Tuesday, February 5, 2013

{ book review - beautiful bastard }

Author: Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastrard #1
Genre: Romance 
Published: February 12, 2013 - Gallery Books
Buy it at Amazon
Received ARC from NetGalley

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win each other. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release

Talk about two powerful and independent main characters.  Chloe is a confident, independent woman and does not take her boss' attitude laying down.  Bennett is a straight up bastard.  And he's the special kind of bastard that shows itself when he cannot understand, let alone control, his feelings for his assistant.  The chemistry between Chloe and Bennett was off the charts and I was kinda surprised it didn't burn my screen.

The loved the witty banter between Chloe and Bennett.  A book can totally win me over by dialogue alone and this book had it in spades.  The inner thoughts of the characters were spot on as well.  While I wouldn't call it an inner goddess (Hello 50 Shades!), Bennett's inner bastard thoughts were downright hilarious.  It also helped you see that he wasn't as self-centered and arrogant as he came off to Chloe.  
I also loved that Chloe didn't seem to lose sight of her goals throughout the story.  She had worries about how their "encounters" would affect her job and her relationships with Bennett's family who also happened to be bosses.  And oh yeah, the sexy times they had EVERYWHERE!

While I did love all the sexy times Bennett and Chloe had, I do think that there was a little too much.  A lot of both characters inner thoughts and emotions were described during the sexy times and it was a little distracting.  I had a little trouble too understanding how the absolute beat-you-to-death-hate they seemed to have for each other could turn to love so quickly, especially when Chloe wasn't privy to Bennett's inner thoughts like the reader was. 

"You realize early in life that beauty is only skin deep and ugly goes straight to the bone."


  1. Lol I just started the 50 shades series and I'm excited to get all the references now. Hahaha

  2. thanks for the great book review


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