ROLE REVERSAL AT ITS FINEST!
Title: Beautiful Stranger
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
A charming British playboy.
A girl determined to finally live.
And a secrete liaison revealed in all too vivid color.
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 photo’s 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.
I loved this book! Beautiful Stranger, sequel to Beautiful Bastard, had me captured from beginning to end!
What captured me about Beautiful Stranger, was how the female character, Sara, held all the power in the relationship (or agreement) for a change, it was an complete role reversal from – let’s face it – reality! Sara set the rules, the boundaries and the pace of the agreement and managed to keep herself distant and mysterious! It was our beautiful stranger Max, who was out of his element and in complete battle with himself and the situation wanting and needing more from the agreement and Sara.
Beautiful Stranger is focused around Sara Dillon (Chloe’s best friend from Beautiful Bastard), who left her cheating fiancée and Chicago behind to join Chloe and Bennett as head of the finance department at the new branch of Ryan Media in New York City. Sara decided to take this opportunity to start over and explore all “her” wants, needs, desires and fantasies for a change. So when Sara meets her beautiful stranger Max in a dance club, their attraction and chemistry is instant and consuming allowing Sara to take her personal desires and fantasies to a whole new level. That one evening changed everything for Sara and Max; they both felt things they have never felt or experienced before, which left them wanting and craving more! After finding out more about each other, Sara puts forward a sex with no strings attached arrangement opportunity to Max, which he, of course, agrees to, finding Sara the most curious girl he has ever met. After a while the rules of the agreement start to get blurry and they fall in love…but old ways die hard and trusting someone with your heart after being burnt is even harder!
What I loved most about this book, was the two main characters and really seeing their different personalities through their alternating point of view chapters. I loved how Sara’s character had a real cloak and dagger personality going on with her internal struggle to balance the person she is and perceived to be with the person who she wants to be in her fantasies and desires. But I have to say it was Max’s character that had me swooning in this book – I really did fall in love with him, British accent and all! As the reader, he had me laughing, he had me blushing, he made my heart pump and he almost had me tears when he was heartbroken. Witnessing his character filled with confusion and being in unchartered territory while falling in love with Sara was beautiful!
Christina and Lauren delivered on a fantastic sequel to this series; I cannot wait to read where this series takes me next!
RATING: 4.5/5 Stars
Check out my review on Beautiful Bastard, Book #1 of the Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren.