Mia Holland goes to Las Vegas with her two best friends to celebrate her college graduation. Mia’s dream was once to become a dancer, but a nasty car accident put a stop to that dream and now she’s on track to fulfil her father’s dream for her, which is fast track through a prestigious business school in Boston. He’s even offered to help pay for her apartment there. This Vegas weekend is Mia’s last chance to cut loose, and she sure does.
Mia is shy, almost painfully so, and after her accident, she barely spoke at all for a long time. Her two besties have learned to interpret her silences and body language, but are shocked to see that when Mia is with Ansel, the hot French attorney from the suite across from theirs, she opens up, flirting and becoming a regular chatter box. That Ansel has two good looking friends that Mia’s two BFFs can hook up with is a pleasant bonus. Mia has one weekend to go wild, and Ansel was only supposed to be a one night stand. But when Mia wakes up the next morning, only barely able to walk from her truly epic night, to discover a wedding band on her finger, she’s not sure what to do. Ansel hands her a letter over breakfast, a letter she wrote to herself the night before. Mia wrote herself a letter once before, after her accident, and it’s one of the things that gave her the strength to go on. In her drunken letter from the night before, she confesses that she’s the one who proposed and that she really wants to give the marriage a try. Ansel claims he promised he wouldn’t agree to annul the marriage until after the summer and wants Mia to come back to Paris with him.
Harlow and Lola, Mia’s friends, also got married and have no hesitations about getting annulments. Mia thinks going to Paris is completely crazy, but after returning home, and facing a whole summer living in the presence of her disapproving father, she decides to extend her wild weekend to a wild summer, takes the plunge and goes with Ansel. Of course, she gets her period on the plane, while wearing white jeans. Then she’s struck down with a horrible flu, meaning her new husband has to hold her hair back while she’s sick all over his fancy Paris apartment and spoon feed her until she regains her health. Finally waking up after a week of illness, Mia is struck by that fact that she married a complete stranger. Now she’s far away from everyone she’s ever known, trying to see if absolutely mind-blowing sex can be the beginning of a stable relationship.
At the end of July, NPR published their list of 100 swoon-worthy romances. Sweet Filthy Boy was included among the contemporary romances. It also made it to the final eight books of Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books‘ March Madness tournament, which is where I first heard of the books. Along came my key word challenge for August, where this book fit right in. I was pretty much hooked from the get go. Read the rest of my review here.
The incomparable Mrs. Julien read Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Bastard series, her review can be found here.