Office & Workplace

Book Review: Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard, #3)

Book synopsis: 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’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.

My review: Can I get a hell yeah? What a storyline! I pretty much fell in lust for Will Sumner during Beautiful Stranger. Not his Casanova ways but his brilliant mind, sharp wit and scathing sarcasm, I thought he was a very good character all round and Beautiful Player didn’t change my mind one way or the other.

If anything Will came across as a more well rounded character than he did previously – he was still the same Will but he was just more. In the beginning he was still a Casanova with his scheduled conjugal visits with Kitty and Kirsty but as Max said previously a woman will be his undoing – and what a woman.

Hanna “Ziggy” Bergstrom is the epitome of closeted geek. She’s delightfully awkward in any social situation, more comfortable in sweat pants than in a dress and heels and too smart for her own good.  She’s a virgin in theory – and by in theory I mean she’s lost her ‘V’ card but is a virgin in nearly every aspect thereafter – she’s almost always holed up in her lab working and doesn’t have many friends.  Her brother Jensen stages an intervention and demands she contact Will Sumner.

From that point on Hanna gains insight on how to be sexy, how to have sex in a way that is good for all involved and generally how to be more sociable.  It’s an interesting transition to witness for sure.  The plot line goes along much the same way throughout the book, but it also brings into the mix Hanna’s family as Will is Jensen’s best friend and an old family friend – it complicates matters to be sure but also makes things a little easier.

The character building throughout is on par with the other two installments and builds steadily rather than throwing everything at you all at once and confusing the reader.  The writing style didn’t jump erratically like some books can which I approved of; I also approved of the little perk Christina & Lauren included in this book and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment.

Will and Hanna are just amazing characters!

Series: Beautiful Bastard

The Verdict: 5 stars

For: Lovers of men who love women too much, dirty talking alpha men who meet their match in the most unusual of places and of geeky women who know just what to say to get what they want.

Publication details: October 29th, 2013

Format: Kindle, 432 pages

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