Review Tuesday: Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Beautiful by Christina Lauren is the fifth book in the Beautiful Bastard series. Now, I have to say that I didn’t like the first book (Beautiful Bastard)in this series much. I didn’t like the dynamic between Chloe and Bennett. I thought it was hostile and unhealthy. However, I had bought book one and book two at the same time. So I gave the second book a go – Beautiful Stranger – and I completely fell in love with Max and Sara. After that I was hooked and I’ve read all of the books in this series and enjoyed them immensely. Beautiful Stranger though is still my favourite.

Beautiful though also holds a place in my heart because while it is the fifth book in the series it is also the last book.

beautifulFrom Goodreads:

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.

Now, because this book was the last in the series, the majority of it was about Jensen and Pippa, but the other characters got some page time too. Jensen and Pippa’s romance is a cute one, and it’s one that I enjoyed because the characters ended up balancing each other out so well.

Jensen is all about work, and Pippa is…colour. I think that would be the best way to describe it. She’s not dumb or flighty or anything like that, but she sees the world in loud colours and I liked how she balances out Jensen who if we’re still talking colours would be one shade of grey.

If this was a first book in a series it wouldn’t encourage me to read more of it. It’s not strong enough for that. It’s a cute story, but that’s kind of it. The only reason that it has any kind of punch is because it’s the last one in the series, and readers are brought up to speed on what has been happening to the characters from other books. That’s what sells this book I think. It’s for fans who love the series and love the characters.

Overall, this was a cute story, and I loved being able to catch up with previous characters. An excellent read that was just highly enjoyable.

P.S. I LOVE the covers in this series, and in their other series Wild Seasons. They’re spectacular.

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