{Review} Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

centralpickshijackedbyysar {Review} Beautiful Stranger by Christina LaurenBeautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #2
Publisher: Gallery Books on April 16, 2013
Genre(s): Erotic Romance (Adult)
Pages: 356

Our Rating

4.5 Stars

A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series.

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around.  Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

ReasonsToRead Sara Dillon has been hurt in love (haven’t we all?) and more than a little humilated.  She moves to New York to escape the history that Chicago holds for her, and on her first night out with friends, she meets the unforgettable Max Stella.  And so it begins…

Sara is kind of awesome.  While she’s still smarting from the humiliating drama of a failed long-term relationship, she’s no doormat.  She doesn’t pine and whine, she isn’t desperately seeking a happily ever after with whoever next catches her attention, and she’s not playing the martyr.  She’s simply a woman who wants to regain her own individuality and life.  In fact, she’s so intent upon succeeding as an individual rather than half of a couple that she purposely avoids any romantic entanglements.  She doesn’t avoid entanglements, mind you, just the romantic aspect of them.

Max is… Well, he’s the very definition of attractive, successful, and more than willing to accommodate whatever Sara demands — except allowing a one-night-hookup to stop at just one night.  Lucky for him, the girl whose name he didn’t catch just happens to sit down in the same restaurant he’s in a few days later, and that’s all it takes for him to get his stalker on.  Okay, so maybe he’s not stalking her, but he does manage to show up just enough that she can’t ignore him.  Actually, she can’t keep her hands off him!  They go from hot to surface-of-the-sun in about two seconds flat, and while the physical attraction is there, they’re fooling themselves by thinking that’s all there is.


I think it’s safe to say that a big part of why I loved Beautiful Bastard is because I knew and loved Bennett and Chloe back when they were still Edward and Bella.  So I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be drawn into this story about Max and Sara.  I mean, how do you follow up in the same series with two very different characters and have the same impact?  Yeah, it only took about three pages for me to decide that I could not possibly go to bed without finishing this book.  The writing is just as good, and the story is just as engaging.  And of course, the characters…

Sara is strong and independent, and she doesn’t need a man to define her.  And Max?  Well… Dare I say he’s even hotter than Bennett?  Absolutely!  Their inability to get each other out of their systems and the light kink they stumble into make these two a very entertaining read.  If you’re looking for something fun and steamy, you should definitely check this one out.

About Christina Lauren

Christina Hobbs & Lauren Billings write under the combined pen-name of Christina Lauren. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties talk several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier.

Author: ysar

ysar is a book, blog, and design junkie who would be lost without a mile-long to-do list. Find more of her random crap at ysar.info

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