Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren | Book Review

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren 

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Reading Group Rating: M for Mature

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: 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.

Cover: The cover depicts Will, wearing a pinstripe top rolled up to his elbows and a vest.  Like their other covers, you can't see the entirety of his face, which I personally love.

Summary: When Hanna's older brother tells her to contact his friend Will Sumner to get her out of the house and lab he accidentally sets the scene for Will Sumner and his sister to finally find love.  Hanna gets in contact with Will and they start going running every morning.  Will is no stranger to training for marathons and triathlons, but Hanna is no runner.  They talk as they run and Hanna is a girl with absolutely no filter.  She says whatever's on her mind and at first it really throws Will off, but he gets used to her eventually.  The two constantly call each other out in innuendos, their conversations are very much "That's What She Said" worthy.  Hanna asks Will to help her get laid, essentially.  However, when she brings him to a party, they decide showing is better than telling and that's the first they start getting to know each others bodies, let's say.  It doesn't take long for Will to fall for Hanna, but he has such a history with her family that he doesn't think he should have feelings for her.  Hanna goes on three dates with a boy named Dylan before deciding she wants Will, but he has a a schedule for the two girls he sleeps with.  Hanna quickly becomes close to Chloe, Bennett, Sara, and Max.  They all know that Will is head-over-heels for her and they all like her, but Hanna and Will never say they're dating.  Will comes home with Hanna for Easter, but on the way home Hanna sees a text one of Will's not girlfriends, Kitty, and realizes that this relationship means different things to them.  She starts to avoid him until the day of the half marathon that they do together.  Kitty is there and tells Hanna that she hasn't been with Will since February (pre bachelor party, which is right before he meets up with Hanna) and that he officially ended it with her.  After the race Hanna goes back to Will's place and apologizes for avoiding him.  They make up.  In the epilogue they're on the plane to Chloe and Bennett's wedding and Will tells Hanna he wants to propose to her.

My Review: Will and Hanna are my favorite couple out of the Beautiful Series!  I love that they don't break up, actually I love that Will doesn't let them break up.  Not that they were ever officially dating, but come on, they were dating.  He knows that Hanna must have interpreted something wrong and he gives her space, but never does he say they're broken up.  Hanna is so hilariously blunt and Will gets adorably jealous.  He never get annoyingly jealous like other characters in other books do sometimes, he doesn't try to talk Hanna out of anything she's doing, he just hates that she's doing it without him.  It's one of those classic 'I've known you forever, but I haven't seen you in a while and now I'm falling in love with you' stories, but Christina Lauren is able to put their own spin on it that hooks you in and makes you reread your favorite part (the epilogue when he hints at proposing to her on the plane even though they've only been dating for two/four months...swoon) over and over again.

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