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- Print Length: 465 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books; Reissue edition (October 29, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 29, 2013
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476751404
- ISBN-13: 978-1476751405
- ASIN: B00CGYMTUW
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this series, it focuses on 5 couples over 10 books. Each book continues where the last ended off so it goes over several years times.
I wanted to help others to get the most from this series but giving a very quick look at the order and overview of this series! Hope this helps you!
1) Beautiful Bastard (Bennett and Chloe)
2) Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara)
3) Beautiful Bitch (novella: Bennett and Chloe – after Epilogue)
4) Beautiful Bombshell (novella: Bennett and Chloe, Max and Sara, Will go to Vegas)
5) Beautiful Player (Will and Hannah)
6) Beautiful Beginning (novella: Bennett and Chloe get married)
7) Beautiful Beloved (novella: Max and Sara have a baby)
8) Beautiful Secret (Niall and Ruby)
9) Beautiful Boss (novella: Will and Hannah – Hannah is job hunting)
10) Beautiful (Jenson and Pippa), Bonus: George
THE STORY: Hanna Bergstrom's brother is concerned that she has become too obsessed with her work and doesn't have a social life. He makes her promise to get out more and to call his best friend, Will Sumner, for help in getting into the dating scene. What Hanna's brother doesn't know is that Will starred in Hanna's teenage fantasies and he is even more attractive now. Will now finds a woman he can't seem to get out of his mind and who tempts him to something more serious at the same time she doesn't believe that anything with him can be permanent.
OPINION: I enjoyed this one primarily because I thought that Will was adorable. I loved how his stumbles and struggles with moving from a man who is happy to have relationships only about sex to wanting a relationship that is all about emotion and connection while the woman is keeping her distance.
This book continues the humor and sexiness of the series, but I got annoyed with Hanna for portions of the book. (Perhaps because the reader is privy to Will's inner thoughts, Hanna's actions seem harsh at times). I also don't really like it when women won't say what they want. Be a grown up and say what is on your mind! On the other hand, I really loved the goofy side of Hanna who says the most inappropriate things.
The book was a really good read, but not up the excellent standards of the first two book in the series for me. But just by a little bit. The quirky and natural interaction between these characters was enjoyable and emotional. The uncertainty and the fears that both characters give the book a sense of honesty that I especially enjoyed.
WORTH MENTIONING: My favorite moment in this story actually has to do with Max and Sara. Fans of the their book should definitely read this one.
CONNECTED BOOKS: BEAUTIFUL PLAYER is the third book in the Beautiful series. The romance here is a standalone, but there are overlapping characters from the other books in the series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
We know a bit about Will by now from Beautiful Stranger. He is a Player. He schedules his 'girlfriends' just as easily and as simply as one would scheduled daily work outs. He is also loyal, friendly, and a lot of fun. It is no surprise that Jensen, his childhood friend, suggests that his sister Hannah contact Will in order to get out, meet people, make friends...
When Will meets Hannah, his friends baby sister, he takes her under his wings and promises to teach her to have some fun and a better work-life balance. He introduces her to Chloe and Hannah, takes her out for runs and drinks.
But, Hannah is not what Will expected. She is not the shy baby sister anymore. She is a full grown woman, with no filter when she speaks, goofy, very open and even flirtatious. And lo and behold, the girl had a crush on him for years. She doesn't trust him though, she knows with him all she can have is fun and she is just another number to his list of conquests. And she is ok with that, she does not want anything serious herself.
They didn't expect to have such an amazing chemistry and their blunter is hilarious! It becomes even funnier when Will gets clearly put under her spell. Where is our Player gone?
Even with all the steam, I still really liked this book. Not as much as their newer work (Josh & Hazel, The Unhoneymooners), but it was still a great read that I read entirely too quickly. I loved the innocence of Hannah and the vulnerabilities in Will. You want to assume that because he’s a “player” he doesn’t have feelings, but I felt so much for Will.
A simple part of the book that I really really loved was the different fonts designated for Will and Hannah instead of it stating Hannah or Will at the top of the chapter. Little things like that make me love a book!
Overall a great read, and one that I would recommend.
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Will is a player. A certain day of the week, a certain girl. However he is very honest about this and everyone knows where they stand. Until Hanna and his player ways become reformed.
Hanna is the inexperienced workaholic who’s family has to convince her that she needs to have more fun. And who do they suggest? Well Will of course. Will is Hanna’s brothers best friend and lives close buy to help get Hanna get out and about. Hanna and Will have great banter. This is a friends to lovers story, prob my fave couple of the series to far. Also get to see Bennett, Chloe, Max and Sara. Can be read as a stand-alone but I always suggest to read the whole series first.
Hanna (aka Ziggy) is Will's friend's little sister. Unknown to Will, Hanna has crushed on him for years. When Hanna's brother Jensen contacts Will and asks him to get his sister out of herself and her all-consuming job in a lab, he does so without hesitation - Hanna's a sweet girl, and he's known her for years!
