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Beautiful Secret

(Beautiful Bastard #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  28,065 ratings  ·  2,156 reviews

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on a
ebook, 358 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****THREE STARS*****
{BR with Lovely Alice}

His was the face I saw when I closed my eyes, when I needed to feel comfort or thrill, grounding or lust. Niall Stella's face felt like home to me.

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After meeting Niall Stella in "Beautiful Beloved", I was truly over the moon excited to get his story. He was the highlight of that novella for me. So the book starts off pretty darn good. I love it when an American girl ends up finding love with a HOT BRIT!!! I liked Ruby. My twenty year old self would r
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: br, audible

"The problem was I became stupid when he was around."

I have to agree with you Ruby. What a disappointment! It shouldn't even be possible to mess up a book with Niall Stella as a main character. I was so excited to read this, because I fell in love with him in Beautiful Beloved. It's so sad, because his character and this book had huge potential.

First of all, the first 5 pages of the book was Ruby speculating with a co-worker about Niall's cock size. I guess I'm being picky, but is it too much
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 STARS

Who doesn’t love a hot, tall, sexy, intelligent, contained, man in a suit? Niall Stella is the stuff that book boyfriend fantasies are made from….


The heroine, Ruby Miller has been crushing for months on the VP and when circumstances send her to NYC with him for weeks of work he can’t help but notice her too. Ruby is a very likable heroine, at times her crush seemed to fall into fangirl terrority. However she did understand the man she was dealing with and/or did her homework on him.


Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
✭✭✭✭✭ 5 Lets-take-this-slow stars ✭✭✭✭✭

This book in a sentence::When your crush finally starts noticing you..

Gosh ! Where do I begin ? I Bloody LOVED this book.That's where!

I spent the whole first half of the book just desperately holding in my giggles and snickers as I watched Niall fall in love with our girl Ruby through the most embarrassing situations,you could imagine...(Especially that Airplane scene..Lol I would have just expired of embarrassment,if that was me ! )

While for the last 30%
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Beautiful Secret is a fantastic addition to this fun, sexy series. I have grown to love these men and couldn't wait to meet the another Stella man. Niall Stella is successful, driven and focused. He is also recently divorced, that may be why he failed notice a beautiful woman stalking/staring at him.

'In the past six months, I’d logged more covert glances at Niall Stella’s direction that if anyone was a qualified expert in the topography of his crotch, it wou
Pearl Angeli
3 Stars

Beautiful Secret was just an okay read for me. While I enjoyed the first parts of the book, the rest didn't totally pull me in. It doesn't mean that I didn't love it, though. The hottie British man Niall Stella is already enough for me to go on.

We have the characters Niall Stella, Max's (from Beautiful Stranger) younger brother and Ruby Miller, an intern from Richardson-Corbett-- the company where Niall is the VP. Although they work at the same company, these two are basically strangers.
Ramona Popescu
From all the guys in this series Nial is my absolute favorite and I will tell you why in a couple of minutes, but I have to keep my enthusiasm at bay.


"Beautiful Secret" follows his story and Ruby's and for me it was an amazing read.
Nial is Max Stella's brother and the opposite of him. While Max is adventurous and thrilling to be around, Nial is more guarded, more serious and reserved. I liked the comparison between him and Mr. Darcy, being very appropriate for him and fitting his personality so
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I really enjoyed Beautiful Player and I had big expectations for this one but unfortunately it wasn't as good as I wanted!Yes it was funny,very hot and in some part awkward in a good way but I still feel like something is missing!

Ruby is an intern at an engineering company.She has a crush on Niall who works with her,Niall and Ruby are going to NYC to work on an urban planning project!This trip will pull them together!The difference between this and the other stories in this se
Natasha is a Book Junkie
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“It’s yours, you know.”
“What is?”
“My heart, of course, but also my body. My hands, my lips, my cock. I trust you with all of it more than I even trust myself.”

My mind is still reeling because this book was my complete and utter undoing. I am writing this review while literally still hugging my now beloved paperback copy, secretly hoping that the beautiful words in it would somehow escape and infuse themselves into me forever. With one of the most phenomenal writing styles of our gene
Apr 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
This divorced 30 years old hero is a doormat who seems to have a mental capacity of a teenager.

