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Beautiful Player | [Christina Lauren]

Beautiful Player

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?
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Publisher's 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.

©2013 Christina Lauren (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Katheryne MD, United States 12-04-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "5 Smoking Hot Stars!"

    I just love the Beautiful B* series. It's so hard to pick a favorite when it comes to these guys. I wasn't sure I would even like Will since he is such a player. However, he was so charming and honest that I couldn't help but fall for him. Like the other books in this series there is plenty of HOTNESS! Which is what I love best about this series. I just hope we get more from this fantastic writing duo.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jordy 11-02-13
    Jordy 11-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "another hot installment in the Beautiful series!"

    Honestly, this is a definite improvement from the first book. Beautiful Player is about Hanna and Will. We meet Will briefly in Beautiful Bombshell when the guys are in Vegas for Bennett’s bachelor party. He is successful, smart and handsome “player”- lives by his own rules and doesn’t want to commit to a serious relationship. Then he receives a phone call from his best friend’s little sister Ziggy aka Hannah. After meeting up for an early morning run the pair strike up a friendship and find themselves meeting up daily. The more time Will spends with Hannah the more he begins to doubt his own no strings attached lifestyle. Will was shocked to see that this little sister has actually grown to be a smart good looking woman and she wants him to be her dating coach. Hanna (“Ziggy”) has been focused on her career for a long time and needs someone to “teach” her how to improve her dating life.
    I really liked this story. It is fun, sweet, HOT and interesting. Will and Hanna’s relationship is an absolute rollercoaster. They want each other but both of them make mistakes and are often insecure about their feelings. However their passion and attraction is just amazing!! The alternating views was perfect to ensure we knew just what each character was thinking, and helped guide the book to new depths. Each of these stories are filled with just the right combination of drama, sexual tension and chemistry, and Beautiful Player is a fantastic addition to the Beautiful Series. A complete must buy for any fan of romance with a heavy dose of smut. 

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-02-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 11-02-13 Member Since 2009

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Candy for my ears and Soul"
    Any additional comments?

    candy :) This series is pure delectable candy, sweet and sugarcoated with just the right amount of sexy steam - Hanna aka "Ziggy" is in a slump, it seems like all she does is work and spend all her free time in the lab. Her family is concerned since Hanna has no social life. Hanna's brother Jenson encourages Hanna to reach out to Will. Will was Jenson's college best-friend and spent tons of time with Hanna's family when she was growing up. Hanna was the younger sister and spent her summer fantasizing about the older Will, but Hanna was not even on Will's radar. Will is a player....plain and simple. He's cocky, sexy, confidant and even has hook-ups(woman) he has scheduled days of the week with. Fans of the series will love this installment and adore Will. If you haven't read the series yet, what are you waiting for..... Dive on in and Enjoy !!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-02-13
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "OMG...Left me breathless and shaking!"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Player?

    Everything...I did not think it could get any hotter than Chloe and Bennett! The narration was to die for! I could not stop listening but I didn't want it to end. If you have loved BB and BS you will not be disappointed by BP.....


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Player to and why?

    This Beautiful Series are a genre all their own....


    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant and Sebastian York – was your favorite?

    Sebastian does a wonderful Hanna, my favorite of the listen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I don't know...this listen has left me speechless!


    Any additional comments?

    Can it get any better????If it does I cannot wait for Beautiful Beginnings!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 10-31-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I forgot how good these were!!!"

    I almost pushed this book into my wishlist, I am kind of over insta love stories right now, but I'm SO glad I bought it! These books have the same sharp wit I remember from shows like the West Wing...it's quick, it's witty, it's cerebral, it's magical!

    This is the story of Will, friend of Bennett and Max, stars of Beautiful Bastard, and Beautiful Stranger. Will is a scientist and he is a player...well as he puts it he has "friends" but no one he would introduce as a girlfriend. His best friend Jensen has a problem, his baby sister is so obsessed with her graduate program that she isn't acting 24, she's acting 74! She has no life, no interests outside of school, and Jensen wants Will to show her how to balance lab work and life. Will has known Hannah since she was 12, nice kid, glad to help his buddy out....too bad Hannah grew up to be soooo hot!

