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Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons Series #3)
     

Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons Series #3)

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by Christina Lauren
 

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WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS. BUT WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN IN VEGAS SEEMS TO FOLLOW THEM EVERYWHERE—Book Three in the sexy, fun New York Times bestselling Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times Book of the Year) and Dirty Rowdy Thing.

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Overview

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS STAYS IN VEGAS. BUT WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN IN VEGAS SEEMS TO FOLLOW THEM EVERYWHERE—Book Three in the sexy, fun New York Times bestselling Wild Seasons series that began with Sweet Filthy Boy (the Romantic Times Book of the Year) and Dirty Rowdy Thing.

Lola and Oliver like to congratulate themselves on having the good sense not to consummate their drunken Las Vegas marriage. 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…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/09/2015
Lauren (the Beautiful Bastard series) delivers a lively and fast-moving contemporary story of inevitable romance between best friends. San Diego–based graphic novelist Lola Castle is thrilled that Hollywood wants to make a big-budget action movie out of her book Razor Fish. To her annoyance, the guys in Hollywood keep trying to change her coming-of-age story into a human/alien romance. Fortunately she has the full support of her friends, especially her longtime crush, Australian-born comic store owner Oliver Lore. To her surprise, Oliver admits he has strong feelings for her as well, which becomes one more complication in Lola's already overwhelmed life. Torn between her need to work and her desire for time with Oliver, Lola could lose both. Lauren provides plenty of steamy romance and sex to keep the story simmering. Fans of uncomplicated characters and straightforward contemporary romance will enjoy this brisk affair of the heart. (Sept. )
Bookalicious
"No one is doing hot contemporary romance like Christina Lauren. Sweet Filthy Boy is beyond swoon worthy. Just give me Book Two right now."
Sarah J. Maas
"Full of expertly drawn characters who will grab your heart and never let go, humor that will have you howling, and off-the-charts, toe-curling chemistry, Dark Wild Night is absolutely unforgettable. This is contemporary romance at its best! Beautifully written and remarkably compelling—it reminded me why Christina Lauren's books have a place of honor on my bookshelf."
BooksSheReads.com
“The thing that I love the most about Christina Lauren and the duo’s Beautiful books is that there is always humor in them. As well as hot steamy moments and some of the sweetest I love you’s.”
The Rock Stars of Romance
Sweet Filthy Boy lives up to every yummy bit of its title. Each word, each thought, each touch from Ansel is pure, unadulterated SEX. Christina Lauren's assured writing and their ability to create a scorching and witty love story makes them an automatic 1-Click for us.”
Sylvia Day on Sweet Filthy Boy
"A sexy, sweet treasure of a story. I loved every word."
That's Normal on Sweet Filthy Boy
“It's official: I'd read Christina Lauren's grocery list if they'd let me. The girls wrote the French-boy fantasy I didn't know I had. Just when I thought I didn't have time for yet another book boyfriend, I made time for Ansel....”
EW.com on Beautiful Stranger
“Hot . . . if you like your hook-ups early and plentiful..."
PerezHilton.com on Beautiful Bastard
“A devilishly depraved cross between a hardcore porn and a very special episode of The Office…For us fetish-friendly fiends to feast on!!”
Romantic Times on Dark Wild Night
"Nobody writes sexual tension like Lauren. A geeky friends-to-lovers romance, the established bond between Lola and Oliver make their chemistry explosive."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476777955
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/15/2015
Series:
Wild Seasons Series , #3
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
17,487
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, The House, and Autoboyography. You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com, Facebook.com/ChristinaLaurenBooks, or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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Dark Wild Night 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far one of the best books I've read in a while! I couldn't put it down ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the latest installment in the Christina Lauren steamy, hot, can't put it down for a second library. I was fortunate enough to start reading Christina Lauren books based on a NOOK recommendation, and I am hooked. I felt I had to write a review at least once. Let me state now that I can't seem to pick a favorite out of the seven couples that have been featured in these books, because they are all so delicious for different reasons. This book is very typical of the Christina Lauren writing duo. While slightly formulaic, they more than make up for it with very developed and surprisingly deep characters. The stories are incredibly sweet and humorous, with that yummy naughtiness overlaying the whole. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to find a couple of authors who manage to blend erotic romance with down to earth hilarity so seamlessly. Two giant thumbs way up!
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
This is one of those cute, adorable romances with likable characters (and plenty of sexy). I enjoyed the whole thing. Lola and Oliver are good people. They are best friends wanting more. Life gets in the way a bit, but they're mature enough to get it right before it goes too far. Dark Wild Night was definitely worth my time, and Oliver is great book boyfriend material.
