Yup, my new adult haterade is at a full stop this week because these three books totally blew my anti-NA campaign out of the water! Sweet Filthy Boy, Tangled, and Virgin are all winners. All three books made me laugh and entertained me thoroughly.
My Summer reading project is done! Not that I had one but I always make it a point to read light, fluffy, contemporary reads during this season especially since I skipped the beach this year. These totally made up for the lack of sand in my life this 2014 ;)
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
Wild Seasons 1 | New Adult | Gallery Books | May 13, 2014
My 20-something year old self envied Mia Holland! After all the partying I did back in the day, why, oh why, did I not meet a young, hot, totally keep-able dude like Ansel Guillaume?! *looks at the heavens and screams* WHY?!
I don't mean to be melodramatic like that but see, Mia and her friends went to Vegas for a girls-weekend after they all graduated from college. Then they met Ansel and his friends at a club, partied, got drunk, then all got married in a drive-thru chapel. Yup! MARRIED! While two of Mia's friends immediately got annulments the day after, Mia and Ansel decided to play house... in France! See what I mean?
So we've all read books and seen movies with this trope. SWEET FILTHY BOY delivered the best type of romcom 100%. And for a new adult novel, this was far from angsty! It's whimsical, hopeful, romantic and so full of budding love I easily related to Mia's elation in landing a guy like Ansel. The dude isn't only hot, he's smart, on his way to becoming a successful lawyer, and a great lover as well. Ansel is exactly how I imagined my French lover would be if I had one. Anyway, of course there are some pretty messed up backstories but nothing so complex that it broke this two. In fact, it just made Mia and Ansel work harder to make their marriage a success. I'm not a fan of Christina Lauren's Beautiful Bastard series, DNFd the first book even, but SWEET FILTHY BOY totally converted and made a fan out of me.
Tangled by Emma Chase
Tangled 1 | New Adult | Gallery Books | August 2, 2013
Do you guys remember the movie Van Wilder starring Ryan Reynolds? Move the setting in the corporate world and you'll have Drew Evans, corporate mogul by day, serial man-ho by night. Until he met Kate Brooks who completely gave him the flu... errr... made him fall in love for the very first time. This was a classic case of seduction told by Drew so expect a lot of lewd details and smh moments as he tells us how he made Kate fall in love with him too.
I love TANGLED because it's a love story told in the male POV. It's unapologetic, very honest, sometimes abrasive, other times a total turn-off. But Emma Chase gave us a good glimpse of what possibly goes on in a guy's head. I still don't understand how an average male defines and exhibit romance and falling in love but through Drew, I've come to semi-accept that men are a totally different species and that I will probably never understand how their twisted mind works except when it comes to sex.
TANGLED made me giggle-snort and laughing like a hyena! I'm only happy that I read this in the comfort of my own home otherwise I'm sure I'll embarrass myself from laughing spontaneously amidst head scratches from curious onlookers. TANGLED is a delicious mess as one guy tries to reform himself from his playboy ways to win the girl of his dreams. This is such a refreshing love story, I love the absence of girl-chatter, breaking down every word and action the guy did, no ugly crying and mascara running, no binge-eating, no Alanis Morrisette playing in the background. Just pure, unadulterated ego deflating, emasculating, mourning from a guy who always gets the girl but might not get The Girl.
Virgin by Radhika Sanghani
Excerpt | New Adult | Berkley | August 5, 2014
Hymens. Pubic hair. Oral sex. Sex sex. Love. Relationship. Friendship. These, among other things, are the themes that you will find in VIRGIN by Radhika Sanghani. It's LOL-funny, tongue-in-cheek story about a 21 year-old virgin, Ellie Kolstakis, and her desperate need to cash in her V-Card. Problem is she doesn't have a boyfriend not to mention her mountainous insecurity issues.
VIRGIN is a girl's girl book, it's a lot of fun as Ellie says what a lot of us have thought or pondered at some point not to mention it's an unconventional love story that's sweet and empowering. I love Ellie's honesty when it comes to her body issues, relationship baggage, down to her friendships. This desperate need to become a non-virgin has made Ellie daring and quite the seductress even if things didn't necessarily end the way she wanted it. On the flip side, the same desperation grated on my nerves which had me loving and hating Ellie alternately throughout VIRGIN. Obviously she's got issues and losing her V-card to someone is only symptomatic. Gosh! I can't forget what she did with that bottle! Ugh!
Despite some cringe-worthy moments, VIRGIN is a book that you'd want to read and share with a friend so you two (or more) can laugh over it together. It's a woman's desperate journey to finding something, my interpretation is self-love but you might have a different one.
Btw, my original review for VIRGIN is going to be featured on Romance at Random tomorrow, July 25th, so I hope you find the time to check it out. Thanks in advance in you do :)