Christina Lauren
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Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date
January 2017
Book 10 of Beautiful Bastard
Contemporary Romance

The 10th work in the New York Times and number-one internationally best-selling series that started with Beautiful Bastard.
A new couple finds love, and the casts of the previous books join in to celebrate this series finale in the most Beautiful way possible.
©2016 Christina Lauren (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Jan 16, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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4.5 "Opposites Attract Ending in a Beautiful Conclusion" Stars for the story and 5 Stars for the narration!

Lovers of the Christina Lauren writer duo's splendid brand of romantic comedy will not want to miss this final installment in the Beautiful Bastard (BB) Series! Not only is the primary couple fun to watch--from the awkward and comical beginnings to their undeniable connection later in the book--but you also get a glimpse and some closure as to all the fabulous couples that have been featured in this series, not only throughout the book but also with each prior couple's very own Epilogue!

Pippa Bay Cox (Ruby's friend from Beautiful Secret) is not having much luck with men or work for that matter. Having terminated her last relationship after she found her boyfriend in her bed with another woman, she decides she desperately needs a "holiday" (British speak for a vacation). So she boards a plane bound to Boston to visit with friends and do a road trip. On that plane, she decides to decompress with a little (well, maybe more than a little) alcohol which leads to further loosening of this quirky heroine's tongue leading to some rather animated interactions with the decidedly hot guy sitting next her. Unfortunately the hot guy, the straight-laced, type A lawyer, Jensen Bergstrom (Hanna's brother from Beautiful Player), isn't quite as amused by her behavior as the listener.

So imagine Jensen's surprise when he finds out that not only is Pippa friends with his friends but they are actually all going together on a vacation road trip (one which Jensen's sister practically had to beg him to take as she is worried that all he does is work). How can he possibly survive 2 weeks on a road trip with the loud, quirky Pippa (and the tons of alcohol that is likely to be available on a wine tour)? However, as life's daily grind goes by the wayside, and the two start showing who they truly are down deep, they find that their glaring differences are actually quite complementary. But can there possibly be a future for the outlandish Pippa who lives in London (and sometimes dyes her hair pink!) and the straight-laced, Jensen who works at a big law firm in Boston?

Rounding out a splendid romance is the great narrator cast of Grace Grant and Sebastian York (along with cameos in the other couples' Epilogues from Jonathan Cole and Jeremy York). It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Sebastian York, who is absolutely perfect for any sexy, romantic comedy. From Mr. York's timing on the delivery of the funny lines to his baritone voice which drips sex appeal, he makes listening to just about any type of romance effortless. Perhaps what I loved the most about this narration, however, was Grace Grant's rendition of Pippa which was absolutely spot-on! I loved her British accent and could easily envision the quirky, say-whatever-comes-to-your-mouth Pippa merely by Ms. Grant's voicing of Pippa.

All in all, BEAUTIFUL is a must listen for fans of the BB Series. However, due to the heavy influence of the prior characters, I highly suggest that you listen to this book only after reading or listening to at least most of the prior books in the series. For those of you that have, I'm sure that the addition of Pippa and Jensen to this series' cast of couples will have you in stitches and warming your heart.
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