May 13 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Sweet Filthy Boy (May 13, 2014)

Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren
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:

He’s Ansel.

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.



Learn more or pre-order a copy of Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren, available May 13, 2014:

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Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN

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1. Torifl
Oh wow. I wasn't inclined to read this but I sure am now.
Jena Briars
2. CutMyTeethOnKleypas
You had me at Bronies... amazing. Only Christina Lauren can make Bronies sexy.
3. JenniferPorter
This book is both funny and sexy - a great combination. I enjoyed reading it and was very surprised by it.
Jennifer Proffitt
4. JenniferProffitt
Okay, I am SO glad I read this review. I wish the back cover copy had mentioned they get married because I am much more willing to hop on the bandwagon of a quickie one-night stand/marriage that turns to more as she follows her husband than a guy inviting a girl to go off to France with him for the summer. Reading this now, I realize this is a very fine and stupid line to have but for some reason it matters! I ended up LOVING Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard series, and I have this one now too, but I've been on the fence about it. Thanks for swaying me to make it my next read on my TBR pile!
5. JenniferPorter
I too was surprised that the quickie Vegas marriage wasn't mentioned in the blurb - and worried about it being a spoiler when writing my review. However, it happened early on and (to me) was critical to the rest of the story - and helped make Mia's decision to travel to Paris for the summer believable.
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
Yeah, I feel like I question her decision making skills less now--though a quickie wedding does imply a certain amount of poor decision making, it's a trope that I like and makes her seem more grounded. Being unsure of where she's going in life and then decided to go off to France for the summer with a guy just makes her seem flakey, to me. I don't know, it's a fine line between the two! I'm fine with a heroine not being sure of her next steps (especially in New Adult) but I was initially turned off by the concept--I glad you mentioned the wedding! Thanks, Jennifer!
7. Nia2113
Just finished this and much like their other books I loved it. Ansel is a great character and I hope we get to see more of the relationship between him and Mia in the other books to come. The only thing I can't stand is coming to the end of the book because it always ends far too soon! I always want more!!!!
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