Title: Dirty Rowdy Thing (Book #2 in the Wild Season Series)
Author: Christina Lauren
Release Date: 11/04/14
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars
My love of Christina Lauren is strong. My love of the first book in the Wild Seasons series, Sweet Filthy Boy, is strong. But still I just couldn’t get myself excited about Dirty Rowdy Thing prior to reading it and now that I have read it I’m kicking myself in my head (or I would be if I were that flexible). I hate myself for this, but the Harlow we met in Sweet Filthy Boy, the brash, loud, slutty girl didn’t really appeal to me. I know that’s terrible of me, you don’t need to tell me that, but that’s just not the kind of female character that usually appeals to me, which is kind of odd because although I’ve never really been called slutty, I am pretty brash and loud.
Pretty much from the moment I started reading Dirty Rowdy Thing I realized what Christina Lauren did with Harlow was brilliant. Even though we met Harlow through the eyes of one of her best friends we still didn’t really get to know her. Harlow puts on this facade to the world and even those closest to her, not because she’s insecure or unhappy or has been through some terrible trauma, but because that’s what a lot of people do, myself included. Not everyone wears their heart on their sleeves and Harlow is pretty self-contained, even if she seems friendly and open. Harlow is a tough, strong girl who definitely knows what she wants, but she’s also deeply loyal, kind, and caring to those around her.
Sadly, even with all of the amazing things about Harlow she’s never found a guy who satisfied her, sexually or personality-wise. If you’ve read Sweet Filthy Boy you know that Harlow and Finn got married in Vegas and then got a quick annulment and that Harlow eventually goes to visit Finn in Canada, but there’s a lot more to their story than that. Harlow and Finn pretty much just have sex, there’s very little talking and virtually no getting to know each other. When Dirty Rowdy Thing starts Harlow is back to her life in San Diego when she bumps into Finn, who’s in town for the opening of Oliver’s comic book store, at Starbucks. Harlow and Finn did not part on good terms after Harlow’s visit to Canada and the meeting is amazingly awkward.
Despite not really liking or knowing each other Harlow and Finn have pretty stellar chemistry in and out of the bedroom. Unlike Sweet Filthy Boy which was told just from Mia’s perspective, this book is told through Harlow and Finn’s alternating perspectives. In my review of Sweet Filthy Boy I talked about how I thought switching to a single narrator was a sign of growth of Christina Lauren, and I still think it was, but I appreciated Finn’s perspective in this book. Ansel is such an open, happy character, even though he was often so stressed, but Finn is so closed off and self-contained that if we didn’t get to hear his side of things and see his life through his own eyes he wouldn’t have worked so well as a character and as a love interest.
Even though Finn is pretty gruff he was amazing, I might have even liked him more than Ansel which is crazy because I really liked Ansel. Finn is kind of the classic leading man who works outside with his hands (he’s a fisherman) and who also isn’t particularly expressive with his feelings. But Finn is obviously passionate about his career and family’s business, his brothers and father, and his friends. While he’s not expressive to those around him, Finn is very expressive in his head which is why getting his perspective was so important to really make this story work.
There was also lots of time spent with the other characters. It was fun to see what Mia and Ansel were up to and get a look at Lola and Oliver before their story comes out next year. I was hoping that the fourth book in the series would be about Perry, Ansel’s evil ex-girlfriend and the guy’s other BFF, but it looks like it’s going to be about London, Lola’s roommate who was briefly in this book and who I assume we’ll see more of in Lola’s book. But I still want a book about Perry. Just saying.
Bottom Line: I love pretty much everything Christina Lauren writes and Dirty Rowdy Thing was no different. Harlow totally surprised me and I fell in love with her feisty personality and loyalty to her friends and family. Finn was also a pleasant surprise, his sweet, but sexy personality was so endearing and was the perfect match for Harlow. If you love contemporary romances you must read this book (and Sweet Filthy Boy), they’re just fun, sexy, and smart in every way.
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