Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 14, 2015
Format: ARC, 400 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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?
I’m not entirely sure I can accurately express just how much I loved Niall Stella, Ruby and everything about Beautiful Secret. Understand that my review will not do this book justice and it’s something you just need to enjoy for yourself. Now, on with my babble.
The characters in this book were incredible. I loved that Niall was different – less experienced – than Christina Lauren’s other men. He’d been married once and that ended pretty poorly. She was his first everything so he wasn’t exactly in a hurry to get back out there after they split. He focused mostly on work and his friends/family and left little time for anything else. Once Ruby started chipping through his walls, there was an unexpected vulnerability to him that I loved. Ruby was my favorite type of heroine. She was strong, driven, sure of what she wanted and unafraid to go after it. I’m so accustomed to the man being more experienced, more promiscuous, but that’s not what you’ll find here. I love that. It made the story and characters stand out even more to me. Plus it made for one seriously HOT SLOW BURN of sexual tension. I swear there were sparks flying from my copy of the book. Wow.
Beautiful Secret might be reminiscent in some ways of Beautiful Bastard because of the lusting after the intern angle, but that’s where the similarities end. Bennett was a jerk. Niall is the furthest thing from it. This guy definitely got under my skin. I loved how slowly, organically things developed between him and Ruby. They were easy to cheer for. They had heat, but they had some pretty real feelings, too. And while this wasn’t a “feel all the feels” kind of book, exactly, it definitely had its moments. I got a little bit teary eyed a couple times.
One of my favorite things about this book, and the series as a whole is the bromance between Bennett, Max, Will and Niall. It seems to get better with each new book. I’m a sucker for a good bromance and its no coincidence some of my favorite books feature them prominently. Of course, the ladies in this book are nothing to sneeze at either. I really liked how Ruby fit in with all of them.
So, yeah… I have zero complaints. I loved this book. You need this one in your life. 🙂 Each of the books in the Beautiful Bastard series has a place in my heart, but this one is undoubtedly my favorite.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.