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Beautiful Stranger

(Beautiful Bastard #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  86,993 ratings  ·  4,575 reviews
Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion 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 S ...more
Paperback, 345 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Gallery Books
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****4.5 STARS*****

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There are many things I love about the books I read, but one of my faves is when the male MC is a sexier than hell Brit!! Also when the setting takes place in New York City, the city I grew up in, well then I'm in heaven. Had I known that Max Stella was waiting for me in this book, I DEFINITELY would have read this one a lot sooner!!! I am kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book!

Sara Dillon has just moved to NYC and has been given the Director of Finance posit
Pearl Angeli
3 Stars

My friends who have read this series told me after I finished Beautiful Bastard that Beautiful Stranger is much better but...


So this book began when Sara Dillon met the rich and sexy British executive Max Stella at a club. Fresh from a failed long-term relationship, Sara was determined to have fun and forget her heartaches and just simply set herself free from her modest self. Sara and Max's first encounter immediately led to sex. At the club. And what started off as a sexual fling led t
• Lisa •
Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it


You know those books that you pick up, quite popular, you've been looking forward to reading it, even checking what other GoodReads friends have to say. Well this is one of those books and hooray, I fell a little in love. I completely devoured the first in this sexy series ~ 'beautiful bastard' and followed suit with this yummy number.

So what made it a winner for me? Well to start with It's easy, uncomplicated and full of out and out brilliant chemistry. This book also has the enj
Jennifer Kyle
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-boyfriends
4.5 Max Stars

”You give good innuendo.”


I should start off by saying that I didn't finish book 1 of this series, it was a DNF for me. After enjoying the first two books of the Wild Season series I wanted more and decided to give book two of this series a try.

Sara Dillion leaves her long-term relationship and home behind in Chicago for a fresh new start in the Big Apple. On her first night out with her girlfriends she meets a beautiful stranger. Max Stella is WONDERFUL. He is super sexy, funn
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-signed

I know that Max "Beautiful Stranger" doesn't have super dark hair, but I am going with the British accent and I am just going to state for the record that I replaced Max with David Gandy (Sara who?). I imagine that a shot like this could be found on his camera if Sara got her hands on it.

Before I actually touch the story...Who cares if these authors started out with fan-fiction. Who cares if they started their process with FSOG or Twilight in mind? Who CARES? Many young writers are being pushe
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love
Re-read Review

4.5 Stars!

Was Max worth the re-read?

I first read this one almost 2 years ago so I really didn't remember a lot of the details! But I must say, I enjoyed this one just as much the second time around!

Loved the banter between Max and Sara....and the whole gang really!

Loved their voyeuristic/exhibitionist kink.....SO HOT!

Loved that there was very little drama between Max and Sara!

This series really shouldn't be missed! Can't wait for more Max and Sara in February!

Initial Review

Chelsea Humphrey
Apr 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Uff. I'm just not really sure what to say. I did enjoy this book more than Beautiful Bastard, but still feel I can't give this more than 3 STARS, which means BB probably should have been a 2 STAR for me instead of the 3 I've given it. These books are entertaining, and I really did love Max and Stella's relationship and interactions much more than Chloe and Bennett's, but there is something about this series that feels very forgettable to me. Maybe I've read too many books, or maybe it's just a c ...more
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

Defy Me comes out in 5 days and I told myself I'd pick up a quick, light book to read in those five days, which means continuing this light but fun and steamy series. And I ended up reading this book in less than 24 hours.

I should've expected this book would be just as addicting as the first book! I think I enjoyed it a little more (.5 stars) than book one, but it still fell in the category of being a bit typical and nothing really blew me away with this story. If anything, I think it w
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Absofuckinglutely SEXY STARS

Beautiful stranger BY: Christina Lauren

Genres:Contemporary Romance/Erotica

Beautiful Stranger is a part if the "Beautiful Bastard series". this series follows the romance of the most sexy, bachelors in New York City.
In this one, Sara Dillon move to New York in order to get a new start, new life, and a new sara
Then she meets her sexy stranger in a club.
Her "new self" is wild and adventurous. she loves sex in public and Max Stella loves it even more. The sexy Br
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hello Max. My name is Jessica and you can take me anywhere. And do mean ANYWHERE!

