastian York except that he is one of my all-time favorite male narrators? He’s amazing. I’ve listened to him voice several other characters, but he makes each one his own. Plus his voice is ridiculously sexy, so that made it even better. I can’t think of two more perfect narrators for Finn and Harlow’s story. Their pacing was perfect and it felt more like I was listening to a movie than hearing someone read a book. I can’t recommend this audiobook highly enough.
This book is one that I will probably reread for years to come just because I loved it that much. The romance was amazing and the sex was off-the-charts hot – Finn, bondage playtime, *swoon* – but Dirty Rowdy Thing offered much more than just that. I loved the friendships and family relationships. I enjoyed both characters’ growth over the course of this book. I love love love LOVED the ending so hard. I even tear up a little when I think about just how perfect it was. I laughed and cried. I loved how all the characters from this series came together. It was wonderful to catch up with Ansel and Mia and get a little more of Oliver and Lola. (And I really can’t wait for Oliver’s book, even though, based on the blurb, I’m sure it’s going to start off by ripping my heart out.) But, I’m willing to risk it because I just know I won’t be disappointed in the end. Now I can go back to counting the days until Dark Wild Night is available.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.