Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

beautiful Stranger



Steam Level: Hot

Book 2 in The Beautiful Bastard Series


4 Star read


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.

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I read Beautiful Bastard a while ago and it was hot.  Well, Beautiful Stranger is just as hot.  In fact, the steam starts right away.  

It was interesting reading this book about a relationship that starts out truly about sex and watching these characters fall in love.  Max is pretty freaking perfect, and I have to say Sara’s baggage and inability to trust was what kept me from giving this 5 stars.  I really enjoyed it, but the conflict in the book was also a little annoying, though understandable given Sara’s past. 

I think I liked Chloe and Bennet’s story a little better.  It was enemies to lovers and that is more my jam.  This one is more of a friends with benefits trope which is not my favorite.  I also felt like maybe there was a bit of insta-love here, Max seemed to know Sara, but I didn’t feel like Sara really knew Max.  I think perhaps this could have been done a little better, especially since it was told from Sara’s POV.  

Overall this is a good steamy read and I can’t wait to continue reading this series. 

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