Well holy moley. That Sara girl is one lucky chick with Max.

This book starts off GREAT. You guys know how much I love a good sex up against the wall scene. And boy does it deliver. There are quite a few smexy scenes in this book. Max was quite creative too. The man took her, and when I mean took her, I mean TOOK HER, in the NEW YORK FRIGGIN PUBLIC LIBRARY! Come on! Books AND sex with an outrageously hot guy. My day
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hot-and-sexy
b>5 Deliciously Scrumptious Stars

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Max, Max, are one heck of a Beautiful Stranger♥♥

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That girl who didn't want to fall but fell anyways for a Beautiful Stranger.

The story of Max and Sara is a wickedly wonderful story. It is super sexy, angsty, playful, delightful and just a great read!! Sara just broke off a long engagement and is wanting to find herself but meeting a Beautiful Stranger at a club changes everything. No one is looking for forever but Max and Sara meet and start a
Isabella. R
5 Always Beautiful Stars ⭐️

Beautiful Stranger was an absolute winner.
I love all things British; the music, the accent, the crass humor, the Cider, the men (so I married one), and now Max Stella and his three fingers..... I could just go on.

Sara has left her previous life and boyfriend for a new beginning in New York. Tired of the mundane life she left behind, a girls night out ends with her getting eloquently banged against the wall in a club by a beautiful stranger.

When Sara discovers that Max
Akanksha❤ Søren♰
2.5 Stars..

This book was not as good if compared to the first book.. Beautiful Bastard was I think a 100 times better in every way possible.

I didn't like Sara.. She isn't the kind of a girl I like. I hate it when one guy pays for the mistakes of another because the girl is just plain stupid. AND I hate blind women. I mean wake up and smell the fucking coffee Sara!!
She wasn't half the woman Chloe was. She was irritating me more than anything..

I liked Max, He was british.. I MEAN C'MON.. You cann
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Max Stella… You will continue to be in my top ten Book Boyfriends! The Bastard Series blesses us with yet another fun read!

Beautiful Bastard moves on from Bennett, Chloe, & Chicago…

Sara Dillon,

Max Stella,

& New York City!

But no worries, the newly engaged Bennett and Chloe are still featured in the story!
Also prominently featured…
Lots and LOTS of Panty-scorching sex in public!

I'm a big fan of this series… All of these books (so far) are great little reads. You're not going to learn anything,
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

I'm really enjoying this series. It's quite simplistic, what I mean is the plot isn't intricate there's not much depth and I guess it's very predictable. But it's fun and hilarious. It feeds that starry eyed dreamer in living inside me. The bickering and banter between the characters is entertaining. Fun.

Our characters are Max Stellar a British businessman and Sara Dillon, she works in finances but really she's a woman who's been burned in a previous relationship. She's starting over in New York
HOLY SMOKES this was hot. I took less than 0.5 seconds after finishing the last word to check if there was another installment in the series I could pre-order. Alas, I'll have to keep checking, but this writing duo has made the ultra short-list of authors I'll insta-buy no matter the price.

I don't have anything particularly clever to add aside from my enjoyment. It's solidly written, smexy contemporary romance with the usual bells and whistles -- glamorous New York City backdrop, fabulous c-lev
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible

"You could break my heart. Just know that, yeah?"

I listened to this in audio, and I have to say the narrator for Max's voice was dreamy, especially when he was talking dirty! I actually could have listened to him read anything, and I loved Max's character...

"I know you're saying something profound, but it's hard to focus when your tits are out."

Actually the female narrator did a great job too. It was really entertaining when she would lower her voice and add his accent when she was readin
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Sara's made some big changes in her life recently and when she sees a gorgeous Brit that obviously wants her, she thinks why not? And so it begins...

I've really been drawn lately to books where the male lead is more into the female lead...or so it seems. I love seeing their vulnerability and Max did not disappoint!

