Review: Beautiful by Christina Lauren

29508645Featuring the entire BEAUTIFUL series cast for one final hurrah!


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.

Pub Date: October 4th 2016 | Page Count: 416 pp | Publisher: Gallery Books


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It’s almost incredible that this was the last book of the Beautiful Bastard series. I mean, I’ve reached that point of no return when you feel so attached to the characters and to finally wrap my head around the fact that it is done, it feels like part of my life as a reader has ended as well. It sounds kinda dramatic but I’ll be fine, I swear.

In Beautiful we have Jensen and Pippa. The epitome of “opposites attract” and it got to a point where you almost wondered: “How are these two going to make it work?”. Pippa is such an upbeat and lively gal and by contrast Jensen is uptight and work-committed to the core.

“Pippa seemed to make fast friends wherever she went. whereas I was… a generous tipper?
Jesus Christ, I was a stiff bastard.”

Like any  twenty-something, Pippa finds herself not happy at all with her job, finding out her seemingly perfect boyfriend isn’t what she thought he was gives her the push she needed to get out of her comfort zone and so she accepts Ruby Stella’s invitation to join them in a winery tour. You know, to clear her head. Her moms agree with the idea. Off to Boston.

“Will and Hanna.
Niall and Ruby.
Jensen and… me.
Did I want to play this game?
Maybe. I mean, clearly I had a crush. Immediately, blindly, and – most likely – uselessly. Out start hadn’t been the smoothest.”

Our heroine is the kind of woman who makes sure to leave an impression on everybody, and boy did she leave one on Jensen when they first met. Jensen has been doing nothing but drowning in work since his wife left him six years ago without a single explanation, he needed something to focus on, but it’s been years of living this almost robotic life. Soon he realizes Pippa is exactly what he needed in this trip, but after it ends? How is her eccentricity going to fit his strictly organized lifestyle?

Beautiful was definitely one of the most antsy books in this series. Jensen and Pippa had a good arrangement in the beginning, they would be together, have fun and part ways at the end of their trip, but the lines started to blur when they started to get too caught up on each other, it was all good times until feelings were involved, Pippa wanted Jensen, but what did Jensen want?

“I knew I would remember Jensen when I was old and thinking back on things. I would remember the lover I had on my Boston holiday. I would remember this tender moment, just here, when he was overwhelmed by the love we’d just had. it may have been a spark, a match struck to pavement and extinguished, but it was there.”

In the end Beautiful was an honest statement of what Christina Lauren has always delivered to their fans since Beautiful Bastard. We’ve cried and laughed with every single couple, seen their ups and downs and ultimately it felt like the perfect conclusion for such and incredible series. The epilogues for every couple gave me a serious case of nostalgia, slowly going back to the beginning, to what started it all.

About The Author

6556689Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 31+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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