Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.
When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?
Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’ss discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.
I’m just a little bit in love with this series. Ok, ok…I’m a lot in love with this series. I want to climb into it and live there. The writing duo who make up Christina Lauren are geniuses. Each book just gets better and Beautiful Player is no exception to that rule. What started as fan fiction has warped into the all consuming awesomeness that I can’t get enough of.
In this installment we meet Hanna who is the classic bookworm, workaholic, quiet beauty who has lived outside of the crowd for as long as she can remember. She’s incredibly smart but totally inexperienced in a social capacity. The woman has zero filter which often resulted in me cracking up over the things she would say. When her brother challenges her to get out of the lab and hang out with a friend of his she reluctantly agrees because said friend was the object of many teenage obsessions of hers. But knowing she needs to branch out she agrees and meets up with Will. Upon seeing him again after all these years she’s surprised that her old desires reemerge quite quickly. Soon he’s attempting to help her enter the dating world and in the process teaching her her to interact with people. As she learns what she likes and dislikes she’s left with the knowledge that what she craves the most is Will’s touch.
Will has always been the playboy. Moving from bed to bed with ease and no strings. Helping his best friend’s little sister is no big deal to him, until he starts to develop feelings for a woman who thinks he doesn’t have it within his capacity to stick with one woman. He finds himself jealous when she goes out on dates that aren’t with him and he isn’t sure how to convince her of his new found feelings when he cant even explain it to himself. She ends up teaching him how to be a better man which is a complete role reversal of how things started. Hanna is unable to see the changes in Will simply because she’s never been down this road before. She thinks they’re just fooling around because that’s what he told her. She’s too green to notice things like unspoken words, body language and just male behavior. She’s afraid to voice her own growing feelings for Will because she doesn’t want to scare him off. They dance around each other for the majority of the book, each feeling the same thing but unable to tell the other.
I absolutely adored the back and forth banter not only between Hanna and Will but Will and his friends. Bennett and Chloe and Sara and Max play integral parts in helping Will figure out what he truly wants in life. While they razz him often they all care about him and talk him down when he starts to freak out over how things are progressing with Hanna. The women also help Hanna by becoming her friends and showing her there is more to life than the lab she’s pledged her life to for so long. The camaraderie of the group is really felt by the readers and gives the characters a more lifelike quality.
So obviously I adored this book and can’t wait for the next novella that should be out November 18th in which Bennett and Chloe finally head for the alter. It will be bittersweet because I think it might be the end of the series and I really don’t want to give it up yet. This is one of those series that I will keep and revisit from time to time. Wonderfully done, fully engaging and laugh out loud funny, Beautiful Player is a definite winner!
I give Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren 4.50 stars!