I loved Beautiful Bastard and fell head over heels for Bennett Ryan so I was anxiously awaiting the release of Beautiful stranger!
Christina and Lauren have done it again, they create brilliant, funny characters that you can’t help but root for!
We met Sara in BB as Chloe’s best friend, now Sara is moving to New York to work for Bennett after her douche of a fiancé Andy cheated on her for the umpteenth time. Sara wants to desperately shed who she has always been; sensible, safe Sara. So after meeting a rather sexy British man in a club and acting way out of character Sara feels liberated and rather ummm sated ;-)
But of course a one off encounter never stays buried for long, especially when the object of your club tryst appears at your work place, as none other than your boss’ friend! So the nameless stud turns out to be Max Stella and he is looking for a repeat performance!
Sara definitely steps outside the box with Max and any walls for that matter, Sara and Max’s relationship has a rather alfresco feel to it. Max is just the sweetest guy, I loved the whole camera element as he loved taking pictures of Sara and it really helped her gain her much needed confidence back. Their relationship slowly developed and it was great to see that it wasn’t just a game to either of them even though they may have been reluctant to acknowledge it.
It was great to see the progression of Sara’s character in this book, she could have easily locked herself away after Andy humiliated her but she met Max at the right time and he really did empower her to be her own person. There was a part in the story when a mistake was made and my heart was breaking for both Max and Sara and I did worry how they would move forward. But I knew we had to get that HEA. The old Sara may have fled but this new confident version stayed and faced her fears.
Now for me, Max had big Bennett shaped shoes to fill. We say the grass is always greener and I think that is the main reason why Max didn’t steal my heart. British guys don’t do it for me. Gasp! I hear you say, but when you are surrounded by them, albeit mostly Scottish men where I’m from, they lose their appeal or quite clearly I haven’t found the hiding place for all the guys like Max over here! So yes he was funny and sexy and he had some mouth on him but he couldn’t eclipse Bennett for me although, saying that I know he will work his charm on a lot of others!
I was pleased to see Chloe and Bennett make an appearance (obviously) and I enjoyed the progression of the story line. I really can’t wait to read the future instalments. I love these characters and the authors behind them! The writing is so fun and easy to read. These books don’t take me long at all. I can be crying at the beginning of a sentence, feeling hot and bothered in the middle and laughing out loud by the end! If you haven’t already, then you really must give them a go!
“I was falling in love with her. And I was royally f*cked.”
“So maybe if I ever met this Andy twat I wouldn’t actually punch his smug face after all. Maybe I’d shake his hand for messing things up for Sara so epically that she moved to New York and stopped being the woman who did what she was supposed to do, and started to be the woman who did what she bloody well wanted.”