What a cover, right? Hanna is fierce!
Christina Lauren almost always seems to be a five star guarantee. But this novella didn’t really work for me.
Since it arrived on my Kindle at the end of February, I’ve reread certain parts hoping something might pull me in…but, no.
There were a few reasons why…
Anticipation. It has been about a year since I fell in love with Beautiful Player, and I was hoping for more. Beautiful Player is still one of my favorite novels by them (second only to Dirty Rowdy Thing and maybe, Sublime). Will was my favorite male in the BB series, so I had a lot of hope for them and the continuation of their happily ever after. I was expecting a longer wedding scene and maybe an introduction to Will’s mother and sisters—we did meet Chloe’s loony Aunts at her wedding!—but I guess they didn’t want a repeat, since they already covered one detailed wedding in ‘Beautiful Beginning.’
While I love seeing successful Hanna with job offers left and right (girl power!), the story line of Hanna’s job interviews and deciding where to live fell flat. I had no interest in it. I could have bothered any of my real married friends for this same life update. In fact, that’s where I may have heard of this scenario before.
There were scenes with the whole gang hanging out, which felt contrived. It would have made sense to see this gang together at their wedding (as you can see, I really wanted a longer wedding scene).
The love scenes are of course, steamy, well-written, and fun. I guess. But without a remotely interesting plot, it doesn’t work. Even if it is Will and Hanna—one of the best steamy romance couples ever written.
Plus, it’s hard to compete with the love scenes in Beautiful Player. Hanna the wide-eyed curious one and Will…the experienced player. That book was a winner from the start. As an engaged couple, they’re still hot, but that page-turning quality is gone. And I don’t know why.
They put three Will and Hanna outtakes up on their website last year THAT WERE INCREDIBLE! But they should have saved them for Beautiful Boss. It would have helped pad this unusually short novella and given it a softer ending. When Beautiful Boss ended, I thought I was missing pages. It was abrupt. I’m still not sure what to make of it.
Christina Lauren’s best novellas were Beautiful Bitch and Beautiful Beloved—which is romantic, poetic, and stunning.
“I could barely look at her like this—rapt and sexy and self-possessed—without feeling a heavy swell of emotion in my chest.”
“Every second that I loved her—a love story for the ages condensed into not even two years—coalesced into this single fucking touch.”
Christina Lauren, Beautiful Beloved
Die hard Christina Lauren fans have probably already bought/read/devoured Beautiful Boss. But if you’re new to the series, there’s no rush to get to this one. I could take it or leave it.
I’m hoping there will be a much more authentic peek at Will and Hanna in their final installment, Beautiful, which comes out on October 4th. That book will center around Hanna’s brother, Jensen. I liked him from glimpses in outtakes and the Beautiful Player novel. His divorce history and all the baggage that can come from that, lends itself to a potentially great ARC and character. I’m looking forward to it.
More substantial book updates to come.
Until next time.