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…
Christina Lauren’s books have so much power over me. I haven’t tried their YA books, but they certainly know a thing or two about romance. I must say that even though I’ve practically devoured every book in this series, I’m sad to admit that Oliver and Lola aren’t my favourite couple.
GEEKS NEED LOVE TOO
Historically, geeks have never been the type of characters Erotica readers fantasized about. Thanks to the bad rep they’ve gotten in the past, they’ve worked really hard to extinguish that stigma. Well, Oliver is what you would call the “fuck-hot geek”. He’s a transplant from Australia who was briefly married to Lola. All told, he and Lola were pretty proud of themselves. They’ve managed to dissolve their marriage before it’s consummated. But now, they have a different problem altogether. Since getting an annulment, they’ve become good friends. Unbeknownst to each other, they’ve both been harbouring feelings that are in no way friendly and are both too scared to acknowledge.
Lola has been experiencing a surge in her writing career. With the success of her graphic novel, a deadline for another book and film in the works, she can barely manage to breathe. So a relationship is definitely not a good idea at the moment. But how could she ignore her feelings for Oliver? He’d become the person she relies on for a lot of things: inspiration, sounding board, great friendship, and now hot sex. Sooner or later, something’s gotta give.
Oliver was pretty sure-footed when it comes to his relationship with Lola. I couldn’t say the same thing for Lola, though. I don’t understand why she blamed her missed deadlines on Oliver when he wasn’t the one who made a scheduling fubar. This is a constant problem with Lola. She’s so quick to blame him for everything that was going wrong with her career and in the meantime, Oliver was the perfect boyfriend. In the end, she’s the type that couldn’t handle the magnitude of a successful career and a blooming love life.
With that being said, I’m still going to continue reading their books. They get it right every time, but that doesn’t mean everything is always perfect. Some characters will be more memorable than others and some will be a part of a growing mass of nameless couples. I like the tentative way Lola and Oliver took their relationship over the friendship line. It wasn’t all happy and rainbows, but still an enjoyable instalment. Bonus: these books are mostly based in San Diego, California – a city that I love. 🙂