Apr 29, 2015

{Review} of Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Romance
THEME: Mature, Contemporary



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?


I’m a huge fan of all the couples in the Beautiful Bastard series and I was ecstatic to read Niall story. The author duo knows how to heat up the tension and romance as always, but there was something much more innocent about Niall compared to the other alpha males. I think some readers will either love his oblivious demeanor or not enjoy his awkwardness when it comes to relationships.

Beautiful Secret follows Ruby who is an engineer intern at Richardson-Corbett Consulting. Since she has started she has crushed on from afar the VP Niall Stella, but as an intern she goes unnoticed until her boss send her to New York for business. Niall and Ruby are sent alone to work on a large project, but working closely with Niall Ruby starts to connect with him. But Niall has only been with one woman and it takes a feisty Ruby to open him up. Now Ruby can only hope that once they leave New York, that their relationship will only grow.

Ruby is young and smart and has great goal ahead for her. Her feisty more open persona is a fun contrast against Niall. I enjoyed watching her bring out the flirtatious side of Niall and got him to explore more with her. Where the men in the other books were the more aggressive side of the couple, Ruby was the one who took more of the lead. I loved the way she was patient with Niall, how every moment they hard was sweet but passionate. The build up was a bit painful because I just wanted them together but these two take their time…well Niall takes his time.

Niall Stella is not like his brother Max one bit, where Max was more adventurous and rough around the edges, Niall is more innocent and uncertain. He was married since he was young and now divorced he’s not sure about dating, flirting, or really understands women in some moments. Ruby brings out the somewhat dominant side, but overall he’s just sweet and cant resist Ruby. She is very much the opposite of him and its funny to see him flustered. In the end Niall is the one who has to figure out what he wants, Ruby has been open and Niall needs to make the first step.

Overall I loved the romance and sweet connection of Ruby and Niall. The pace however was killer and I felt wasn’t as exciting and fast as the previous books. It was great to see the other boys, especially George; they had some great moments where they clearly see Niall and Ruby’s connection. As always with this series there is plenty of humorous moments, particularly in the beginning because Ruby is such a spaz. I really love this series and each couple has this amazing connection that I cant ever get enough of. If you enjoyed the previous you’ll definitely have to read this story, it’s very different but its just as passionate as the rest.

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