In fact, he was all types of yummy! Whether it was his experience or just being able to figure Sara out, I loved how he knew exactly what she wanted. And...I loved all the things/place
Lauren Suero
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When given the opportunity to read this story way before it's publishing date, 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 t
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gah!!!! MAX!!!!! I love you!!!! I loved it!!! Review to come!!!

My Max:

My Sara:

Emma Watson
Monica Murphy
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I think I might've liked this one better than BB. I don't know...I really loved Sara and Max. But I loved Chloe and Bennett too. Fine, I can't decide. I love them all equally. :) ...more
4 “Stellar” Stars.
(I’m sorry, I have a poor sense of humor!)

Sara just ended a 6 years relationship (finally!!) with her asshole cheater ex-boyfriend. Wanting to start a new life, she moves to NY and starts to working in her best-friend fiancé company. (Yes, Bennett’s company,)
In her first night there she meets a sexy (oh so sexy!) brit in a bar and they can’t seem to stop their growing attraction for the other and well, things happens. They are supposed to be strangers and not see each othe
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

** 4,25 “I love you, Petal.” STARS **

“Do you ever think about how weird it is that we run into each other all the time?” he asked, eyes unreadable.

“No,” I admitted. “Isn’t that the way the world Works? In a city of millions you’ll always see the same person.”

“But how often is it THE PERSON YOU MOST WANT TO SEE?


Oh God Max Stella, you're my latest Book Husband and you're not even aware of it...

“You could break my heart. Just know that, yeah?”


OVERALL: Definitel
Yeasmin Alo
My teenage self would have loved it 😬
But my 24 yearself is not impressed!
I love smut of course but I need more engaging and exciting story than this not just exciting smuts 🙃
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

okay lets start off with the usual, shall we?

My "Same shit different day" list:
Big cock ✓
orgasm donor ✓
never been in love ✓
got hubby laid ✓

Geesh, now that we got that covered let's move on to what Max isn't......

My "Something missing. I quite can't put my finger on it" list :
jealous stalker- X
confusing- X
secrectative- X
dominating- X
closed off-X
rape victim-X ( what's with all rape anyway?)

.... with all that being said, its pretty obvious I really enjoyed Beau
 ♥  Barb ♥
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 Gi-normous Max stars

"You're fucking dirty, you know that?"

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This is the second book in the Beautiful Bastard series and is about Sara and Max. Sara is Chloe's best friend. Max is old friends with Bennett. It's ladies night, and Sara is out with her girlfriends and meets Max. They hit it off right away and the next thing you know....Sara is against the wall..getting slammed! *fanning self*
They agree to no names, no strings. no regrets.
This book was AMAZING....HOT....SIZZLING....loved it!!
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
If you've read Beautiful Bastard then you already know about Sara, but getting to see this new side of her was amazing. She is a strong character, with a lot of mystery surrounding her. You'll probably be like me and think she's a little annoying at first with her dumb rules, but once the secret is reveal you'll be seeing her in a whole new light. Max Stella, whoosh! Are there any words to describe him! His easy going, alpha, I'll chase after what I want attitude really did it for me. The thing ...more
3.5 ⭐️

“I was ready to start over as a comet: refuel, reignite, and burn across the sky.”
- Sara Dillon


“Even below that thin layer of mortification, I knew I’d never felt more alive. He made me feel safe, as strange as that was, and like I could ask him for anything. Like he saw something in me nobody else did. He didn’t seem even the slightest bit surprised or judgmental when I’d laid out my terms in his office.”
- Sara Dillon


“I had never met a woman I found so paradoxically secretive and op
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars... Liked it

Updated review......4/25/2013

Well...if you read my 1st review written below you will see that I originally cut this book off and moved it to my DNF pile at 54%. I woke up this morning wanting to give it one more shot.. hoping that the book would give me more of what I was looking for. Well.. if I had stayed with the book to begin with, by 60% I would have felt more connected to it.. and today I did. I finally got the emotional connection I was looking for. Max and S
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced eighteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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