Title: Dark Wild Night
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons
Previous Books in the Series:
1. Sweet Filthy Boy
2. Dirty Rowdy Thing
Date Started: March 5
Date Finished: March 6
Format: ebook from the digital library
Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense not to consummate their drunken Las Vegas marriage. 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…
After the previous two books in this series, book 3 is kind of a let down. I mean, don’t get me wrong the slow burn of attraction between Lola and Oliver was there, but when they finally decided to cave into those feelings, I was feeling a little bit underwhelmed. I mean, for a second there the plot of this story was forgotten and there was a lot of smut. I was actually kind of glad when Lola pulled the brakes on their relationship so she could focus on her work. Although, even that was slightly problematic for me. Not because she called pause on the relationship but because she got so anxious about all her missing deadlines. I mean, I got second hand anxiety from her list. I have no idea how she was able to complete all of it without having a major panic attack.
And then there was the ending, or really lack there of. I mean, Oliver and Lola do hash it out and she admits that she is under a lot of stress because of work. But she completes her new book and hands it to him on his doorstep. I’m going to assume some sort of smut ensues and then… THE END. Um? Really? I’m curious to know what the first draft of this book was because I bet there was a better ending – probably even a better story in the pages.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I know, I know. I trash this book, but still give it a high rating? Well, I mean, outside of the overuse of smut and the non-ending, I still liked Lola and Oliver’s relationship. I’m a sucker for relationships that start out as friends first.
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