Happy June! I hope you're liking all the changes to the site lately. To see some of our past discussions, check out our new discussion tab on top. On to the good stuff. This month we are talking about Sweet Filthy Boy! Get ready for the sexy...
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.
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! If you haven't read the book yet, be careful of what you read from this point on. Few spoilers throughout. But if you've read the book, then join us!
- If you could smack any of the characters upside the head, who would it be and why?
Keira: Ugh. I couldn't agree more. He needed to be smacked. Repeatedly. Mia gave him an in, and he never took it. That said, though, I loved Ansel and… Where can I get one of him? Perry also needed to be smacked. Mia was an innocent bystander. The way Perry “attacked” her grinded my gears! You know, the more I think about it, the more I could have smacked Mia, too. She was incredibly indecisive.
- What do you think will happen next to the main characters?
Keira: I wasn't such a fan of the roleplay. It was hot, but not my cup-o-tea, sooooo I hope they can explore each other without the masks. It would be nice to see their relationship withstand their separation, however, with Perry in Paris, I foresee some kinks. Hopefully in the next book we see a bit of Mia and Ansel and where they are, not just within their relationship, but as individuals. I definitely think Mia made the right decision by returning home and going to work at the dance studio. I like to think she’s rocking that, with the support of her father.
- Do the main characters change by the end of the book?
Keira: Hmm. Yeah, I think Mia grew substantially. It was nice to see her do something for herself in the end. The best choice she made was leaving Paris. Ansel changed, as well. He learned a lesson in the art of honesty. I think it sobered him a bit, and made him wake up to the mistake he made. I loved that in the end he stopped making excuses and owned it.
- How did you experience the book? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to “get into it”? How did you feel reading it?
Keira: It took me a while. I wasn't really into it until Mia got on the first plane. It was good all the way through, but the change in atmosphere, the awkwardness in the apartment, really worked for me.
- Do the characters seem real and believable? Can you relate to their predicaments? To what extent do that remind you of yourself or someone you know?
Keira: I can’t personally relate. I’m sure there are women in the world, who have the luck of meeting their perfect man in a spur of the moment moment, leading to weeks of hot, earth-shattering sex, and him chasing them around the globe. However, I’m not one of those women. I’m not a distressed damsel. Perhaps I should reevaluate my position in life if I’m going to meet an Ansel. If my husband asks about this line of thinking, this was written in a “Vegas type-of drunk” state.
- What did you think of the ending?
Keira: I was satisfied. When I first finished the book I felt as though Ansel got off too easily. Mia, understandably, was miserable, but the whole Perry thing was concluded too quickly for my comfort. There are so many questions I have about where they ended up, but I agree with Nikki, I’m not sure I would have liked it if the story was drawn out. If we never find out what happened in those six months Ansel and Mia were apart, I will happily draw my own conclusions.
- What surprised you most about the book?
Keira: I read this upon recommendation, without reading the synopsis, so when I realized this was a “what happens in Vegas” type of book I was really surprised, not in a bad way. I just hadn't expected it.
- What moral/ethical choices did the characters make? What did you think of those choices? How would you have chosen?
Keira: Obviously in my current circumstance I would not make the same decision, but if I were in Mia’s shoes? YES! How could you even say no? Swoon. For me, however, it was her decision to leave. She had to choose between what she felt was right and the man she loved. My heart broke for Mia, but I think she did the right thing. I would have left, too.
- Were there any particular quotes or scenes that stood out to you? Why?
Keira: The maid scene was probably my favorite. Softly dominate Ansel? Yes and please. I also absolutely loved that he told her how to say, “I need the large dildo, same size as my husband.” in French. Hilarious!
So the consensus on this book really... (In the fine words of Jenna Marbles)
Until Next Time!