Audio Slave: Review of Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

Title: Beautiful Player
Author: Christina Lauren

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Pub Date: October 2013
Story Rating: 4.5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 Stars

Our thoughts...

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There is a chance, albeit slight, that Will and Hannah are my favorite couple thus far in the series. Will is the typical comfortable bachelor who unapologetically has very casual relationships with women. He is brilliant and charming to boot. Hannah is the youngest sister of Will’s best friend and is also brilliant but comically awkward when interacting with anything outside of a lab. She is blunt and inquisitive, naïve and endearing.

There are many books out there that center around a player who changes his ways but, from my experience, the transition tends to feel unnatural; the reasoning behind the metamorphosis is typically a girl but the question “What is it about this girl?” is rarely justified. Christina Lauren do a fine job of showing the reader why Hannah inspires Will to want to change his spots, to possibly settle down, and to yearn for something new in life.

The narration was excellent, as I’ve come to expect from this series. Sebastian York upped his game since Beautiful Bombshell by adding more personality and life to his characters. My only issue was that his Hannah comes across less mature than Grace Grant’s take on Hannah. She sounds more like a love-sick teenager at times than a brilliant college student.

Beautiful Player is a strong installment in this consistently enjoyable series. Looking forward in the series I see exciting stories and more fabulous narrators bringing them to life.

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