Published: May 13th 2014 by Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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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’m so glad that Sweet Filthy Boy was not a disappointment – I was a bit apprehensive about the clichéd What Happens in Vegas premise – but it worked out well.
This is a great story about two awesome characters: Mia, the sweet, quiet girl who usually goes unnoticed because her two best friends are more boisterous and approachable, and Ansel, the gorgeous and sexy French lawyer with a heart of gold. They meet in Vegas and wake up the next day married!
I wasn’t a fan of this development at first because it seemed unlikely to me that Mia, a girl who is usually so careful and restrained, would let go so much that she wouldn’t remember an entire night and wake up married to someone she’d known for a few hours.
Ansel is totally the kind of guy I see Mia with, however, and as they rediscovered each-other after their marriage, it was clear that she had seen something awesome in him that one night. The chemistry between Mia and Ansel is amazing, but the best thing about the book isn’t their sexual relationship, but the way that they understand one another and help each-other grow. They’re just so cute!
There’s so much more to these characters than you’d first guess – Mia’s dreams of professionally dancing shattered in an accident a few years ago, Ansel has a complicated family life and even more complicated friendships. I liked getting to know them better throughout the course of the book.
I’ve really enjoyed the latest offering by the awesome duo behind the pen name Christina Lauren, and recommend Sweet Filthy Boy to fans of Anna and the French Kiss looking for a slightly spicier romance. Mia and Ansel weren’t the only ones who got married that night in Vegas: Mia’s best friends Harlow and Lola married to Ansel’s friends Finn and Oliver, but unlike Mia and Ansel, they immediately got them annulled. The next book, Dirty Rowdy Thing, will focus on Harlow and Finn, and I’m really looking forward to it.Blogging Outside the Box is a feature at Speculating on SpecFic, where books outside the SFF banner are reviewed. It is intended to highlight some of the non speculative fiction titles I am reading and share my thoughts with readers.