Sweet Filthy Boy
Gallery / May 13, 2014 / $16.00 print / $7.99 digital
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.
Christina Lauren begins a new series with the release of Sweet Filthy Boy, a funny and adorably charming romance . Mia Holland and her two best friends have just graduated from college in San Diego. Immediately after the ceremony, the three head to Las Vegas to party it up in style. Mia has plans to move to Boston to get her MBA, but is unsure about her career path. On a wild night out, she meets Ansel Guilliame, a cute, French lawyer who lives in Paris. The two hit it off.
The next morning Mia wakes up to discover some missing memories and a brand new wedding band on her finger. She struggles to recall the events of the evening, but soon learns that she is now Mrs. Ansel Guilliame. In order to help her stave off the inevitable panic followed by a quick annulment, Ansel gives Mia a letter that she wrote to herself the evening before while drunk.
Dear Mia self.miaself.myself
You’re sitting on the toilet writing a letter to yourself to read later because you’re drunk enough to know you’ll forget a lot tomorrow but not so drunk that you can’t write. But I know you because you’re me and we both know that you’re a terrible drinker and forget everything that happens when you’ve had gin. So let me tell you:
You kissed him
He tasted like lemon and scotch
You put his hand in your underwear and then
You talked for hours. Yes, you talked. I talked. We talked.
Mia goes on to explain the events of the evening to her sober, future self. This includes a very surprising detail about how she ended up married. But Mia doesn’t really have time to process her status before her new husband asks her to spend the summer with him in Paris. But there is no way that she can put her life on hold for two months and go to France, is there?
When faced with her father’s disapproval, Mia decides that following her new husband sounds like the perfect plan. Yet Ansel is working a big case at work, one that demands almost all of his attention. This leaves Mia to her own devices in a foreign city where she has time to wonder if their relationship can possibly be real. Ansel desperately tries to make time for Mia, but she is forced to learn her way around Paris by herself.
Living together, Mia and Ansel must work together to figure out if their marriage can survive, or if it was doomed before it even started. Their sexual chemistry is off the charts, but is it enough to hold them together for a lifetime? Can sex solve everything? Can Mia just stay in Paris indefinitely or will she have to figure out what she wants to do with her life? And is Ansel being completely honest with his new bride?
Sweet Filthy Boy is a rather humorous story. Ansel is a playful hero, one who is apparently a Brony (a guy who is a My Little Pony fan), as well as someone who once danced at a strip club to make money for dinner (he made 700 dollars). To help Mia acclimate to Paris, he leaves her notes with French translations of important phrases. They range from the helpful to the comical:
What time is it? Quelle heure est-il?
I need the large dildo, same size as my husband. Je voudrais le gros gode, celui qui se rapproache le plus de mon mari.
When Ansel’s past returns to haunt him (and Mia), they two have to reassess their situation. Are they married for real? Can they combine their lives? Can Mia be brave enough to live the life she wants? How can their make it work? Their journey is tender, hot and even heartbreaking at times, but so worth it.
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