dirty rowdy thing, by christina lauren

dirty rowdy thingIt’s no secret, I loved Sweet Filthy Boy–really, who didn’t? But, I’m no 20-something and while the book was a lot of fun, I have to say I was a bit reluctant to keep going. Ever think that some things are good enough to stand on their own? Well, friends and the grapevine talked me into pushing forward with the series and once again, I’m glad I did!

Dirty Rowdy Thing focuses on Harlow and Finn–aka, the gorgeous Hollywood rich chick and the super-sexy Canadian fisherman. Harlow, was in the forefront a bit more than Finn in the first book, but admittedly, she was not my favorite character. Also, I didn’t think I could love anyone more than I loved Ansel, right now, it’s a tie; and Harlow has pretty much redeemed herself.

Harlow, is dealing with the serious illness of someone very close to her. Finn, is working through the troubles of his family business. While the chemistry between the two of them is off the charts, I think you actually feel it through the pages of the book, the former husband and wife decide to be friends. Even though their hook-ups are smoldering, with all of the emotional angst they’re both dealing with, a new long-distance relationship is not what either of them need. But how long will that resolve hold…

Dirty Rowdy Thing was impossible not to adore. While some of the subject matter was heavy, Christina Lauren infused plenty of humor while not making light of the serious content. We came to understand Harlow better and appreciate that her heart is always in the right place. And Finn’s maturity, loyalty, and general super sexiness played to the reader’s love for book boyfriends. Who knew fisherman could be so hot!?!?

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There are 2 more books after this one in the series: Dark Wild Night and the recently released Wicked Sexy Liar.

 

sweet filthy boy, by christina lauren

sweet filthy boyMuch like football season this weekend, I’m baaaaaccckkk!!!  And excited as ever. Please keep in mind if you purchase this book, I did not make up the title.

Sweet Filthy Boy, by Christina Lauren is a fun read, primarily because of the sweet filthy boy, Ansel.

my synopsis
Three girls graduate college and head to Vegas for a last hurrah. They meet three boys. They each marry a boy. Two have their marriages annulled, one follows her French husband to France. And thus starts the adventure.

Mia was a dancer bound for stardom until a tragic accident forced her to hang up her ballet slippers. Ansel is an up-and-coming attorney at a firm in France. While Mia is practical and shy, Ansel is…well…not. When he invites her to come to France for the summer before she starts grad school, she impulsively leaves a note for her parents, packs a suitcase, and meets Ansel at the airport.

Marriage to someone they’ve known for less than a week proves to be more challenging than they imagined. Mia is enjoying France, but not Ansel working non-stop. And the easy sexual chemistry they had in Vegas is now somewhat stunted as reality and the demands of every day life have set in. So they are forced to get ‘creative’ to rekindle the fire.

tara’s take
This book is very fun. Ansel is funny, sexy, and adorable all at the same time. When Mia lets go of her shy side and stops over thinking, she’s fun and gives as good as she gets. (A side note–I met Christina and Lauren at the RT Book Convention this year, they’re awesome! I will definitely be reading more of their books. But I digress…)

Seeing France through the touristy eyes of Mia makes me want to hop on a plane. Who wouldn’t want to live in a foreign land for a summer and have the freedom to just explore and soak up the culture.

I have no idea how Christina Lauren pulled off such a seamless co-written book and very steamy to boot. It’s light-hearted with thought-provoking moments and pure fun weaved throughout.  I think of the ‘helpful’ notes with French phrases that Ansel left Mia each day as he was at work and can’t help but smile.

If you’re looking for a fun read and cool author(s), this is the book for you. Enjoy!

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