Gallery: S. & S. (Beautiful, Bk. 5). Nov. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781501127991. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501128004. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarWhen Pippa Bay Cox discovers her boyfriend Mark's infidelity, she decides to take a break from it all (terrible job and murky London scene included) and clear her head with a visit to family in Boston. Pippa is seated next to the handsome yet rigid Jensen Bergstrom on her flight, and her words flow as freely as the in-flight alcohol, much to Jensen's dismay. The two part on awkward terms and unexpectedly reunite on a group trip through Northeast wineries. Meticulous, uptight Jensen is undone by Pippa's openhearted charm, and the two embark on what they both imagine is a temporary fling. But as each faces the ghost of past decisions, they realize a big leap toward the unknown might be in store. Writing duo Christina Lauren bring their characteristic blend of drama, sex, and silliness to this conclusion to the "Beautiful" series, tempering the heavier topics of unresolved heartbreak and crippling loneliness with rogue garden sprinklers, humorous banter, and impromptu wood-chopping contests. Happy endings abound as each "Beautiful" pair find their own version of domestic bliss.
VERDICT This feel-good read showcases a raunchy reunion of each beloved character in the series. Sure to be a hit among loyal fans.

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