Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2) by Christina Lauren

This is an adult contemporary romance/erotica (Rated NC-17)

 (Five Max Hearts)

Book Summary

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion 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 that 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.

My Review

 First let me have a fan girl moment. Lauren of the Christina Lauren touched my necklace at the Welcome Party for the Scotland signing event. She was intrigued by it. Okay, fan girling. And okay, I bought her book at the signing and got her to sign it. YAY!!!

But that in no way influenced my rating. I know I always keep it honest here.

And honestly, I loved this book. While I really liked the first book, I loved this one. Which is why I bought this one to have her sign and not the first.

As far as the characters go, there were times the character Sara annoyed me, but I appreciated her candor and going for what she wanted. What I liked more was that Max wasn’t your typical playboy. While we were told he was a womanizer, we never really saw much of that side of him and I liked that a lot. And, I loved that he was vulnerable without being an ass. 


I loved that he didn’t chase her when she thought the worst of him.


Overall, I really enjoyed the power struggle between the two. That made it a really it fun read. So you should totally check this book out. While it is in a series, it can be read as a standalone.

Audio Review

Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole narrated. I preferred Grace’s narration over Jonathan’s. He wasn’t bad but he forgot to do the American accents.

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