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Review: Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Secret CoverTitle: Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4)
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Book description:

AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

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Tiffany’s Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Can this fabulous duo known as Christina Lauren write something that doesn’t make my heart swell, and race a million times a minute?! GEEZ! 😉

Niall and Ruby were electric! Their love story was sweet, intense, and powerful. I cried happy and sad tears because of what they go through! ❤ ❤ ❤

The writing was ON POINT! I mean, I of course had to read this story in one sitting because let’s face it, when have you ever wanted to put a book in this series down? Never! Once you read the first few lines of this installment (and pretty much every page after), you’ll be blushing and craving more!

I absolutely LOVED Ruby and her no filter way of speaking her mind. She didn’t want to play some cat and mouse game wondering when Niall would make his move, or better yet, she make hers. She instead said what she was thinking (though she sometimes preferred to not let things slip) and discussed her emotions out loud. <- Brave soul right there!

And Niall. Le sigh. Let’s talk about Niall for a sec. *heart eyes* Everything about dating (and just being in the company of another girl) is COMPLETELY new to him. He hasn’t been with any other woman besides his ex-wife since he was a teen! After that marriage burned, he doesn’t know how to express his feelings so openly as Ruby does. He finds it–AND HER–refreshing, and well, hot. 😉 How couldn’t he? She’s fun, beautiful, smart, … The list goes on! He’s hesitant to start anything with Ruby because he’s scared, and mostly, he doesn’t know how to woo a woman anymore. His ex did quite a number on him, emotionally and psychologically. He wants things with Ruby, but due to his past relationship, he isn’t sure that’s best decision right now–mostly out of fear of losing what they’ve come so far to have. But, he’ll soon realize that he’s met his match with her. 🙂

Ah! Don’t you just want to squeeze Niall!? *cough*

Oh, and did I forget to say that he’s British? As if you couldn’t tell from the cover… 😉

I mentioned earlier that I cried. Well, dang it, yes I did. There are some things that Niall has to cope with and my heart just AHH! I love it when words on a page can drive me to tears, laugh out loud, or make me simply nuts crazy. That’s when you know the book will stay with you, and that it’s special. Well, this book was special. It was fantastic! ❤

Grab yourself a copy, and while you’re at it, make sure you have EVERY ONE of CL’s books! I highly recommend them all!

Elizabeth’s Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Well, Christina Lauren has done it again!  I’ll be completely honest here, I had no doubts they would woo me with this one because they had me sold with the cover.  Hellooooo, Hottie!

*whispers* I think they know I secretly have a huge soft spot for Brits. 😉

In Beautiful Secret we meet Niall and Ruby; two people who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried.  Niall, the posh, well kept, incredibly dry Brit who is a brilliant Urban Planner and who’s also completely clueless when it comes to the opposite sex.  How did this guy survive his teenaged years?!  I mean, he may have been blind to Ruby’s hardcore crush (or anyone else’s for that matter) but he certainly knew how to catch my attention.

Seriously,  He had me by my eyelashes in chapter 1.  *sigh*

Anywho…the beginning of this book begins with our bubbly, bright, and energetic Ruby. Ah, Ruby. What a doll she is.  She may be only 23 in this story but she’s wise beyond her years and I definitely felt like I had much in common with her. (like a silly but harsh crush on the VP) 😉  Her life is on track, her career is blooming, and she works in an office with one of the hottest Brits to grace a page.  What more could a girl ask for, right?

Well, Miss Ruby got more than she bargained for when she was volunTOLD she will be accompanying Mr. Stella, a.k.a Hottie McHotterson, on a month long trip to the Big Apple.  Yep. You read that right.  Our girl hero will be traveling, dining, working, and practically living with the biggest crush ever…Mr. Niall Stella.  So, of course you must be saying to yourself “Ugh. I’ve read this plotline a time or two.”  Well, you’re wrong.  What happens on this trip is nothing predictable and it begins with the best, laugh-out-loud scene (that involves drool, by the way) on an airplane I’ve ever read.

The following weeks and days have Niall and Ruby dancing around each other- some of it hot, some of it no-so-hot- and their own personal baggage.  Niall is all business, very smart and enigmatic when it comes to work but Ruby has throw him a whopper curve ball by chapter Six that I was surprised he managed to know his name by the time she was through. Let’s just say my inner voice was cheering her on while secretly jealous of her partner. *bites fist*

This book was fun, full of flirtations and swoon worthy lines and is now sitting at the top of my favorite Christina Lauren books.  The scenes they set just get better and better and I can’t wait until they do it again.  I’ve read plenty of Brits in my days and I’ll just say this…These girls know their Brit talk!  If you’re looking for a hot but sweet story, look no further than Beautiful Secret.

Besides…don’t YOU want to know how the Brit’s do it? 😉

Favorite Quotes: 

“I tried to covertly look him over, but subtlety was a wasted effort. I tohuth Niall Stella knew how to wear a suit, but he wore a T-shirt like it was his life’s calling.  I wanted to pray at the altar of his dark, sincerely tight blue shirt.  He wore it so unself-consciously. So unironically. Knowing him, he picked it out for some complcated aerodynamic reason. And holy lord did it do wonderful things to his chest.”


“We rose from the station and she seemed to pause for air. Long enough, in fact, that I could press her against the wall of a building just down from our hotel, bend to inhale the honeyed rose of her skin and hiss, “What are you doing to me?”

“Hmm?” She stretched, catlike in my arms.

“Where’s the order in my brain? Where is my sense that I need to tread carefully with you?”

“You don’t.”

“You’re muddling my every thought. We were doing so well taking our time.”

Her hands slid up around my neck, pulling me into a kiss so intimate I felt something turn over in my chest. The soft side of her mouth shattered me, the way she offered up her lips and tongue so earnestly, her quiet whimper when she felt me licking her bottom lip, sucking it between my teeth.

“We’re still doing so well. I won’t make love to you until it is love you,” she said.

No, not said– reassured.  She was telling me that she hnew she’d stolen my mind, possibly my heart, and would treat both with care.



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About Christina Lauren:

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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One Comment on “Review: Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren”

  1. reviewdirector April 14, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Nice review!

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