    Hannah is a lab geek, she wears her brothers old sweatshirts and enjoys her time in the lab. When her father and brother suggest she get out and make friends and her brother suggests she call his buddy Will...well Hannah can think of worse people to hang out with than her 31 year old childhood crush! When they meet up and he calls her by her family nickname "ziggy" Hannah realizes this slice of man hunk doesn't even know her real name....okay well there went that fantasy!

    The book is engaging and funny and had me laughing out loud and slapping my stearing wheel....some parts are just that good! I felt there was about 2 hours of made up miscommunication drama which annoys me, or I would have given it 5 stars. If you haven't started the series it is highly recommended if you like hot scenes with an excellent intelligent banter and a decent plot.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 11-01-13
    BluBumbleB 11-01-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "5++ STARS!!! I LOVED IT!!!"

    Superbly written, super hot, laugh till your sides hurt funny, and then some!!! I can't say enough great things about this story. I couldn't wait until it was released, because I am a true diehard fan of all things Christina Lauren, and every 'Beautiful' is an instant purchase for me. I hung on every word, and laughed out loud several times--in public--yes, I couldn't stop listening so I just didn't care if people stared. Hanna and Will--I ADORE these two, and the rest of the crew make me want to be a part of their little clique. If you haven't already listened to the 'Beautifuls', shame on you! Start from the beginning with Beautiful Bastard, download them all today, you will love yourself for it!

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    Stacey Mosteller Charlotte, NC, United States 10-31-13
    Stacey Mosteller Charlotte, NC, United States 10-31-13
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    "Will's my new favorite!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Player again? Why?

    Absolutely! I love Grace Grant and Sebastian York's narration of the characters! And, the story is amazing!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the interactions between Will and Hanna, as well as Will's personality. He seems like such a player, but he's really just a big softie :)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh gosh...it's so hard to pick just one! Hmm, OH! it would have to be the scene at the party where Hanna leads Will into the bedroom. *fans self*


    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful Player and why?

    Definitely Will. He was just so honest! If Hanna caught him staring at her chest, he didn't make excuses, he just told her why he liked them. He was patient with her, and even when her extremely frank comments would come out, he'd let her express herself. He never tried to limit her in any way. Even when she was breaking his heart.


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    Deborah Camp Tulsa, OK, US 10-31-13
    Deborah Camp Tulsa, OK, US 10-31-13 Member Since 2013

    Author of more than 50 novels. I read mostly romances and love adult romance erotica and historical romances set in the 1870 1880 west.

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    "Another Winner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I love these Beautiful books! This one was sweet and sexy, funny, interesting and real.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Christina Lauren again?

    I already do. I have listened to Beautiful Bastard a couple of times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to pick just one. When Hannah was asking about oral and anal sex was very funny.


    Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful Player and why?

    WILL! No need to say more.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next one about Ben and Chloe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda United States 10-31-13
    Wanda United States 10-31-13

    Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!

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    "THESE BOOK ARE SO WELL DONE, I LOVE THEM ALL.."
    Would you listen to Beautiful Player again? Why?

    Oh I already have, and the reason, cause I don't want to miss one word of it. It's that good.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Player to and why?

    It don't, it's the Will and Hannah story, and well done I might add.


    Have you listened to any of Grace Grant and Sebastian York ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes, I have, and I think these two should do a lot of these book type of books together, they are great and who ever is writing books like these should beg these two to read them, They do amazing things to books of hot romance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and did so.. and then got up today and re-listened to it. It's that wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    This book and it's hard to say, may be my favorite.. and that is saying a lot. it's hard because I like the Max and Sara story as well.. but let me say, I waited for this to arrive knowing that once it got here, nothing was going to get done ANYWHERE as long as I got this book. This book had all of my attention and it was well worth it.. Amazing job to the Authors can't wait until you bring more of these two into our lives. Thank you Christina and Lauren. You are fabulous. This book was a home run..Take note: anyone that is writing, these ladies know how to write a Hot, funny, intelligent romance novel. It has it all. These are what we look for in books, Or I do. Outstanding job meeting Will and Hannah. I loved them.. First book I have listen to on Audible in a while, cause you just can't find this any more.. I love it. There are not enough stars to let people know it's that good and a wonderful book. And not enough books like these out there.. Not this good.. Only a handful of writers can write like this.. And I own all those books..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 11-01-13
    Leesa 11-01-13 Member Since 2012

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Playboy Down!"

