Spotlight & Giveaway: Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

Posted October 28th, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 80 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome New York Times bestselling authors Christina and Lauren to HJ!

christinalaurenauthors-300x216It’s always hard to pick our five favorite scenes from these books because they are so much fun to write! But doing this one in particular was hard for us, because Will and Hanna have completely stolen our hearts and we really do love every word in this book. There are also a lot of scenes we don’t want to share because we don’t want to spoil anything!

So this time, we’ll be a little more tease’y with what we share because we want you all to experience it for the first time when you read! These might not be our absolute favorite scenes (if we want to keep those secret!) but these are ones we truly adore. And our excerpts will be short and quick . . . the complete opposite of Will (ba dum dum *cymbal crash*)


So here it is: Five of our favorite moments from BEAUTIFUL PLAYER!

5. Friendship First

We have to be honest, we love the foundation these two characters build before they dive into anything, and especially how it continues even after everything “starts” between them. It’s not just one scene that we love in this way, but this one captures it pretty well.

“And?” he pressed.
“And it’s scary.”
His lip twitched in a suppressed grin. “Why?”
“Because you’re my friend . . . you’ve become my best friend.”
His expression softened. “Is that a bad thing?”
“I don’t have a lot of friends, and I don’t want to screw things up with you. It’s important.”
He smiled, brushing a strand of hair away from where it clung to my sweaty cheek. “It is.”

4. The boys, together again.

Seriously, nothing in the world is more fun than writing Max, Bennett, and Will together. There is a scene in this book that unfolded and shocked the hell out of us . . . but we aren’t sharing that one here. Instead, you get some laughs:

“What are you doing?” I asked, wary.
He shushed me, hitting speaker so we could both hear the call ringing. Bennett’s voice answered on the other end. “Max.”
“Ben,” Max said, leaning back in his chair with a giant grin. “It’s finally happened.”
I groaned, resting my head on my hand.
“You got your period?” Bennett asked. “Congratulations.”
“No, you twat,” Max said, laughing. “I’m talking about Will. He’s gone arse over tits for a girl.”

3. The Bar

Hanna is unfiltered, Will realizes he’s falling fast for this girl, and the entire interaction was seriously so fun to write.

“What’s with the stern tone, William?
I blew out a breath. “Did he not see me sitting here with you? He was all over you. What a dick.”
“Taking my drink order?” she asked, giving me a baffled stare. “What a jerk.”
“Innuendo,” I explained. “Surely you speak it.”
“Surely you’re kidding.”
“’Something strong behind the bar that could keep you up for hours’?”
Her mouth formed a tiny O as she seemed to figure it out and then she grinned. “Isn’t that the point of our little project? To get some more innuendo in my life?”

2. The Party

We just love the way this scene unfolds, and watching Will hold back his feelings as long as he can . . .

Hanna threw her head back, laughing my favorite laugh, the one that came from her belly and took over her entire body.
“You’re so fucking pretty,” I murmured, without thinking, running my thumb over her cheek.
She jerked her head back upright and, with a lingering glance to my mouth, pulled me out of the kitchen, a small, devilish smile on her face.
“Where are we going?” I asked, letting her lead me down a narrow hallway lined with closed doors.
“Shh. I’ll lose my nerve if I say it before we get there. Just come with me.”
Little did she know I’d follow her down this hallway even if it caught fire. I’d come to this dirty bohemian party with her after all.

1. The Sex (many, many chapters)

Sweet baby ceramic Jesus the sex. We had so much fun writing the sex in this book. Too bad we’re not putting together a whole scene for you and spoiling it here! But a few lines from random scenes? We can give you that.

“Don’t go shy on me now.”

“Put me inside you.”

“I can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“Start slow. Tease me a little.”

“I can’t . . . I can’t fucking think straight.”

“I want you to watch while you help.”

“Teeth,” he reminded me in a hiss.

Now go get your copy and tell us what you think!!


 BBSGiveaway: Print copies of Beautiful Bastard + Beautiful Stranger + Beautiful Player + Beautiful Bitch + Beautiful Bombshell.

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About the book

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.

About the Authors

Christina and Lauren, a writing duo that has been swooning over romance novels for as long as they can remember, are the authors of Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Bastard from Gallery Books. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties speak several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever, and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier. You can find them online at or at @seeCwrite and @lolashoes on Twitter.

80 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren”

  1. Jenn McElroy

    I’ve only read Beautiful Bastard (which I LOVED!), so I guess I’d be “Team Bennett” … for now! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  2. Karina G.

    I’ve only read the first book, Beautiful Bastard. I had just finished reading Taking Chances by Molly McAdams, and without giving anything away that book made my heart hurt. So I needed a little escape from the angst written books, and so I read Beautiful Bastard and Wallbanger. These two books lifted me out of my funk! So until I read the others, I’m team Bennett all the way!!

  3. LJT

    I haven’t read any of the books in the series. The reviews are great and I have waited long enough to get in on all the fun!

  4. Heather L

    I’ve only read Beautiful Bastard so far so I guess I’m Team Bennett until I can read the others and make my decision. Loved the first book.

  5. Jenny King

    I have Beautiful Bastard waiting on my kindle. Haven’t made it to it yet, but I’m getting closer 🙂 I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win these because I am a crazy fanatical reader and I LOVE BOOKS!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  6. Adrean Garcia

    Team Bennett allllll the way!!! Love this series!! He’s my favorite panty ripper (;

  7. bookcaselaura

    I haven’t read any of them, but Beautiful Bastard has been on my TBR list for a while and I LOVE office- themed romances! Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Alexa W.