When they arrange to meet for an early morning run, Will realises just how much Hanna's grown into a woman, and Hanna realises that Will is still hot. But Will's a player, and has a few regular girls on rotation every week, which is an immediate red flag to Hanna. While not an innocent virgin, Hanna is unused to dating, so enlists the help of Will to coach her. But Will starts to care too much, much to an oblivious Hanna.
Will was a great character. He was sexy, likable and thoughtful, and although he had a player status, he was loyal and faithful while with Hanna. I wasn't expecting Will to be the way he was, and it was so refreshing to see a man lose his s*** over a woman!
Hanna was sweet and funny (some of the stuff she came out with was hilarious, what with her lack of brain-to-mouth filter!). But for someone so clearly intelligent, by God was she naive and oblivious to the world of dating, yet with the filthiest mouth!
I loved the secondary characters of Hanna's family and Max/Bennett/Chloe/Sara. It's nice when the main parties have no parental issues/angst/mental health issues, and you can focus on the matter at hand. Their interest is running together, and when, despite everything, Will helps Hanna run the half marathon, it made my heart swell. The texting was also very cute - sometimes funny, sometimes intimate. The chemistry between them was amazing, and the sex was beyond hot! Yum! The book was also very well written, flowed well, and I loved the dual POV's.
The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 was because:
1. I felt it dipped a bit around two thirds in, but luckily picked up again.
2. One thing that really annoys me in books (and movies) is miscommunication. I find it very frustrating, and it can be remedied easily by - oh, I dunno - talking!
3. Hanna's to-ing and fro-ing was exhausting, and I found her quite immature at times. It was very obvious to everyone EXCEPT Hanna that Will was crazy about her. I find that women are more astute than men, so I found this hard to believe.
Otherwise, a really good read, but Beautiful Bastard is still my favourite!
I was beautifully written - as always - and I can't tell you how many times I was getting either hot, flustered and blushing or mildly irritated and heart-beating-wildly flustered at the things they shared a little too much of and then the things they wouldn't say out loud!
Like all of your books I loved this one and if someone was to ask me what my favourite one is I would have to say Bastardstrangerbitchbombshellplayer very fast!
I can't wait to read beginning and I hope to see more of Hanna, Will, Sara & Max in the future!
This story is all about Hanna Bergstrom who is a bit of a self-made recluse, buried in her lab work and after her brother’s attempts to bring her into what he deems as civilisation a bit more he encourages her to look up his old friend Will Sumner. Will is a character we already know a little bit about from Beautiful Stranger as he works with Max. I didn’t really have that much of a perception of Will as I was more focused on Max throughout that story but I really started to fall head over heels in love with Will in this story.
Hanna and Will are old acquaintances through Hannah’s brother Jensen and when they reconnect years later when we see them in this book they have an almost instant connection on a platonic level although both now see something else in the other that is the entire other end of the scale from platonic.
Their chemistry is palpable and while Hanna is direct and frank and can sometimes come off as naive Will finds it endearing and is seemingly hooked on her personality. I loved that Hanna didn’t have a filter and wasn’t easily embarrassed. That fact makes the whole storyline more realistic between the two characters.
I loved that Will was so shamelessly attracted, and more so throughout the book, to Hanna and I loved how he felt protective of her too. I didn’t feel like their age gap was an issue at all and I loved that Will was experienced in the way Hanna needed him to be. The story is dual POV again which I actually cannot get enough of and I loved how both of them saw their relationship toward each other.
I think Will is my favourite of the three characters and I was definitely most attracted to him – he was Ryan Reynolds in my head.
There is something about a storyline like this that really appeals to me and if you’ve enjoyed it or like the sound of it you should also give Some Girls Do by Clodagh Murphy and Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young a look.
Witty,sexy and brilliantly written.
Hanna-what can i say,i wish i was her...innocent...beautiful...nerdy...and so completely bloody funny.
Will-wow...hot and completely blindsided by Hanna but when they were together,some of their conversations had me laughing out loud, in fact my family thought i had completely lost it at one point but they were also very hot together too and boy did it melt my knickers on more than one occasion....phew.
The ending was perfection, very Will and Hanna and i cant wait for the next installment. Amazing!
Although Hanna has a case of verbal diarreah with the all issues, it's endearing and relative to see that when it comes to her feelings she isn't clear and as confident putting them on display. Will definitely feels like is in the process of being whipped but doesn't end up so, think he's more desperate and scared almost.
This installment of the beautiful series follows Will from the beautiful stranger book and young woman called Hannah (ziggy). Will is hot hot hot and ziggy has absolutely no filters and therefore the things she says are laugh out loud hillarious.
Cannot wait for Beautiful Beginnings and anything else these two fantastic authors come up with.