Beautiful Bastard

Posted March 28, 2015 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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Beautiful Bastard #1
Christina Lauren
Gallery Books

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

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 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Yep. I loved it. I know that this was one of those books where there seemed to be only two side: Love it or Hate it. I loved it. The characters were well developed and interesting. The world building made sense and was accurate. And the writing was great. So let’s break it down a bit.

“If only he would keep his mouth shut, he’d be perfect. A piece of duct tape would do the trick. I had some in my desk that I’d occasionally pull out and fondle, hoping someday I could put it to good use.” 

I was completely attracted to Bennett despite his arsehole tendencies. He was rude, arrogant and downright ugly at times and I loved him. Chloe was spunky and smart. I always appreciate that in a heroine. Together they were HOT. There was a lot of give and pull in their relationship. It made perfect sense to me why Chloe was resistant to Bennett and even why Bennett was the way he was. We all have to grow and learn, right? I couldn’t help but love Bennett. He seriously cracked me up. And he was broodingly sexy. It was wrong. Wrong and bad. Wrong, bad, and naughty… no wait, that comes later. Sigh…

“For some sick reason, fighting with this woman always ended with her panties in my pocket.” 

I really identified with Chloe and her drive. She worked so hard and she had every right to be terrified of not getting what she dreamed of… and getting it on her own merit. She was fun and motivated. I connected with everyone in the book and it didn’t take long to do that. I was thrilled when I heard that they made this into a series because I was just as in love with the secondary characters as I was our hero and heroine. This was just one of those books where you felt right at home with the group.

I have a thing for office/business romances. I like when a book incorporates the business into the story. This book had enough of that to balance all the romance. And wowie what was there a lot of romance! (And by romance, I mean sex. So much sex. Dirty, dirty sex.) This was a really good book. But seriously, there was a TON of sex. Uber amounts of much sex. And frankly, it was really well written. (Choreographed?) Whatever you want to call, it was well done. Fifty who? Between that and the banter, this was a winner for sure.

“The look in her eyes told me that under any other circumstances, I would either already be naked with her on top of me, or lying in a pool of my own blood on the rug.” 

The writing was fantastic. I give props to the writing team that is Christina Lauren. They did a great job. I am always curious as to how writing teams make it work and these two make it look easy. The writing was seamless. It was full of humor and intensity. This was a quick, fun read. I would read it again. And I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

I give this sexy office romance 5 stars and pair it with Johnnie Walker Blue.

Buy the Series

Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series Book 1)
Beautiful Stranger (The Beautiful Series Book 2)
Beautiful Player (The Beautiful Series Book 3)
Beautiful Beloved (The Beautiful Series)
Beautiful Secret (The Beautiful Series)
Beautiful Bitch (The Beautiful Series)
Beautiful Bombshell (The Beautiful Series)
Beautiful Beginning (The Beautiful Series)

More from Christina Lauren

Sweet Filthy Boy (Wild Seasons Book 1)
Dirty Rowdy Thing (Wild Seasons Book 2)
Sweet Filthy Morning After: Wild Seasons
Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons)


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