Review: Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

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Author: Christina Lauren

Book: Dark Wild Night

tl;dr recommendation: holy contemporary romance!

Book Summary:

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
But what didn’t happen in Vegas seems to follow them everywhere.

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

Longer Review:

Loliver are quirky and odd and sweetly romantic together. This story is written well and explosively hot – when they finally give in to their intentions. I mean, holy contemporary romance!

Oliver is my favorite. Really. He’s so upfront and honest and adorably geeky in this relationship. His openness and willingness to give their relationship a real try is just….everything. Lola, on the other hand, is going to be the one that makes you want to scream. She’s odd in a really ODD way. I mean, there were parts of her that I liked: the creative side, her fear of screwing up her relationship with Oliver, her overwhelming need to work.

But then there were parts of her that just didn’t connect for me. She is clearly an intelligent human being. She gets Oliver. She loves him. But her social awkwardness is heightened to a level past introvert and that really threw me for a loop. I didn’t see how she could possibly make some of the decisions that she did when her actions told an entirely different story.

Lola confused me, but Oliver drew me in – he was full of bright colors and bams! and pops! and all of those comic book thangs that I should probably be punning. They easily made sense together when they were together and their friends to lovers relationship really IS a sweet and different kind of story that made me smile.

As an aside, I don’t understand this title in relation to the actual book itself. Am I missing a comic reference? Or is this in reference to Vegas? IDK. I’m usually really good at this but that title doesn’t fit with the book for me.

Regardless, while Dark Wild Night isn’t my all time favorite Christina Lauren book, it’s certainly not a bad one. Loliver are nerdily sweet and pretty damn hot. 4 stars!

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