Beautiful Secret (Unabridged)
by Christina Lauren
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The fourth full novel in the New York Times, USA Today, and number-one international best-selling author Christina Lauren's Beautiful series, which began with Beautiful Bastard.
Stars Overall 4 Story 4 Narration 5
AudioBook Review: Stars Overall 4 Story 4 Narration 5
Ruby is an engineer at Richardson-Corbett: one of the new young engineering stars, her six months at the company have been full of successes and one little secret: she has an all-out, must-know-every-detail-about-him, bordering on stalker crush on Niall. Who doesn’t know she exists, despite the fact they work together.
Niall is an ordinary and unassuming guy who just had his life tossed upside down with a divorce from his high-school sweetheart. While not contentious, the two just grew apart and out of love, Niall’s self-confidence has taken a beating. He’s never been the player or the aggressive one, he thinks (and overthinks) everything in minute detail, leaving him waiting in the wings, if he even dares step on the stage.
When an extended assignment to New York City puts these two in daily, close proximity, Ruby can’t help but to flirt shamelessly with Niall on the flight, making sure he sees her interest.
From that first moment to the last, Ruby and Niall are adorable together. She’s by far the outgoing and more aggressive one, and she pokes, prods and cajoles Niall into trying new things and stretching his wings. Not really a daring sort of guy, Niall slowly comes around to stretch the boundaries of his comfort zone, even daring to experiment with his own curiosities and fantasies.
Their relationship developed with a steady arc: Ruby is more open to saying what she thinks and going for it, and at times poor Niall was shocked to think that women behaved that way, or that HE was of interest. His naiveté and lack of experience for all but the most basic sexual acts was cute, especially when he dares to take a chance and try. The Steam! Grab a cold drink because the relationship build becomes a steamy, sweaty fire! Another wonderful story from this author duet that has me running out to get the earlier installments!
Narration for this story is provided by the team of Charlotte Penfield and Jonathan Cole. These two have perfect timing: able to adjust timing to ’feel’ as if you are listening in to a conversation. Smooth transitions from “inside” to “outside’ voices, clear and distinct vocal qualities for each new character and a sense that the narrators are enjoying the story as they perform it, this was a wonderful listen and I went through it in one day. Frankly, you can’t really go wrong with a book from this author duo, and their narrators are always spot on.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.