    I haven’t read this series. . .yet, but I have been trying so hard to win the copies, I have entered at least 3 or 4 contests, and haven’t won so far, I am hoping I win this one so I can finally read it because the snippets are really good and I want to read these books badly!!!!

  9. Tiffany O'Connor

    Team Max all the way!! I love chemistry between Max and Sara. And reading their steamy sweet live story was amazing!

  10. Zandalee

    I’ve read “Bastard” and “Stranger”. I don’t have a team, because I love them all. <3 I'm excited to read Beautiful Player!!

  11. Susan T.

    Read Bennett’s story and love it. Can’t wait to read Max and Will’s stores. I need to win it.

  12. Traci

    I love the Beautiful series. Chloe is the best female character, love her strength and sass! Max is my favorite! I just want him to call me Petal and tie me up!

  13. Marcy Shuler

    I haven’t read this series yet, but I love the sound of Will from the brief snippets above, especially the one with the other guys. LOL

  14. Chanpreet

    I’m Team Bennett! I wasn’t expecting to really enjoy The Beautiful Bastard when it was first published traditionally because of a ll the mixed reviews I had read. Imagine my surprise when I found myself re-reading the book after a very short time had passed.

    Maybe after tomorrow I’ll be Team Will but I won’t know until I read his book!

  15. Andra Dalton

    Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of reading these books yet but after reading the blurbs can’t wait to dive right in!!! Thanks for contest & good luck to all!!!

  16. Melody May

    I have read a Beautiful Bastard and I have a Beautiful Stanger. I don’t know, because I think I would like to know others before making a choice. 😉

  17. Keara B.

    I’m Team Bennett, though Christina Lauren sure makes all these guys sound amazing! Can’t I be “Team All-of-Them”? I absolutely adore these books and can’t wait to read Beautiful Player!

  18. Sue G.

    I have bought #1, 2 and 3. I won a copy of 4. I haven’t started any of them but plan to read them.

  19. Sandy Xiong

    I haven’t read the series yet but I do want to read them. Not only does the story line intrigues me but so does the titles!

  20. Kim Perry

    So far I’m Team Bennett because I’ve only read Beautiful Bastard. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of the series! I love the banter and tension between Bennett and Chloe! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. veRONIca

    I’ve read Beautiful Bastard and it was HILARIOUS! I loved the banter between Chloe and Bennett! I was so hooked on to finding out what happened in their relationship. So I guess I would say Bennett is my favourite. I would love to read the rest of them

  22. Lea

    Yes, I`ve read the first two in this series. Great books, I love it!! I love both Max and Bennett 🙂

  23. Margaret

    I haven’t read any of the books yet – they’ve been on my TBR list for too long…I.Need.Them!

  24. Lidia Duarte

    Ive read the Bastard and Stranger, and well the first book always catches my attention. So im team Bennett!! Hes just sooo hot!! The love story is just incredible!!!

  25. Chelsea

    I have read bastard and stranger, and I AM ADDICTED!!! Loved this whole world and I am completely hooked, can’t wait for more!

  26. Jennifer F

    I have not had the chance to read any books in this series but I am an avid reader and many people have told me that it is a fantastic read!

  27. Claira Pam

    I haven’t read the series yet…so I should win so that I can. 😉 The Beautiful Player cover is delicious!!

  28. Mary Preston

    I’d love to win so that I can catch up on what sounds to be a very grown up series.

  29. Aline

    Haven’t read this series yet. Well, I think it’s obvious why I should win, so I could start reading them of course LOL

  30. Angela

    I havent read this series yet but it looks amazing! Its always good to find new authors and for you to of course find new readers 😀

  31. Veronica

    I’ve only read Beautiful Bastard so I don’t want to choose a team before I learn about the other contenders. I want to win because if the rest of the books are anything like Beautiful Bastard then I know they’re going to be a great addition to my book collection.

  32. Leslie Miner

    I haven’t yet, but they are on my TBR. This is a series that I definitely plan on reading, so if I win, it will just push them up higher on my TBR. Like right away. 🙂 Than you for the chance to win copies!

  33. Tracy Werner

    This series was just recommended to me..somehow I’ve never read these, though they sound right up my alley. I look forward to be in Team “Someone” after I read them 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Beth Re

    I haven’t read any of the series I would love to win to get hooked on a new author and series

  35. Texas Book Lover

    I have not read this series yet so I don’t know whose team I am on but I am melting after the little bitty bit we got above. Why should I win…honest answer…because I am flat broke and until I find a job it will be the only way I get to read them. And I really want to read them.

  36. Amy Rickman

    I haven’t started reading this series but I do have Beautiful Bastard (ebook). I am an impatient reader and like to have most of a series complete before I start reading.

  37. Allison W

    I haven’t read it yet, and that’s only because I don’t have the books! I have been wanting to read them and have been trying to get them on sale, just I want to wait til I have them all because I know I won’t want to stop!!

  38. Kristen Ervin

    I have the first book on my kindle but havent got to it yet. I have heard nothin but good things about this series. Can’t wait to read it.

  39. Leanna

    I have not read any of these books yet, but the five favorite scenes make me want to read these books.

  40. Amy Pollard Woolard

    I have not read this series but I have heard nothing but great things about it & I cannot wait to read them!! Thank you for the chance!!

  41. Pam

    Everyone one of these books are on my wishlist. This series has almost got to the top. I can’t wait to start ordering. Hoping maybe I will win something in the mean time. Thanks 🙂

  42. Jennifer Zorko-Legan

    I am totally Team Bennet! I have read all the books except Beautiful Player. Thank you for the chance.

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