Series: Beautiful Bastard #4.5
Author: Christina Lauren
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: February 29, 2016
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Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Read more
Related Books: Beautiful Beloved, Beautiful Secret, Dark Wild Night, Wicked Sexy Liar, Beautiful
About Beautiful Boss:The ninth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard. In this e-novella, Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom (from Beautiful Player) find that a wedding and everlasting love were just the beginning.
One Player tamed. One nerd girl satisfied. And one more major life decision to make. When Will fell for Hanna, her quirky sense of humor and fierce dedication to her career were part of the attraction. (Not to mention her coy newbie attitude toward sex and her willingness to let him teach her everything.)
But when the job offers start rolling in for her—and oh, they do—Hanna has trouble deciding what she wants, where they should live, and how much she should burden Will with the decision. Magic between the sheets is only one part of a relationship...getting on the same page is quite another altogether.
This was an intensely emotional read for me. Tears the whole time! Not sad tears or even happy tears all the time, just…intensity tears.
Beautiful Bastard is one of my all-time favorite series. My reading tastes and preferences have changed a lot since I first read Beautiful Bastard in 2013. In fact, it’s just starting to occur to me that I don’t even read books by most of the authors who were my favorites back then.
But Christina Lauren, and this series, are still at the top of my “love” list.
And while I loved the first two books, Beautiful Player is where I really related to the heroine for the first time in the series. I have so much in common with Hanna it’s eery. We’ve both had breast reduction and I think, based on the description, we have the same Firefly t-shirt.
And even more than outward stuff like that, I read her voice talking about her insecurities and thoughts and ambitions, and I heard myself.
Plus, (sorry Bennett and Max), Will is my favorite.
He’s smoldering and rockstar-ish, but also brilliant and nerdy. Perfect. combination. I looove me a hot nerd (just ask the one sitting next to me 😉 !).
Seeing Hanna and Will wrap their heads around the emotions of getting through a wedding and a marriage, I reacted the way you would when someone makes a joke during a really sentimental moment to break the ice. You’re crying and smiling, and then you’re also laughing and shaking your head, still crying and smiling.
Also, a really, really excellent thing about Beautiful Boss? The gang’s all here. This wasn’t one of the books where the couple’s fairly isolated from the friend group. So everyone else that we’re totally in love with by now is very present in the book as well, making the same old jokes about Bennett and Chloe’s foreplay fighting.
It was so nostalgic. Appropriate, having finished this the day before bingewatching Fuller House in one sitting (and omg – let me know if you want to talk about that because I sure have things to say!).
And then watching them navigate the “newlywed stage,” that felt really familiar, too, the way Hanna’s thoughts did in Player. My boyfriend and I are definitely uncomfortable disagreeing – it oddly doesn’t happen often. And when it does, we don’t tiptoe around it, but never really know how to deal with it. Like, afterwards. I totally get the feeling of not knowing how to act when the convo’s “on pause” – you haven’t resolved anything, but you’re not fighting, so how do you act?
I can’t think of another book that addressed the really subtle “negatives” of a relationship like that. The…awkward moments, I guess?
But then again, you can’t write a book about Hanna Bergstrom without addressing awkward moments. 😛
About Christina Lauren:
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)