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...
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Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.
Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.
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Review by Yvette:
This book right here is the reason I love friends-to-lovers romances. Oliver and Lola are that couple in a book you want to scream at for being so completely oblivious because, while they're clearly head over heels for each other, each is assured of the other's indifference. Even their admitting to having feelings for each other doesn’t provide much assurance because the worry lingers as to whether their friendship will be a casualty of their would-be romance. Every conversation and every interaction between Oliver and Lola relays their uncertainties and their fears of ruining their friendship as well as their hopes and their desires to take the intimacy between them to another level. Reading Lola's thoughts about Oliver and vice versa is devastatingly beautiful because their undisguised yearning for each other is laid so completely bare on the page that you can't help but wonder how they aren't already together.
One of the things I've come to look forward to in reading a Christina Lauren novel is discovering that thing that makes the couple click, and makes the reader root for a happily ever after. For Lola and Oliver, that indefinable connection between them is rooted in their love of comics, their friendship, and their ability to emotionally and physically affect each other like no one else could. The sexual tension between Oliver and Lola is a slow-building tease, taunting readers with the possibility of an all-consuming, passionate love affair. It should then go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that the love scenes in this book are unbelievably erotic. It's not just sex between Oliver and Lola because, when they're together, they're in the moment, surrendering themselves to love and lust, exploring, discovering, memorizing each other with a frantic, heated, and almost animalistic fervor.
While the burgeoning romance between Oliver and Lola is the heart of Dark Wild Night, the narrative also explores the backstories of these characters, enlightening us about who they are, where they come from, and where they want to go. Oliver, this seemingly reserved, nerdy guy, is actually a confident, demanding, and admirably honest man, who proves himself capable of being Lola’s steady anchor in the midst of her suddenly chaotic life. What makes this book so captivating is the way it handles the friendship aspect of this friends-to-lovers romance, balancing the awkwardness and potential heartache involved in the transition with the exhilaration and fulfilment of finding a lover who’s also a friend. I relished the process of getting to know all facets of Oliver and Lola, and watching them spring to three-dimensional life on the pages. Dark Wild Night is emotionally compelling and undeniably sexy, with characters I became invested in well before the first page. As much as I love the Wild Seasons series, Oliver and Lola easily claimed their place as my new favorite fictional couple of the bunch.
*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 5 Stars