Published May 2014
Series: Wild Seasons #1
Genres: New Adult, Romantic Comedy
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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.
Mia Holland is off to Las Vegas with her friends Harlow and Lorelei in order to celebrate their graduation. She sees it as the last weekend of fun before she will have to move to Boston and follow through the future her father imagined for her – a future she’s clearly dreading.
But after a crazy night in Vegas and a more crazy hangover, she discovers a gold wedding band around her left ring finger, and if the state of the room is any indication, it looks like she is now married to Ansel Guillaume, her one-night Frenchman fling. But Ansel refuses to annul the wedding, stating that he wants to keep the promise her made Mia the night before, and remain married until fall. He also begs Mia to spend the summer with him in his hometown, Paris. Will Mia take this leap of faith and go with him?
Being a great fan of the latest Beautiful… books by Christina Lauren, I couldn’t wait for this new book to come out, especially since this is a whole new series with whole new characters.
I was a bit wary when I found out that Ansel is a Frenchman and that most of the story would be based in Paris, because more often than not, American authors poorly describe France and really butcher the French language. Yep, being French – I can say and assess that! But this book was a welcome exception: everything was very accurate and the French was perfect (and not your regular Google translate 19th century French). The only weird thing was Ansel’s name. Ok, I just found out that the lead cast for The Fault in Our Stars is called Ansel Elgort, so this name does exist, but let me tell you that this is in NO way a common french name (even though its origins are French). But this is just a minor “problem”.
Well, back to the story – I took me until 15-20% of the book to actually start to like it – A LOT! The beginning was meh, I couldn’t really relate to Mia and her group of friends at the beginning, and that probably because I didn’t get the full story. Plus I thought that binge drinking in Vegas on a graduation weekends was just lame.
But then, when Mia actually realizes what happened the night of her one night stand, things got a lot more interesting. And then it just went uphill in a hilarious mess. I really couldn’t put the book down and almost peed my pants I had to laugh so much.
The “Beautiful-vibe” is back – the free, fun and light writing I so love about Christina Lauren, and also the hot and steamy scenes that make this book even more enjoyable.
Of course, the story was not exactly realistic, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. I really loved Mia and how meeting Ansel made her become impulsive and open up, so much as to make the change in her life that she always wanted to make. And Ansel was the perfect sweet filthy book and A+ book boyfriend who managed to drag Mia out of her hole in an impulsive act of selflessness and perhaps without considering the consequences. But in some way it was what they both needed.
And in the end, Book #1 of Wild Season makes a great, funny, hot and romantic read I definitely recommend, and I will be looking forward to the sequel around Harlow’s story.