Blog Tour & Book Review: Beautiful Stranger by Hedonist Six

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Beautiful Stranger

by Hedonist Six
Chance Encounters #2
My Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Realistic Romance

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Synopsis: A sexy older man, younger woman romance…

Age and wealth are just numbers, right?

Twenty-four year old Claudia has always been the sensible one. From her boring call centre job right down to her practical wardrobe; flash and extravagant are not part of her normal vocabulary. She may live in Ascot, the home of British horse racing, but the presence of all the moneyed revellers blocking her route home from work are more of a nuisance than a thrill. Until one of them catches her eye…

Peter’s life couldn’t be more different. All his life he’s worked hard to make it in the banking industry, to give his wife all she’s ever wanted. After a day of sipping champagne and watching the races, an indiscretion of hers with Peter’s colleague changes this picture-perfect vision of middle class life forever. He decides to cut and run, only, he hasn’t a clue where he’s going.

A chance meeting by the side of the road brings them together, making them forget their opposing backgrounds. Is passion alone enough to overcome their differences?

Chance Encounters is a series of stand-alone novellas set in jolly old England, following a set of loosely connected people as they find love in unexpected places. Can love conquer all, from class differences to age gaps? Read on and find out.

Series Reading Order:
One Night Stand (Released 7th October 2016)
Beautiful Stranger (Released 7th November 2016)
Only a Taste (Releasing 7th December 2016)

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My Review: This was my first book by Hedonist Six and I must say I am very impressed. She didn’t write your typical love story. I like that Peter is older than Claudia – their age gap is significant enough to almost be too old (one of her friends jokingly calls him her sugar daddy); he is 41 and she is 24. Throughout the book it seems like they are closer in age thought; there are times when he comes across as younger than his age & she appears older than her age, at least maturity & responsibility wise. This does not appear to be a typical insta-love story. Yes there is undeniably an instant connection between the two, but as the story progresses we begin to think that it might just be lust, and not love. I like that the author kept me guessing as to what the outcome would be.
I love that this story takes place in England – it’s on my list of places I want to visit eventually so I love reading about it. The lingo, the culture, everything about England seems fun to me. I must say, when she decided to take Peter home while he sobered up I got so frustrated; is that ok in England or did her parents just NOT tell her not to bring strangers home?! Things didn’t turn out nearly as I thought they would at first (with her bringing home a stranger but also with their relationship in general) and I was pleasantly surprised. These two characters are from such different walks of life; there were moments where I got a serious ‘Pretty Woman’ vibe from their encounter. I do like that no matter how many times she doubts him or their relationship, Peter seems determined to prove to Claudia how much she means to him.

DON’T MISS THE FIRST BOOK IN THE CHANCE ENCOUNTERS SERIES, ONE NIGHT STAND!

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Synopsis: From casual encounter to something more?

Lucy is used to having a handle on things herself: her business, which she’s fighting to turn around after a rough patch, and her love life, which consists of carefully conducted casual encounters during which only she calls the shots.

A one night stand with George – the tall, husky biker whose rough exterior hides a gentler side – changes everything. Lucy’s usual approach doesn’t work anymore: come morning, she doesn’t want to say goodbye. Perhaps it’s time to let someone into her life for more than just one night?

Meanwhile, the crucial project she’s just landed is about to fall to pieces, threatening her reputation as well as her finances. Suddenly Lucy has to learn what it’s like to not be in control of anything at all.

Chance Encounters is a series of stand-alone contemporary romance novellas set in jolly old England, following a set of loosely connected people as they find love in unexpected places. Can love conquer all, from class differences to age gaps? One-click and find out.

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ABOUT HEDONIST SIX

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Call me “H.” or Hedonist if you prefer. I’m a Romance writer based in London and I’ve always been a dreamer, though it didn’t occur to me to write down the stories I kept dreaming up until 2012. You’ll not find flowery language and poetry in my work. What you will find though is believable characters, none of whom perfect, going through life and trying to find happiness. Just like the rest of us.

I first started writing because I craved to see more of “my kind of books” on the shelves. In any scenario, you’ll find me rooting for the underdog. The (emotionally) scarred hero who hasn’t really had much (or any) luck in love. The shy office worker who wants to pursue the man of her dreams, but hasn’t quite mustered the courage yet. All my characters are beautifully flawed and messed up, in a way that makes them perfect for one another.

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