The heroine is a creepy/horny/unstable stalker:

“In the months I loved him afar and the four short weeks I loved him up close, he’d become more than lover; he was my new best friend.”

*Cough*, she is delusional as well.

In short, I don’t root for their HEA. No way.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 3,5 stars ***
Xaria (Smut Junkie)
Jun 13, 2014 marked it as to-read

Whitney Atkinson
This book had so much potential for me, but there were some very uncharacteristic writing errors and choices that I've never encountered before in a Christina Lauren book that this book had. First and foremost, I LOVED the idea of a book where the guy is the person in the relationship who's inexperienced and nervous rather than the other way around. It felt so different and authentic, and truly embodied the soft boy movement that I'm here for. But this plot point was quickly overpowered by horri ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it liked it

** 3-3,5 “embarrassment in it’s finest” STARS **

“His was the face I saw when I closed my eyes, when I needed to feel comfort or thrill, grounding or lust. Niall Stella's face felt like HOME to me.”


I don't remember EVER feeling THIS embarrassed for a character in a book. My God, Ruby, get a grip on yourself girl! Yes, Niall Stella is the sexy Brit in a tailored suit and seems to have a huge d*ck, I get it, but still...obsession and stalking are, sadly, NOT SEXY.

I have to adm
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
When I found out that Max's brother, Niall, was getting a book...I could not wait! Especially when he stole my heart when he took care of little Annabel, (Max & Sara's baby).

So, imagine my surprise when he is ~almost~ nothing like Max! He is prim and proper and so awkward that parts were hard to read but...I loved every minute of it. There's just something endearing about him and it was just so sweet to see him cherish everything that he had missed out on.

Ruby was nice...I guess I can understa
Here's a partial review. Full review to come, once I'm able to get past my profound disappointment in both this novel & in my favorite authors.

Ruby is, by far, the WORST heroine that I've ever come across in a Christina Lauren novel. She's obsessed with Niall, & by the time the book opens, she's been stalking him for 5 months. (Her words, not mine). She's a self-proclaimed "Semi-Stalker" who dug up details on Niall's life. She learned and memorized EVERY piece of info on him that she could g
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

A lot of us have been there...the crush that has you counting down the minutes of when you get a glimpse of him again. When you can't function and all of the sudden you aren't able to string together a full sentence and what does come out is totally ludicrous and something you normally wouldn't say.

Twenty-three year old engineer Ruby Miller is an intern at one of the finest engineering firms in London. Ruby is vibrant, smart, vivacious, friendly, and sweet. It just so happens that an executive h
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Move over Mr. Darcy because Niall Stella will steal your hearts with his beautiful soul. Be still my beating heart because I LOVED Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren. If there is one thing you should know about me is that I AM A BIG FAN of Christina Lauren. These amazing authors have captured the literary world with their sexy, brilliant, beautiful, sassy, fun, and sizzling writing and story-telling. Without a doubt, readers
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it

3.5 stars!

This one was one of the most anticipated books for me, but unfortunately I didn't love it as much as the previous installments in the series.

I fell in love with Niall when I read the Beautiful Beloved novella, he came into scene and bam, I was a goner.

Unfortunately, the Niall I met in the novella wasn't the same Niall I met in this book.

Ruby works as a intern at Richardson- Corbett Consulting and Niall is the Vice President in the firm.
She has an enormous crush on Niall, but he doesn'
2.5-ish stars?

This one disappointed me, it really did. I think it was even more so because I built it up to be this amazing thing in my head. Or maybe I'm just making excuses here. IMHO, it didn't live up to the expectation that was surrounding it. It didn't follow the same formula as its predecessors. I can't blame just one character here, it was both of them and their actions. There were so maaaaaaaany times where I wanted to quit. So. Bad. But I didn't.

