Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #3.6
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 2, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 2 hours and 49 minutes
Narrator: Jonathan Cole, Grace Grant
How I got it: From the publisher
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In Beautiful Stranger, finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.
I love Christina Lauren’s books, yet I never really felt all that compelled to read the novellas. It’s nothing personal. I’m just not a huge novella person, honestly. When I took a chance on Beautiful Boss last month (AND LOVED IT), I realized that I just might be missing out, so I decided to go back and read all the series novellas for the first time. It’s a decision I’m really glad I made, too.
Beautiful Beloved had a very different feel than Beautiful Player. At least at first. Beautiful Player was all about the friendship leading to more and, of course, the insanely hot (and even public) sexy times that came with all that. This book, on the other hand, focuses on what happens after. Will and Hanna have a baby and they’re struggling a bit to balance the family life with the passion and things that make them … them. Now I have no personal experience with this, but I’ve listened to friends talk about it, so I know the struggle is very real. I think the way it was written here was damn near perfect. Life is all about balance and Will and Hanna are figuring that out. There are definitely some hiccups along the way, but there’s no doubt they love each other and their baby, Annabel, and wouldn’t want anything different out of life. It’s just tough sometimes, you know.
Beautiful Beloved delivered all the sweet, sexy and funny moments I expect from Christina Lauren. As you can imagine, there were also some feels involved. I absolutely adored Will and Hanna when I first met them and I still feel the same about them today. This book gave a lovely glimpse into their lives now and, I gotta say, I LOVED seeing them as parents. The were too freaking cute for words. Jonathan Cole and Grace Grant did a fantastic job giving life to this story, too. Not that I’m surprised. This isn’t the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by them, and I’ve been impressed each time.
If you’re a fan of Will and Hanna and you’ve not yet read it, you should give it a chance. Even if you’re not necessarily a novella person. It’s a quick read (or listen) and it’s totally worth it.
“You’re shirtless with the world’s sweetest baby cuddled on those muscles. Put a shirt on, you beast, or I can’t be held responsible for my actions.”
She’d missed seeing me like this, I knew. She’s missed seeing me obsessed and hungry to claim, seeing me overcome and wild.
Have you read any of the Beautiful Bastard novels?
Which are your favorites?