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Review: Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Beginning CoverTitle: Beautiful Beginning (Beautiful Baster #3.5)
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Back when not being able to stand each other also meant not being able to keep their hands off each other in Beautiful Bastard, neither Bennett nor Chloe could have seen this day coming.

An exasperated bride who just wants to elope. A determined groom whose only focus is getting to the wedding night. And—of course—a whole lot of name calling.


Here’s the thing about weddings: something crazy is ALWAYS going to happen.  Beautiful Beginning is peek into the madness mixed with a little (okay, a LOT) of sexual tension.

Bennett has the genius idea to not have that panty ripping, heart rate racing, dirty talking sex we all know and love the week leading up to the wedding.  Sometimes men are so smart.  You know Chloe is not going for that! Hell, I wasn’t going for that.  I want Bennett/Chloe sex and I want it NOW!  But this week of forced celibacy only made the sexual tension between the two as hot as it was when we first met the duo in Beautiful Bastard.

This was a fantastically funny end to a series that had me laughing and crying from the very first page of the first book.  I enjoyed seeing all of the characters we met throughout the series.  Remember when Bennett and Chloe got caught hooking up in his parent’s bathroom by Mia?  Yeah, she brought that up. 🙂 I love the Oh, yeah moments scattered throughout the novella.  Max, Sarah, Will, and Hanna were also there.  All I can say is poor Will and poor Max.  LOL!

As with the other books in the series, we get dual perspectives from Chloe and Bennett.  Reading the thoughts and reactions of the sexual embargo made me laugh…and sympathize.  Christina Lauren did a fantastic job with keeping the characters themselves.  You weren’t reading a Chloe and Bennett you’ve never heard before.  You are reading about two people you know who have fallen in love and are damn HORNY!

Out of all of the quotes I’ve highlighted, the one that made me swoon the most was this one from Chloe:

He wore a perfectly tailored tux and a perfectly devastating smile.  He looked just like I felt: elated, overwhelmed, on the verge of falling over.

I saw his mouth say the words Come here.

GUYS! How can you NOT swoon at that?! Cheese and rice!  If you thought you’d picked your favorite Beautiful Man, you may need to rethink your previous decision.

Beautiful Beginning is a fantastic end to the series.  I wish it wasn’t the end.  It doesn’t feel like the end.  It really does feel like the beginning.  It’s the beginning for each and every one of the characters.  I want to know what they are like in six months, a year, fives years, and so on.  I don’t know what I’ll do without my perfectly paced doses of sexy/funny.  Maybe I should start from the beginning?

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About the Authors:

christinalaurenauthorsLauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right) have been writing all kinds of stories together since 2009. This is not the first erotic romance they’ve ever written . . . but it is the first one under this name. 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.

You can find them online at www.christinalaurenbooks.com or @seeCwrite & @lolashoes.

For information about their Young Adult books, check out Swoontini.com.

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