The all-new scorching sequel to Beautiful Bastard!A charming British playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color.

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.


Beautiful Stranger is mildly disappointing. Not because it's not a good book - oh it definitely is... but what surprises me is that it'snot a great book and most definitely not what I've come to expect from the Christina Lauren writing duo.

The reasons? I felt that this book started out fantastically, kept going wonderfully and then... when I got to about 70% I realized there is so much that needs to happen to tie everything up and I couldn't fathom how, with the amount actually left of the book, how it was going to happen and happen well.

So as I figured it would, it was rushed towards the end. So much needed to be said and done and in a space of 25% - 30%, that's when it did and I don't like the pace and speed that was set to accomplish this. I felt that the 'at arm's length' (between Max & Sara) could have been shortened and that the HEA could have been more. Another aspect I didn't understand was that suddenly out of freaking nowhere - love was declared and there was little warning. It felt rushed and I just don't understand how this happened. I adored Beautiful Bastard... I loved every single aspect of it. I found no fault and it easily slipped into becoming one of my favorite books.

But Beautiful Stranger... not so much. Like I said, I did enjoy the book and it does need to be praised, because the authors need to be acknowledged for doing a good job, but I know there are going to be problems... I just know.

Those problems would be... (a) The inconsistent pace that this book was written in (b) The sudden conclusion that blindsides you so unexpectedly, that you kind of just stare at the pages and the words going... WTF? (c) The chemistry between Sara and Max are just not on, something wasn't working there.

Now like I've said, the story is great, but the length and breakdown is all wrong. Either the first half needed to conclude sooner or the book needed to be longer. These are major issues I have with Beautiful Stranger... it felt as if the authors were having a great time while they wrote the first 50% and then... suddenly it's as if they just didn't feel this tale anymore. Their hearts were not into it at all and I felt as if they just wanted to get it over and done with.

Anyway, Sara meets Max when She, Chloe and Julia go out to a nightclub soon after Sara's arrival in NYC. While standing at the bar, Max begins to chat to her. The chemistry at this point is electric and I was instantly reminded of why it was that I loved the first book. (Beautiful Bastard).

From there onwards, the attraction is evident and although Sara is not 'looking' for a boyfriend right now... she's up to throw caution to the wind just for one night... so she does and in a very sexy, very heated, very 'almost' public sexual encounter, she's seemingly hooked on having semi-public sex. Not the kind where people actually see her, but the kind where it's a very good possibility that someone might.

So, although Sara labels her sexual encounter with Max and of course meeting him at the club as a once-off, naughty Sara moment, Max is a little more determined to get to know her.

“Hello, Petal.” “Hi, stranger.” “I was watching you dance, you tiny, wild thing.” “I saw you.” I could barely catch my breath. My legs felt wobbly, like they weren’t sure if they should collapse or go back to rhythmically bouncing across the floor. I chewed my bottom lip, suppressing a smile. “You’re such a creepster. Why didn’t you come out and dance with me?” “Because I think you rather liked being watched instead.”

Turns out Max knows Bennett (The Beautiful Bastard Himself) and that's how the two tales intertwine. Both Chloe and Bennett make appearances in Beautiful Stranger, but the funny thing is, is that I can't actually remember Sara from the first book. Oh Well...

So Max is insistent on getting to know Sara better, but due situations from her past relationship, she's not as keen to make a big deal about getting to know him. Anyway, they come to an arrangement and this goes on 4-EVA... then suddenly, at about 70%, there's no more games and this is where I felt everything started to rush through to the end. I didn't like the ending at all. It was left just like that... nothing final, no closure on my part and I'm going to assume that, like BB #1, this is a stand alone in the series and that the next book will continue with yet two new characters... which means... that I'll never get the closure I need and that's a huge let-down for me. It's not that I felt that I just wanted to be selfish and wanted more... nope, it's actually that I felt, "where's the rest of the story?"... I just didn't like that at all.

5 Stars for the actual tale, 5 Stars for the first half, 5 Stars for the execution of this book... but sadly 3 stars for how everything turned near the end and the fact that it just didn't actually end... it failed to reach any sort of acceptable ending for me. So overall... this is a 4 Star read and just a heads up... It's not Beautiful Bastard :(

Rating: 4 Stars

RELEASE DATE: April 16th, 2013
GENRE: Erotic Romance

PUBLISHER: Gallery Books


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