Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Book Review: Beautiful Beloved, by Christina Lauren

I miss seeing you lost in me, and unapologetic about it.

She was letting me be gentle. She was patiently waiting for it to sink in that she'd asked for more, for real sex, again and again.

She'd say, Do you want to make a movie tonight?

No Petal, it's enough just to feel you.

Do you ever miss the club?

No Petal, I love being right here where we are, with our baby asleep down the hall.

You really want to look at them like this? You like the taste?

I'd wanted to make things easy for her. I'd wanted her to feel safe and cherished. I closed my eyes, absorbed by the paradoxical sensations of relief when Sara began to quietly come beneath me, and heartache in the realization that somewhere along the line, I had forgotten what she needed.

So in my Beautiful Beginning review from December 2013, I mentioned that that novella was the last one in the series - either I was mistaken, or the authors have decided to write more! Beautiful Beloved is also a novella, and Goodreads places it as "#3.6" in the series; Beautiful Secret, the next full-length book, will be out in April, and follows Niall Stella, Max Stella's brother.

In this novella, Max and Sara (from the second novel in the series, Beautiful Stranger) are now married with a newborn, and find that they now don't have as much time for their ... extracurriculars. But Max is determined to start them again now that Sara is recovered, and Beloved follows them on this mission.

Official synopsis:
The seventh work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with the Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player novels. Featuring all the one tiny new addition to the group.

In Beautiful Stranger , finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

In a weird way, even though this book is erotica I'd recommend it for parents; it's funny to see how Max and Sara keep trying to get out of the house, but all of their (childless) friends are scared to be alone with their baby. It turns out that it takes Max's brother, Niall, to be able to spend a few hours with Annabel, and Max and Sara are finally able to go on a dinner date.

This was a very quick read - it's a novella, so it's probably about 100 pages or no. I'm excited for the next book in the series now, Beautiful Secret, as it follows Niall Stella, and a sneak peek of that book is included in the end of Beautiful Beloved.

Everyone from the Beautiful Bastard series makes a quick cameo in this book, too, which is always fun to see.

Beautiful Beloved will be on-sale (it's ebook format only) on February 2nd {click here to pre-order}.

4 stars out of 5.

All of my reviews for the Beautiful Bastard series:


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