Title: Sweet Filthy Boy (Book 1)
Series: Wild Seasons Series
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Paperback (owned)
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
***warning*** since this book is targeted for mature audiences, my review will not hold back and should be considered for mature audiences as well.
Me reading this book:
This is my first Christina Lauren book, these authors are very well known for their Beautiful Bastards series that I have yet to read, nor do I really care at this point.
I want to start by saying that this book is purely for entertainment and you should never follow the footsteps of the main character.
We meet Mia who is the quiet girl who doesn’t do anything crazy and has just graduated with a Bachelors degree, alongside her two best friends Lola and Harlow. Who in fact happen to be on the wilder side. They go to Vegas for the weekend to celebrate their graduation and Mia meets a French boy, Ansel, and things go from there.
I was really loving the beginning of the story, although it is definitely instalove but I thought it was cute. And I was missing my dose of New Adult. I even told myself “omg this is like the New Adult version of Anna and the French Kiss”….yeah…no..
Till Ansel buys Mia a flight to France for the summer and while Mia is in France, NOTHING IS HAPPENING BUT WILD ROLE PLAY SEX AND MORE ROLE PLAY SEX AND EVEN MORE ROLE PLAY SEX because Mia has a problem cumming as her own self and they’re better at playing pretend. Which I mean, cool, if you’re into that stuff then have at it but my whole issue was that, the real core problems weren’t being talked about or anything. They were being shoved under the rug like nobody’s business. There’s absolutely no communication between Mia and Ansel, he’s a lawyer and works a lot, she’s living in his place for the summer and they still barely know one another.
Also, Mia left with Ansel to France in matter of like 2 days of meeting him because she’s trying to figure out her own life.
Then there’s this whole person that keeps being mentioned but Ansel won’t directly talk about such person which kind of draws into the “plot” and I actually disliked this because it definitely gave me 50 shades of Grey feels. The whole hiding, lying, and betrayal kind of thing is just something I don’t tolerate at all. Plus it played into Mia looking like a weakling which I didn’t appreciate, Bella and Anastasia 3.0
This book is almost 400 pages long. And I want to say that about the first 50 pages things happen, then for 300 pages its just descriptive sex, role play, her walking around France while he’s busy being a lawyer and is barely around, and then the last like 40 pages there’s a “plot twist” annnndddddd then the book ends.
This book and the characters in it were just really problematic and no one should make this into #relationshipgoals
Listen, I know that New Adult gets a lot of crap but I’ve read thought provoking New Adult Romance books that have literally made me cry because of it’s plot, storyline, and characters. This one did not deliver.
Would I recommend this? Nope! Will I read the rest of the series? Nope!