A Review of 'Beautiful Stranger' by Christina Lauren
"Beautiful Stranger" is a romantic novel written by Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings under the singular pen name of Christina Lauren, The book is the second in the "Wild Seasons" series, which follows the love lives of four friends in New York City. The story focuses on Sara Dillon, a young woman who has recently moved to New York city and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. She meets Max Stella, a British ex-pat, who runs a venture capital business with his friend Will, at a bar and they have a steamy one-night stand. She loves this but she also believes that the one night stand is all she’s interested in. She just moved to New York City to work as a financial officier for Bennett’s family firm. And she is convinced that she will never see him again. To her surprise, Max shows up at her office a few days later as a potential client for her agency. As Sara and Max work together, they can't deny the attraction between them. But Matthew is convinced that he can't have a real relationship and Sara is hesitant to start something with a "beautiful stranger" and Max get too close in private. As the two of them navigate their feelings, they must also deal with their own personal issues and the interference of their friends and colleagues. The book is full of steamy and emotional scenes, readers can feel chemistry between Sara and Max from the first time they meet. The plot is well-crafted and the pacing is steady, moving the story along smoothly. Christina Lauren does a great job of creating relatable characters that readers can root for. The pacing is great and the tension between the protagonist is fantastic making it a perfect romantic novel. Overall, "Beautiful Stranger" is a steamy and emotional love story that will keep readers engaged until the very end. Christina Lauren has once again delivered a page-turner that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series. The book is recommended to readers who enjoy contemporary romance novels with strong, relatable characters and a steamy love story.