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July 24, 2014

NA Quickie: Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren, Tangled by Emma Chase & Virgin by Radhika Sanghani


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 :)








45 comments:

  1. I've read a couple of really good NA titles this summer too. Looks like the genre making a comeback! I'm glad that Sweet Filthy Boy didn't suffer from book 2 syndrome considering you DNF'd the first one. I LOVED Van Wilder, so I'm strongly tempted by Tangled, and congrats on your Romance at Random feature!

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    1. Thanks, Carmel :D

      Just to clarify, Beautiful Bastard is a different series, sorry if I wasn't clear on that eep! And yeah, so glad I gave them another chance, usually when I DNF an author's book, I'm done for, I don't pick them up again.

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  3. Sorry! Incoherent typo of a first sentence. My bad!

    I'm glad to know that you liked Sweet Filthy Boy too, b/c I've never been able to make it all the way through Beautiful Bastard either. And Tangled is at the top of my NA list (with about 3 other books, LOL, but hey--at least it's actually on my kindle, right?). I don't know about the last one though . . . maybe ;) Glad you loved them all, Braine!

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    1. See?! You are my sister from a different mister reading-wise. We would so get along over books, we should definitely buddy review one of these days!

      Yeah, Tangled is plain stupid fun. Drew is... quite the character. I'm curious what you'll think of him.

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  4. So glad you are enjoying NA. I really like it when done right. Sweet Filthy Boy was a great read, and while I wasn't crazy about the sequel, I really enjoyed Tangled as well. I saw Virgin, but wasn't sure about it. I'll have to look into it. Thanks!

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    1. Oh yeah, Twisted sounds a little somber, I wish she kept Drew talking and shut Kate up!

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  5. Oh I love the new look of your blog! It's fun! I confess that I only know the Emma Chase book because I heard a lot of amazing things about it and we even have them in French if I'm not mistaking. I think I should try it because everyone is having a good time with it. Thanks for all the little reviews!

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  6. *haha* Yes, why DIDN'T we meet a Guillaume??? Sweet Filthy Boy is definitely on my tbr. As is Tangled. I love your Van Wilder comparison! I've never heard of Virgin before so I'll have to check it out. I'm glad your foray into NA wasn't an unpleasant experience, Braine. I am sorry you skipped the beach this year though. ;)

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    1. Oh yeah, I'm glad that these books weren't crazy angsty! Yeah me too, I'll make up for the lack of sand in my life somehow...

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  7. Whew, boy, them quickies hit me hard, lol!! That Virgin one sounds sort of weird, in a good way, lol, you got me curious :D

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    1. I think it's the female version of Tangled in terms of abrasiveness.

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  8. Hells yes I loved Tangled and I am so glad you are loving it. While it isn't straight up NA it does teeter the line. I have Virgin for review and will be reading it soon, despite the cringe moments I am excited.

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  9. I've been tempted to pick up Sweet, Filthy Boy for months now. Everyone has said how great it is but I didn't even know what it was about! lol

    Man, I'm SO happy that NA seems to be expanding past the angst filled drama.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. Hi-5 sister!

      Yeah, definitely read SWB, I promise it's not bad.

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  10. Tangled is high on my to read list as well and I am thrilled you loved it so much!

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    1. Yup, planning to read the next two back to back, I need to unwind this weekend :D

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  11. I'm happy you've found some books that have changed the way you see NA now, Braine! I have read Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) before, and didn't particularly enjoy it. But Sweet Filthy Boy sounds like my kind of book.
    Great reviews, Braine. Happy reading :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I'm so happy that I'm not the only one who disliked that thing. I didn't get the tension and all the sex at first sight. It had me scratching my head. But this one redeemed the writing duo as far as I'm concerned.

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  12. I keep seeing rave reviews for Tangled. I guess I need to get my hands on it.

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  13. Nice quickies :) They are a must sometimes

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    1. Yeah, keeps me sane in terms of writing up reviews

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  14. Yes!!!! I loved SFB and Tangled and am so freaking happy you did too. I have Virgin, but didn't thin no would read it. I so am going to read it now!

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    1. Let me know what you think of Virgin, I feel it's not a book for everyone

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  15. wtf did she do to the bottle? o_o

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    1. You wouldn't want to know... or rather I would rather you read it. I can't...

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  16. Okay maybe I'll give Virgin a try. I've had it for ages but absolutely loathe that cover so have been ignoring it with a determinated fierceness as it sits on my review shelf. lol

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    1. Really? I love the cover :D

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    2. Gah. Hate it. Like fiery passion of a thousand suns hate it. ::snort::

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  17. I'm glad you loved Tangled because it's also one of the few NA books that I absolutely enjoyed! It's so funny and I loved the romance in it. I haven't read and heard of SFB and Virgin but I'm looking it up on Goodreads now. Thanks for the honest reviews!

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    1. In that case, I think you'll enjoy SFB... Virgin is one of those vagina comedies

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  18. I loved Tangled so much and Drew's POV.I remember laughing my butt off reading that book during the night that I was afraid i'd wake people up in middle of the night with my snorts. LOL, Sweet Filthy Boy was also pretty amazing & I have my eye out on Virgin! I need to know what happens with that bottle LOL

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    1. So true! Drew is so shameless I love him! And yes, SFB is a wonderful romantic fantasy.

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  19. EEEE! I am so excited for tangled. I loved male POVs, I see them to rarely in the books I read.

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    1. Me too! It's so refreshing right? It's not as emotional and less dramatic as opposed to female POV story

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  20. I'm not big on these type of books, but it sounds like you had a lot of fun with them. They do seem like great summer reads.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I switch it up once in a while, fantasy can be heavy sometimes, contemporary is light and fluffy, one-day reads for me.

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  21. The first book sounds like loads of fun, how could it not be with a title like that? I have heard great things about Tangled as well and I have a copy. I am so excited to read it. Glad you enjoyed all three of these. Have a terrific weekend.

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    1. He is not as flithy as the book makes him out to be. Ansel is very sweet and uber sexy. Go read Tangled!

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  22. Excellent!! I bought Sweet Filthy Boy a while back, but other books have gotten on its way...I going to correct that right away! Now I can't wait to listen :)
    I'm pump you enjoyed Tangled!! The audiobook was great! I'll definitely check out your review.

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    1. Yeah, thanks for the extra push on Tangled, lady! And yes, do listen to SFB, I love that one!

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