Book Review: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina LaurenTitle: Sweet Filthy Boy
Series: Wild Seasons, Book 1
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Sensuality Rating: Steamy
Source: library
Published: May 13, 2014 by Gallery Books

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.

Reviewed By: Laura

Why I Read This Book: I adored their Beautiful series for the characters, the plots, and definitely the steamy scenes, so naturally I picked up their newest series. It also helped that one of the main characters was French and that they would be spending the summer in France. Since I consider myself a Francophile, I always like to see how French culture and people are represented in American books.

What I Liked: I liked that both Mia and Ansel were a little broken. Neither came from a happy family situation and they were both a little lost. I tend to gravitate towards these “fixer-upper” books not because the characters need one another to complete themselves, but simply because I believe that everyone leaves a mark on your life and what you choose to do with that mark is what matters.

It was quite fun watching Mia stumble through her life, especially trying to live in France when she didn’t even speak the language. Also, the authors weren’t afraid to give her a horrendous experience traveling to keep her grounded.

The authors do a great job detailing the situations Mia and Ansel face and giving them a wonderful environment to interact with.

What I Didn’t Like: This series is nothing like the Beautiful series. While there was A LOT of sex (mostly oral on Mia) it just didn’t have the same spark. I felt like I continued to read about their sexual exploits and then they would happen upon random plot points. It’s kind of hard to describe, but I just never really felt like Mia and Ansel were even remotely realistic in their handling of their situation. There was quite a bit of hot-headed drama & deep soul-searching that tried to keep the narrative on track, but I just wasn’t all that interested. I’m amazed I finished it, but that’s how I roll; I gotta know the ending!

Overall Impression: While I wasn’t impressed at all, others might enjoy this tamer version of books from these authors. I may have been prejudiced against this one since I was in love with the other series, so this might make a better introduction to their style for new readers.

Laura’s Rating:
1 1/2 Frogs

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  1. Aw I'm sorry this one didn't work out for you. I have read one of the Beautiful series books and liked it well enough and my co-blogger just bought me this for my B-day. I was hoping to completely enjoy it but it sounds like it could have some serious issues in it.
    Thanks for the great review!

  2. Glad to be of service! I prefer the Beautiful books over this one, so I'm not sure how this series will pan out for me. Good luck!


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