Join us for a cup of coffee with contributing chick, Paige Turner. *whispers* If you want to lace your coffee with something stronger, we won’t tell 😉
Have you ever felt like there is a secret person inside of you just waiting to be unleashed? Someone the public doesn’t get to see? Someone your family and friends might not believe you could be? Does fear and uncertainty of what perceptions others might have of you keep you from actually exploring that side of yourself?
But what if? What if we could find that one person who we could show that secret to? For just one night, we could be . . . unleashed. Completely and totally. No inhibitions. No fear. Just fun. No names. No numbers. Just one night. Two people. No judgment.
If given the opportunity, would you take it?
Welcome to the world of “Beautiful Stranger.”
For the past few years, Sara Dillon has lived a sort of lie. She believed she was in love with a man who used her family name and reputation and cheated on her . . . publicly and repeatedly. She has finally woken up and taken control of her life. She is moving to New York to start over: new home, new job, new life, new Sara . . . and NO RELATIONSHIPS! She is swearing off men (a valiant effort most of us have made the mistake of doing at least once in our lives). This time in her life is going to be just for her. She wants to discover herself, be young, and have fun. And she most definitely doesn’t want to tie herself to another man.
As the story opens, Sara sets out to do just that. She is getting ready to hit the Big Apple with her two best gal pals, Julia and Chloe (from Beautiful Bastard) for a girl’s night out to celebrate Chloe’s engagement. And her plan is working out perfectly . . . so perfectly that she doesn’t even see the beautiful stranger coming her way until he is standing beside her at a crowded bar, as she is being ignored by the bartender.
She hasn’t noticed the very tall, very sexy, very smiling, VERY British beautiful stranger who has been watching her all night. And after a rather cheeky conversation filled with innuendo, and a blatant offer to go home with him, Sara leaves the beautiful stranger to return to her friends.
And so our story begins . . .
Max Stella – a successful and charming playboy and a beautiful stranger
Sara Dillon – the smart and responsible ‘good girl’ ready to let loose
“Beautiful Stranger” is the second book in what is now being called the “Beautiful Bastard” series. I read “Beautiful Bastard” and loved it. However, I think I loved this story even more. Sara and Max meet and agree to enter into a ‘relationship’ of sorts following her rules . . . the most important being “No strings attached. Strictly sex.”
Sara tells him she expects nothing from him and, in fact, only allows him to see her one evening a week . . . where they meet in a public place to live a little bit dangerously and try not to get caught in the act.
This kind of arrangement might sound crazy, a little bit scary even, to some but that’s where the story gets interesting for me.
There is such a large amount of trust that goes into a relationship like this. It’s funny to me that Sara thinks she is in control of the relationship by not expecting anything from it, when, from the first moment, she is placing a tremendous amount of trust in Max.
This really is a beautiful story. Not only does it touch on the sexual relationship between Sara and Max (which is pretty hot and very, very sexy), it touches on ‘real life’ elements . . . healing a broken heart, forgiving yourself for your own mistakes, accepting what you want/need from a relationship, and learning to know the difference between loving someone and being in love with the right someone.
What if it could be just for one night? Pick up “Beautiful Stranger” and lose yourself in the possibility. You won’t regret it. It’s a real . . .
Chirps from the the Co-Admin Chicks . . .
It was recently announced by The Hollywood Reporter that the authors of “Beautiful Bastard” and “Beautiful Stranger” (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings – writing as Christina Lauren) inked a five-book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books. To read an exclusive interview about what the five books will be, go here.
To keep tabs on the “Beautiful Bastard” series, check out these social media links.
Purchasing options for the books/audiobooks are available on the authors’ website.
And last, but not least, two wings up for Paige and her review of “Beautiful Stranger.”
kitt & Lisa (17FL)