[624] Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren

21942340 Gallery Books | September 15th, 2015
Series: Wild Seasons, #3
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

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.


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. 🙂

  • I read the first two books in this series and thought they were okay but I’m kind of hesitant to pick up this one because I’ve heard some pretty mixed things. They seem like an interesting couple from what I’ve seen of them in the other books but I had a massive problem with Oliver’s “accent”, which was all kinds of wrong, and just how Aussies are represented. I’ll probably still end up picking this one up at some point though.

    Jenna @ Happy Indulgence

  • Sara Walker

    So many people loved this particular installment. But, I’m with you, Joy, I wasn’t blown away by this one- and I devoured all the Christina Lauren books in 2015- it was their year for me. But, like you, there are some that I enjoyed more than others- all the while enjoying them all. I am actually kind of sad I am fully caught up- now what am I going to read?

  • I’ve read other reviews for this book but can’t of course remember if they were good or bad. Is this by two authors I am guessing? 3 stars. No I won’t be trying this one but maybe another one later on that you like better! Thanks!

  • Lyra Gill

    I’ve yet to read a Christina Lauren book (I know! What rock am I hiding under!?) but I know that she’s pretty famous among NA fans. This series of books sounds light and fun to read, and yes, the geeks deserve more love! (And I’ve always been a fan of the falling in love AFTER the wedding trope so there’s that…)

    Great review, Joy! 🙂

    Lyra @ Defiantly Deviant

  • I’m glad you liked this one! 😀

    Omigosh though, I feel like a lot of problems would have been solved if they were just straight-up honest with each other? I honestly can’t stand books that are like that, because SO MUCH LOST TIME.
    NOOOOOoooo *collapses*

    But all in all, it seems like a cute read… and GO NERDS!

    – Aila @ Happy Indulgence

  • Awesome review Joy 😀 Yay for liking this one. <3 But aw, I'm sorry it wasn't perfect : But glad you still enjoyed it. I have not read books by these authors, not my genre, buuuut. I did read their Twilight fanfic all those years ago, at least a lot of it 🙂 I think. If I remember right, if they are who I think they are, hih 🙂 Anyway. Gorgeous review, as always, sweet girl. <3 I hope you are having a great week. Hugs. <3

  • Everyone goes so cray over Christina’s books, and yet I haven’t even picked them up yet! I have the first one, but every time I go to dive in, I remember that I want to read something else more and well, I ditch it lol. Pretty terrible of me but I am determined to start this series. You hear me Joy? DETERMINED lol!

  • I’ve yet to try Christina Lauren, but I’ve been told by many people that I need to try her. I have no problems with geeks. As a self proclaimed geek myself, I love the idea of geeky people. Sorry this one wasn’t better for you. They can’t all be winners. Better luck with the next one.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    WHY HAVE I NOT READ THESE BOOKS YET JOY!!! I need Christina Lauren romances in my life:) Lola sounds a tad frustrating, but I think Oliver will more than make up for it with his geeky hotness. So looking forward to starting with book one!

  • I haven’t read this one as yet… I received the forth book in the post during the week. A shame it wasn’t the best read for you.

  • I love their books, they are fun. I liked this one more than you did, I think this one and Dirty Rowdy Thing were my favorites of the series. I read Sublime and hated it…

  • Hey, geeks are the hot thing right now. Nothing like a sexy smart guy! This one looks interesting.


  • I have yet to try any of their books but I do want to! I love the sub headlines you do in all your reviews~ They definitely draw me in 😀

  • You can’t beat a hot Aussie. Oliver seems like a well balanced character but for some reason Lola sounds like she might grate on my nerves. I usually don’t mix well with characters that shirk responsibility and blame others for their stuff ups. But it’s a refreshing change that the roles are reversed as usually it’s the trope of the guy being the unreliable character. I’m going to have to buy book one just to see what all the fuss is about 😀 fabulous review Joy, even though this one wasn’t as strong as the rest of the series <3

  • I am embarrassingly drawn to cheesy romance novel tropes, including the Accidental Wedding. Have never read a book by this author, but maybe I’ll give this a try!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Jasprit

    I’ve really been in the mood for these sorts of books lately Joy, and I really do like the sound of Oliver and Lola’s relationship, I’m definitely going to start this with this book first and can’t wait to devour the rest right up! Thanks for putting this book on my radar Joy! 🙂

  • This one was definitely my least favorite so far. I just didn’t like Lola! Oliver was cute, though.

  • I’m in a romance kick, maybe I should try binge reading this series. I did love the first book, it’s so fun and the next two pair ups sounds sweet, fun, and flirty too!

  • Jazmen

    These books just tend to be something I read when I’m in the mood for this kind of read. I never expect much but they tend to be pretty enjoyable. Sounds fun.

  • I think that is why I enjoyed this one… Oliver. I think he helped me overlooks some of Lola’s problems and just see her growth. Plus not reading the books before might have helped. Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Hmm, sure, i could read it 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I haven’t heard of this character before but I’m glad to hear that her backlog is full of stuff you love even if this book wasn’t quite perfect. I’m definitely going to be checking her out–I always need new romance recs! 😉

  • Good to hear it was enjoyable even if not your fave characters she’s written

  • Love this review! I have been hesitant to read this one. I just don’t care for this couple all that much, and don’t know if I’ll get into their story. I have loved most of CL’s books though.

  • I just listened to Beautiful Bastard by them on audio last week and … hated it. BUUT I did read one book in this series and REALLY enjoyed it! I’ve been excited for Lola & Oliver, but I have a feeling Lola would bother me with her constant blaming of Oliver! Still I’m okay with the hot sex! LOL!!
    Great review, Joy! 🙂

  • This series sounds enjoyable, even if the couple involved aren’t your favourites. Lola sounds like she would be a bit irritating though, being quick to blame everyone but herself :/

  • It’s always great to have a series of romance books by a particular author you can always turn to in order to enjoy! But it’s a shame this couple wasn’t one you loved as much as the others. It sounds like it was mostly Lola’s fault though for blaming a lot on Oliver and just not being able to handle everything. I dream of having her situation though – a published book, a deadline and maybe even a film in the motions 😀

  • Melliane

    One day I’ll have to try the seires, I keep hearing about it.

  • Okay, I’ve wanted to read these, but have been kind of hesitant. I will though.