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Published by Gallery Books
What happens when flirting, temptation and a drunken conversation become reality? You have one kickass book!!!
Mia had a plan. She knew exactly where she was headed and how she would get there. Finish college and spend the summer in Boston preparing for grad school. It had been the plan for years.
The night of her college graduation, with her two best friends by her side, Mia took off for a last hoorah weekend in Vegas. This is where everything changed. (It’s funny how a hot Frenchman in his underwear can do that.) Ansel is in Vegas with two of his friends reliving an event from their college days when he spots Mia. After he and his friends meet Mia and the girls in a club, they decide to hang out together and live it up Vegas Style! After one crazy and drunken night of flirting and more, Mia decides to ditch her carefully laid plans for the summer and follow Ansel back to France. It was crazy, adventurous and ridiculously dangerous. All the things Mia wasn’t.
“I want to love all of my life as much as I love this night.”
What I love about this story is that although it sounds like an insta-love, it most certainly is not. When they arrive in Paris, things are awkward to say the least. Once the magical shell of their Vegas hotel room is gone and they are forced to deal with everyday life, they quickly realize that they are strangers. They must get to know each other while living in the cramped quarters of his flat. There was a natural progression in the development of their chemistry. They had quite a few bumps in the road and as they figured it together.
Things get deliciously steamy over time and the sexiness doesn’t quit! But that isn’t where the story really comes alive, not at all. Mixed in with all the fun and sexy is way Mia’s character matures and grows while she learns more about who she is and the person she wants to be. I think this may have been my favorite part of the story, (aside from the hot French guy.) She was on an adventure, but she was also on a journey.
”I feel like my heartbeat is chasing his.”
Ansel is fabulously swoon-worthy! The title of the book describes him perfectly. He is sexy, smart and charming beyond belief! He always seems to know exactly what Mia needs and his kindness and patience are visible throughout the story. Ansel is not without his faults and he changes as his feelings for Mia grow. He makes his share of mistakes, including one that as the reader you saw coming a mile away, but poor Mia did not.
”Life is built of these little horrible moments and the giant expanses of awesome in between.”
The story takes a few turns I did not expect, but I loved! The repercussions of Mia and Ansel’s actions were realistic and did not end up tied in a neat bow. The ending was great and left me curious to see what we will learn about their relationship in the next book featuring two of their friends. (A series, but not a trilogy.)
I loved this book. I never skimmed. I never got bored. I ate it up! It was packed with funny friendship conversations, new couple awkwardness and great accomplishments of personal growth.
I give this book 5 stars! Grab your favorite Parisian wine and curl up with
Ansel this book!
An ARC was generously offered to us in exchange for an honest review.