Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Review: Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren

http://christinalaurenbooks.com/books/dark-wild-night-2/

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...
 Loved this story so much! I'm a big fan of this series and everything written by Christina Lauren. I have seriously yet to find a guy they have created that doesn't become my favorite at the end of each story.
Dark Wild Night was no exception. The premise in L+O's story is very different from Mia and Ansel and Harlow and Finn. Lola and Oliver are good friends, best friends even and while they also got married in Vegas that one night, things didn't really go in the same direction as the it did for the others. 
L & O have so much in common with Lola being a comic book writer and artist and Oliver owning a comic book store in San Diego. It's obvious to everyone but themselves though that the "let's just be friends" ship sailed a long time ago. The tension between them is absolutely fantastic! The downside of being such good friends and having such close friends in common though is that it makes you even more fearful of failing at the relationship.

Lola doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to long lasting relationships so she is terrified! While Oliver is ready to give his all and see where all this takes them, he is sure of what he wants and Lola is too, even though she is approaching with caution. 

"I wish I could pinpoint why her expression tugs at a tender part of me, what feels off...It's in the way she won't let her eyes hold mine for too long, the way it feels like she's holding her breath it's the same thing I do before I tilt my bike over a steep hill & barrel down."
Oliver is straight forward, he is honest about his feelings and he knows that Lola is who he wants, he wants to be her and be her partner.
He has always been her #1 fan and now he sees the possibility of adding the love he feels for her to the mix.
Things get overwhelming for Lola though. A movie deal, working on scripts and a new book at the same time as letting herself fall even harder for Oliver, maybe harder than she can handle so she panics. 

As one would expect we see a lot of Mia, Harlow, London, Ansel, Finn and Not-Joe and thank God for that! Sometimes you need the people who love you and want the best for you to shine a different light on things. Not-Joe, while always hilarious, was I think the voice of reason at times, for both Oliver and Lola.
Oliver loves Lola with all his heart, but getting pushed aside may have been too much for him. Oliver is and was always willing to try and work at a relationship with Lola despite how crazy her life has become with all her success. It's not easy to accept though that you may be thought of as a distraction or an obstacle.

"I'm in love with you Lola but also terrified you'll ruin me...I've realized... I've never needed to matter to someone as much as I needed to matter to you." 
It will be up to Lola to figure out her life and decide if she can fit Oliver in it and make it work when balancing her love life and work. Lola will need to see for herself that maybe she doesn't have to choose between embracing this new exciting time in love and this new exciting time in her career. Maybe she just needs to give it a shot and take one thing at time.

"Sometimes you need to it all wrong before you know how to do it right..." 
Christina Lauren have done it again! Impossible to put down, it's a one sitting read! Loliver is a refreshing story about how sometimes love is staring at you right in the face and fear of failure keep you from taking that leap.

Hilarious, heart warming and scorching hot. Dark Wild Night will keep you turning page after page. A romance novel that not only highlights all consuming love but the importance of friendship as well. 

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 ten New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)






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2 comments:

  1. I really loved the beautiful series I can't wait to start reading this series. Thanks for the awesome review and chance to win a copy

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  2. This book sounds really exciting to read. I'm most definitely putting it on my reading list.

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