Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages
Release Date: October 29, 2013
ARC provided my Gallery Books
When Hanna “Ziggy” Bergstrom moves to New York City for graduate school, Will Sumner thinks his responsibilities to his best friend’s nerdy little sister will be limited to the occasional dinner and check-in. Little does he know that Ziggy is ready to break out of her bookworm academic shell and move more into bombshell territory. Of course she figures the gorgeous womanizing venture capitalist Will is the best person to help mentor her in this new field of study: dating.
Will takes on the challenge with more than a healthy dose of skepticism and humor, but soon finds that Ziggy just needed a tiny push, not a world of change, to reveal a woman every man seems to notice. Soon “Ziggy” is gone and the unfiltered, innocently seductive Hanna Bergstrom is hijacking his dreams, his moods, and even his orderly no-strings-attached dating life—beginning the night his mentoring activities move between the sheets.
Thoughts on Beautiful Player
Will Sumner has known Hanna Bergstrom since she was twelve years-old. When her older brother and one of his closest friends asks him to help her get out more he agrees thinking he'll be helping out a old friend and his socially awkward sister. What he gets is Hanna.
Hanna is my new favorite character in the Beautiful Series. She's ridiculously smart and has absolutely no filter. At all. The banter between her and Will is Christina Lauren at their best. I laughed out loud several times and had my husband staring at me strangely more than once. What starts out as an easy friendship between Hanna and Will quickly evolves into highly charged sexual tension that had me breathing heavy along with Hanna. Seeing Will come to terms that he does want a relationship with Hanna all while throwing her mixed signals and miscommunication had me wanting to thump him in the head at times. Neither really knew what they were doing and it was like the blind leading the blind at times but Will's sweet sincerity and Hanna's word vomit made it all worth it.
Beautiful Player is one of my favorite books of this year. The chemistry between Hanna and Will is honest and playful. Fans of the series will love the crazy banter between all the characters and the steaminess that Christina Lauren is know for. It can kind of stand alone but to really appreciate the characters and their relationships newcomers should absolutely start at the beginning. You won't be disappointed.
Simon and Schuster has provided me with 2 copies of Beautiful Player to give away to my readers! To enter, leave a comment below telling me which Beautiful Bastard character is your favorite.
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Lauren (on the left) and Christina (on the right) have been writing all kinds of stories together since 2009. This is not the first erotic romance they’ve ever written . . . but it is the first one under this name. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties talk several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier.