Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren
This is an adult contemporary romance
(Four and a half Will Hearts)
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.
Although this book isn’t a total friends to lovers story as they weren’t friends from way back, it still has that heart to the story. And what a friend Will turns out to be. I love Will because he’s a no-nonsense guy who’s open about what he feels. He tells the truth so everyone is on the same page.
Hanna, on the other hand, is clueless but has crushed on Will longer than he saw her more than his best friend’s little sister.
For the most part, this story is great and I ignore the misunderstandings due to lack of communication. Mostly because this author duo makes it ring true and fit with the story and personality with the characters. However MINOR SPOILER, the last misunderstanding where there is total breakdown in communication didn’t ring true for me. I can’t see how either character says nothing.
Unfortunately, that sort of ruined things for me. When they resolved things, I wasn’t smiling. I wasn’t happy. It took the last few lines to draw out a smile for me because I was ready for the couple not to be together if they couldn’t overcome their communication issues. The fact that someone else had to point out the obvious and she couldn’t figure it out on her own, also bothered me. It’s fiction and most won’t have the same issues I had with the story. But I read too many books. Therefore, I’m a little picky.
However, all in all, I really liked this one and wish that I could give it five shiny hearts.
Grace Grant and Sebastian York do a good job with the narration.
Overall, you should probably pick this one up. One of the better books I’ve read this year.
My book boyfriend Will.
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