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Review: Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Stranger CoverTitle: Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard #2)
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: Erotica/Adult Romance
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Rating: Five fingers and a palm! (That’s 5 out of 5)


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.


LAWDAVMERCAY! I don’t know how they did it! I really don’t! The authors that brought us Beautiful Bastard have somehow created a man that rivals Bennett Ryan. They went H.A.M. (hard as a mofo) with this book, brought out the big guns, and made our hero British. That’s right, ladies. Just go ahead and drop your panties now because Max Stella is here and he’s gonna do you right. Not only Max, but they also brought us Sarah Dillon who is the luckiest unlucky woman in the world. She leaves a horrible relationship and finds Max soon after.

Max Stella. That’s a name made for moaning if I’ve ever heard one. I don’t even know where to start with this man! Fingers. Yes, let’s start with fingers…Read this in British with a deep voice (that’s a British accent).

“Three finger of Macallan’s, Pete, and whatever this lady is having. She’s been waiting a spell, yeah?” He turned to me, wearing a smile that made something dormant warm deep in my belly. “How many fingers would you like?”



I squealed! I blushed! Max is definitely bold and says what he’s thinking. He has a way of getting to that very primal part of Sarah. He gives her what she wants sexually but what she needs emotionally. More than just boytoy, Max is really sweet. He cares about Sarah more than she believes is possible. For him, they share more than a good time sexually, he’s found someone who doesn’t care about his money or notoriety. To her, he’s just Max Stella. I adore these two characters together.

Sarah is a woman who went through a bad relationship. She was left with scars on her heart and her mind set on not being made into a fool ever again. When she meets Max for the first time, their interaction pulsates with desire. After a few run-ins, Sarah defines their relationship on her terms and under her rules. She’s in charge of when the see each other, but she’s not in charge of her heart. Sarah finds it hard to stick by the strict schedule she’s set up for herself and Max and finds herself wanting to be with him more and more. This is something she truly does not want at this point in her life. Her goal in her new home in New York is to be free and independent.

You don’t necessarily have to read Beautiful Bastard (BB) before beginning this book, but reading the series in order will help you get some of the inside jokes. For instance, if you haven’t read BB you’ll have no idea why the description of a conference room would make me hoot and yell, “I KNOW THAT’S RIGHT!” And it’s good to see our old friends, Chloe and Bennett, to see their dynamic and how their relationship is going. They haven’t changed much, but I did wish for a little sex scene with just them for old times sake.

Once again Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings have given us work with a clear, unified voice. The work is seamless and it’s almost as if they shared a keyboard while writing this book. You cannot tell who wrote what or see a transition in style. There are a few spots where I would like to know who wrote what! They’ve improved on the romantic chemistry between the two main characters and somehow made the sex even more intense. (HELLO! LIBRARY SEX, ANYONE?)

I welcome Sarah Dillon and Max Stella to the Beautiful Bastard series! These books just keep getting better. If you haven’t read Beautiful Bastard yet, get on it pronto! You can see my review for BB here.

* Previously posted on Literati Literature Lovers

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2 Comments on “Review: Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren”

  1. Fandom Fanatic (@credoroza) July 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Loved your review. I won this book on a giveaway and have yet to start it. I was not a fan of BB and even less of it as a FF. Just felt there was no story. But now seeing your review of BS, will definitely move it up on my TBR list.

    • mandacolette July 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Yay! I’m glad you liked it. I think this was actually better than BB. The love story element was stronger and I felt more of a connection between the characters.

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