“Beautiful” by Christina Lauren is the very last book in their Beautiful Bastard series. I have loved this series from the very first book. It is sad to see these characters go, but Christina Lauren gave them a beautiful send off.
“Beautiful” follows Jensen and Pippa, but the other characters still pop up. While usually I dislike when authors try to bring in previous characters instead of focusing solely on the new couple, I didn't mind so much in this book. It didn't feel intrusive to the romance to have the other characters involved.
Jensen is Hanna's older brother. His ex-wife left him after only 4 months of being married, but 9 years of being together. She never really gave him an explanation as to why, and it all came out of the blue for him. 6 years after the fact, and he still hasn't had a serious relationship. He doesn't see a problem with focusing entirely on work. But Hanna and co. are worried about him and his solitary life.
Pippa is Ruby's friend, and former co-worker, from London. After suffering a heartbreak, she decides to vacation in the states and visit Ruby. She isn't looking for a relationship since she just ended one, but she is looking to have some fun while she can.
The beginning of Jensen and Pippa's relationship is awkward, and very much hard to stomach. While this may seem like a bad thing (and it did worry me), it quickly became apparent that it was done on purpose. By the end of the book, it doesn't matter how they started. The important thing was that they could still create something beautiful out of a terrible beginning.
Overall, I think Christina Lauren did a great service to this wonderful series! They ended it on a high note for all of the characters. It might be a motivating factor to see how the story ends for everyone involved, but it's also great to see this new romance begin. Definitely recommend to anyone who has kept up with this series, and anyone who hasn't should pick up the first book!
Featuring the entire BEAUTIFUL series cast for one final hurrah!
A FREE-SPIRITED GIRL IN NEED OF A BREAK.
A MAN WEIGHED DOWN BY RESPONSIBILITY.
A ROAD TRIP VACATION WHERE ALL BETS ARE OFF.
OH, AND A LOT OF WINE.
After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl in their place, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her Beautiful friends.
Scaling the career ladder is the default way to deal with heartbreak—and to just deal—for Jensen Bergstrom. Absolutely buried by his drive and workload, he rarely takes time for himself. But when his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. Of course, it’s only once he’s committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. She might be too much for him…or he might realize his life has become too small and needs her to make it bigger, crazier.
With this circle of friends there’s always something going on: from Chloe and Sara’s unexpected personality swaps to Will’s new domestic side to Bennett’s text message barrage and George’s own happily-ever-after. In short, their adventures in love, friendship, and hilarity are nothing short of Beautiful.