My excitement after the first book in mind, I simply had to have this second book of Christina Lauren´s Beautiful series. The cover is not really as great as the one the first book has, but who cares in this case anyway? Not me, for sure. I was eager to read the novel between the covers and after doing so I have to admit, that I am not as much thrilled about it, as I was after finishing the Beautiful Bastard. I read it back in 2015 but hadn´t since then enough time to write my English review about it and to be honest, my blog didn´t even exist back then *hihi*

Beautiful Stranger
by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Series #2
Publisher Gallery Books on May 28, 2013
Genre Love-Women-Erotica
Pages 352
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

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 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.
Sara moved to New York to start all over again. No compromises anymore, no being told how to be and where to be. She lives after her own rules. When she meets Max, the sparks fly hot and he experiences for the first time in his life how it feels when a woman leaves a man just like that. A hot and very erotic relationship begins to unfold between the two and always plays after Sara´s rules and unusual places.

After the fresh and coquettish action and the incredible friction of Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger is almost well-nigh despite the many hot scenes between the two main characters. Something that was entertaining to read for me, but not as much fun as I had with the other book. You won´t find the hilarious differences from book one in here, but a very emotional undertone, who makes it soon very clear that Max wants way more from Sara as pure sex. There isn´t much talking in here. More action is the goal and that is very well done.

Sara and Max are the two main figures who couldn´t be more different. He a playboy with more women in the closet as you can count, she a young woman fresh out of a relationship that wasn´t one anymore. Christina Lauren shows in a hilarious way how a young woman explores her own sexuality, how she sets the rules, and does simply what she wants and when and with whom. 

Max is a man who does everything to give Sara what she wants and needs without forgetting his own satisfaction and pleasure. What she demands, he gives, yes, but there is still a way for him to get to know her by only watching her.

A great novel that will entertain you very much. Yes, the brilliance of the Beautiful Bastard isn´t to reach for anyone, but still, this book is reading pleasure of its own kind. Just see for yourself.

Happy reading

Christina Lauren
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction and together has produced twelve New York Times bestselling novels. They are published in over 28 languages, have received starred reviews from Kirkus, been selected as one of NPR´s Top 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances, and won both the Seal of Excellence award and Book of the Year from RT Magazine. Lauren Billings has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy of two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance. Christina Hobbs used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. These days you´ll probably find her on Tumblr. She is married and absolutely not old enough to be the mom of a 15-year-old (right??), thinks she´s the luckiest person in the world to write books with her best friend and is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter. She also likes to steal Lauren´s shoes.



  1. I read Beautiful Bastard when it was first released, and I didn't really enjoy it all that much - I think office romances where there is a big difference in power don't work well for me for some reason.
    I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Vi!
    I hope you're having a great week.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. Hi Lexxie,
      I had the time of my life while reading Beautiful Bastard *smile* - but have to admit that not everyone likes that series. Thanks for stopping by.


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