In Review: Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard #10) by Christina Lauren

Posted December 3, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard #10) by Christina LaurenBeautiful by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #10
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Gallery Books
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
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Reading Challenges: 2018 Tackle My TBR Challenge
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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.

In Review: My Thoughts

I made the conscious decision to put off reading Beautiful for… well, far too long. The Beautiful Bastard series is one of my all-time favorites and, to be honest, I just couldn’t bring myself to let it go. It might sound kinda silly, but it felt like as long as there was one book out there that I hadn’t read, it wasn’t really over. Does anyone else have a really hard time letting go of their favorite characters, books and/or series? I struggle with this a lot sometimes. It finally felt like the right time a couple weeks ago, so I jumped on in. And while I don’t regret waiting to read it, I’m glad I finally did. Beautiful was exactly the book I needed/wanted it to be.

There’s just something about the characters in this series. I can’t get enough of them. I loved seeing more from my old favorites. The friendships, romances and bromances are A+. But the newer characters Jensen and Pippa were fantastic, too. I relished the chance to get to know them better and I developed a bit of a girl crush on Pippa. She’s the kind of smart, sassy and genuine character I can get behind. Jensen grew on me as the story progressed. I shipped these two hard. As hard as I shipped any pairing earlier in the series.

Beautiful is one of the most satisfying series conclusions I’ve read in a long time. I can’t think of one single thing I would change about it. I loved how the focus was on Pippa and Jensen, but how everyone came together. It punched me in the feels over and over again. I laughed and cried. I swooned and blushed.  The epilogues were absolute perfection. I’m getting a little teary-eyed just thinking about them. My heart is so, so full.

Favorite Quotes:

“I’m covered in you. You’re covered in me.”

“I couldn’t decide if you ruined me, or… found me.” 

“To get the best woman in the world, I had to start with the basics: Love her as she is, not as you want her to be. Become the person she can’t live without. Be her right-hand man. Learn what she needs, and she won’t give you up, not for anything in the world.”

About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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