Series: Wild Seasons #3
Author: Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 15, 2015
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Related Books: Beautiful Beloved, Beautiful Secret, Wicked Sexy Liar, Beautiful Boss, Beautiful
About Dark Wild Night: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...
As much as I loved the rest of the series so far, Dark Wild Night is definitely my favorite so far. I find it kind of funny that:
- Book #3 was my favorite (so far, at least) for both Wild Seasons and the Beautiful series.
- Book #3 of each series featured “nerd love” couples.
- Book #3 of each series featured girls I could relate to. (Although I still find it creepy how much I have in common with Hanna!)
And even before I made those connections, one of the reasons I loved this book more than the others was that the love and emotions and just the relationship in general felt more familiar. Not just because the main character was someone I could relate to, but also because the dynamics of the relationship shared some qualities with my own.
I’m a sucker for being able to relate to the story – it fuels the daydreams, ya know? 😛
Lola’s aloofness bothered me at times, but then I forgave her because I get accused of the same thing. Professionally, my communication skills rock. Personally, not so much. Professionally, I have my life together (for the most part) but it remains exciting. Personally, I’m kind of on the strugglebus.
So while I can mention that here, I really can’t criticize her for it without shattering the one of the walls in my big glass house. :/
Oliver was just…perfect. Ah. He’s this gorgeous yet chill dude who wouldn’t mind putting on Doctor Who t-shirts and popping popcorn to stay in watching BBC America on Saturday nights. (A continuous debate I have with my boyfriend) He can understand his creative girlfriend needing to go “into the cave” to meet a deadline. And most importantly, he can probably get you free comic books.
Another thing I loved was being able to see more of Not Joe, and I hope he gets a book. It looks like book #4 isn’t about him, but I remain optimistic since Christina Lauren is so great with bonus scenes. At the very least, I think we’ll be able to see him in one of those if we beg and flatter them enough – who’s going to organize the official campaign? 😉
About Christina Lauren:
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 seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)