Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Going on a wine tour road trip with good friends, and a hottie tottie to roll around in the sheets with all night long? Yeah, um, where exactly do I sign up for one of those?

What’s it About?

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After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.

Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.

With this circle of friends there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful.

First Impressions

At first, the idea of playing fifth wheel to a bunch of couples going on a romantic wine tour seems like it would kind of suck. Especially considering there’s only one other single person going along, and our main female lead sort of made a huge fool of herself in front of him on an eight hour plane ride across the ocean by getting drunk and lamenting over a recent breakup. However, Jensen is a handsome muscled man in desperate need of a vacation, and Pippa is more than willing to help him relax. During the day anyway. At night? They engage in some intense workout sessions.

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Opposites Attract

Pippa and Jensen are total opposites. She’s colorful, carefree and not afraid to speak her mind. Jensen is a straight-laced, button-up workaholic, and he really needs someone like Pippa to help him open up. We’re all familiar with the phrase “opposites attract”, and in this novel it’s definitely true in the physical sense. And although Pippa helps Jensen relax during their two week road trip, I’m not sure that was long enough for Jensen to have a real impact on Pippa. In addition, Jensen sort of reverts to his old ways once the trip is over. I’d like to think they’ll be forever, but in the same vein their time together was so short, and they were both sort of acting as rebounds for the other. Sure, it’s fiction, but I can’t say I’m totally convinced it would last.

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Friends, Old and New

I must say I absolutely loved Pippa’s live and let live attitude. Jealous of it really! The bravery to make a fool of yourself in front of others, sing terrible karaoke at the top of one’s lungs, yet still be able to brush it off and move on? Inspirational! You can tell Jensen has trouble at first dealing with someone like her, but after a while it comes to be something he loves most about her.

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Although I can’t say this couple was my favorite ever in the Beautiful Bastard series, I can’t begin to describe my utter delight at the fact that we get to see all of the couples from the previous novels come together for this final book. Add in the beauty that each one gets their own happily ever after epilogue, including George, and I’m practically bouncing with glee. That being said, considering this is also the last novel in the Beautiful series, and I’m on the verge of tears here! I might just have to start re-reading this series from the start!

Series: Beautiful Bastard, book 5.

Should you read it? An unbelievably sexy series. Not my fav book in the series, or my fav couple for that matter, but it’s a good read overall. It’s about taking chances, doing things outside your comfort zone, yet still remaining true to who you are.

Smut Level: Considering all that this series is, I was kind of hoping for more in terms of smut. I sort of feel like Jensen has a secret naughty side to him, but unfortunately we don’t really get to see it all come out to play.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $7.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. 416 Pages.

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Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

These two might use a blindfold to ensure the groom doesn’t see the bride the night before their wedding, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t do a little bump and grind.

What’s it About?

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One Player tamed. One nerd girl satisfied. And one more major life decision to make. When Will fell for Hanna, her quirky sense of humor and fierce dedication to her career were part of the attraction. (Not to mention her coy newbie attitude toward sex and her willingness to let him teach her everything.) But when the job offers start rolling in for her—and oh, they do—Hanna has trouble deciding what she wants, where they should live, and how much she should burden Will with the decision. Magic between the sheets is only one part of a relationship…getting on the same page is quite another altogether.

First Impressions

Some of you may remember that I’ve previously mentioned how I never, ever, under any circumstances read half-books. There are so many other books on my TBR list, who has the time for a half-book?! This series is my one exception. I’ll read anything and everything that they’ll give me! The reason that this series is an exception to the rule is because all of the half-books are short, quick reads that are full of comedy and delectable sex scenes. It’s practically a guarantee to be thoroughly entertained in the short amount of time it takes you to read one.

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Romance Between Nerds

Will and Hanna. Our couple of nerds, and probably my favorite couple of the series. In this half-book we get to witness the joy of their wedding night. But the best part of this story is that we also get to see what happens after their happy day is all over, and life returns to normal.

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As Hanna goes on job interviews all over the country, and our couple contemplates how this could impact their living arrangement, we see how life isn’t always perfect after you say “I do”. There will be arguments. There will be disagreements and compromises. However, we also see that as long as they can work together and communicate their fears and worries, then there will also be delightful make-up sex.

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Series: Beautiful Bastard, book 4.5.

Should you read it? A quick, sexy read with a hilarious couple. It’s just a brief glimpse at a delightful series.

Smut Level: The honeymoon is far from over in this one! It’s just the beginning as our newlyweds put all their dirty talk to good use, and break in some new sex locations in their apartment. Gotta keep things interesting!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $1.99 Kindle Price. Pocket Star. 144 Pages.

Check out the book that started it all: Beautiful Bastard

 

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

Hands down, this is one of the hottest contemporary romance series out there. I love how each book has a different and unique couple, yet you’re practically guaranteed some delightful dirty talk, and passion in the bedroom.

What’s it About? 

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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?

First Impressions

Ruby has had a crush on Niall forever, but it isn’t until they go on a business trip together that their mutual attraction for one another becomes known. Lucky bitch! Sounds like a pretty good business trip to me. Whenever I go away for business I usually end up alone in my hotel room eating Thai food, and watching The Big Bang Theory reruns. Actually, that doesn’t sound half bad right about now. Might need to get myself some Pad See Ew in the next 20 minutes or so.

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An Old-Fashioned Not-So-Gentle Man

I’ve read every book in this series, and I must say that Niall is my favorite male lead so far. He’s hesitant when it comes to acting on his desires for Ruby, which is different from the other playboy guys in the series, who are all so sure of their sexual prowess. Niall, on the other hand, just got out of an 11 year marriage, and he’s never been with another woman. He’s so unsure of himself and how to please Ruby sexually, but he also has this possessive, sex god, dirty-talkin’ persona hidden underneath his expensive business suit that you just want to rip him out of!

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Niall is old-fashioned in that he believes you should be in love before you have sex. You don’t really find many of those guys out there anymore. Due to this belief, he decides to wait before having sex with Ruby, and technically they don’t complete the deed until very late in the book. However, you don’t really mind the wait because they basically do every other dirty deed you can think of. By the time they finally get around to having sex, it seems so blasé compared to some of the other stuff they’ve already done.

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Series: Beautiful series, book 4. Not necessarily my favorite story, but definitely my favorite man.

Should you read it? Be prepared, because this book is hot, hot, hot! That being said, Niall and Ruby also have so many awkward sexual conversations and scenarios when they first come together that it’s really adorable.

Smut Level: This book has some satisfying delayed gratification in that you have to wait a while for the horizontal mambo performance, but they’ve already practiced all the necessary steps for success.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $7.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. 401 Pages.