I’m obsessed – yes OBSESSED with Christina Lauren’s Wild Seasons series, but somehow I missed the Beautiful Bastard series, so here I go again, picking up a series partway through with today’s review of the fourth full-length title in the Beautiful Bastard series.
Ruby is an engineer at Richardson-Corbett: one of the new young engineering stars, her six months at the company have been full of successes and one little secret: she has an all-out, must-know-every-detail-about-him, bordering on stalker crush on Niall. Who doesn’t know she exists, despite the fact they work together.
Niall is an ordinary and unassuming guy who just had his life tossed upside down with a divorce from his high-school sweetheart. While not contentious, the two just grew apart and out of love, Niall’s self-confidence has taken a beating. He’s never been the player or the aggressive one, he thinks (and overthinks) everything in minute detail, leaving him waiting in the wings, if he even dares step on the stage.
When an extended assignment to New York City puts these two in daily, close proximity, Ruby can’t help but to flirt shamelessly with Niall on the flight, making sure he sees her interest.
From that first moment to the last, Ruby and Niall are adorable together. She’s by far the outgoing and more aggressive one, and she pokes, prods and cajoles Niall into trying new things and stretching his wings. Not really a daring sort of guy, Niall slowly comes around to stretch the boundaries of his comfort zone, even daring to experiment with his own curiosities and fantasies.
Their relationship developed with a steady arc: Ruby is more open to saying what she thinks and going for it, and at times poor Niall was shocked to think that women behaved that way, or that HE was of interest. His naiveté and lack of experience for all but the most basic sexual acts was cute, especially when he dares to take a chance and try. The Steam! Grab a cold drink because the relationship build becomes a steamy, sweaty fire! Another wonderful story from this author duet that has me running out to get the earlier installments!
Narration for this story is provided by the team of Charlotte Penfield and Jonathan Cole. These two have perfect timing: able to adjust timing to ’feel’ as if you are listening in to a conversation. Smooth transitions from “inside” to “outside’ voices, clear and distinct vocal qualities for each new character and a sense that the narrators are enjoying the story as they perform it, this was a wonderful listen and I went through it in one day. Frankly, you can’t really go wrong with a book from this author duo, and their narrators are always spot on.
Stars Overall 4 Story 5 Narration 4
Title: Beautiful Secret
Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #4
Also in this series: Beautiful Boss, Beautiful, Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Charlotte Penfield, Jonathan Cole
Published by: Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Published on: 14 April, 2015
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 49 minutes
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AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.
New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!
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?
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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.