Beautiful Player (Beautiful Series, Book #5) by Christina Lauren
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: We are now on book #5 and with every book in a series, the same question is asked. . .Can this be read as a stand alone? I suppose it can, but you should really take this series in the order they have been written. Player is going to give us Will and Hanna’s story, while getting us caught up with Bennett and Chloe as well as Max and Sara. So, unless you’ve already enjoyed their stories, you’re not going to enjoy the full Beautiful experience. Again, for those taking notes here is the order so far, Bastard⇒Bitch⇒Stranger⇒Bombshell⇒Player.
Player will be told through the POV’s of both Will and Hanna.
Hanna Bergstrom is a workaholic. So much so, that her family, her brother (Jensen) and dad in particular, are becoming increasingly concerned about her social life or lack thereof. Hanna is in New York along with Jensen’s friend from college, none other than. . .Will Sumner. So, Jensen arranges for Hanna and Will to hang out, really just an opportunity for Hanna to increase her social circle. Will spent a lot of time with Hanna and her family while he and Jensen were in college, even interning one summer for her dad. But, little does anyone know, Hanna harbored a secret crush on Will for years. Needless to say, things should get real interesting.
We met Will in Stranger and got to know him a little more in Bombshell. He is the science half of Stella and Sumner, the business he and Max run. One thing we learned about Will. . .he likes the ladies, in fact, he constantly gives both Max and Bennett a hard time for getting tied down to just one pussy, so surely you know where this is going, right?
Things start going really well with Will and Hanna. He has her running with him almost every morning, he’s introduced her to Chloe and Sara and enlisted their help in sort of making Hanna over, not that she really needs it, she just spends so much time in the lab (she is also on the science side) that her wardrobe kind of takes a back seat. With everything going so well, it doesn’t take too long for Will to start seeing Hanna as Hanna and not Ziggy (her childhood nickname). Not just her childhood nickname, but the only name Will actually knew her by, he didn’t even know her name was Hanna.
One of the things that Will loves about Hanna is her lack of a filter. She tends to just say what is on her mind, whenever it pops in. She is especially curious about sex. She’s not a virgin by any means, but she also knows the reputation that comes along with Will. It only takes one night at a party for the relationship to quickly go from friends to the kind of friends who fuck.
That’s really the gist of Player. There is of course some drama that will come along with Will and Hanna, I mean Will is fucking a close friends little sister, so there’s that stress and not to mention whenever you have one person who lacks a ton of experience and another who has passed the experience around, things will get tense. But like always, I certainly don’t want to ruin any of the fun that comes along with the journey. You gotta walk through that yourself.
Like I said at the beginning of this post. . .we get caught up with both the Bastard and the Stranger in Player, so that’s why I feel it’s really important to have read this series in order. But anyway, Bennett and Chloe are in the middle of wedding planning hell while Max and Sara are still busy ravishing one another and will have some important news of their own. Again, this is a really good ensemble series and Player really highlights why. The camaraderie between Will, Bennett, and Max is on point and if you loved the relationship between Chloe and Sara before, adding Hanna to the mix is certainly going to have you falling even harder. The entire Beautiful cast is so well written, you will almost feel like you’re a part of them, that’s how well it sucks you in. I know, cheesy, but true.
We’ve gone through a couple of different kinds of fucking with these Beautiful men. Bennett and Chloe gave us some very aggressive, albeit super hot, fucking. We got to create a fuck-it list with Max and Sara, so really, how much hotter can it get? Well, his name is Will and get ready to lose the panties ladies, because Will and Hanna’s sexual relationship is all about education. She’s not a virgin, just inexperienced, but man oh man, once Will opens those floodgates, Hanna realizes just what it is she has been missing. With any great series you think one couple is definitely going to be your fav, until you read the next book in the series and fall even harder for that couple. Well, that is my world, because this BXTCH loves her some Will.
I can usually determine my addiction to a book by how often I find myself cracking open the iPad. If I find myself waiting in the school pick-up line reading OR telling my husband that he can run into the store without me, just so I can read OR escaping to the bathroom just to get in a couple of pages, then I’m quite certain I have become addicted. Christina Lauren has a very special gift of being able to really captivate you and make it almost impossible to put down, that’s why I insist on reading this series in order, because it is that hypnotizing. One-click, dive in, escape, TRUST, it’s worth it.
We’re about to move on to book #6 and it’s THE WEDDING!! On a side note, I thought this series had only 9 books, but I just realized on Amazon, that a book #10 is coming out in October (2016) and will actually be the series finale. So, my original plan to finish all 9 books this month is still on track, I’m actually halfway through book #7, so look out BXTCHES, I may actually accomplish something that I have started. Stay tuned.