Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren [Audio REVIEW]


New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!
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?

4 British Stars
I got the audio version because of the British accent! Some people find it hard to listen to an accent, but I loved it. If you haven’t listened to an accent, you need to try it!
Beautiful Secret is a standalone and is part of the Beautiful B series. I didn’t read the spin-off, but I did read the first three books in this series. I’ve had my hits and misses with this one. I always give the series a shot, even if one of the books doesn’t hit the mark with me.
It’s Ruby and Niall’s story.
I love the way Beautiful Secret started. Ruby has a mega crush on Niall. Niall works in the UK office and Ruby is currently working there. I love listening to Ruby’s inner monologue, it was too cute! She crushes on Niall super hard and she acts like a cute little fool in front of him.
Niall is recently divorced and he’s not the typical alpha Hero. If you ever had a thing for sweet guys, then Niall is your man. He’s not very sexual and he doesn’t go around playing on girls. So when Ruby starts to show interest in him, it kind of throws Niall off.
I found Niall very different. I’m use to my alpha males, so when I met someone who isn’t very experienced and so like I said, it threw me off. In his relationship with his ex-wife, he only has sex once a week and it doesn’t change up much. Ruby kind of introduces him to the slightly kinkier side of sex. It’s nothing super kinky, so don’t think BDSM or bondage, just good old fashion BJ’s and butt slapping.
Beautiful Secret is super tame and it’s very different from the previous books. I found the relationship between Niall and Ruby very mature and realistic. I kind of like how older they are because well, I’m older and I like how relatable it was. I wouldn’t say they keep the relationship a mega secret, but it’s very low key. There’s plenty of steam to keep you entertain.
Overall, if you are a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed.
Audio Question
Where does Beautiful Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
As an audio book, it’s a very good audio book. I thought the two main narrators were the perfect match. I thought the length of book was perfect as well.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked the main characters. I found Ruby very empowering and cute. I loved that she had a crush on Niall and she didn’t know how to act around him. I liked Niall even though he’s not “strong”, but he’s a good guy with good intentions. He’s not the typical Hero.
Which character – as performed by Charlotte Penfield and Jonathan Cole – was your favorite?
This is my first performance by Charlotte and I loved her. I thought she played Ruby perfectly. I loved her character transitions and she even spoke in a British accent when she was speaking as Niall. I felt her emotions as I was listening to her.
This was my first Jonathan narration and I found his voice not as deep as I am use to when I listen to a male narrator. I did love his British accent and it was very easy to listen to. I know some people find accents hard to listen to, but that wasn’t the case for me. He also did the voice transitions very well too.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
A sexy British tale…

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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 ten New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)


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