Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Review of Beautiful by Christina Lauren

The bit on the back...


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.

When one of your favourite authors, which is actually two super duper authors, announce that they're bringing out a 5th book in one of your favourite series naturally you're going to be muchos excited about it. That's about how I felt when I found out about Beautiful. This is the fifth and final full length addition to the Beautiful series and what a great way to end it. This story brings all of the central characters together as well as focusing on two previously peripheral characters giving them the limelight to tell their story.

Both characters, Jensen and Pippa, have featured earlier in the series. Jensen is Will Sumner's best friend and his wife's older brother. Jensen is responsible for bringing Will and Hanna together so for that sir, we salute you (Beautiful Player is one of my all time favourite books). Pippa is best friends with Ruby from the 4th book.

The book starts off with Pippa and Jensen meeting randomly and unbeknownst to each other which sets the tone for the novel. Slightly daft British girl meets perfectly handsome American guy. This chance encounter is followed by a two week stint touring the east coast after the pair are awkwardly re-united at a birthday party.

If you haven't read any of Christina Lauren's books then firstly, where have you actually been? And secondly what can you expect? Well every book I've read has been packed with chemistry, sizzling tension, great characters and truly brilliant scenes. This book is no exception whatsoever. Pippa and Jensen's friendship to relationship is built on this one chance encounter and a lot of chance encounters ensue. The place they find themselves in lends itself to the overall humour in the book and Pippa certainly knows how to make the best of an awkward conversation. She also knows how to bring the best out in Jensen without either of them realising.

I really enjoyed this but I'm equally sad that it's the last book in the series. Catching up with the other characters in the series added a little something extra to this book. I especially loved seeing Will and Hanna again because Will has got to be one of the hands down, never to be improved upon, most gorgeous ever book boyfriends to ever grace the pages. I love this series and will definitely go back to it time and time again.

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