Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren Read Online (FREE)
Originally published: October 29, 2013
Author: Christina Lauren
Preceded by: Beautiful Bombshell
Followed by: Beautiful Beginning
Genres: Erotic literature, Fiction, Romance novel, Contemporary romance
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We were in the ugliest apartment in all of Manhattan, and it wasn’t just that my brain was especially programmed away from art appreciation: objectively these paintings were all hideous. A hairy leg growing from a flower stem. A mouth with spaghetti pouring out. Beside me, my oldest brother and my father hummed thoughtfully, nodding as if they understood what they were seeing. I was the one who kept us moving forward; it seemed to be the unspoken protocol that party guests should make the circuit, admire the art, and only then feel free to enjoy the appetizers being carried on trays around the room.
But at the very end, above the massive fireplace and between two garish candelabras, was a painting of a double helix—the structure of the DNA molecule—and printed across the entire canvas was a quote by Tim Burton: We all know interspecies romance is weird.
Thrilled, I laughed, turning to Jensen and Dad. “Okay. That one is good.”
Jensen sighed. “You would like that.”
I glanced to the painting and back to my brother. “Why? Because it’s the only thing in this entire place that makes any sense?”
He looked at Dad and something passed between them, some permission granted from father to son. “We need to talk to you about your relationship to your job.”
It took a minute before his words, his tone, and his determined expression triggered my understanding. “Jensen,” I said. “Are we really going to have this conversation here?”
“Yes, here.” His green eyes narrowed. “It’s the first time I’ve seen you out of the lab in the past two days when you weren’t sleeping or scarfing down a meal.”
I’d often noted how it seemed the most prominent personality traits of my parents—vigilance, charm, caution, impulse, and drive—had been divided cleanly and without contamination among their five offspring.
Vigilance and Drive were headed into battle in the middle of a Manhattan soiree.
“We’re at a party, Jens. We’re supposed to be talking about how wonderful the art is,” I countered, waving vaguely to the walls of the opulently furnished living room. “And how scandalous the . . . something . . . is.” I had no idea what the latest gossip was, and this little white flag of ignorance just proved my brother’s point.
I watched as Jensen tamped down the urge to roll his eyes.
Dad handed me an appetizer that looked something like a snail on a cracker and I discreetly slid it onto a cocktail napkin as a caterer passed. My new dress itched and I wished I’d taken the time to ask around the lab about these Spanx things I had on. From this first experience with them, I decided they were created by Satan, or a man who was too thin for skinny jeans.