Audio Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing & Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

Posted December 5, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , | 3 Comments

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.

Audio Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing & Dark Wild Night by Christina LaurenDirty Rowdy Thing by Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #2
Narrator: Shayna Thibodeaux, Sebastian York
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on November 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hours and 43 minutes
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars
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Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don't even like each other... which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she's too similar to the rugged fisherman - or just what he needs.

Includes a bonus scene only available on audio!

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Finn and Harlow are the couple to beat in the Wild Seasons series! I just loved them. Finn is the strong and silent type while Harlow is the gal in the group that’s loud and talks on and on. Finn may be quite, but that lumberjack fisherman knows his way around ropes and not just on his family’s fishing boats.

“Finn could break your vagina and be just handy enough to put it back together.”

Like the others in this motley crew of friends, Harlow and Finn got married in Vegas one drunken weekend. They had the best sex ever and then parted ways to live their lives. But Harlow wanted to make sure that the drunken night was real and her Canadian ex-husband was really as good in bed as she halfway remembered. Harlow took a trip across the border to surprised Finn at his house, wearing nothing be a coat. They had another amazing night between the sheets and then he sent her home in a cab.

So Harlow is shocked to find Finn in her town one more after a horrible hook-up the night before with a really bad lay. The two start hooking up to take their minds off of their own family issues, Harlow’s mom fighting breast cancer and Finn’s family’s business in trouble.

But what starts as a booty call thing turns into friendship, then later love. Harlow and Finn’s road to a HEA was funny, tearful and hawt!

“I’ve got to hand it to her,” Harlow says, reaching for an onion ring. “Wonder Woman just keeps proving she’s got it.”
“I’m completely confused,” Mia says.
“That’s because Ansel’s over there trying to suck your soul out through your mouth like some sort of Dementor,” Harlow says, and then whispers in my direction, “It’s a Harry Potter reference, Sunshine. Keep up.”

I already love Sebastian York. I could listen to him narrator the phone book so he did Finn’s POV chapters like a camp. Shayna Thibodeaux has been added to my short list of narrators that I want to listen to everything they narrate. She is a perfect fit for the ladies in this series, especially Harlow. Her timing and snappy performance were spot on. I can’t wait to hear Thibodeaux bring Lola front and center in the next installment.

Sebastian York NSFW clip


 

Audio Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing & Dark Wild Night by Christina LaurenDark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
Series: Wild Seasons #3
Narrator: Shayna Thibodeaux, Steve West
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on September 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hours and 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
Audio | Goodreads
five-stars
five-flames

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
But what didn't happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere.

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense to not consummate their drunken Las Vegas wedding. 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...

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Ok, I stand corrected (points up). Oliver and Lola are the couple to beat in the Wild Seasons series. I love it when a book in a series ups the last book in the series. I LOVE Oliver and Lola LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

Oliver and Lola are the last of the three couples that got married that one weekend in Vegas. They are the only couple that didn’t have wild monkey sex that weekend. Instead, they walked and talked and got to know each other a little. Although they both wanted the wild monkey sex, Oliver decided it wasn’t the right thing to do because after getting to know Lola he knew that one night with her would not be enough.

The problem is that Lola is clueless when it comes to relationships and she is the only one in the little group of friends that doesn’t know that Oliver is in love with her. They’ve become best friends and Oliver is afraid that he will forever be in the friend zone. Until he’s not.

“He surprises me, cupping my face and bending to press his lips to my cheek. It’s far too close to my mouth to be innocent, but not actually touching my lips. It doesn’t quite count as a kiss. Does it?”

Oliver and Lola are perfect for each other, everyone can see it but them. Dark Wild Night is a smoking hot romance about best friends becoming more. If you love friends to lovers romance starring a hot and geeky Aussie that owns a comic book store and a sexy but doesn’t know it California girl that’s a comic book author then you MUST listen to Dark Wild Night. I say listen because Shayna Thibodeaux and Steve West do a great job delivering Lola and Oliver’s POVs. I’m already a huge fan of Thibodeaux and I think I may have found another male narrator to add to my list of narrators to listen to again. Both narrators do an amazing job with the Aussie accent and bring the emotions of the story to life.

 


Listen to Steve West

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About Christina Lauren

Yes, there are two of us! Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right).

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced nine New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages.

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3 responses to “Audio Review: Dirty Rowdy Thing & Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

  1. I love Sebastian York’s narration too! Loved Dirty Rowdy Thing and need to get to Dark Wild Night, although SY does not narrate.