Mr. Beautiful (Up in the Air #4) by RK Lilley
Male POV Companion novel. Does not stand alone.
Mr. Beautiful is like a an awesome gift to RK Lilley fans. We actually get a little visit with all of RK’s stories, and get to see them in a whole new light. Let me set this up by telling you what Mr. Beautiful is, and what it isn’t, so you know what you are buying.
Most of the book is scenes from the Up in the Air Series told from James or Stephan’s point of view. We learned a lot more about Stephan and Javier, and I loved that, and we got to see the extent of James’ obsession with Bianca. There are some great glimpses into the near and far future, and some lovely surprises, like visits with Tristan, Akira, and even a peek at Lourdes’s (from The Wild Side) book. Though the main story ends, the extras at the end were some of my favorite parts of the story, so keep reading, it is NOT over at 66%.
Mr. Beautiful is told in both past and present tense, and I was surprised how much we get from Stephan’s POV, which were actually my favorite parts of the story. Mr. Beautiful is NOT a book that can stand on its own. It is a companion book to the Up in the Air series, and to a lesser extent, the Tristan and Danika series. It fills in some blanks, but I have to say, my memories of details of the Up in the Air series were a little sketchy, and there were a few areas I struggled with, because I did not remember the details surrounding the situations.
Basically, the book is James, in Bianca’s hospital room, remembering back to some of the most important events in their history. I actually had to text Scheva for her to remind me why Bianca was in the hospital to begin with, so I will say that a quick refresh of the series either by reading reviews or skimming can make Mr. Beautiful an even richer experience. Once I had my memory jogged, I was totally drawn in. I loved reading the hero’s POV. Sometimes this doesn’t work for me in other books, but in this case it did. Where in some books the guy’s overwhelming love and obsession with the woman make them seem a bit pussyish, I didn’t ever feel that way about James, and I especially love when we see him feeling the same, decades later.
The true romance came from the slow lapse of time, the inexorable passing of days, weeks, months, years, decades.”
I can not truly say how much of this is completely new, and how much is a retelling of old scenes from James or Stephan’s point of views, because my memory is crap. To me, it felt like there were a lot of additional new scenes both from the past and of course, peeks into the future. We saw James’s feelings when he first met Bianca, and at the end of the book, we get to see that first airplane scene again, only this time from James’ POV (Can you say HOT?)
RK added a bunch of little scenes here and there, a few super short, that helped round out and complete some story lines and make the whole series come full circle.
My favorite was still his inner thoughts when he first saw Bianca.
Excuse me, Mr. Cavendish, I have to get back to work. Did you need something?”
You. Under me. For fucking days.
I gave her a neutral smile. “I’m fine. I guess I’ll leave you to it.”
She nodded. “Please ring your call button if you need anything at all.”
You. Spread out, restrained, open, helpless before me, purposed absolutely for my use.
There was no question here about the way James felt about Bianca. Not that there ever was in any of the books, but seeing it first hand from James just makes it that much more potent.
My absolute favorite parts though, were Stephan’s chapters. This was all new and I loved reading more about Stephan’s past. His story is heartbreaking and brought a much deeper understanding to him that I adored. I also loved seeing his feelings and relationship with Javier develop from his point of view. I really connected with how he felt about Bianca and why. Their friendship became so much more in reading this.
We met when we were broken seeds, when we were still being formed into something. We had to grow together to survive. Some part of us will always be like that, connected and growing together. We’re different flowers, but we’re nurtured from the same damaged root.”
When I say this is like a gift to RK’s loyal fans, I mean it, because she gives us a little more from all of her books. We get some Frankie, some Tristan and Danika, including some Jared >sniff< , some Lana and Akira, and even a glimpse at a Wild Side spin off and the next Heretic Daughter. Don’t put it down thinking it’s over!!! There are lots of great bonuses!
- I love anything with more from RK.
- That we really visited every one of our favorite characters.
- Made the whole series come full circle, including Tristan And Danika’s series.
- Lots of little mentions of things that brought closure to lots of little things that you never even realized needed it.
- I loved James’s whole issue with the security guard.
- Super hot sex (of course!), Mr. Ana thanks you RK (and so do I!), these scenes were easy to read out loud to him because they were from the male side (if you are wondering why the review is a day late….it’s RK’s fault! 😉 )
- Stephan’s chapters were amazing, especially his scenes with Javier (I’m not usually a m/m fan, but I loved this).
- The horse scene again from James’s POV (LOVE that scene!)
- Mr. Beautiful is very much a companion novel, and doesn’t really refresh your memory. It’s been a while since I read the books, and had to text a friend for a quick refresher.
- It’s a bit disjointed. I’m not sure why some chapters were in the back as bonuses instead of included in the main part, but they were fun to read at the end anyway. (I am assuming that those scenes in the back appeared already on various blogs, because one of them appeared on mine! See it here.)
- Though I am fine with the price tag of the other books in the series, I feel like since this one is almost a gift to her loyal fans, and is not quite a book on it’s own, it could have been cheaper. I think a $3.99 price tag would have been more appropriate, though I still think any fan of the series should grab it anyway.
Rating: 4.25 stars, 5 heat
Honestly, as I read this, it was mostly a 5 star read. I try never to review based on price, but in this case I can’t help but bring it up. Because Mr. Beautiful isn’t necessary to the series storyline, and it’s all basically delicious bonuses, I think the price tag is a bit steep, which held me back from rating a bit higher. Still, I believe it was worth it.
I love this series with all of my heart, and I love Tristan and Danika even more, so to see glimpses of the future, and get any more from these couples is TOTALLY worth it to me. I think it’s a MUST READ for all RK Lilley fans, but you just need to know what you are buying going in. There is not a ton of new storyline, but there is a good amount. I, for one, LOVED seeing James’s POV of scenes I already loved.