'Beautiful Bastard' Authors Announce New Novel

Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings are bringing back Max and Stella from "Beautiful Stranger" for a new story that crosses over into their "Wild Seasons" series.

Things are about to get Beautiful, again. 

The writing team of Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings are bringing back Max and Sara from the Beautiful Stranger series for a fourth book. Beautiful Secret will be published in April 2015, preceded by a digital-only novella Beautiful Beloved, as the couple welcome an addition to their family. 

Beautiful Secret centers on the story of Max's inexperienced brother, Niall, who comes to New York from England for business, "has no clue when it comes to women" and gets "obliterated by one." And in a fun twist, the story intersects with their Wild Seasons series (which debuts in stores May 13). 

In a statement, the pair, who go by the pen name Christina Lauren, said, "We always wanted Wild Seasons to intersect with the Beautifuls, but we didn't anticipate that the merger would lead to two new additions to the Beautiful series! We are so happy that we followed our impulse, though … these books are just way too much fun to write!"

The original Beautiful Bastard series has sold 1.3 million copies, and a movie version is in development with Constantin Films. 

The two women are also joining nine other romance authors for the Belle on Wheels bus tour, which winds through Altanta, Dallas and other southern cities starting May 9.