Saturday, October 1, 2016

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Beautiful, by Christina Lauren {ends 10/11}

I don't know what I would have done with a man like Jensen back in my real life. 

Would I have been able to let him in? Or would I have been all chatter and booze, jokes and chaos? Would he even have looked at me, with my every-colored hair, vibrant bird tattoo, and wildly bright skirts?

No, I thought. There were no other circumstances under which a man like Jensen would look twice at a woman like me. And even if he had, I wouldn't have had the faintest idea what to do with his attention. 

This is the last book in the Beautiful series, by Christina Lauren, and I'm definitely going to miss it! Their books (it's actually two people, writing as one pseudonym) are always fantastic. This novel does give closure to all of the couples who have been featured in the series, though, which I liked.

Official synopsis:
Featuring the entire BEAUTIFUL series cast for one final hurrah!

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.

I love all of the books in this series, but this one was great too. Jensen is Hanna (aka Ziggy) Bergstrom's brother - we first meet Hanna in Beautiful Player (book #3 in the series), where she eventually ends up with Jensen's best friend, Will. Jensen isn't entirely uptight, but he works ... he works a LOT, actually, sometimes till 11pm ... and has no time for relationships. He has a "friend with benefits" he's been seeing for a few years, but that's it.

On the way back to Boston from London, he meets Pippa on a plane, and dismisses her as a rambling (although beautiful) mess. Hanna tells Jensen that one of Ruby's London friends will be joining them for their 2-week wine trip ... and of course, it ends up being Pippa.

The characters in these books always seem so real, and Beautiful is no exception. Christina Lauren also wraps up all of the couples' stories at the end of the book, too, which was unusual but which I liked - since there will be no more Beautiful characters after this novel, it was nice to get everyone's stories wrapped up.

4.5 stars out of 5.
Beautiful will be in stores on October 4th - click here to pre-order your copy.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

All of my reviews for the Beautiful Bastard series:


One of my lucky readers will win a paperback copy of Beautiful!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Tuesday, October 11th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be chosen and notified the next day via email, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

Beautiful, by Christina Lauren


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