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Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-favorites
This is the fourth and newest release in the Beautiful Bastard series. Christina Lauren are slowly becoming some of my favorite authors. So as soon as Leah told me this was on sale at Target I high tailed it there! So glad I did too because I wasn't disappointed. Beautiful Secret follows Niall Stella and Ruby Miller. I was SO happy that Christina Lauren decide to mix things up on us a bit and to have the gender rolls a little flipped. A lot of times their books follow a guy chasing after the for ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 "I'm not very good at ... women." Stars

The Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren has given me endless reading pleasure. When I heard Max Stella's brother was getting a book I was so happy because Max is my favorite from the series. Little did I know how completely different the two brothers really are. In this series I've come to expect explosive passion and chemistry from the couple being together right from the start. In Beautiful Secret the chemistry and passion are ever present but
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: From reading reviews I went into this knowing that I probably wasn't going to be happy with the ending, but I still wasn't nearly prepared! I wanted more, dang it! It. Just. Ended. It was so abrupt, and it completely left me hanging. I was even hesitating calling this a HFN because it was so flipping abrupt. After 385 pages, I want some type of closure! Other than that -- I liked the characters, I liked their connection, and I was really happy with the maturity of the
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
3 - "There’s a lot of mileage between getting somewhere and enjoying the journey." Stars.

Mmmm, I'm kind of bummed about this one. I expected great things from Beautiful Secret and it just didn’t deliver the way all the previous books in the series did. I think the authors very much have had a definite recipe for the series so far, and to say they changed the ingredients up with Niall and Ruby’s book would be probably the best analogy I can come up with.

"I’m not very good with… women."

My main nig
Alex is The Romance Fox
Beautiful Secret is the 4th book in Christina Lauren Beautiful Bastard Series. I really liked the first three books and I liked Niall Stella, Max Stella's brother, when he was introduced in Beautiful Bastard book #2 and I was rather looking forward to his own story.

To be really honest..........I felt a bit of a let-down!!! Niall Stella just never shone like the other 3 BB'S!!! He was beyond alpha...beyond beta!!! Hell, he was even scared of his own shadow!!! He couldn't make up his mind about an
Never have I read a book where I was so embarassed for a heroine. Repeatedly.

This book started out just fine. Niall Stella is a hot, recently divorced VP at this engineering firm. Ruby is the intern. Ruby has quite a fascination/obsession/stalkerish love for Niall. So when they get to go on an extended work trip together, she be like


It was good up until this point. At first I thought it was refreshing to have a hero not be a complete manwhore as Niall had only been with one partner, his ex-wif
Lauren Suero
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CLo is back with the 4th full length (hee hee) installment in the Beautiful Series, BEAUTIFUL SECRET. Meet Niall Stella (you've technically already met him in BEAUTIFUL BELOVED) and Ruby Miller (she's briefly mentioned in DIRTY ROWDY THING as Lola's former roommate that just moved to London.)

The build up between these two is deliciously slow and oh-so tantalizing. Ruby reminds me of Hanna from BEAUTIFUL PLAYER, where she has a ridiculously awesome personality and has tricks up her sleeve that w
Jacqueline's Reads
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, audio
- Audio Version –

4 British Stars

I got the audio version because of the British accent! Some people find it hard to listen to an accent, but I loved it. If you haven’t listened to an accent, you need to try it!

Beautiful Secret is a standalone and is part of the Beautiful B series. I didn’t read the spin-off, but I did read the first three books in this series. I’ve had my hits and misses with this one. I always give the series a shot, even if one of the books doesn’t hit the mark with me.

It’s Ru
Three Chicks
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review by Lisa Kane

Ruby Miller has had a crush on Niall Stella, since she started interning at the engineering firm where she interns. She's beautiful, funny, smart and totally smitten. Niall is Max's brother (as in Max and Sara) and is totally opposite in nature. He's gorgeous, smart and out of synch. He is newly divorced from his wife of 11 years, Portia.

When the two are forced to travel from the UK to NY to work on a month long project together, Ruby decides there is nothing to lose by letti
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
3.5 Stars

Audio Review.......short and sweet

I am a lover of the Beautiful Bastard series and I love all the Beautiful Bastards (BB). While Niall Stella is Max's brother, he just fell alittle short for being a BB. I liked the story but at times Niall's timidness about starting a new relationship seemed to drag on while Ruby, the intern at Niall's office, was open and adventurous. It was lovely to hear the story and it kept me entertained for my 9 hr drive but in all things Beautiful Bastard, this
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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 sixteen 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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