Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard #5) by Christina Lauren: Review


Featuring 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.


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About the Authors:

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

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@lolashoes (Lauren) & @seeCwrite (Christina) on Twitter. On Tumblr! where we post kissing gifs and writerly stuff and Wattpad for short stories and sneak peeks!

For official information about their books, events, interviews, movie news and more, follow @beautifulbastrd.

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Review by Yvette:

I. Love. Christina Lauren. This duo writes insanely steamy, side-splittingly funny stories that are filled with extremely lovable characters that you can’t help but become invested in. Their Beautiful series is one of my all-time top favorites because each new book is just as captivating (or even better than) the one before. I had incredibly high expectations going into the tenth and final book in the series, Beautiful, and I’m thrilled to say Pippa and Jensen’s story did not disappoint. With the world’s most awkward plane ride, a fake marriage, a road trip with a few familiar faces, and a scorching hot romance, Beautiful is a book that will command your attention with each word, each sentence, and each chapter. The fact that several characters from earlier books in the series had such a prominent presence in this book is just a bonus.

If you start this book wondering why the names Pippa and Jensen sound familiar, let’s take a second to remind ourselves that Jensen is Hannah’s (from Beautiful Player) brother and Pippa is best friends with Ruby (from Beautiful Secret). We start the book with Pippa walking in on her live-in boyfriend shagging another woman. From the moment she kicks him out amid an expletive-laden tirade with nary a tear in sight, I knew I would like her. But what cemented my undying affection for Pippa was her first (incredibly awkward) meeting with Jensen on an airplane, drunken rambling and all. Right from their introduction, it’s apparent the two couldn’t be more different: Jensen is a reserved, play-by-the-rules kind of guy while Pippa is a vivacious, easygoing, unique individual. Do they make sense together on paper? Not exactly… But that’s what makes the pairing so entertaining. When a road trip brings Pippa and Jensen into incredibly close quarters (remember that fake marriage I mentioned?), the two decide to embrace a time-constrained, carefree vacation fling.

As a couple, Jensen and Pippa are often awkward and bumbling as they navigate their temporary whirlwind romance, but they also seem to just click, their differences complementing each other while also challenging each other to step out of their comfort zones. Together, they're passionate and combustible, with an effortless chemistry that had me riveted to their every interaction. The fact that I enjoyed them as individuals certainly helped. While Pippa is a character I connected with almost immediately, my appreciation for Jensen crept up on me. I loved never knowing what to expect from Pippa and that she could bring levity to any situation, helping to loosen Jensen's rigidity. I lost track of how many times I laughed aloud at their antics, delighting in the hilarity. That’s not to say they didn’t also have an intense emotional connection, one that only grew stronger as the narrative progressed, and their roles shifted from strangers to lovers.

Reading Beautiful was both exciting and bittersweet – the former because I'm a huge fan of this series and would gladly keep reading if there were a hundred installments, and the latter because, after ten stories with these characters that I've come to know and love, I had zero desire to say goodbye. If I did have to say goodbye, though, I'm glad it was with a book worthy of concluding such an epically amazing series. After the final page, my heart was full to bursting with happiness, nostalgia, and satisfaction, and I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect finale for Pippa, Jensen, and the rest of the Beautiful crew.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars