Rating 5 Stars
What’s the book about?
One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him.
But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play.
When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away.
Sweet Filthy Boy is one of my all time favourite stories. It has the perfect combination of humour, smut, amazing cast of characters with positive character growth, plot, dialogue and a super lovely hero whom has immediately been added to my long list of book boyfriends. Ansel might possibly be my favourite Christina Lauren hero!
I adore the plotline of this story. The idea of drunkenly marrying a stranger in Vegas and that person ending up being the love of your life is kind of beautiful. It’s not a trope I read often but Sweet Filthy Boy has the best execution of this trope that I’ve read to date. After the boozed up couple wed, Ansel asks Mia to live in France with him for the summer and after some convincing she agrees.
A good portion of this book takes place in beautiful France and it gave me such Anna and the French Kiss vibes (but with an adult version twist). I absolutely loved it! All of the sightseeing that Mia does makes me want to take an immediate trip abroad (after the current pandemic is over). Mia and Ansel also use this time as a married couple to actually get to know each other and fall in love. It may seem like their relationship is working backwards but it works for them and you can immediately see how perfect they are for each other.
Both Ansel and Mia are only human and therefore do have flaws. They use this new experience of being married to work both together and individually to get their lives back on track and throughout the book display amazing character growth, especially Mia. Mia’s character definitely goes through the most transformation and I loved seeing it through her point-of-view and through the comments of her family and friends.
Overall, I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved this story. It’s one I could reread over and over again and still get that feeling of falling in love for the first time all over again. Fair warning though, it is a romance novel but does contain quite a lot of sexy scenes bordering on erotica but I would still definitely classify this as a contemporary romance. It’s still very much a love story with many sweet, romantic scenes perfect for a sweet, filthy, French boy and his American wife. Le sigh.