Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #3
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: ARC, 256 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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...
I’ve been waiting for Lola and Oliver’s story since the very beginning of this series. I loved each of their nerdy selves and I was curious as to why they never consummated their Vegas marriage the same way Mia and Ansel and Harlow and Finn did. I needed more of their story. I needed them together and, after reading the (original) blurb, I was really worried I was going to have to watch Oliver with someone else before I got the HEA I wanted for them. But, I also trusted Christina Lauren to give me what I wanted.
The characters are what makes this book – and the series in general – special. Lola was the kind of kickass, strong female lead I want to read about in all books. She was so relatable. She was driven and passionate about her work, but also terrified of the changes occurring in her life – both personally and professionally. Who hasn’t been there? She wanted more with Oliver, but feared he didn’t want her. I loved her interactions with Oliver and with the girls, but appreciated her relationship with her father even more. I’m a daddy’s girl so I always appreciate a good father/daughter relationship in books. (Or TV or movies… you get my point.) I cheered on Lola with the moves she was making for her career. (While simultaneously wanting to smack a couple side characters.)
Oliver. Oh, Oliver. I don’t even know what to say about him. I loved him every bit as much in this book as I expected I would. He absolutely melted my heart.
Lola and Oliver together? They were everything I wanted. The way they flirted and danced around the fine line between friendship and more rang true. It was easily believable. Their chemistry was amazing. I loved their banter and the sidelong glances and all the little moments. (And there were so many cute, geeky ones.) I’m thrilled this book was written in dual POV since it means the reader ALWAYS knows what’s going on. I enjoyed being in both Lola and Oliver’s heads. Not only did I adore them together, I did separately as well. I was invested in them and I was connected to them. I’m a big fan of friends to lovers stories – and I also understand the risk you take when you make that leap – so it’s no wonder I really enjoyed this one. (Even if there was at least one scene that made me want to throw my ARC across the room.) It could probably go without saying that when these two got down to business things were smoking hot, but yeah… *fans self* (Spoiler alert: Oliver has a dirty, dirty mouth and I LOVED it.)
One of my favorite things about this series, aside from the hot, sexy and sweet romance, is the friendships between the girls and the bromance between the boys. I love this group of friends. I really enjoy how they all fit together and complement each other. Dark Wild Night gave me the friendships that made me smile and chuckle and the romance that made me sweat. It was a fantastic addition to the series and a great conclusion of the original character’s stories. That said, I’m still looking forward to London’s story and hoping that maybe, just maybe, Not Joe will get a book of his own. (Or, at the very least, a decent chunk of a side story. Because seriously, I really enjoy him.)
I think fans of the Wild Seasons series will enjoy this book as much as the first two. I know I personally have plans to reread it on audiobook very, very soon. And I’ll probably continue to reread it and obsess over the characters for years to come.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.