Book 4, The Beautiful Series
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AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.
New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!
When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.
Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?
I've read all of Christina Lauren's books and this was my least favorite. I really enjoyed Beautiful Bastard, Dirty Rowdy Thing, and all their other books. I'm used to reading their books in days because I was excited but while reading this book, I found myself a little bored at times. There was no chemistry between the Ruby and Niall but maybe because I thought Niall was too brooding and Ruby was acting unprofessional or immature. Also, as a result of reading all of the books, I am starting to find a lot of the scenarios redundant. The female characters would 'bite their lip' and say 'holy hell' which is not that common. I will continue reading their future books but hope they get more creative with their stories.
Loved loved loved!!!
You ladies knocked this out of the park! I absolutely loved every digital page!! I immediately loved & believed the characters. I laughed, cried & I think I was sweating at one or two points. I actually didn't want this story to end...which is saying a lot for me. I look forward to more of your blood sweat & tears aka your books.
Not my favorite couple of the series...
Review originally posted on Reading Books Like a Boss
You have the pleasure of meeting Niall Stella in Beautiful Beloved (Max and Sara's novella). He's self-possessed and collected and says more things to himself than he does to other people. Here's how Ruby described him:
"There was this quiet confidence about him, a way he carried himself that demanded attention and respect, and a feeling that while he wasn't talking, he was watching everything, noticing everyone.
Everyone, except me."
At thirty, he is recently divorced from the woman who was his first everything. He's also a high-powered urban planning vice president at Richardson-Corbett Consulting. Ruby Miller is a twenty-three year old engineer interning the same firm in hopes of getting a highly coveted spot in Oxford's civil engineering program. Ruby has a massive crush on Niall that has been simmering for months and months. And her self-control is put to the test when Ruby's boss sends her on a month-long business trip with the sexy Niall Stella.
"Startled, Niall Stella took a step back, nearly stumbling into the open doorway, which, coincidentally, was right next to mine.
Sharing a wall . . . maybe even a bathroom . . . where he showered . . . naked."
I'd heard that this book would give readers a little tie-in to Christina Lauren's Wild Seasons series. I totally loved the tie-in. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't exactly love it either. I have mixed feelings. I didn't warm up to Niall Stella. His British accent is super dreamy and I melted every time he called Ruby darling, but I didn't fall in love with him like I did the other Beautiful Bastard men.
Ruby's constant reminders in the beginning of the book about how much she's pined for Niall was over the top. Once he admits that he's attracted to her, she lays the flirting on thick, making it her mission to seduce him into sleeping with her. While Niall is reluctant to take things really slowly considering his recently-divorced status. I didn't like the way that Niall was portrayed as this kind of virginal non-virgin man who has "never done that before." I feel like there is so much the authors could have mined so much from his back story and position of authority over Ruby instead of what they did. I just didn't click with Ruby and Niall as a couple unfortunately.
*I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Apr 14, 2015
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Print Length: 400 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 4, The Beautiful Series