When it comes to wit, sexiness and romance, no duo does it better than Christina Lauren. Their books are so much fun to read, and always so quickly devoured. Now, Beautiful Boss is coming our way on February 29th—a novella featuring Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom, whom we met in Beautiful Player. For new readers, this novella can be read as a standalone since it’s a brand-new story for Will and Hanna.
I’m super excited to share with you an excerpt from the book, plus make sure to enter to win a copy of Beautiful Player and Beautiful Beginning!
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.
I stepped back, staring at myself in the mirror.
“That’s . . . a lot of white,” I mumbled, swiping at the skirt of my dress. Behind me, Mom and Liv gasped emotionally.
“Are we sure I shouldn’t have gone for blue? Red? Something that maybe communicates ‘I have banged this man daily’ versus ‘virginal’?”
Mom let out a quiet “Hanna.”
“What? No one down there is going to see Will in a tux and buy that I didn’t climb all over—” I stopped midsentence, catching sight of Chloe behind me. “Are you… Oh my God, Chloe. Are—are you crying?”
Chloe reached for a box of tissues—one of many placed around the large bridal suite—and pulled one free, using it to carefully dab beneath each of her perfectly lined eyes.
“No,” she scoffed. “It’s dusty over here.”
Liv paused with the curling iron held midair and looked back over her shoulder. “I realize I’m the new kid here, but something tells me that’s not normal,” she whispered.
I had to bite back a laugh. My sister had only met Chloe on two other, brief occasions, and she already understood that no, when it came to Mrs. Ryan, tears of happiness were not a normal thing.
“Well, that’s not exactly true,” George said to Liv, waving her off before separating a few of the curls she had just placed in my hair. “We could go see the most emotional documentary ever made, and she would leave with clear eyes. But the time a heel broke off one of her red patent Pradas while crossing Seventh? Waterworks.”
Chloe laughed, smacking his arm. “Didn’t I fire you this morning?”
“Twice,” I answered for him. “You fired him on Sara’s behalf in the elevator when he referred to you as ‘Mistress of the Dark’ in front of that priest, and a second time when he offered to help Jensen get dressed later.”
Mom let out a tiny squeak of surprise.
“Always so helpful, Hanna, thank you,” George said, tugging a little too hard on a lock of my hair. “In my defense, he looked very busy. I was just trying to be efficient. But as a side note: I should have been warned that Hanna’s brother was so adorable, because really? Tall, Scandinavian, and single? I think I’m the one who’s been wronged here.”
Liv leaned down and met my eyes in the mirror. “Your friends are weird.”
“If by weird you mean awesome, then yes,” I said, grinning at her before looking back at Chloe. “I love that you’re getting emotional at my wedding, though. I feel like I’ve unlocked a life achievement.”
Chloe dabbed her eyes and sniffed into her tissue.
“God, what the hell is wrong with me? This is all just so… sweet.”
“Did the BB finally… break you?” George asked with dramatic awe.
“I will smack you with a hammer,” she told him with a glare. “Even in that fancy suit.”
“This is awesome for me.” Sara came up behind Chloe and hugged her. “Usually I’m the one crying.”
“Because you’re constantly pregnant,” Chloe reminded her, reaching back to gently pat Sara’s enormous, round belly carrying Baby Stella Number Two.
“It sure feels that way.” Sara kissed her cheek. “But look.” She lifted her chin, meeting my eyes in the mirror. “You’ve distracted Hanna from being nervous.”
“What on earth could you possibly have to be nervous about?” Liv asked, pulling a pin from my hand and giving it to George to tuck into my hair. “You and Will are both thoughtful, intelligent, and conscientious. You guys are going to be great at being married.”
Our eyes met, and when she smiled at me, I had to bite my lip to keep from getting a little emotional myself.
“If any man ever looks at me the way Will looks at you,” George added, “I’ll propose, marry, and ask for his babies right there on the spot. Will can barely wait for this wedding. I’m surprised he hasn’t convinced you to run off to Vegas.”
Liv looked at him over the top of my head “I’m not. If he’d ever suggested that, our mother would have cut off all his favorite parts.”
In unison, we all turned to look across the room at Mom, who was standing quietly near the window, watching the whole conversation. She gave a decisive nod, and I just about burst out laughing.
George held up an authoritative hand. “Alas, I’m afraid I can’t let that happen. I’ve agreed to let Hanna marry the man of our dreams today, provided she shares all the intimate details. We need those parts.”
I was getting married today. Me.
I’d pinch myself, but if this was a dream, I never wanted to wake up.
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