Published November 2014
Series: Wild Seasons #2
Genres: New Adult
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Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other...which would explain why their marriage lasted only twelve hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman—or just what he needs.
Harlow Vega and Finn Roberts once got married in an alcoholic Vegas-daze, and it lasted no more than 12 hours, before Harlow returned to her movie-star child’s life in San Francisco and Finn to his fisherman’s business in Canada. Yet, their Vegas hookup will go down in history as the best they ever had – at least for Harlow.
But suddenly, Finn makes an appearance in San Francisco and totally throws Harlow out of the loop. She really doesn’t need his teasing, and especially not the sexual distraction he can provide as she only just learnt that her mother is battling cancer. But what she doesn’t know is that Finn has got trouble of his own, and both their desperation leads them into each others arms, despite that fact that they are complete and total opposites…
I am always quite wary when it come to new Christina Lauren releases, because they can be a total hit (like Beautiful Player) or a total miss (like Beautiful Beginning). And while I liked Book 1 in the Wild Seasons Series, I was kind of scared that Dirty Rowdy Thing would be another miss.
But man, was I wrong. I totally LOVED it. I really can’t begin describing this book. It’s still Christina Lauren, but in a more mature and less unrealistic new-adult way: while the Beautiful… series was not exactly new adult and more fun, games and sex, the Wild Seasons series is more new adult, and a bit less cliché.
In Dirty Rowdy Thing, the topics are obviously heavier (and more realistic) than in previous Christina Lauren books: Harlow is having a hard time dealing with her mother’s illness, and Finn is concerned about his family’s business and whole existence in Canada. And throughout the book, both of them do not realise that some problems cannot be fixed alone, and that sometimes having someone to talk to is not a distraction, but rather a useful resource. And obviously, both of them are blind to each other’s attraction beyond the sexual encounters (and other love/hate scenes).
Still, what lightens up the book is Christina Lauren’s lovely humour and talent for creating wonderful side-characters that lend additional charm and wit to the main story. But it’s not only the side-characters you’ll fall in love with: aside from Beautiful Player, I don’t think Christina Lauren ever created such passionate and intricate characters. I loved both Mia the selfless fixer, and Finn, the sexy but broody fisherman with a slightly kinky taste. From afar, they really don’t feel like a couple, but throughout the book, you’ll start rooting for them like no one else.
Oh and you’ll love the sparks that the two of them elicited. This undoubtedly was Christina Lauren signature filth at its best: from the anticipation until the actual… act! So there’s absolutely no question as to whether I enjoyed this book. I LOVED IT – from front to back cover, and I am absolutely looking forward to the next in the series!
|All the feels|