Sweet Filthy Boy
Sweet Filthy Morning After
Author: Christina Lauren
Reviewer: Jen Twimom
What I’m Talking About:
Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons #1)
Having recently listened to and LOVING the audiobook of Wicked Sexy Liar (WSL), the fourth book in Christina Lauren’s NA series about recent UCSD grads, I found myself compelled to get more of these characters and their stories. So I decided to pick up the first book, Sweet Filthy Boy, on my kindle, and I’m so glad that I did.
Having started with the fourth book in the series, I was already familiar with main couple featured in Sweet Filthy Boy. However, I didn’t know their history and story, other than a few small details, so no spoilers to ruin the enjoyment of the journey. Mia and Ansel have a whirlwind, lust-driven weekend in Vegas, which leads to her following him to Paris for the summer. But the trip over isn’t romantic in the least (and is in fact, one of the most laughable, horrible situations), and there is a huge strain between the pair once they arrive at Ansel’s home. In fact, the awkwardness is horrifying at times and my heart hurts for the pair. However, the couple learns to share and open up though cos-play and scenes, which leads to some uber sexy moments.
Their romance is exquisite: equal parts lust, heartache, and love. While I thought I knew what would be the major bump in the road, I was still surprised when it happened, leading my heart to fall to pieces along with Mia’s. The authors are skilled at sharing deep emotions without telling or preaching.
The one thing that threw me a bit and surprised me is that the story was only shared from the first person POV of the book’s heroine, Mia. This is because the few NA titles I’ve read, along with a book in this series (WSL), are shared from the alternating first person POVs of the hero and heroine. I have to admit that after all my harping on why I don’t necessarily care for the alternating first person POVs, I missed it! I wanted to hear from Ansel – I wanted to know he was falling as hard as Mia, I wanted to know why he shares and doesn’t share what he did (although in hindsight, the twist wouldn’t have had as big of an impact if we’d known this!)
In the end, I adored Mia and Ansel’s story. I love the storytelling of the writing team of Christina Lauren. The book made me want to fall in love all over again.
My rating: A-
Sweet Filthy Morning After (Wild Seasons #1.5)
Narrated by Jason Carpenter; Speed: 1.5x
Ansel and Mia experience a wild, drunken, lust-filled night in Las Vegas. What did Ansel feel that first morning after? Written from the POV of Ansel, Sweet Filthy Morning After is his recollection of waking up next to Mia and remembering everything that happened the previous night.
At only 30 minutes long, the story is truly only a short, slice of life and not meant for those who haven’t read Sweet Filthy Boy, the book from which the scene comes. For those who loved Mia and Ansel’s story, but missed hearing any of Ansel’s side of the story, Sweet Filthy Morning After is a real treat. Written like an entry to Ansel’s personal diary, we learn how fast and hard he falls for Mia. While I wish we’d had his POV in Sweet Filthy Boy, I understand why it would have changed the entire nature of the book.
Jason Carpenter does an excellent job narrating the story as Frenchman Ansel. He portrays an enjoyable French accent without seeming pretentious. However, his narrative speed is way too slow, and for the first time ever, I listened to a book at the 1.5x speed comfortably.
My Rating: B+ (as a companion to Sweet Filthy Boy)
About the Book:
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.
Release Date: May 13, 2014; October 14, 2014 (SFMA)
Publisher: Gallery Books; Simon & Schuster Audio (SFMA)
Series: Wild Seasons #1 & #1.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Format(s): paperback (385 pages), e-book, audiobook (SFMA audiobook only)
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds
Reviews in the Series:
Wicked Sexy Liar (Wild Seasons #4)