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LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Dark Wild Night is book three in the Wild Seasons series. This was probably the most anticipated book for me, I really wanted to see Lola and Oliver's story. They're both geeky, which I connect with. Lola makes graphic novels, and Oliver runs a comic shop. They got married in Vegas back in book one, as did their other friends. They got an annulment and remained friends ever since. The duo is pretty much BFFs, always relying on each other. I could tell there were feelings on both sides, so I was a bit confused on why they never spoke their mind and just dated. I will say this does give a more realistic feel to the story, though since that happens in real life. Lola finally comes to her senses when she realizes that she has feelings and can't hide them or her intrigue in Oliver anymore. Their relationship is going great until Lola is swamped with multiple projects and trying to juggle the tasks and coming up short. She's never missed a deadline before but since dating Oliver she's missed not one, but two deadlines. She kind of retreats and shoves away Oliver which really frustrated me. I will say she and her friend both state when Lola gets in a relationship it tends to end when it gets serious. She has emotional issues from being abandoned by her mother at a young age so that didn't help. It just frustrated me while reading and affected me enjoying the book fully like I did with the others in this series. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy this book, but just not quite as much as the previous two in the series. I loved seeing the other couples from the previous books since they are all BFFs. I also enjoyed it when Lola and Oliver finally got together and the realistic relationship bits. I think if you're a fan of the series you'll more than likely enjoy this installment. Overall, this series is pretty great, I love CLauren's work, they're a pretty great writing team.
MEHudson More than 1 year ago
I love the wild series!! I cant explain how much I love how all the books characters tie into each other starting with the beautiful series. I get to follow along with each character introduced. I am a dedicated fan of these authors and I LOVE both series to an extreme.!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Haven't read a book of theirs that I haven't loved.. this one was no exception. Loliver's story - ugh. I ate it up. Read this book, people!! You will not be disappointed.
ReadingAfterDark More than 1 year ago
After falling in love with the stories of Mia and Ansel (Sweet Filthy Boy), Harlow and Fin (Dirty Rowdy Thing), I couldn't wait to catch up with the gang again. I obsessively hit the refresh button on my browser as I waited for the release of Dark Wild Night. Thankfully the dynamic writing duo of Christina Lauren never disappoints. The witty banter and their bravery to not shy away from the intimate moments, kept me up until the small hours, devouring their words. I love, love, love this book. I love Loliver (Lola + Oliver) and the rest of the Wild Seasons crew. Besties Lola, Harlow and Mia recently graduated from UCSD head off to Vegas to celebrate. They drink, they dance, they party, and they all get married. Lola and Oliver never consummated their nuptials. The annulment was carried out before the ink dried. Even though everyone around them can see the unresolved sexual tension radiating between them, the comic loving couple grow close nestled comfortably in the friend zone. Lorelei Louise Castle, known as Lola, has had a whirlwind couple of months. Recently graduated, Lola is already balancing the success and recognition from the publishing of her graphic novel Razor Fish. A labor of love she has been nurturing for years. With the news that her novel has been optioned as a movie, Lola's life moves from busy to overwhelming. The ever stoic Australian born Oliver Lore is the owner of the comic book store Downtown Graffick, and Lola's ex-husband. His boyish charm and nerdy sensibilities come together in a tightly put together package of muscle and man. He is methodical and quiet in business and in love. I am not a comic book fan, and I know very little about the sub-culture that inspires the many fan boys and girls. Even though Loliver relates to the world around them through the context of their favorite comic book characters, they are relatable and feel like real people...like friends. Your heart will ache for them as they struggle through the path from friends to lovers. And, your temperature will rise from their passion. Lola not only feels passion for Oliver, but she is also passionate about her work. Her struggle to achieve a work life balance was one of the most relatable and raw experiences in reading this book. I cheered for Lola when she didn't automatically relent to her romantic feelings, but fought for her career and goals. And, I fell even more in love with Oliver as he tried to offer support. The Christina Lauren team is know for their sensual writing. Dark Wild Night promises its fair share of taboo and libidinous acts detailed so perfectly it will leave you panting. But, one of my favorite parts of the books comes from the comic relief of Not-Joe. Not-Joe plays the stories fool (archetype not idiot...well maybe a little). His nonconforming absurdities had me LOL... literally. Sometimes so much I was worried I would wake the house up. I hope the writing team considers spending more time with this character! Dark Wild Night is a highly recommended and truly enjoyable read. There is passion and pain, laughter and lust. You'll even reminisce with old friends. The only problem is now I can't wait for the next installment, Wicked Sexy Liar. Check out this review on my blog here: http://www.readingafterdark.com/reviews/dark-wild-night
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fun story!
