Audio Review: Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren

Title: Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful #3.6)
Author: Christina Lauren
Narrator: Jonathan Cole, Grace Grant
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 2 hours and 49 minutes

The seventh work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with the Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player novels. Featuring all the Beautiful characters…plus one tiny new addition to the group.

In Beautiful Stranger , finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

Grace Review

Story: 5 stars

Max Stella
Max Stella with a baby
Max Stella with a baby and a brother
Do I really need to go on?
Ok, I will.

While each of the Beautiful men in this series has their special qualities, Max was, is, will always be, my favorite of the three.

Maybe its his sense of humor filled with sexual innuendo. – “How many fingers do you want?”
Maybe its the accent.
Maybe its the public sex.

Or all of the above.

Add a baby that he absolutely adores and a woman he can’t get enough of, and I’m toast. Done. Over and out.

This story may be my favorite of the series. It had all of the things I love about Max, mixed with the humor the authors bring to every story, and a very realistic take on being a new parent. Every scene I felt like I was bobbing my head in agreement, remembering all those sleepless nights and trying to reignite the romance post-baby.

I loved how Sara was so eager to bring back that passion to the relationship, the exhibisionist kind of passion on these two seem to do so well. Their multiple failures to escape and rekindle that passion added the humor to the story. But one visitor puts them on the right path and brings the sexy times in their Room Six. And they finally find the balance they were desperately looking for.

Performance: 4.5 stars
Finally I got to hear Max Stella’s voice and it was dreamy, as expected.  Both narrators did a great job communicating their characters emotions, particularly their shared adoration for their daughter.

While this doesn’t fall on the narrators, there were some minor editing issues that disrupted the flow of the dialogue, but the transitions between the narrators were good and it was an enjoyable performance.

Overall: 5 stars
This is a quick and fun read/audio that reignited by love for that tall Brit. Can’t wait for Stella 2.0 in the Beautiful Secret.
– Grace




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