"Ziggy was Jensen’s sister. Ziggy was the kid I never knew. Hanna was this uninhibited, self-possessed woman in front of me who I was pretty sure was going to effectively wreck my world."
It was finally time for the elusive Will Sumner to have his turn and I wasn’t too sure how I would like his book. Up to this point, I have been a diehard Bennett fan but throw in the presence of Ziggy and I seen Will in a completely new light. Beautiful Player has just taken the crown for best book of the series for me!
Hanna or ‘Ziggy’ as Will referred to her growing up, has just moved to New York but she is married to her career and spends every day in the lab. Hanna is a smart girl so immediately I was a fan. I love independent chicks. Throw in some humour and Hanna is a winner in my eyes. She had no social skills whatsoever when it came to the opposite sex. If it was in her head, she just came out with it and the results were hilarious, especially when Will was the one she turned to for answers.
Will had been asked by his friend, who was Hanna’s brother, to show her around town and get her to widen her social circle (or indeed create one) but of course, Will and Ziggy weren’t the people from ten years ago, Hanna is now a beautiful young woman and Will is the hot friend who is off limits. When they begin to spend time with each other, feelings and signals start to twist and turn and result in unanswered questions. Where do they go from here?
Will ‘s player reputation is well earned, he has a couple of ‘regulars’ with scheduled ‘date nights’ and yes Will was a typical guy as it took him forever to catch on that he should have kicked the girls to the curb well before he did. However, I loved him too much so I will let that one slide ;)
Of course, all the gang made an appearance, I love to read about the progression of the others and Hanna slotted into the group perfectly. I loved the way Chloe and Sara took her under their wings.
When Hanna and Will finally threw caution to the wind and acted on their feelings, it was under the guise of Will showing Hanna how to use her body for her pleasure as well as her future guy. What I liked about this was we could tell as the reader they were already in too deep, it wasn’t set up as a fake relationship it was almost as if they needed an excuse to act on their impulses. And it didn’t take long before real feelings were shining through.
Now I need to mention the sex! Oh my, you will definitely need a fan with this book, if you thought the books had been hot up until now, just wait until you read Beautiful Player. Those were some of the best scenes I have read, and it wasn’t done in a vulgar, graphic way. You were made to love Will and Hanna so much that I just got their chemistry, love and passion. And boy can Will last a while ;)
I think I loved Will and Hanna’s characters as they were unique. Hanna was a scientist and Will was.. um.. a bit like Chandler Bing, I don’t actually know what he does but it’s science related perhaps. Even though I had no idea what they were talking about, I loved that they challenged each other intellectually and it was foreplay for them in a way.
Christina Lauren’s usual formula was present in this book and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. We had humour, tears and great smexy times. A lot happened in this book and it felt like I read it in no time at all. I must say my favourite part of the story was the epilogue, I read it over and over again. I think it was so sweet and it was just typical Will and Hanna: goofy, fun and very loving. They are my favourite couple.
If you haven’t read this series I urge you to! Beautiful Player could technically be read as a standalone but it will contain spoiler for the other couples. Also you will have a better attachment to the group if you start from the beginning. Whatever the order just pick this one up today!!
“I’m not suggesting she fall in love with him,” Chloe said. “Just bang the hell out of him.”
“I know I shouldn’t think that’s hot but Christ, Hanna. If I come in my pants you have no one to blame but yourself.”
“Will, I love you. I really do. You are going to be a part of our wedding; you will be a part of our family. I want the best things in the world to happen to you.” She narrowed her eyes at me, and I felt my balls crawl up into my body. “But I still wouldn’t tell a girlfriend of mine to take a chance with you. I’d tell her she should let you fuck her brains out, but keep her emotions out of it because you are a clueless little shit.”
"You’re teaching Hanna how to balance multiple lovers but you should be teaching her what it feels like to be loved.”
"I could see the moment when it happened, when it really hit her that we were about to have sex....That look, that tenderness in her eyes, made me realize for the first time what was happening to me: I was falling in love."
“Been a New Yorker so long you’ve forgotten how to drive?” He glared at me. “This would be a lot easier if we’d had sex in the back first. Help me clear my head.”
"She offered her friendship, I wanted her body. She offered her body, I wanted to hijack her thoughts. She offered her thoughts, I wanted her heart."
"Curling around her, I put her tattoo back on her hip— All that is rare for the rare— hoping that I could be that rare thing, a recovered wildness, a reformed player, that Hanna deserved."