I don’t think there could be a more aptly named title for this book. The male lead, Ansel, is so adorably sweet he’s like an iddy biddy widdle puppy I just wanna squeeze! At the same time, he has a downright filthy mouth in the bedroom. Yes please!
What’s it About?
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.
On the one hand, this novel totally met my expectations for a Christina Lauren book. I mean, there are some amazingly fabulous things going on in the bedroom which are definitely more filthy than sweet. On the other hand, I was also surprised that our male lead was actually really sweet. For some reason I thought the title was being ironic, but Ansel was so freakin’ adorable I loved it! I’ve read the Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren as well, and I guess it just goes to show how unique the characters in this series can be, especially when you compare Ansel with the bastard male lead in the other series. I guess I was happily surprised to find out that this series wouldn’t just be a direct copy of the other one.
What Happens in Vegas…
Something else I wasn’t expecting from this novel was that Mia didn’t merely have a one-night stand with the seductively sweet Ansel. In true Vegas tradition they had to go ahead and get married after knowing each other for a matter of hours. To avoid the post-graduation stress of facing real life, Mia decides to live life to the fullest while she still can, and travels back to France with the hunky Ansel. That is one lucky biotch.
When Mia and Ansel first arrive in Paris they have some rather awkward moments trying to rediscover the care-free passion and rapport they had in Vegas. Nothing a few costumes from a Parisian sex shop can’t fix! Normally couples turn to costumes and role-play to keep the magic alive after being married a few years. Looks like these two need it a bit sooner. Not sure that’s exactly a good sign, but whatever. I’m still gonna enjoy reading about their steamy sexual exploits.
Overall, this was one sexy read, with an interesting story of taking chances in life, and finding someone who can help you escape your own mind at times. However, there were two aspects of this novel which I feel were glossed over a bit, and I wanted more details to really see the big picture.
Number one: the wedding night. Mia and Ansel’s one-night stand was sort of a drunken blur. Although we get the basic gist of the evening which involved lots of drinking, talking and f*cking, I also think that night was a key moment which explained their deeper connection beyond sex. Mia was comfortable opening up to Ansel, and sharing things with him that even her best friends didn’t know. What was it about him that allowed her to truly be herself with him?
Number two: Mia’s father. To be blunt, he’s kind of a dick. He’s pushing Mia towards a future she doesn’t really want, and she runs off to Paris to avoid facing this predestined future right after graduating. Mia doesn’t really talk with her dad about the fact she ran away, or have a confrontation about what it is she truly wants out of life when she comes back to the USA. I felt like this was one aspect of the novel that went unresolved.
Series: Wild Seasons, book 1. I already have book 2 ready and waiting on my Kindle.
Should you read it? We have a dirty talkin’ Frenchman who also has a sweet side. What else is there in life? I do feel like the story could have been taken one step further, but overall, pretty enjoyable.
Smut Level: Ansel is more than happy to give Mia some useful French lessons. For example, he teaches her how to say, “make me come with your tongue”. Ah, l’amour.
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $7.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. Simon and Schuster. 416 Pages.