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.
I do not read many “light, sweet, & funny” books. To be honest, those bore me and I need stories with much more depth so I put off the Beautiful Bastard series for that reason. This book, however, caught my attention. At first glance the blurb is quite simplistic and sounds like any other story but I had this nagging feeling there was a hidden layer to the story and something the blurb wasn’t saying and I was right! (Sorry, not going to tell you – you’ll just have to read and find out!) As I had three ratings for different parts of the story, my review will be broken down into three parts as well. I think the important message is albeit the beginning was rough and a very bumpy start for me, the rest of the story mostly made up for it. 2 star beginningI’m all for total escapism because that’s why I read; however, I need some kind of realism in there as well or I won’t be able to relate to the characters at all. This beginning was quite ludicrous – I was staring at my book in disbelief at what was happening. If it weren’t for a friend warning me about the unrealistic first 25% I actually would’ve stopped reading. It just seemed like every impossible thing that wouldn’t be able to happen did happen so I had difficulty believing in the story. I have no doubt this part will appeal to longtime fans of this dynamic author duo and anyone else looking for some hot fun. Call me pragmatic or whatever, but it’s way too impulsive and careless for my tastes.4.5 star storyAfter the beginning 25% and when Mia hops on a plane and goes with Ansel to Paris, the story took a turn for the better and I absolutely adored it! I’d say hot sex takes up about 70% of the book but it was done so, so well! I pretty much laughed my ass off with Mia and Ansel’s role playing (TONS of that going on hehe) and despite the rather unbelievable start to their relationship, I liked that they took some time to get to know each other – those scenes were so awkward but funny to read!
3 star endingEverything – the story, the steamy sex scenes, etc…- was going so well and then BAM, plot twist and I pretty much disliked Ansel after that. To clarify, deliberately omitting information from your significant other is called lying in my book (and this is something big too). However, I did like how Mia finally took charge and grew a backbone, and though the ending was a bit rushed and tied up too nicely, it was also very sentimental and touching so overall I liked it.As this is the first book I’ve read from these authors and, for the most part, liked, I’m not opposed to reading the next one in the series. My biggest complaint would be the ridiculous first 25% of the story but I do realize without it, there wouldn’t be the rest of the story which was significantly better. If you end up struggling with the beginning like I did, keep reading! It’s worth it.ARC provided by Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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