Series: Wild Seasons #1
Published by Gallery Books
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Also in this series: Dirty Rowdy Thing
Also by this author: Beautiful Bastard, Dirty Rowdy Thing, Beautiful Beloved, Beautiful Secret
I received this book for free from Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 acrazy 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.
“You should come to Paris with me.”
He studies me for a long beat.
Sweet Filthy Boy is one of the most aptly named books ever and truly lives up to its’ name. When I saw that the duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings (authors of the Beautiful Bastard series) were penning a new series I was ecstatic. Not only are their previous books incredibly sexy but their characters are full of life and fun to read, so it came as no surprise to me that Sweet Filthy Boy lived up to my own hype.
To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of the New Adult genre as of late. The story lines are tired, the characters are annoying and usually the conflict of the story is predictable. Having said all that, what previously hasn’t worked for me in this genre totally does in this book. There was something refreshing about Mia’s personal struggles. Mia makes mistakes, questionable decisions, and struggles with who she is. While those are all characteristics with New Adult (usually ones that grate on my nerves) I found myself empathizing with her and really enjoying her journey. Especially her relationship with that sweet filthy boy, Ansel.
“I’m shy. It’s not a quality that comes out of me in certain situations, it’s my baseline. The magic isn’t why it ever appears with him; it’s how it so easily goes away.”
Ansel really is magical. He is also the cause of my new-found obsession of French men. From the moment you meet Ansel he manages to capture you with his wit and charm. I found myself as entranced with him as Mia was, so the plausibility of this girl traveling across the world to be with him made sense to me. It’s been a few weeks and a few books since I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ansel but he still lingers on my mind. I truly adore everything about him.
“You’re truly the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”
Kissing the corner of my mouth, he adds,
“It still doesn’t feel real, does it?”
Also, I must mention that this book is S-E-X-Y. They methods in which Mia and Ansel found themselves being intimate with each other were downright hot (roleplay, anyone?) but there was still a vulnerability and sweetness to every encounter that left me with butterflies in my stomach and a huge smile on my face.
Sweet Filthy Boy is the perfect blend of passion and heart with moments of self-discovery and courage. If this is a sign of things to come then I will be on pins and needles until Dirty Rowdy Thing (Harlow and Finn’s book!) releases in November.