Review: Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren

February 26, 2014 4 stars, Book Review, Novella, Romance, Thuy 0

Title: Beautiful Beginning (Beautiful Bastard #3.5)
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
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Source: Purchased


Back when not being able to stand each other also meant not being able to keep their hands off each other in Beautiful Bastard, neither Bennett nor Chloe could have seen this day coming.

An exasperated bride who just wants to elope. A determined groom whose only focus is getting to the wedding night. And—of course—a whole lot of name calling.

Chloe and Bennett are finally getting married! Their relationship has seen its ups and downs but the two are finally tying the knot, in true Bennett and Chloe fashion.  Full of all of the humor, snark and super hot sexy times that I’ve come to expect from Christina Lauren, the final chapter of the Beautiful Bastard series was as good as I’d hoped and I am really sad to see the series end.Of course there are going to be a few hiccups, but a couple randy aunts and a small flood aren’t going to stop these two from getting married, though it just might make them a little insane. Bennett and Chloe have always been one of my favorite couples. They bring love/hate to a totally new level but, underneath it all, there is a really strong bond of love and trust. They know just how to push each other’s buttons and neither is easy to be with but they accept and support each other through it all. I love the quieter moments that we see between the two as well. The two still have amazing chemistry and the tension is ratcheted up even more by Bennett’s no sex before the wedding rule.

The gang’s back together for the wedding and it was really great seeing Max, Sara, Will and Hanna again. Max and Sara are still head over heels for each other and Sara is expecting their first child. Will gets a bit of payback in the form of a practical joke, with some pretty hilarious results. While I was happy to see everyone again, I am glad that the story did not focus too much on the other couples. As much as I love them, this was Chloe and Bennett’s story and I didn’t want to be distracted from it. That said, I full would fully support a novella for each of the other couples to finish out their stories as well (hint, hint).

If you’re a fan of Bennett and Chloe, I think you’re going to have fun with this one. I am really hoping that this isn’t the end but, even if it is, I am satisfied with Chloe and Bennett’s HEA. Very excited to see what Christina Lauren cook up next.

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