Reviews

Beautiful – Christina Lauren

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Featuring the entire BEAUTIFUL series cast for one final hurrah!

A FREE-SPIRITED GIRL IN NEED OF A BREAK.
A MAN WEIGHED DOWN BY RESPONSIBILITY.
A ROAD TRIP VACATION WHERE ALL BETS ARE OFF.
OH, AND A LOT OF WINE.

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.

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My Rating: 5 Stars

If, like me, you have been reading a lot of deep, dark, books recently, this series is absolutely what you need in your life. It is a fun, lighthearted contemporary romance with characters that are easy to love.

Pippa:

While Will was easily my favorite male character in this series, I can say without a doubt that Pippa is my favorite female character. Everything about her, from her zany clothes, to her propensity for saying whatever is on her mind, no matter the situation, was fantastic. She had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. I would send my bestie a copy of this book to read with instructions to be more like Pippa if I was’t positive I’d get punched.

Jensen:

I liked Jensen, and felt that he and Pippa were a great match, however, I did find myself speeding through his chapters to read more from Pippa’s perspective – he was more of a reserved and quiet character while she was really out there. He was just overshadowed by her big personality, in my opinion.

The Sex:

Fellow fans of Christina Lauren know how incredible her sex scenes can be. Something I have really enjoyed about this series is that every couple has different sex scenes – some romance authors kind of copy and paste their sex scenes in each of their books. But each character in the Beautiful series has different kinks (dirty talkers, public sex, hate sex, etc). This book’s sex scenes definitely delivered on steaminess (I had to turn my AC down to 67 at one point because fanning myself just wasn’t working- I will bill you for the difference in my electric bill Christina Lauren).

The Ending:

Fortunately, we got to see all of our favorite characters return in this book. As a final book, it did a phenomenal job of wrapping up each couple’s story. I will miss all of these characters – I’ve been following them for years!

My Takeaway: Pippa was my favorite female character to date, and while I felt that she did out shadow Jensen a bit in this book, I loved them as a couple. I’m going to miss the Beautiful Series characters but really look forward to reading Lauren’s next series. This was the perfect light, funny, sweet read. 

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