Book: Beautiful Stranger
Series: Beautiful Bastard #2
Author: Christina Lauren
Review: After leaving Chicago and her cheating fiance, Sara decides to start over in New York. When she meets Max at a dance club one night, she decides a quick hook up is exactly what she needs. Max feels differently as he actively pursues Sara.
I really wanted to love this book. Max is smart, sexy, witty and British-did I mention he's British? He was all around fabulous. My challenge with this book was Sara and the evolution of their relationship. I never warmed up to Sara and wish she was written a little more dynamically to make them a more believable couple. The writers did add in a element that she enjoys public sex but I took it more as that thrill of getting caught-it went a little further toward the latter part of the book. I'll avoid specific spoilers but while it was sexy, it didn't really seem to fit her personality as something she "needed." In terms of their relationship, there was almost zero conversation. Their interactions were almost exclusively physical and I believed they were in lust, but being in love was a jump. The drama at the end to drive a wedge in between them seemed a little rushed as did their reunion.
Overall, I was disappointed in this although it's still a fun book and very readable (I read it in pretty much one sitting).
Grade: 2.5 stars