Review: Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4) by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Secret

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard #4)

by Christina Lauren


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 an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

5 out of 5 stars

I am just so freaking happy with how this entire story played out! It was funny and sweet and awkward and sexy and I loved every second.

I loved these characters. Ruby is so great and I could totally relate to so many things about her. She had fantastic internal dialogue and I kept laughing out loud. Niall is such a good man, so sweet, but rather inexperienced and I went from liking him to loving him. I felt such a sense of vulnerability from him and it made him extremely endearing. I appreciated what he wanted and those old fashioned values he had. He was just charming! Ruby and Naill’s growing relationship was extremely entertaining, very passionate, and lot of times strange and weird in a good way (which had me laughing and smiling). More than that, I could feel this true intimacy developing between them and I loved it. As far as the hotness goes, this story is not lacking. It had the perfect amount and I have such an appreciation how it all developed and built. It was hot and sexy, sometimes a lot naughty, and cold shower worthy!

Excellent build. Great character development. The perfect amount of tension, emotion, and drama. Loved the ending. I adored that the other Beautiful Men were in this, I love all those guys and when they get together, it's seriously funny with their guy comradery. I enjoyed the connections that were made to the Wild Seasons series too, very subtle so it was the perfect fit. It's fun getting little tid-bits and updated on other couples.

I feel like I want to say a million positive things because I loved this so much but I don't want to spoil anything. It was just another fantastic Christina Lauren story. Excellent read full of funny, sexy, and a side of awkward. Niall gave Player Will a run for his money - I am not sure who I love more!

I am such a fan of this series. 5 big beautiful stars! Number of Times Niall Stella made me smile... I can’t even begin to count!

Complimentary copy received for honest review.



Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates and brain-twins, Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. They are the authors of several Young Adult and Adult Fiction titles. Some of their books have kissing. Some of their books have A LOT of kissing.

Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking home brewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.

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