A Review of 'Beautiful Player' by Christina Lauren
"Beautiful Player" by Christina Lauren is the third book in the "Beautiful Bastard" series. The romance novel follows the love story of Hanna Bergstrom and Will Sumner, 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.
The book is a steamy romance novel with plenty of sexual tension and chemistry between the two main characters. Christina Lauren does a great job of building up the tension and keeping the reader on their toes as to whether or not the couple will end up together. The characters are well-developed and relatable, making it easy for readers to become invested in their story.
One of the strengths of the book is the way it deals with the theme of power dynamics in relationships. Will is a successful businessman who is used to getting what he wants, while Hanna is a talented artist who is trying to make a name for herself. The two characters have to navigate their different levels of power and success in order to make their relationship work.
Another strength of the book is its humor. The characters are quick-witted and their banter is both witty and enjoyable. This helps to balance out the steamy scenes and keeps the story from becoming too heavy.
However, some readers may find the book's graphic sexual content to be off-putting. Additionally, some of the characters' actions, while not necessarily morally questionable, may be seen as selfish or not entirely likable.
Overall, "Beautiful Player" is a steamy, well-written romance novel with relatable characters and a strong exploration of power dynamics in relationships. While it may not be for everyone, fans of the genre will enjoy this installment in the "Beautiful Bastard" series.