My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳The fifth and FINAL installment to the Beautiful series has finally hit new adult shelves, and it has broken many hearts by letting us know that this series is saying a loving goodbye but keeping the wonderful memories of each individual couple, flowing strong…
➳Christina Lauren have concluded this series with a head on strong game! Pippa and Jensen are two unexpected characters that I did not 100% believe would ever, EVER match. Both of them are from different poles of the earth, one from the South Pole and the other from the North Pole, but what brings them together is that they both fit emotionally.
➳So the story… Pippa is a British descendant who encounters her boyfriend (ex later on) in her bed “shagging” another woman. This is where the story initially starts off. She yells at him, tells him to move out, etc. I found it rather funny the way she kicked him out. This is where we come to understand Pippa’s character. She is so full of energy and selfless love, but most importantly she is LOVES sex hahahaha! She also has lesbian mothers which I found rather refreshing reading about, and anti-cliche. Jensen on the other hand, is a man on a mission to become partner at his firm. His head has been focused strongly on his job that he did not take the time to appreciate the bachelor life after he got a divorce from his ex-wife, Becky. He is the older brother of Hanna, also known as Ziggy. Jensen and Pippa meet sitting next to each other on a airplane flight to Boston to meet common friends that they did not know they both had…
➳Their airplane encounter does not fittingly suit Jensen because he thinks that Pippa is a creature from another world. She is candor with him about her ex and her current life, while he just simply listens but tried to avoid by listening to music. When they both landed, they did not realize that they had mutual friends… This is when the rest of the gang comes in! Bennett and Chloe, Max and Sara, Will and Hanna, and Niall and Ruby. Their love is still there, and in this book even though we do not read their perspective stories as the previous individual books provided, their love and passion for each other is still there and shown with a strong charisma.
➳All the couples (not including Chloe and Bennett because Chloe is FINALLY pregnant in this one) with the addition of Pippa and Jensen, have planned to go on a winery tasting trip. Throughout the trip, Pippa and Jensen come to a conclusion that their relationship for the next three weeks could lead to them having a fling which they both encouragingly support, but what they did not know is that they would come upon Jensen’s ex-wife with her current husband Cam. This leads the “couple” to saying that they are married and the face marriage leads them to have feelings for each other that they did not want to share with each other. In the back of her mind, Pippa believes that Jensen is not in a current state to ask for more than just a fling, but when you come across his pov you realize that she is wrong;
➳”Pippa was sexy; that wasn’t the issue. She was beautiful; that wasn’t the issue. At issue was her type of beauty, her type of sensuality-flamboyant, loud, bright-and how I knew, in my bones, that she wasn’t right for me. At issue was also my ambivalence about relationships, and the odd, instinctive recoil I had developed as a response to them…”
➳Throughout their vacation, or as Pippa would call it- their holiday, in the back of their mind they would also be thinking upon the days that they had left together. How they both have learned that needing each other is something that is there, it’s present and living, like the air depends on their connecting love;
➳”I was chatty, he was thoughtful. I was eccentric, he was classic. But when we came together, we worked.”
➳Can we talk about the EPILOGUES?! Yes that’s correct! Multiple epilogues that I did NOT expect at all! Christina and Lauren have brought us an abundance of epilogues that lead to the finale of this series, making you bawl your eyes out and cry a river full of salty tears! Epilogues all coming in with different perspectives leading to one finale scene that makes you wish for a life like theirs…
➳At the end of the day, I laughed, I screamed, I loved, and I also cried over this story. To me this story was simply in a positive way. I can go all out and also say that I was expecting more books to this series but oh well… I WILL come out and say my future prediction though… Mock my words, because Christina Lauren better come back in the near future with the love stories of all the children being all grown up. I predict that they will, and their love will also keep a memory and sweet spot in my heart just as the Beautiful has done today!
➳Hero rating: 5.0
➳Heroine rating: 5.0
➳Sexual tension rating: 4.0
➳Sex scenes rating: 4.0
➳Sex scenes frequency: 4.0
➳Plot rating: 4.5
➳Dialogue rating: 4.5
➳Storytelling rating: 4.5
➳Story ending rating: 5.0