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- Print Length: 173 pages
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- Publisher: eXplicitTales; 2 edition (November 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LDA9JLQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found the story predictable, and kind of boring. The characters are mildly likable, but I'm not getting the curvy-woman vibe from Claudia. Unless she's a size-12 instead of a 22 (which would not qualify as BBW). She seems a lot younger than the 24 years old she's supposed to be, and she's definitely not a plus-sized gal. Peter, too, also seemed more late-20s/early-30s rather than early-40s. His glaring flaw was to have sex with a complete stranger the same night they meet, without protection. To me, it read more like he was getting his own back at his ex-wife for cheating.
I was offended on Claudia's behalf when her car broke down. She had just lost her job and was in the process of considering her options, when he just told her to get into his car and he immediately took her to a used-car lot with the intention of buying her a new car when she was clearly in no position to make a decision on her own. And I really didn't like the fact that he couldn't see a problem with what he'd tried to do, and made her feel like an unreasonable toddler for not just immediately accepting his offer of help. I would be outraged and offended, the same way she was. Especially when he'd shucked his job shortly before she'd lost hers.
The story is written in passive voice, with the characters reacting to the environment and circumstances around them, rather than driving the story. There's no narrative thrust. It also needed some serious editing. Too much telling the reader what's happening and not enough showing. ("I shake out my cramped limbs and open up my warm coat, which is making me feel like I'm suffocating.") And I'm definitely missing the British accent. Lots of grammatical errors, and a few noticeable spelling errors. Tons of filter words (began to, continued to, I felt, etc), and the sex was lackluster. I found myself skimming through it for the most part, and I probably won't read it again.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Copy of this book.
However she is not a gold digger expecting material items
Thru trial and error growth and learning. Their love triumphs all trials
Loved Claudia independence. Respected Peter
The two characters, Peter and Claudia, have a sizzling chemistry, hooking up as strangers for an unexpected one night stand. However, that initial attraction continues to build for both characters, despite going separate ways and time passing that slows the initial fast pace of their relationship down (and deals with circumstances in their lives). Both characters complement each other nicely, despite being in complete opposite points in their lives, their flaws and difficulties adding a realistic connection between the characters and readers. Both characters are likeable and will draw you in to their story.
Beautiful Stranger is a short but full length, well written book with a decent plot, romance, steamy scenes and drama to keep things interesting from start to finish. Also, while this is the second book in a series, be assured you can read it as a standalone read. I really liked how very realistic the settings and mannerisms of the characters were for a British romance rather than how ‘British’ can be perceived. There were some twists making it not fully predictable. The book, in terms of being erotic, is not really anymore hardcore than you find in a lot of contemporary romances. Beautiful Stranger does have a HEA ending making this a standalone read.
Overall, I enjoyed this short but full length romance and would recommend this book.
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.