Series: Wild Seasons #1
Narrator: Shayna Thibodeaux
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours and 11 minutes
Audio | 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.
I MUST get my hands on everything that Christina Lauren writes!
I’m going to start by saying that I’ve never found a Frenchman sexy before. I mean the accent has never done anything for me, not like say a Scottish accent. When I hear a French accent on a guy I think girly. So I was so glad that Shayna Thibodeaux voiced Ansel with a very low-key accent. That was probably due to the fact that Ansel has an American mother so his English is very good. The only time the French really comes into play is when he is speaking French or in a few words when speaking English. Shayna’s narration and Christina Lauren’s writing made me form my first crush on a Frenchman. Shayna not only did a great job with Ansel’s voice but she was outstanding for Mia and since Sweet Filthy Boy is told through Mia’s POV that was very important.
We spend a lot of time in Mia’s head with internal monologue, which can be a bit boring if not done right. It was done right! Mia wasn’t a whiny heroine. Sure, like most women her age (early twenties) she was dealing with some esteem issues but I didn’t want to shot her because she had a ‘poor me’ attitude. Mia is a strong character and with a little help for Ansel she figured out what she wanted to do with her life. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s talk about the beginning of Mia and Ansel’s love story. What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
The couple meets in Vegas where Mia is having a girls weekend with her two besties after they graduated college. Ansel is having a guys weekend with his buds before having to go back to home to Paris. They have an instant attraction to each other but Mia does her best to fight it because she’s not a one night stand kind of gal. But when you add a LOT of alcohol to an already lusty situation then some mattress, wall and table time is going to happen. Morning afters can be awkward but add in the fact that you wake up with a gold ring on your finger… yeah! But instead of getting their Vegas marriage annulled, Mia and Ansel decide to try playing house for the summer in Paris before Mia goes off to graduate school in the Fall.
A summer in Paris with a sexy Frenchman sounds like fun, right? And it would be for Mia if Ansel wasn’t a workaholic lawyer. Mia is left alone all day in a country that should be fun and romantic. But she doesn’t know anyone and doesn’t speak the language (this reminded me of the couple of episodes of Sex and the City when Carrie went to live with the Russian dude in Paris). Things get off to a rocky start with their sex life but when they start role playing the couple finds a way to get to know each other in more ways than in the bedroom. But of course once they are starting to get in a good place there’s a big conflict. But you’ll have to read Sweet Filthy Boy to see what happens and how Mia and Ansel get their HEA.
Sweet Filthy Boy is just like the title says, it’s both sweet and filthy and highly addictive. The main characters are very likable and they have a great cast of friends that I can’t wait to see how their stories play out.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sweet Morning After by Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #1.5
Narrator: Jason Carpenter
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on October 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 30 mins
Audio | Goodreads
This audio exclusive short tells of events from Sweet Filthy Boy from a new perspective.
Sweet Morning After is a very short look at what happened in Vegas via Ansel’s POV. It “read” as bonus material that could have been added to the end of Sweet Filthy Boy. Jason Carpenter is becoming a favorite narrator of mine. He does a good job with Ansel but I’m not a huge fan of a French accent so I was glad that he only voiced Ansel for this short audio. I understand with it being from Ansel’s POV that a strong accent was needed and Carpenter did a great job delivering it.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).