Beautiful Stranger Paperback
Part of the The Beautiful Series series
When Ryan Media Group opens a new office in New York, numbers whiz Sara Dillon happily accepts the position of Director of Finance.
On her first weekend in her new town, Sara has wild - and very public - sex with a gorgeous stranger on a balcony overlooking Chloe Mills' raucous engagement party.
Sara assumes the tryst was a one-time thing, but when her mysterious lover sends her the steamy phone video he took of their encounter, she realizes he might have unearthed a side of her she'd never let herself explore.
Unfortunately, an affair with Max Stella, Wall Street's newly-imported golden boy, could be very, very bad for her new career.
Max has a legendary appetite for casual sex, but the kindred kink he finds in Sara is hard to brush off.
Soon the formerly-irresistible investment banker finds himself pursuing a woman who seems to want very little to do with him outside of their playful and creative exhibitionism.
They have only three rules: keep it casual, keep it private, and no faces.
That is until Max convinces Sara to come with him to a club that opens a new world for them, and their sex-only relationship grows decidedly more intimate.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Publication Date: 28/05/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781476731537
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Review by DarkFaerieTales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick & Dirty: A strong sequel to Beautiful Bastard, filled with romance that stands apart from many others.Opening Sentence: When my old life died, it didn’t go quietly.The Review:In my reading world, YA mostly takes up my time. So when I get the chance to read adult fiction, especially romance, it feels like a sweet escape. In the instance of Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Stranger, it was bliss. I adored Beautiful Bastard, Chloe, and especially Bennet, but there is something refreshing and untouched with Sara and Max. Beautiful Stranger definitely puts Christina and Lauren on the map not only for their swoon-worthy men, but for their great storytelling.In the follow up to the much loved Beautiful Bastard, Christina and Lauren introduce us to Sara Dillon and Max Stella. Sara has escaped a fiance that has cheated on her in both a public and private way. She has moved herself to New York to move on and reinvent her life. With her new outlook on life, she wants fun, no commitments, and to stay in control. This practically gets thrown out the window when she meets Max, a British entrepreneur. Meeting this irresistible man at a dance club should have been a quick flirtatious jaunt, but it quickly turned into something more.Sara is a strong woman. Her past has made her into this emotionally cold woman, protected by a wall around her heart. Her actions are calculated, until her emotions took control. No matter what Sara did, her heart won. I connected to her and her feelings, her struggles, and her goals.Max is someone that you fall in love with instantly. From the point where you realize he has a British accent, you just want to put him in your pocket. But Christina and Lauren did a very interesting thing with his character. He was first. First to fall in love, first to realize his feelings, and first to want it all. It’s rare to see that in romance. And I loved that.I really enjoyed Beautiful Stranger! I loved how Max was more emotionally vulnerable than Sara, to a point. I loved how Christina and Lauren showcased the similarities and differences between a man and a woman, when it comes to matters of the heart. The symbolism of parallels and contradictions weaved throughout the story was genius. The romance between Max and Sara, their complex personalities of the two individually went well with how they evolved when they’re together.Once again I was trapped into this contemporary world that Christina and Lauren built. I was an empowered female and an internally vulnerable male. I was hurt by a failed relationship and I was in love with a woman who only wanted me for my body. I became these two characters and lived their lives. I really appreciated that as a reader, these authors brought me deep into their world to the point where I forgot my own. It says a lot to me, and hopefully to you also.In today’s world of romance and erotica, there is a competition to be individual and unique. I feel that Christina and Lauren have achieved this, bringing a solid set of characters that stand out and leave lasting impressions. Their stories make you wish they were your own and their characters make our hearts race. Both Christina and Lauren have gone beyond my expectations. I was a fan in their days before publishing, but here, where their stories are their own, I will forever be a reader.I really enjoyed Beautiful Stranger, and I absolutely think you will also.Notable Scene:“We . . . shouldn’t do this here,” she said.And still, she pushed farther into my hand. All around my steady rhythm, I could feel her begin to tighten, her breath coming out in tiny, sharp pants.With a guilty wince, I removed my hand and turned her to face me. She looked practically drugged, eyelids heavy, lips parted.“And unfortunately my two minutes are up.”I kissed her cheek, the corner of her mouth, and then each of her eyelids when she closed her eyes. And then I took my phone out of her hand and walked out of her office.FTC Advisory: I purchased this copy of Beautiful Stranger. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Review by VaniaNunes
I couldn't imagine I'd like book 2 the same as I liked book 1.Sara and Max are 2 stubborn that can't stay far from each other for long time. Even when they love to deny that...New York city is one of important book's characters; and dont forget about Max's british accent. Love it!!!And it was amazing to see Chloe and Bennet again, as Sara's friends.Deff Christina Lauren is on my fave author's list right now.
Review by sraimone
I didn't really care for Beautiful Stranger. Beautiful Bastard I could buy into. Parts were a little unrealistic, but how many romance novels are really believable? This, however, is so incredibly far fetched I found myself huffing and rolling my eyes throughout,
Review by Lisa.Hines
Lisa Hines's review Jul 09, 13 · edit5 of 5 starsRead from July 02 to 03, 2013, read count: 1Max Stella is one HOT S.O.B! Wow. Can you be an anglophile is you are already English? He makes me crave everything British (Sigh!). For being so unlucky in love Sara is now one lucky girl!Once again funny and steamy and unexpected. I loved, Loved, LOVED this book. It was a tad bit more serious than the last one but, oh, Max is HOT! (Did I mention that already?)Audible Audiobook "Review: Beautiful Stranger"Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?I AM recommending this book to all my book buddies and friends...Why? Because it is a riot. It's funny, the sex scenes are off the wall crazy, and the main guy is British.What did you like best about this story?I liked that Max was NOT the playboy he was misunderstood to be. I liked that the girl kept screwing up for once, albeit very gracefully. I liked that Max understood Sara better than she understood herself.Which scene was your favorite?The scene in Sara's apartment. Too much more would be spoilers, but, the events of that evening were my happy point in the book.Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?I almost did listen in one sitting. Yes - The things Maz & sara did to defile New York City were AwEsOmE!!!Any additional comments?I had a hard time at first dealing with the British accent. I'm from there, and do not find that North of an accent particularly sexy. Well, I didn't. Honestly, Max's personality completely overrode by snobbery :-D The accent Grace Grant does for Max took some getting used to, but after hearing the "real" thing out of Jonathan Cole's mouth it got easier to listen to. The story flowed so well though that this is a minor, MINOR complaint.
Review by ChannellingCloretta
This book was so good, it's making me consider buying 1.5 of this series.<br/><br/>Seriously, Wow! <br/>Max and Sarah were steaming up my glasses and curling my toes. They are a hot exhibition couple who didn't mind a little voyeurism (being seen possibly at the museum), oh, yeah. <br/><br/>These two made math look so sexy and they also show how two people bring pics and sexting back as the new thing.<br/><br/>I hope to read more about them in this series, which I am finding to be oh so fabulous!<br/><br/>This is a short review but a must read because I do not think I can control myself with not giving any thing away.<br/><br/>Max is most definitely my new Beautiful!<br/><br/>
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