Author: Christina Lauren
Rating: 2 Stars
Dates read: 16 Apr 19
Publication date: 23 Sep 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The gentlemen from Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player are out for a wild night on The Strip.
When Max, Henry, and Will steal Bennett away for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, the first stop of the night doesn’t go at all as planned. With their scheme for a Guys Weekend completely derailed anyway, Max and Bennett begin to play a wild game of stealth and secrecy in order to have their bombshells all over Sin City.
If I hadn’t have decided to read this full series, and therefore committed to Reading the novellas that go between the main characters arcs, I’d’ve abandoned this almost as soon as I picked it up. It was sadly ridiculous and I didn’t feel like it kept with the feeling of the other books in the series.
The boys are on a stag do for Bennett’s impending nuptials, and follow the shenanigans of Bennett, Will, Henry, and Max. The boys get up to some frankly ridiculous things. Now, I know that there is the mantra that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, so some of their activities are probably normal, but the activities just seemed unrealistic and not in keeping with the Vegas theme. I know that strip clubs and hookers are all par for the course, but I didn’t believe the sections about joyriding limos while drunk, and I really disliked the women being reduced to nothing more than playthings.
I realise that last comment sounds slightly flippant when I have read a fairly large number of similar novels. Christina Lauren have gone to great lengths to make their characters complex, intelligent, and strong, so reducing them to the playthings, strippers and hookers in the context of the story is out of character for both the characters themselves and the authors. Sara and Chloe are great, both together as a duo and in their respective relationships, and this was completely removed from the story. I think I would rather the story focused on the men alone and didn’t include the women in any capacity.
I didn’t like the setting of Vegas, I didn’t like the setting of the bachelor party, and I didn’t like reducing the female characters to sexual bits on the side. Overall, I could have done without it, and even though there were small bits that were hilarious (mainly involving Will who we’re getting to know more about with each passing story), it really didn’t fit with the characters that much.