Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Posted May 14, 2017 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Beautiful by Christina LaurenBeautiful by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #5
Format: Paperback
Published by Gallery Books Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Humorous, Romance, New Adult
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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.

This was one of those books that I stalked on social media always counting down the days until it came out, I rarely order a book on pre-order, but this one I did. It was the blurb, it got me, the idea of meeting someone on a plane, having a weird encounter and then suddenly being on a road trip with them, yeah that just screams fun times. I was not wrong, it was such a fun read for me.

Pippa was just so fantastically almost lost in a way, trying to figure out where to go from here, but also kind of amazingly self-assured. She had this great kind of quirkiness about her, she’s incredibly kind and generous, she has good family background story that just makes her more interesting, and then of course there is her dating life. She gets home one day from work to find her live-in boyfriend cheating on her, so her solution to just get the heck out of dodge. I have to say the opening of this book totally proved to me that I did the right thing with my pre-order, the scene with her on the fight to Boston is just amazing, it’s awkward and funny and uncomfortable in spots, it just perfect, everything I wanted.

Jensen is almost inherently less likable than Pippa, because while Pippa is so open he is so closed off. I mean you have some scenes with him when he is in his home, and he might as well be in a hotel room. Whatever personality is inside Jensen, he keeps it super locked down. His whole life is work and then like 10% his family in the form of his sister. But when this vacation starts and suddenly he is the odd guy out with Pippa, and the two of them start to really interact with each other, he almost has no other option then to start to open up. She pushed him in just the right ways to really let himself outside of the box and to imagine what his life would be if it wasn’t so work all the time. Of course there was a catalyst to why he is the way he is, and it’s definitely something that is confronted in the book, but without a doubt watching Jensen evolve was how I fell in love with him.

Jensen and Pippa had great chemistry for being so different, it was great to watch them come alive together and how they play off each other. These two are great in the bedroom as well, I mean they could really heat up the page. But for me the thing I love about this book is how much Pippa was able to pull on my heartstrings so amazingly well. This book was just so enjoyable for me, their little road trip was the perfect escape from my everyday life for me.

About Christina Lauren

Christina 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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