Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

beautiful stranger

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. (Goodreads)

After reading Beautiful Bastard the other day and absolutely loving it, obviously reading the next in the series was a must. I am glad that I did! Of course, I have to love this book even more based purely on the fact that our leading man is a Brit. Being English, I practically revelled in the idea that someone was being represented from my part of the world!

What Christina and Lauren managed to do here, which many American authors fail at, was keeping Max inherently British, even if he had lived in America for the past few years. He spoke and acted like a Brit, which just made this book even more enjoyable because I didn’t feel like it was just a made up work of fiction – they pulled it off. Although, someone is seriously going to have to explain to me (preferably an American) what they find so fascinating about our accent… I just don’t get it! What I also loved about this was the fact that Max wasn’t Bennett. I was worried I was going to be reading pretty much a repeat of the first book, however, the dynamics, stories etc from the characters was completely different, which made this book interesting in its own right. Max was quirky and fun, but always straight up about everything. I found myself laughing at his attempts to use American phrases and the fact that he just sounded so different compared to the American language in the rest of the book.

Sara was a breath of fresh air as well. Again, she was completely different to Chloe and had her own demons in the closet. At the beginning of the book, I lost felt like I was living vicariously through her because I have also never experienced what she experienced in the night club etc. I married pretty quick and was never one to linger around night clubs, go out dancing or to drink. I really loved her as a character and I loved the fact that she had her own demons in the closet that she had to deal with in her own time – it made the story seem more realistic. I am glad that she managed to learn through her mistakes and that both Max and Sara managed to learn from each other.

This time I decided not to drink and read this book at the same time – which I am pretty sure my bed and my macbook are happy about! Reading their encounters and quirks and how they are with each other in general left a warm fuzzy feeling behind and a feel good mood!

I am really enjoying this series so far and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment! I gave this book 5/5 stars

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