Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3) by Christina LaurenDark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
Published September 2015
Series: Wild Seasons #3
Genres: New Adult
Format: eBook
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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...

Lorelei Castle has had one big dream in her life. Well – maybe two. The first one is getting the notoriety she deserves for her comic-book Razor Fish (even though she’s absolutely not a public person), and the second is more of a secret fantasy, as she has a complete crush on her Vegas-husband of 12 hours who is now her best friend.

The day she find out that the crush she had on Oliver Lore was mutual, the two of them enter an all-consuming relationship. Soon enough, Lola is concerned that she might be so deep into their time together that her other life-dream actually comes second place. Yet, there’s really nothing more important than getting Razor Fish adapted to the big screen, is there? Is this new relationship with Oliver really good in terms of timing?

What I loved about this book:

  • Oliver – the main character
  • The steamy scenes

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Lola – the female main character
  • The moot storyline
  • The unfinished business

I am a huge fan of Christina Lauren, and their Wild Seasons and Beautiful series are absolutely exceptional, fun and steamy – all in all, just the kind I like. So obviously, Dark Wild Night was bumped to the very top of my reading list as soon as it was released. But unfortunately, I can’t really say it was as good as the previous Christina Lauren books, mainly because it lacked in terms of storyline, left a lot of things unsolved, and the main character just plain didn’t appeal to me.

The things I liked about this book – because I did enjoy some parts of it – are the authors’ writing (the funny banter, the involvement of the previous books’ characters and the atmosphere), and also the male main character. And of course there was the fact that they try to contain their attraction to each other, even though they have no clue that it is mutual.

“Oliver is both my former husband and my current crush. but it will forever remain unrequited: our marriage was never really a marriage. It was that-thing-that-we-did-in-Vegas.”

I really loved Oliver because… well: dark hair, blue eyes, glasses, well built, and intelligent. He was the perfect book boyfriend and extremely attentive. And while he had a bit of a manwhore flair to him in the past (before he met Lola, he completely left this attitude behind) showing her the right amount of respect very step of the way. Even when Lola completely shuts him off. And well, I don’t know whether that was a bad or a good thing, but he was a bit lovestruck. It was definitely unreal how many times he told Lola he loved her, and it actually made him look like a lovestruck sap. But hey, let’s appreciate a man who is in tune with his feelings.

“I don’t have a choice but to want to do this, Lola. I’m in love with you.”

And well, if a slightly sappy main character can generate such hot steamy scenes, I’ll take that any day over a possessive alpha-male. Because ladies, the steamy scenes in this book were out of this world, and they were definitely what kept me on reading on. They were absolutely mindblowing.

But well, I just had a hard time connecting to Lola. She was the one who over-dramatized the whole story, because although she was going through a tough time, she chose to shut herself of instead of relying on her support system.

And yeah, if you think about it, the storyline is clear and pretty un-complex: relationship-shy girl gets involved with her long-time crush and is suddenly scared that he will distract her in pursuing her life-long dream. Priorities and all. But Lola is really her only enemy in the story, and there are no further disasters (apart from a challenging screenwriter) that she needs to face. She’s basically the one who can’t get her life together even though she has one hell of a support system with her BFF’s, their husbands, her roommate, her father and last but by no means least: Oliver. It’s not like she has to choose between a relationship with Oliver and the success of her books. It’s not like Oliver threatens to leave her – on the contrary: he is understanding as hell.

“I just want you. I don’t need anything easy or perfect. I don’t need to rush anything.”

So really, the whole storyline is moot. Sorry. And then there was my issue with the book’s pace. While the beginning of the book moved at a relatively normal pace, the last 40 percent were kind of slow and repetitive. Especially during the time it takes for her to figure things out. And there is a time when Lola acts painfully idiotic.

Finally, there is one thing I particularly disliked about this book. There are so many loose ends, like London, Not-Joe and Greg – Lola’s father. The reader also spends so much time reading about the details of Lola’s comic-book (which honestly I couldn’t care less about), and about how Lola battles to keep the script as close to the original book as possible (which I must admit, is important). But this is not the problem here… The problem is that at the end of the book, this whole main subject is literally dropped. I spent paged and pages reading about Razor Fish and Quinn, and I still don’t know if the movie-script ended up staying the way Lola wanted it to. And I also have no idea if this new book she was so frantically working on was a success or not, and what it was about – because apparently it was about her and Oliver.

All in all, Dark Wild Night just wasn’t it for me. But it’s certainly not going to deter me from reading other Christina Lauren books!

Detailed Rating
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Overall: three-stars