Beautiful Dream (Beautiful Series Book 2) by Paige Laurens

This is the second book in the Beautiful series.

Luci Cunningham had a heart-wrenching affair with her high school chemistry teacher. Beautiful Torment (Beautiful Series #1) told the story, ending with Luci, now a college senior home on winter break, bringing her sister a paper she forgot at home. Walking through the doors of her old high school is jarring, especially as she’s still trying to overcome her broken heart. The last thing she told Josh Harrington was to never speak to her again, so when she runs into him all these years later she’s caught off guard. Sparks fly, but it’s probably just old feelings resurfacing. She’s still furious with his lies and deceit, but more so she’s totally surprised when he asks her out on a date – the one thing she wanted during their time together.

For Luci Cunningham the pain Mr. Harrington inflicted remains in the forefront of her mind, but Josh Harrington is dead set on winning her back, no matter the cost. Just try not to fall in love with him as he works on getting Luci to forgive and forget.

I enjoyed this book. The characters are good and the storyline continue on well.

Luci is a great character. I like how there’s a time jump, because she grows up and matures in this book. I also love Josh. He’s a great character. I loved the duel point of view in this book and I felt getting inside both of their heads added to the story.

Luci had every right to be mad at him and I’m glad she gave him a hard time. I’m also glad that he managed to win her over. He needed to grovel. The spark between them was always there and I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other again, and properly. I found it sweet how neither of them was able to move on in their time apart. They were truly meant to be together.

The storyline was good. There was enough happening outside of their relationship to keep the story flowing, while also keeping the focus on both Luci and Josh.

The ending was good. It was a happy one and it was really nice to see Josh and Luci have the start of thir future together. It seemed like an end to their story so I’d be intrigued how the future planned books would lead on from that.

I dropped a star because there were a few obvious errors in this book, although they didn’t take anything away from the story. My other issue is that even though I like Josh and Luci, still after this book, I’m not as emotionally invested as I usually get with characters. As I said about the first book, there’s just something stopping me from completely becoming invested in them.

Overall, I would recommend this book, and I enjoyed the storyline and the characters.

My rating: 4/5*

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