    Well the mighty playboy is toppled. Will goes from having multiple lovers to being captivated by a brainy, sexy woman. I did enjoy this series of books and I like this type of narration also. I have to be honest and say this one was my least favorite in the series, but it still was good. I prefer more angst in my books. Its a simple "guy meets the woman that changes him" book with some pretty good sexy parts. It's not gonna scorch your eardrum but it is pleasant. I would recommend getting this one if you want to complete your collection, or if it's on sale. I just prefer to use my credits on the smoking hot books.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Fiona
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    "Big brothers bad boy best friend oooh its good!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Player to be better than the print version?

    Chapters switch between the two lead characters and the plot is from both their perspectives
    Will is that boy who ignored you when you were a kid, the one who is too dangerous to fall for but what is he falls for you?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Will was irresitable


    Have you listened to any of Grace Grant and Sebastian York ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard these narrate before but I loved them both, and i hope to encounter them again.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked Wills relationships with his friends particularly Max


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • yummy mummy
    7/13/14
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    "My favourite Christina Lauren book so far"

    Absolutely LOVED this book... Best of the series so far! Only downside was the distractingly poor but amusing attempt at a British accent! Would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mich
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    "Best book in the 'Beautiful bastard' series"
    What did you like most about Beautiful Player?

    The writing was much more polished that the previous two books. Will was a great character, he was the perfect blend of charming and cocky.
    I liked Hanna a lot, her dialogue was fantastic. She pretty much said what ever was on her mind.
    The story flowed at such a great pace. There was no run on sentences and everything was described just right, i hate when authors over describe or stay on one topic for far too long.

    There were just enough sex scenes to make this a steamy New Adult read

    It was nice to see all the characters from the series in this book. Max was quite funny.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Player to, and why?

    Hothouse flower by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie - Its a similar situation where a slightly older friend has a connection to his best friends younger sister. The dialogue is very good in Hothouse flowers too.


    What does Grace Grant and Sebastian York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The narrators bring the story to life and i could imagine it as a movie.
    I'm not sure if Sebastian York's voice was right for charming handsome Will's character.
    Grace Grant sounded just right.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion this is the best book in the series and i think people will be surprised by how much the authors have matured as writers. It is well written and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggie May
    Fartown, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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    "Go to and feel good"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Player again? Why?

    I have listened to this a few times and still do. The readers have wonderful modulation, the story is just so beautiful, interlaced with realistic humour in the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Player?

    The reunion with Will and their first run.


    What does Grace Grant and Sebastian York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Grant and York bring the characters out with feeling. They take on the characters themselves and it is just a joy to listen to Grant's incredible gasps and questioning remarks as Ziggy/Hanna and York's deep baritone plays out Will's sexy, sensitive, and macho character without needing to be overly macho.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is no particular moment. The very clever blossoming of Hana's character into the sexy woman she is in Will's eyes was touching.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had a daughter, I would suggest she reads this book at an appropriate age.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Sussex
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    "Steamy...."
    If you could sum up Beautiful Player in three words, what would they be?

    Hot Hot Hot


    What did you like best about this story?

    Let's face it the best thing has to be Will! It's a light hearted romp with a lot of humour which is made funnier because I just keep wondering about the man reading and what on earth he must be thinking reading what is essential porn for women(a little twisted I know lol)


    What does Grace Grant and Sebastian York bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I liked Graces narration but Sebastian has a voice to die for, together they made an excellent team. I know that just reading alone would not have given the characters such life if the just existed in my heD.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a lot of sex in it but it's also really really funny in places, I love Hannahs inability to stop her thoughts just falling from her mouth and wills reaction to her is hot and sweet all at once. The narration was truly one of the best I've heard on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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