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Beautiful Stranger (The Beautiful Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Christina Lauren
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (789 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A charming British Playboy. A girl determined to finally live. And a secret liaison revealed in all too vivid color. Book two in the NYT Bestselling series. 
Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner--and speed--with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it's not until Sara--and the wild photos she lets him take of her--that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

Editorial Reviews


"The perfect blend of sex, sass and heart, Beautiful Bastard is a steamy battle of wills that will get your blood pumping!" (S.C. Stephens, bestselling author of Thoughtless )

About the Author

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soul mates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful Bastard and Wild Seasons series and Sublime. You can find them online at,, or at @ChristinaLauren, @seeCwrite, and @LolaShoes on Twitter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3292 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00EX5Z6HU
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0BHS8Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello, Max Stella! You're HOT!! April 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I pretty much dropped everything to devour this story immediately. And that's exactly what happened.. I not only ate up every word, but licked the bowl too.

For those of you joining us from 'Beautiful Bastard', please note that this novel is NOT fanfiction derived in any way shape or form. While I enjoyed reading BB, I was looking forward to 'Beautiful Stranger' the most because it was original and gave me an insight to how Christina and Lauren wrote.

'Beautiful Stranger' follows the story of Sara, Chloe's friend who leaves Chicago behind for a new life in NYC. Upon her first days, she meets the intriguing Max Stella in a club and thus begins their hotter than hot rendezvous. Sara is a strong female character that is trying to mend her broken heart after her douche of an ex fiance slept around with the Chicago female population. Max is no stranger to Page Six, with being rumored to encompass the role of a playboy with NYC socialites and celebrities. The chemistry between these two is clearly there in the pages and you can't help but root for Max to help Sara mend her broken heart.

If you thought that 'Beautiful Bastard' had smuttilicious scenes, hold on to your panties because this story involves photo taking during their sexual escapades and numerous sex in public situations.

Joining us from 'Beautiful Bastard' are Chloe and Bennett, who make a few appearances here and there but the story mainly focuses on Sara and Max.

Overall, I was thrilled and pleasantly happy with how this novel turned out and hopefully they will continue with a third book, maybe surrounding Will (another friend of Bennett and Max).
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of the Sexy April 19, 2013
By Dorothy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Someone has advised this writing duo that their readers want a sex scene every ten or so pages. For a 376-page book, that's a lot of sex. Readers do not have to wait long, either. I just read "Beautiful Bastard" five weeks ago. I couldn't even remember who this book's main character, Sara, is from that first book. Before we are properly reacquainted, I am treated to a scene where Sara behaves in a decidedly unladylike way in a NYC dance club with the stranger in the title. If I were him (his name about 50 pages on is revealed to be Max), I would be once and done with this trollop. But that would make for an exceedingly short book.

This book seems too short for the price. Is it big margins? I am not sure how I read so many pages in so short a time. I was shocked when my e-reader told me I had read the last page. So that's my first issue with BS. My second is, for a relationship where the main topic of conversation is the participants' prior partners, and their main activity is waist down and naked, they sure do fall for each other in a hurry. Like, love struck and obsessive love. I am not convinced by it as a love match, as the ladies have written it. My third issue is: what's the rush with the storytelling? why is Max from Leeds (an odd locale)? why is his backstory that he is one of ten successful children in a Catholic family? Why is his mother in such well-preserved condition that she can work as a receptionist in his midtown NYC office, after launching ten children from the nest? None of these little nuggets gets explained or elaborated upon. We don't even get to meet the mother, hear words from her mouth, even though she is at center stage in one scene.

I am buying in to this franchise and I want to support these women writers.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Max and Sara! April 19, 2013
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So if you've read Beautiful Bastard, the first book in this series, you will have had a slight glimpse of Sara Dillon, the heroine of this love story. After a terrible public breakup, she has relocated from Chicago to work with her friends from the first book, Bennett and Chloe, who have started a sister office in NYC. Sara has decided to change up her predictable good girl status and be a little wild. Enter playboy extrordinaire, Max Stella, a successful venture capitalist. Of course, their chance meeting and tryst in a darkened corner of a club, can't be a one time crazy night for Sara as she had hoped. They both are in the finance world and as such, run in similar circles. Once Max figures out who she is, he won't let her disappear again and that's when the fun begins. Exhibitionism, voyerurism, and eventually, love will lead these two lovers down a road neither one expected.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it better than Beautiful Bastard! April 19, 2013
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5 Stars - I loved it!

I have been anxiously awaiting this book since reading 'Beautiful Bastard' and was even more excited about this one since it would not be derived from fanfiction and solely the writing of Christina and Lauren. So, I immediately dropped everything to devour it... and I was not disappointed!

The story starts with Sara leaving her cheating ex in Chicago and moving to New York to start over. She immediately meets Max Stella, the tall, gorgeous British playboy, at a bar. She is untrusting and does not want to be in any type of relationship, only sex in public places! Max has been happy being single, not meeting anyone that made him want to be in a relationship. Then he meets Sara who always keeps him at an arms distance and he is hooked! She is so guarded and will not let him in. The chemistry between them is so HOT! You root for Max all through the book and hope he somehow convinces Sara to let him in!

I am always sad when I find out that a series of books does not continue with the main two characters, so I was so pleased when Chloe and Bennett made some appearances in this book. Surprisingly, I like this one more than Beautiful Bastard!

Overall, I could not have been happier with this book. I loved the characters and I am still swooning over Max Stella, my new love (this week anyway and until my next great book). I am looking forward to anything and everything that Christina Lauren releases! They have a new fan!

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars
I really liked this book. Love the characters. I wish it could of been a series on these characters. Love
Published 9 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read
It took you to a place of total fun & raw emotion! A reminder to enjoy sex and life more.
Published 5 days ago by Jacqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely brilliant!!!! Max Stella is an amazing character. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. I look forward to reading more from Christina Lauren.
Published 6 days ago by JMJJ74
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Beautiful Stars
Beautiful Stranger was a great book, It was hot and exactly what I've come to expect from Christina Lauren. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dayreader Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great sequel
I loved Max, loved the story, loved this book and I really can't wait for the next book in the series
Published 14 days ago by Jenie Telsin
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
My favorite book of the series! I am hooked!
Published 18 days ago by Amy Pecktol
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Max Stella is simply beautiful, wickedly naughty and down right amazing. Mrs Lauren had out done herself with Bennett and then made it even more with Max.. can't wait for Will...
Published 21 days ago by Mandy Stallings
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Max Batman!
No cliffhanger
Is part of a larger series but can be read as a stand alone. Wouldn't recommend it though because this series is amazing! Read more
Published 23 days ago by Kim
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly novel
Just more of the same as the first in the series. Nothing original, silly characters, no plot and even the sex gets boring.
Published 23 days ago by DiL
4.0 out of 5 stars Very hot
I loved Max and Sara they really made me laugh and go OMG
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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 seven New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player and Sweet Filthy Boy. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)
You can find them online at or at @seeCwrite (Christina) & @LolaShoes (Lauren) on Twitter.

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