Review: Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren



When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?



Christina Lauren never fail me and so I have in my hands (not literally because I’m writing) yet another amazing book from the Beautiful Bastard Series, it is seriously so good I laughed out loud, I cried like a baby (my mum asked me if someone I knew was ill) and I had to fan myself in the hot scenes. Say goodbye to your typical alpha super confident male and say hello to Niall Stella, profesional cutie pie and ocasional not-overthinker.

When I read the first two chapters of the book at Christina Lauren’s website (click here for it) I immediately fell in love with Ruby’s humor and lovesickness but I wasn’t so sure about Niall, now I can say with umost certainity that he is in my top #10 of favorite male characters, I mean how could I not love him?

“I hope you kiss me someday.” I swallowed, reality pressing back in.

“So do I.”

Okay, so both characters are so well written and the development throughout the book is palpable, specially in Mr. Stella’s case, you take his first POV and compare it to the last one and you just can see it and feel it and almost caress it with your palm. Their relationship is honest and real, and a breath of fresh air after all the books with super confident characters. Doubting is honest, is human and it was so good to finally read about a man who is afraid of intimacy instead of a woman, which is the usual.

How odd it is, I thought, that my whole body should ache for the curve of her shoulder, the straight, downward slope of her navel, the pounding pulse at the side of her neck.

I loved how the relationship was told. That lies didn’t form part of their relationship, how the emotional conflict was so raw and real, and don’t even get me started on how emotional his talk with Portia made me, that scene was so so good I still cry sometimes at night because of it. And then the physical part, I loved how everything didn’t happen fast and didn’t feel rushed, just felt right, the same way her anger felt right and the forgiveness did too.

Christina Lauren’s job in this book has been amazing, and I don’t know if they will write any more Beautiful Bastard books (by the way, forever loving the little cameos our fave characters make) but I can assure that I will read anything they might write, till the end of times, because this right here, it was an A+ work.

Enjoy your reading!

Stars: 5 very-well-earned-plus-addition-to-favorites stars

Amazon Purchase link: Beautiful Secret

paula  calloway sisters


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