Review: Dark Wild Night (Wild Season #3) by Christina Lauren

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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…

Review:

LOLIVER! I’m so emotional! Lola and Oliver might be my favorite couple in this series, and that says a lot since I love them all so much! This was funny, intense, sweet, and steamy. Plus Oliver is the hottest nerd ever so…

My heart wants to escape, to flap out of my body and into his. And, God. Is this what it means to become infatuated with someone? A heart becomes a hybrid, half yours, half theirs. Mine beats like this because it wants out. My chest aches to let his heart in.

Lola and Oliver, like the rest of the gang, got married in Vegas that infamous night, but differently from the others they only talked, and then got divorced as soon as possible. Since then they’ve become great friends. They can count on each other for anything, they seem to speak a language that is all theirs, and they share the same passion for comics. Oliver with his shop, and Lola with her own graphic novel, that’s about to be adapted for the big screen. I loved this set up, and I loved seeing this process from the eyes of the author. Since lately a lot of books are being turned into movies or tv shows. Lola, as most authors, has little, if none, saying in the process; she’s the mastermind behind the story but when it comes to film making, she’s the woman too young and too pushy, who wants to keep everything exactly as it is in her book, but ultimately doesn’t know anything about Hollywood and its ways. I’ve seen a lot of people being really rude and disrespectful to authors when their favorite books are turned into movies and things are different; well if it hurts you imagine how painful it is for the author to see their worlds being dissected and misunderstood. But it is a big opportunity for them, so we should all try to be more supportive.

As soon as we open our hearts up to love, we show the universe the easiest way to break them in half.

But back to Oliver and Lola. Secretly, they’re both harboring deeper feelings for each other; they’re just too scared to ruin an amazing friendship. Especially Lola, whose past’s been difficult, doesn’t know how to do relationship. She usually bolts as soon as things get too serious. But Oliver might be a little bit too delicious to friendzone. Things get heated pretty soon, and it’s way too easy for them both to move from friends to lovers. Of course there are obstacles; her work is stressing Lola out, and her fear of ruining everything holds her back.

“I’ve realized… I’ve never needed to matter to someone as much as I need to matter to you.”

I adore all these characters, and I love how much friendship is valued, so Mia, Anself, Finn and Harlow are all very present in this book. I also grew pretty attached to Lola’s roommate, and Not-Joe, Oliver’s coworker. I really hope the next books are going to be about them!

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