Rating: 5 Cups of CoffeeGoodreads Book Description:
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...
Christina Lauren strikes again – and this time, they aim for my heart and completely obliterate it.
DARK WILD NIGHT is the perfect best-friends-to-lovers read with a pair of lively and realistic characters who are unsure of how to navigate through their friendship when they both need something so much more than what they currently have. Told in both Lola & Oliver’s POV, you see right from the start how brilliantly in love they both are with each other, but they both have that nagging fear that holds them back from exposing their true feelings.
“It may not be more than a friendship for Oliver, but even if it is, is that the best thing for us?”
This is the third installment in the Wild Seasons series of standalones, and finally getting to Lola & Oliver’s story was so worth the wait! Every single one of Christina Lauren’s books seems to top the other, making Loliver’s story my favorite right now.
“Sometimes I wish I could meet you all over again and pay better attention.”
Lola is thrown into success when her graphic novel becomes a bestseller and is optioned to become a movie. Being a bit introverted and not necessarily confrontational, this newly found success places Lola entirely outside of her comfort zone. Her friendship with Oliver keeps her grounded and gives her a haven to run to when the stress of being an adult becomes too much.
“She exhales, forming her soft lips into a sweet O and holding on to my gaze like it’s keeping her from melting down. Does she know how I want to be her courage?”
DARK WILD NIGHT gives you an authentic view on balancing a newly found love and the securities of your career, or in Lola’s case, her first ever love. I fell hard and fast for Oliver and Lola – their natural chemistry, their willingness to risk the safety of their friendship and their need to have each other regardless of the stakes.
“As soon as we open our hearts up to love, we show the universe the easiest way to break them in half.”
About the Authors
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time 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 Bastard and Wild Seasons series, Sublime, and The House.