Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

Having a baby changes everything. I mean, can you believe that Max and Sara haven’t been back to their exhibitionist sex club since the birth of their daughter? Think of the horror!!!

What’s it About? beautiful

In Beautiful Stranger, finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

First Impressions

I’m usually not a fan of half-books, or 0.6 books as is the case with this novel. However, when it comes to this series I will read anything and everything the authors want to put out there. I’ve enjoyed every single book in this series, as each one is the perfect blend of comedy, raw sexual magnetism, and characters you can’t help but love. In this book, we see that it can be a slow road for a husband and wife to connect sexually again after having a child. Not that Max and Sara haven’t had sex since their daughter Anna was born, but it just hasn’t been like it was before. It’s not as rough, and they don’t film it anymore. Or take naughty photos. Going back to vanilla sex can be so boring.


Oh the Hilarity

The majority of this novel consists of several failed date nights between Max and Sara, which are unbelievably hilarious. Every time they try and reintroduce some of the kink to their sexual relationship, they get interrupted by a phone call from one of their many babysitters explaining another issue that baby Anna has. I also loved the fact that their numerous babysitters are all characters from the previous novels. We developed such a strong connection with those characters when reading their own respective love stories, that it’s great to see them all again as a tight-knit friend group in this brief half-book.

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Oh the Seriousness

Even though there is a lot of humor throughout this book, there is actually a rather serious discussion taking place about adjusting to parenthood. Max always used to see Sara as his lover, but now he views her as his wife, and the mother of his child. It might not be on purpose, but he can’t help but view her differently. They fervently try to have the exact same sexual relationship as they did before, just to prove that having a baby hasn’t changed them. But they encounter some difficulties when trying to bring back some of their old tricks. For example, they perfectly demonstrate why you should never take dirty pics on your phone. You never know who you might send them to accidentally.

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However, by the end of the novel they eventually come to the realization that they don’t necessarily have to try so hard to do the same things as before, because their lives are in fact different now. No point in trying to hide it. It doesn’t mean they can’t still have fun though. They’ve always been kind of kinky, but the affect of motherhood on Max’s libido was quite interesting. Let’s just say he discovered a new found appreciation for Sara’s chest area.


Series: Beautiful Bastard, book 3.6. This book introduces us to Max’s brother, Niall, who is the focus of the next book. I can’t wait!

Should you read it? Only if you’ve read the other books in the series, which I recommend if you’re looking for something really hot and sexy. There’s a guaranteed alpha male in every book.

Smut Level: Holy mackerel. Max and Sara are determined to prove that they can still have an amazing sex life after having a baby. Let’s just say they succeed. Many, many times.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $1.99 Kindle Price. Pocket Star Publishing. 102 Pages.

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