Author: Christina Lauren
Rating: 3 Stars
Dates read: 21 May 19 – 22 May 19
Publication date: 18 Nov 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
Don’t get me wrong, I really like the playful flanter that goes on between Bennett and Chloe, but now as I have been introduced to Will and Hanna, I don’t care about these two nearly as much. I do, however, really like seeing the development of the past characters that we have introduced to and seeing how the lives they’ve been living while we have been reading about other have been developing, especially in conjunction with the newer characters.
I like that, even under the stress of wedding plans and family pressures, Christina Lauren manages to stay true to the character’s that they have created. Somehow, the reactions, relationships, and conversations, feel like they come naturally, and I almost feel like I know them that well myself now. The tension between them toes the line of being crazy and romantic and loving and is exactly how I would imagine they’re wedding preparations to develop.
The wedding location an setting was a brilliant place to get all the characters we have known and loved together in one place. Setting this in San Diego where Bennett and Chloe’s love blossomed and became evident to them was a stroke of genius and really added to the story in a way that was more relevant for the fans of the whole series and not just giving this a go.
I’m also pleased, and enjoyed, the obvious character progression and hinting that goes on in this that cleanly links the previous instalments, with the ones that have yet to come, without losing anything of the characters and stories that have already been introduced and established.