Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren | Book Review

Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

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Reading Group Rating: M for Mature

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series. 

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.
Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

Cover:  This cover depicts Max Stella drinking his personal favorite, scotch.  He's dressed nice, but his jacket is slung over his shoulder.  I think this shows that he's more laid back than Bennett Ryan.

Summary:  Sara Dillon comes from a good family that owns Dillon's Department stores.  She was engaged to a Congressman Andrew Morton until that she discovered he had been cheating on her for their entire relationship.  She worked for Bennett Ryan in Chicago and is best friends with Chloe Mills.  After breaking up with Andy she decides to move to New York and work with them in the new building.  Once she is in New York Chloe and Julia decide to take her out.  They go to a club and Sara ends up having sex with a very attractive British stranger.  She soon discovers that this stranger is Max.  (Remember Max?  The Max whose estate Bennett used to propose to Chloe?  This is the same Max!!)  So they kind of pull a Bennett and Chloe and start having sex.  Surprised? No.  Except Sara likes to be watched when she's having sex...okay so not watched watched, but she likes having sex in places where they could be caught.  She also doesn't mind being photographed, as long as there are no faces.  So she makes a plan with Max that they can have sex every Friday anywhere Max wants to.  They have sex in a warehouse, a nightclub designed for people who enjoy being watched, lots of places except in a bed.  Max is a notorious playboy, but he falls in love with Sara.  When they have their arrangement, they're not dating, but they both have feelings for each other.  They have sex in Max's bed one night and declare that they love each other.  But then Max has to go on a business trip and his carryon is stole, containing his phone, computer, and SD card with photos of their naked body parts.  A photo is released to the press of Max and Sara having sex, but their faces aren't shown, and a photo of a different girl that was on Max's phone.  Sara, who just got out of a relationship where she was cheated on for seven years, doesn't really want to hear whatever excuse Max comes up with and she stops talking to him.  Bennett comes to Sara and tells her to hear Max out, remembering hat she was the one to not give up with Chloe when they were broken up and that just because Andy cheated on her doesn't mean that Max did.  The next week they go to a party at Max's and he and Sara talk.  The photo was a picture of Will's former lover.  Will is Max's business partner.  Will was making fun of Max because taking photos of lovers is apparently old news.  Sara apologizes, but Max dismisses her from his room, which is covered with the pictures he's taken.  She goes back to the party and wants to leave.  She feels awful for not letting Max explain earlier and thinks that she's ruined any relationship they could have had.  Max emerges from his bedroom and pushes Sara up against the wall to kiss her.  He then apologizes to the perry goers and says he hasn't seen his girlfriend in a while.  It's the first time they've introduced themselves as a couple.

My Review:  This novel is similar to Beautiful Bastard.  They meet, they have sex secretly, they fall in love, they decide to make it real, they get in a stupid fight, they breakup, they makeup, they get make together.  But they're not the exact same and I think it's because that is simply the storyline these authors like.  Plenty of other authors have tons of books with the same type of story.  I thought it was cute that Bennett was the one to tell Sara to go talk to max because Sara was the one who told him to get Chloe back.  I also like that they're only separated for a week, because Sara was overreacting a little so I'm glad she didn't shut him out for too long.  The storyline is cute and, if you're like me, you won't be able to put it down until you've read the last page.

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