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Publisher's Summary

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 into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he's ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad-boy charm, it's not until Sara - and the wild photos she lets him take of her - that he starts wondering if there's someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

©2013 Christina Lauren (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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  • Alissa
  • Kennewick, WA, United States
  • 10-22-13

AWESOME READ!

What did you love best about Beautiful Stranger?

The characteristics of "the Stranger"

What did you like best about this story?

If was a great book to read as a follow up to Fifty Shades trilogy

Which scene was your favorite?

The first night they stay together!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The last chapter!

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Get your difibulators because Max Stella swoon.

Have you listened to any of Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jonathan R. Cole should narrate all hunky British men, I'm looking at you Redheaded Series. Sweet baby cheesus and all the wise guys he could read stock quotes and I'd listen. And when he calls her Petal...*fans face* Max Stella could take me ehhummm.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end. We all know these types of stories end happy, that's why we listen. Well that and the ummm well let's put it this way: Night Club, Roof Top, Restaurant, Warehouse, Charity Party, Taxi, Office and I won't reveal the best because spoilers. <br/><br/>Max - "You could break my heart just know that, yeah" Now imagine the sexiest British accent saying that "yeah".

Any additional comments?

The story was engaging and the writing was excellent. The characters had purpose and the sex didn't overwhelm the story. Perfect blend of erotica and romance, much better than Beautiful Bastard. Now what are you waiting for go put that credit to good use.

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  • Ivy
  • Surrey, BC, Canada
  • 10-02-13

AMAZING!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most definitely. I am loving every book in this series but I have to admit that Jonathon Cole makes this sooooo worth listening to rather than reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max. He is adorable and so darn sexy!

What does Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Grace Grant does a great job bringing Sara to life but it's Jonathan Cole's smooth accent that really gave Max a voice. I could listen to him for hours. lol

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  • Michelle
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 08-16-13

More Max, Please!!!!

If you could sum up Beautiful Stranger in three words, what would they be?

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

Where to start?! Max is so very yummy and I loved getting to know Sarah! I couldn't take my earbuds out!! I absolutely loved Max's voice I was glued as soon as he started talking!The one critical comment I would have is that for the prolog and the first few minutes of the 1st chapter, I was so royally confused what character was talking.....I assumed the voice was Chloe, and it took a few minutes for me to realize that it was Sarah. This follows the same feedback I had with Beautiful Bastard. Grace Grant's female characters sound VERY similar, causing confusion. However is have to admit that her impression of Max's voice was almost as yummy as Jonathan Cole's!! Mr. Cole could read Webster Dictonary to me and I'd be swoon! Can't wait for Beautiful Bombshell!!

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LOVED the narrator!

If you read Beautiful Bastard (book 1), you have heard of Sara Dillon and Max Stella. Sara is Chloe’s friend and Max is Bennett’s friend. Not surprising that this would be the next book in the series.

In Beautiful Bastard we found out that Sara was going through some issues with her long time boyfriend and things were NOT going well for her. Beautiful Stranger starts out with Sara’s decision to have a fresh start at life. We find out what catapulted this change and continue to get more background as to what happened with her and the ex. Sara is a smart woman but naive when it comes to her ex fiancee. As she starts this new journey of hers, Sara begins to unleash a total sex vixen that she didn’t realize she’s been suppressing all her life.

Max was your typical big time millionaire business man bachelor. The best part, he’s not from New York. He’s British. If you love a man with an accent? Look no further. This hottie will NOT disappoint. There were many English sayings within this book that made Max seem more authentic in my eyes.

Sara’s need to start over allowed her to just go all out. She get to try things that she’s always dreamed or fantasized about. Max was ALL TOO willing to oblige her every whim. As in all romances the explosive sexual encounters turned into more and more until they just couldn’t get enough of each other.

Although I enjoyed this book, the characters, the narrators and of course the steamy sex scenes, I have to say that I loved Bennett just a little bit more. It’s that dirty talk that gets me every time.

Narrator note: Firstly Grace Grant it quickly moving to the top of my favorite narrator list. Her accents are great and she’s able to deliver quick jabs and sarcasm right on. Her male characters are even, dare I say SEXY!

Jonathan R Cole….well hello! This is my first time hearing his narration. I don’t know if he actually is British or not but DAMN his accent sounds PERFECT to me!! He made Max sound so unbelievably sexy and I loved every second of his narration. He reminds me of like a Gerard Butler. *swoon*

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  • renee
  • United States
  • 08-05-13

Effing Beautiful Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I loved the story. This book made me laugh out loud at work and I fast came to love Bennett the main male character. Also, the sex is good too

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Stranger?

Anytime Bennett said something, he was very funny.

Any additional comments?

Needs a mans voice in some parts it was hard to tell if it was Chloe talking or Bennett but the book was still great.

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Oh Heavens...

my my my... BS was so not BS... it was great and just want I needed. Max and Sara was so cute together and Chloe and Bennett even showed up. Bennett is full of ideas to please Sara and I was also please, There were great powpows that you can refer to as the mirror powpow, the library powpow, and etc.. LOL. Oh did I forget to say that he is a Britt? JRC did a great job. Once again GG did her thang. So worth a credit and Happy Listening!

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  • Judy
  • Evansville, IN, United States
  • 07-21-13

This was OK

This book kept my interest and I didn't have anything else. I have listen to better and worse...so this is for a time when you just need something.

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  • M
  • 07-18-13

Fantastic British male narrating voice

Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Stranger to be better than the print version?

I don't know. Maybe.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Stranger?

The end in the closet.

What about Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole ’s performance did you like?

British male narrator cooing erotica in my ears for hours is the best! <br/>The female narrator was great too but hey, preferances are preferances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Really happy with this one

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Couldn't put this one down

Any additional comments?

This is one of the best books I've listened to in a while. I really could not put it down. The story really drew me in from the beginning. I did not listen to the first book in the series but you really don't have to in order to follow along. It is worth using a credit on. I don't think you'll be disappointed.