Sunday, February 28, 2021

DNF&Y [35]

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Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons, #1) by Christina Lauren

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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.

This started out as a group buddy read on Instagram, but for the life of me I couldn't get into the story. I didn't like Ansel or Mia and thought they were both very flat characters. I put the book down for a few weeks, and when I picked it back up again I had no idea what the actual story was about. (Was there even a story???) I just remembered them having a lot of sex. I tried starting over and reading it again, but I think it was actually worse the second time around. 

As for the sex itself, Ansel and Mia tried a little light BDSM with some roleplay. I'm sure it was supposed to be sexy and romantic, but the only thing those scenes elicited from me was laughter. I couldn't take either of them seriously. She smudged his windows? Really? (They should have addressed Ansel's obsessive need for cleanliness before making her handprints a super big deal.) The entire thing was just really awkward. The weirdness was only amplified when Ansel said that his mother used to be a maid, which is the very thing Mia decided to wear in order to get herself in the mood. (She has to mentally prepare herself - get into a role and out of her head - in order to orgasm.) Like, that's what you chose to lead with afterwards, Ansel? Your mom was also a maid? Was it supposed to be a wonderfully weird coincidence? His comment made the entire thing feel super gross. She couldn't have been a sexy doctor or something instead?

Mia was also incredibly boring. I get that her relationship with Ansel was new and they wanted to explore what they were to each other, but she could have made her own friends, gotten a part-time job, or done something other than sightseeing if she really wanted to enjoy her summer. Personally, I would have been delighted to see Paris on a whim, but she doesn't seem grateful for the opportunity. Ansel also should have done more to be present while she was there, but he's always working. It was obnoxious. It's was also obvious he's hiding something (like when someone showed up unexpectedly to his apartment in the middle of the night), so I skimmed ahead to see what it was. The "big reveal" was annoying, and his lie by omission wasn't worth the effort he put in to keep it maintained. Additionally, it should have been a big Red Flag when Ansel never wanted her to meet his friends, specifically the three people he said knew him better than anyone else.

Secrets and withheld information are two tropes that I hate. Just have an honest conversation with your wife, if you really want to establish roots and get to know her. I'm also not sure what Mia's issue was with her dad, and wish that had been explored more from the start instead of haphazardly mentioned throughout the book. The story was shallow, the characters dull and uninteresting, and there was waaaay too much sex and too little conversation. Don't get me wrong - I love sexy times - but it was the only thing they did. When Ansel got home from work, they didn't go anywhere or do anything together, they just had more sex. If you ask me, their relationship was unhealthy and didn't always feel consensual. (★★☆☆☆)

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  1. I haven't read a ton of the earlier Christina Lauren work, but this sounds like it wouldn't be the book for me, either!

    1. I read Roomies and it didn't work for me, but others have... Autoboyography, The Unhoneymooners, Josh & Hazel. I just feel like there's a 50/50 chance I won't like it, which is why I struggle with picking their books up these days. In a Holidaze was warm/fuzzy, but also weird...

      Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ๐Ÿ’ฌ

  2. I read this years ago and remember not liking it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. I just never felt a connection between them. It was all about sex and her not being able to orgasm. She never questioned why he never wanted to go anywhere or do anything with his friends. The entire situation was weird.

  3. Christina Lauren books have been a hit-or-miss with me but I don't think this series would work for me!

    1. I'm bummed since I found the entire series at a thrift store. Do I keep reading and see if the next book is better, or just give them all away?


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