khulseman More than 1 year ago
"You just sucked my soul out of me." I love humorous romances - stories that never fail to help me escape the tediousness of the day. Christina Lauren deliver with this novel. I also have a very large soft spot for nerds. Lola and Oliver are the best of the best nerds. One is a graphic novelist and the other owns a store specializing in - you guessed it- comic books. Lola and Oliver met, married, divorced and became best friends in the early stories of the Wild Seasons series. Lola is just as you imagined. She is introverted character lost in the world she creates. Suddenly her graphic novel is optioned by Hollywood and she is now noticed. But will her relationship with her best friend stand up to the strain? The novel takes you on a story of missed cues and opportunities. When Lola and Oliver final realize the feelings between them are way more than friendly and for a VERY long time, the pages of the story ignite. Nerds can be sexy. Lola's character had the ability to become grating to me. You know, the whiny, indecisive push-pull girl. Christina Lauren gives her character just enough insecurity to be what we would expect an introvert to be but without dragging the storyline. And Oliver. Wow - he has his own issues. However his protectiveness and desire to watch Lola succeed is swoon worthy. Book 3 could very well be a standalone. This is solely Oliver and Lola's story. But the friends make appearances from the first two books. I dare you not to go back and read them. If you are familiar with Christina Lauren's writing, this delivers. My favorite over all in the series. PS Not Joe needs a story.
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Reads-By-Rose-Book-Blog More than 1 year ago
I fell in love time and time again with the characters in this series. Oliver is Lola's #1 fan and her best friend. He is also the owner of his own comic book store called Downtown Graffick. He is funny, smart, a little geeky and a lot filthy. In other words, I love him. Lola is such a brilliant, lovable character. She is extremely talented and creative and she puts all that she has into the things that she loves and I really admire her character for that. This book had an amazing story full of love, humor and sprinkled with a little bit of filth. The scenes between Lola and Oliver could make anyone blush six shades to Sunday. I loved how Oliver was the perfect mixture of geeky and dirty. I loved his relationship with Lola even more. He knew exactly what she needed, when she needed it and what he could do for her without Lola ever having to actually say anything. They had their own little language in which they would communicate without anybody else understanding and I thought that their bond was so special. I also want to talk about Not-Joe because it is practically impossible for me to not bring him up when he was such a huge reason for how much I enjoyed reading Dark Wild Night. He was often the comedy relief of the book. I had moments in which I had to put the book down from how much I was laughing. It was impossible to keep a straight face wherever he's involved. There was a tiny, frustrating roller coaster ride towards the end but it just added more to the story. I honestly can't think of something I didn't enjoy in this book. I truly enjoyed every single bit of this beautiful book and I cannot wait for the next book in this amazing series. *Disclaimer: An ARC was kindly was provided to Reads By Rose from Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review. My reviews will always remain truthful, unbiased and respectful.
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TheLustyLiterate More than 1 year ago
4/4.5 Stars | White-Hot Steam Having heard so many positive things about Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series, I was eager and excited to read Oliver and Lola’s story in DARK WILD NIGHT. And, oh my precious stars, this comic-bookish friends-to-lovers romance dazzled and delighted me from start to finish! Unassumingly sharp, emotionally powerful, endearingly sweet and ultra sizzling, I was captivated and entirely won over by this quirky and engaging pair’s unforgettable journey to happily ever after. Bright, interesting, strong and sensual, Lola is a unique and marvelously layered character whose adorable POV is so easily relatable, sympathetic and engrossing that you can’t help but root for her shining success in life, lust and love. Her fresh and spirited appeal is only minimally surpassed by the one and only blue-eyed Aussie stunner, Oliver. Prepare to swoon over that delectable man. Seriously. He positively ruined me. Could there be a more delicious man in all of contemporary romance right now? Level-headed, hard working, caring, attentive, loyal, mature and with just a hint of bashful–enough to illicit an aww that echoes throughout the house. He’s the very best of men, a true friend and a devoted and worshipful lover who feels and loves so deeply—with every bit of his golden heart and beautiful soul. And in the bedroom? Let’s just say practice has made perfect. So very, very perfect. Speaking of the bedroom and the office and every other space and surface in between… The sex and enviable chemistry between this heated pair is transcendent! When Lola and Oliver finally unleash their mutual, pent-up and ravenous hunger upon the other, they simply burn it down! Every explosive encounter they share is hotter than the last—more intense, more passionate, more tender and monumentally more affecting. I was absolutely riveted! I relished Lola and Oliver’s heavenly romance and can’t wait to go back and read the first two novels in the series. I am officially and blissfully addicted! Vegas, baby, here I come! Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Lola and Oliver's story since the very beginning of this series. I loved each of their nerdy selves and I was curious as to why they never consummated their Vegas marriage the same way Mia and Ansel and Harlow and Finn did. I needed more of their story. I needed them together and, after reading the (original) blurb, I was really worried I was going to have to watch Oliver with someone else before I got the HEA I wanted for them. But, I also trusted Christina Lauren to give me what I wanted. The characters are what makes this book – and the series in general – special. Lola was the kind of kickass, strong female lead I want to read about in all books. She was so relatable. She was driven and passionate about her work, but also terrified of the changes occurring in her life – both personally and professionally. Who hasn't been there? She wanted more with Oliver, but feared he didn't want her. I loved her interactions with Oliver and with the girls, but appreciated her relationship with her father even more. I'm a daddy's girl so I always appreciate a good father/daughter relationship in books. (Or TV or movies... you get my point.) I cheered on Lola with the moves she was making for her career. (While simultaneously wanting to smack a couple side characters.) Oliver. Oh, Oliver. I don't even know what to say about him. I loved him every bit as much in this book as I expected I would. He absolutely melted my heart. Lola and Oliver together? They were everything I wanted. The way they flirted and danced around the fine line between friendship and more rang true. It was easily believable. Their chemistry was amazing. I loved their banter and the sidelong glances and all the little moments. (And there were so many cute, geeky ones.) I'm thrilled this book was written in dual POV since it means the reader ALWAYS knows what's going on. I enjoyed being in both Lola and Oliver's heads. Not only did I adore them together, I did separately as well. I was invested in them and I was connected to them. I'm a big fan of friends to lovers stories – and I also understand the risk you take when you make that leap – so it's no wonder I really enjoyed this one. (Even if there was at least one scene that made me want to throw my ARC across the room.) It could probably go without saying that when these two got down to business things were smoking hot, but yeah... *fans self* (Spoiler alert: Oliver has a dirty, dirty mouth and I LOVED it.) One of my favorite things about this series, aside from the hot, sexy and sweet romance, is the friendships between the girls and the bromance between the boys. I love this group of friends. I really enjoy how they all fit together and complement each other. Dark Wild Night gave me the friendships that made me smile and chuckle and the romance that made me sweat. It was a fantastic addition to the series and a great conclusion of the original character's stories. That said, I'm still looking forward to London's story and hoping that maybe, just maybe, Not Joe will get a book of his own. (Or, at the very least, a decent chunk of a side story. Because seriously, I really enjoy him.) I think fans of the Wild Seasons series will enjoy this book as much as the first two. I know I personally have plans to reread it on audiobook very, very soon. And I'll probably continue to reread it and obsess over the characters for years to come.
AboutThatStory More than 1 year ago
Beautiful story. The dynamic duo of Christina Lauren does not disappoint. Loved it so much! #Loliver! This was an excellent friends to lovers story. Oliver's and Lola are both so sweet. I truly loved them together and how everything evolved. I love when their feelings really start to come into play and you see this longing they each have for each other. It’s flirty and fun but also caring and it has this underlying sexual tension behind it. Lola has a lot going on and is overwhelmed and I love how her friendship with Olivier grounds her. Lola was so great in this story, I love it when a character experiences true growth and you can feel it, it was an awesome journey. Oliver is just so fantastic. I have a major crush on him. So loving, honest, and open. A seriously awesome guy! There was this wonderful build as Lola and Oliver's friendship transitions. I loved learning about their histories and inhaled their personal details. It was sweet and tentative and heated. They have wonderful chemistry. It was hot and frantic and chaotic all wrapped into one. There are definitely some up and down moments as well. The end just about killed me, I couldn’t read it fast enough. I love all the different couples and friendship from other books in this series that are touched on and the connections the men and women have. Harlow and Mia are so great and I was thrilled to get to know more about London. Not-Joe cracks me up but I'm thinking there's more to him, I would love to know more details about this guy. He's an intriguing mystery. (I vote for a Not-Joe novella!) Excellent writing, it had a perfect flow. Great pace. Loved all the details! There were just all these different "moments" throughout that I felt were just special, really touching. This was an engaging story that's funny and super sexy but pulls at your heartstrings as well. Fantastic addition to the Wild Seasons series. Complimentary copy received for honest review.
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