ARC Review – Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren could not have written a more perfect story for them. (Loliver) ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures 

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 copy provided for an honest review


Dark Wild Night is the third book in the Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren. I love this writing purestdelightawardduo and the work they produce is top-notch, definitely in a league of their own. I cannot recommend this series enough. Before diving into this book, a short recap of the series for those who have not read it (what is wrong with you?); right after college graduation three girlfriends head to Vegas to celebrate before heading into the real world. They meet three guys who are celebrating their completion of an across the country bike ride where they volunteered to build low-income housing (aren’t you already in love with them?). This chance meeting in Vegas and mucho alcohol later results with them pairing off and getting married. Yeah, three best friends marry three best friends. EPIC story-line!!!!!! Now, after two amazing couples, the long awaited friends to lovers story of Oliver and Lola (LOLIVER) is finally here.

Oliver and Lola like to think they were smarter than their friends when they annulled their unconsummated Vegas wedding the next morning before everyone parted ways. We knew from the start how the other couples hooked up but we were never privy to the deets regarding Oliver and Lola’s night in Vegas. That is until now. I’m so so happy the authors gave us this information. It explains so much. Fast forward two books and eight months after Vegas, we see their friendship has grown, they have become really great friends, are living in the same city, hang out all the time, have a lot of the same interests, tell each other everything, rely on each other, and genuinely care and totally “get” everything about the other. In the previous book we see they both want more but think the other doesn’t, so starts our enchanting and sizzling little story.

Until DWN, Lola was such a mystery to us. I liked her okay in the previous books but didn’t feel like I had a handle on her at all. She was basically the quirky author/artist friend. As perfect as Oliver is (I’ll get to him in a minute) SHE is what drove this story. I LOVED her character arc, her backstory, her struggles, misfires, vulnerability, and realness. She was young and a bit naïve but she caught on and grew up fast. She won me over and I ended up with a great deal of admiration for her and the way she adjusted and changed her situation. OLIVER. OLIVER. OLIVER. He is….everything. One of the best book boyfriends I’ve ever read and I do not just throw that out there lightly. I texted one of my book friends , tears streaming over this man and his sweetness. I couldn’t contain my feelings for him and just wanted someone at that very minute to know it. I relish characters that can bring out these emotions in me and Oliver did just that. He is the yummy, funny, lovable, sexy as sin with the Aussie accent nerd you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Surprisingly, Oliver was a dirty dirty boy and that made me love him even more.

Christina Lauren could not have written a more perfect story for them. I laughed and cried, and don’t get me started on the wayyyy hot dirty talk, the built up lust, and overall steaminess of this story. I loved it when all the friends were together, and Harlow (book 2) was ah-may-zing. After all this time, I’m still crushing on her.

Dark Wild Night is one of my favorites of the year and if you haven’t read this series you need to jump on that right now.


4.5 Stars

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2 thoughts on “ARC Review – Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons #3) by Christina Lauren

  1. I agree. This was the most emotional book of the series. The deep emotional connection between Lola and Oliver was what made this book for me. Well, that and the hot, dirty sex😉.
    Great review, Kimber!

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