While I’ll be sad to see the Beautiful Bastard series from the writing duo of Christina Lauren, I’m simply thrilled that they chose to end the series just this way… EVERYONE gets a moment in the sun as we check out just how their lives have changed since their stories. Please read on for my audiobook review of
I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t know this series was to come to a close- I was late to the party and have only been around for the last 3 titles. But, having loved the Wild Seasons series by this duo, and really enjoying the two I had read in this, I was all in for a wild ride. And wild it was.
These are characters who are going through all the growing pains of their mid-20’s, and seem to always gravitate back to that core group of friends who have supported them through thick and thin. In this story, the main focus is on Pippa and Jensen’s story. Pippa walked in on her boyfriend in flagrante, and not being a doormat she decided to continue with her plans to travel to the US with her friends Ruby and Niall (Book 4), but without the boyfriend.
On the flight over, she is chatting, then babbling, then rambling on to the cute guy in the next seat. She’s one of those people who may engage their mouth before their brain, but she never means harm and is so damn likable and engaging that it’s hard to find fault. Now, the cute guy is Jensen, recently givorced, he’s thrown all of his energy into work rather than dealing with what is making him unhappy. His little sister Hanna (also heading to the US to trek around with Ruby, Niall, Pippa and her man, Will, decides that enough is enough, and convinces Jensen to come along. Not really a part of the original group, Jensen is accepted in with few growing pains simply because he’s Hanna’s. While he’s curious about the chatterbox, he’s not really intrigued. Not really. Honest.
Vacation romances are meant to start and stop just there – and both Pippa and Jensen do try to keep up that façade, but there is more: great chemistry, personalities and conversations that just mesh, and the build as they got closer developed organically. And Jensen did run scared a bit when they returned to London, not that it would completely stop Pippa, but there were moments when he really had to face everything he had ignored and buried under work. Their communication really did provide the key to bridging the rift, and having the input and backstories from the group, as well as their support, was a huge factor.
Narration for this title is from Grace Grant, Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole and Jeremy York. While I’m not normally a fan of multiple narrators in a story, the four managed to present a seamless performance, with distinct voices, accents and cadences for each character, clearly presenting dialogue and story as well as allowing the silences to remain, adding to the emotional context, humor and even those awkward pauses when something falls flat or resonates deeply with the characters.
With moments to check in on the earlier couples and seeing the changes and challenges that they have endured, coming out from the other side with new perspectives, attitudes and lives, the conclusion to this series could not have been more appropriate, particularly for those who couldn’t wait for the next book.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #5
Also in this series: Beautiful Secret, Beautiful Boss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Grace Grant, Jeremy York, Jonathan Cole, Sebastian York
Published by: Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Published on: 4 October 2016
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 7 minutes
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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.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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