“What we know is the unrequited possibility, the temptation of the idea. The make-believe. The adventure. But when you choose the adventure, it becomes real life.”
I really enjoyed the Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren, so of course I was super excited to read about Ansel, the Sweet Filthy Boy.
The story starts off when Mia and her friends are on their way to Vegas to celebrate their college graduation and impending move to go to grad school. despite being socially awkward (which I can totally relate!) Mia hopes to break out of her shell and let loose for at least that weekend. There, they meet three very hot guys. The connection between Mia and Ansel is off the charts, but that's not all. She's able to talk to him from the get-go like no one before. After some funny moments between the six friends, the couples go their merry way.
Mia's attraction to Ansel (and vise-versa) leads to one reckless, but hot, night between the two. When Ansel proposes Mia goes with him to Paris for the summer, there's nothing she can't say but yes to him.
"I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night.”
I liked both characters. Ansel is in fact a sweet, but filthy boy (or man). When I first "met" him in Vegas he oozed charm and charisma. I instantly liked him, but wanted to see what was so filthy about him *wink wink.* Mia really came out of her shell and I loved to see her embrace what was it that turned her on and tell Ansel about it.
“Life is built of these little horrible moments and the giant expanses of awesome in between.”
Their relationship did hit an awkward bum in the road once they made it to Paris. The fun and reckless vibe is somewhat gone and reality steps in. Mia is alone most of the time, due to Ansel's time-consuming career, which allowed her to explore the beautiful city of Paris. I, for one, would love to one day visit this city, so I really enjoyed the descriptions of the people, places, food, and language.
Like always, Christina Lauren's writing really shone in this book. There's even a little secret that is revealed that might leave you with your mouth hanging open in shock.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and especially loved the writing. If you've read CL's previous or even if you're new to them, you will fall for this sweet and sexy romance.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night."
It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Christina Lauren and I was excited to read a new series from them (although I could read about the BB gang until the cows come home!). Sweet Filthy Boy is a fun change and a great introduction into new characters.
Mia is having a last hurrah in Vegas with her girl friends to celebrate the end of college before she heads of to graduate school. Never did she expect to bump into the sexy, French Ansel who happened to be in Vegas celebrating with his friends. Of course, the events that follow take everyone by surprise but for us it means some hilarious reading!
“You just implied you’re banging me tonight.” His grin gets bigger as his hands snake around my waist. “Play your cards right.” “I forgot my cards.” His smile wilts dramatically . “But I did bring my penis.”
From the moment they first met, I felt the connection between Ansel and Mia, pure unadulterated attraction and I knew it was a sign of the sexy times ahead!
"He doesn't look away, so I feel I can't, either, even though my knees want to buckle. He could kiss me right this second and it wouldn't be soon enough."
Ansel is determined to prove to Mia that their weekend wasn't a mistake and he invites her to Paris for the summer, to give their relationship a fair chance. Mia decides to follow Ansel on a crazy whim, the bright lights of Paris and nights with Ansel appeal to her but unfortunately, reality paints a different picture and Ansel and Mia struggle to find their status quo in Paris.
“For a perfect minute, I can imagine this endless life: sunny Sundays in the park with Ansel and the promise of his body all over mine when the sun goes down.”
I did feel for both Ansel and Mia when they first arrived in Paris, their relationship became awkward and I felt that through the pages. They both used escapism to help them overcome their issues and whilst that worked for a while (and we got to enjoy some great sexy times due to this) reality had a way of catching up with them.
As usual, I adore Christina and Lauren's writing; I get sucked in and feel everything they are describing. I usually read with a smile on my face as the beautiful words unfold on each page. I did wish for Ansel's point of view at certain points during the book, I think because he had a few secrets, I really wanted to know how he felt and of course I wanted to know more about the night in Vegas!
It's been a while since a book twist has genuinely shocked me and you can ask my RT roomies (who also happen to be my fellow Belles) that my jaw hit the floor when a certain identity was revealed. I did not see that coming and I was a little mad at Ansel for his handling of the situation, of course I couldn't stay mad for long as he was coming from a good place. As hard as it was to read, it was the catalyst Mia needed to figure out what she wanted from life and how she would proceed. Running away to France was the romantic dream but she needed to make plans for real life.
As always, the girls end their story realistically, there is no over the top HEA (even though I love them) but it ends in such a way that is perfect for the characters and it is believable too. Mia and Ansel will appear throughout the series so I look forward to seeing their relationship progress in the other books.
Sweet Filthy Boy is a refreshing new venture from the ladies who gave us Bennett, Max and Will and I have no doubt Ansel will sweep you off your feet too!
"I go off like a bomb the second he presses his lips to my ear and whispers , “What you feel, Cerise? I feel it, too . Fuck, Mia, I feel everything for you.”
Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.
You can follow their shenanigans at: their website or @lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!
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