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Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series) Paperback – February 12, 2013

Book 1 of 4 in the Beautiful Series

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Product Details

  • Series: The Beautiful Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476730091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476730097
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,662 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The perfect blend of sex, sass and heart, Beautiful Bastard is a steamy battle of wills that will get your blood pumping!" (S.C. Stephens, bestselling author of Thoughtless)

“Filled with plenty of hot sex and sizzling tension.”
(RT Book Reviews)

“…deliciously steamy…”
(EW.com)

“Smart, sexy, and satisfying...destined to become a romance classic.” (Tara Sue Me, bestselling author of The Submissive,)

 “A devilishly depraved cross between a hardcore porn and a very special episode of The Office…For us fetish-friendly fiends to feast on!!” (PerezHilton.com)

Beautiful Bastard has heart, heat, and a healthy dose of snark. Romance readers who love a smart plot are in for an amazingly sexy treat!” (Myra McEntire, author of Hourglass)

"Beautiful Bastard is the perfect mix of passionate romance and naughty eroticism. I couldn’t, and didn’t, put it down until I’d read every last word." (Elena Raines, Twilightish)

About the Author

Christina and Lauren are a writing duo who have been swooning over romance novels for as long as they can remember. Separated by the pesky state of Nevada, these co-author besties speak several times a day, agree that Ruby Pumps is the best nail polish color ever and would, if given the choice, spend all day staring at the ocean from the San Clemente pier. 
You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com or at @seeCwrite & @lolashoes on Twitter.

Customer Reviews

I did like the love/hate thing going on.
B.D.
The movie should be interesting as this book is full of hot steamy sex scenes!!
Jennifer Diaz
I wanted to more about the story then the sex in the end it was really good.
Maureen Meighan

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467 of 562 people found the following review helpful By Liz Murach on February 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
1 Star

I can't be a person who doesn't tell the truth about a book, about my experience reading a particular story. I just can't be that person. If I love a book, you *know* it. I don't hesitate to get effusive with my praise and love and sickening adoration;-) If I don't like a book, I try my best to not be a total raving witch about it, and I hope that comes across when people read my reviews. This review is going to sound harsh, but...I really don't know any other way to say what I feel needs to be said. I've written and rewritten this review multiple times, and, I'm sorry, but this is what I've got.

I went into this with the very best of intentions and expectations, even after some less than stellar reviews on Goodreads. I thought, you know, it's a matter of taste and preference. This sounds like my kind of story, so I'm gonna go for it! One of my favorite authors loved this story in its original form, and, well, that was good enough for me. I was so excited to receive this and start reading!

I tried. Truly, I did. So, when all is said and done, what do I think? I honestly cannot comprehend what originally drew so many people to this story online that a major publishing house felt compelled to pull it, pretty it up a bit, and spend the money to have it published. There is absolutely no snark or nastiness intended by that comment. Truthfully, I'm completely and totally baffled.

I understand sex is a draw. It attracts people in droves. I get it. I've been one of those people on more than one occasion. The opportunity to read Beautiful Bastard is case in point. But, I have read FAR better, far sexier, far more sensual (for that matter, far more filthy) sex scenes than what is offered up here. There was nothing original in that regard.
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68 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ava & Brianna @ Biblio Belles on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was very fortunate to receive an eARC of this book from the publisher, Gallery Books via Netgalley.

I LOVED this book! I think I have been slightly overwhelmed with heavy, 'nitty gritty' books of late. You know the kind where some one has a broken past and dark secrets and the other is messed up etc. So on immediately starting this book I was laughing within the first few pages and I welcomed the comic relief.

"He was the most self-righteous, pompous pr**k I'd ever met." This was our introduction to the female MC Chloe Mills. Damsel in distress she was not! It was long overdue for me to read a book with a sassy chick and Chloe did not disappoint. That girl swore like a trooper. She knew there was no denying her boss was drop dead gorgeous but she also knew he was a complete ass. "My boss, Mr. Bennett Ryan. Beautiful Bastard... tall, gorgeous, and entirely evil."

The dialogue between Chloe and Bennett was priceless, they both gave as good as they got. "Good morning Miss Mills. You seem to be in an exceptionally cordial mood today. Did somebody die?"

The book was told in alternating points of view and this worked well for the story. I loved hearing from Bennett's point of view as we got to know him more and he was just as witty as Chloe. "It occurred to me that it might not be in my best interest to let her make my coffee. One of these days she was likely to put something in it. Like arsenic."

From the very first chapter things got quite smexy indeed. And boy was their encounters HOTT. Although Mr. Ryan did have a little problem when it came to leaving Chloe's underwear intact and his desk drawer soon filled up with ripped panties :)

The love/hate relationship worked well in this book.
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226 of 277 people found the following review helpful By Kala TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 13, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Alright, because I was approved for this via NetGalley/Gallery Books (thank you!), I went ahead and read it. I still have a major issue with p2p fanfiction being marketed as original, but I decided to give this one a chance.

I like to read a lot of Twilight fanfic (the actual fanfic, not the p2p kind with new names!) and my boyfriend always calls it Twilight porn. THIS STORY is exactly why he calls it that. If ever there was a story that was pretty much porn without a plot, this is it.

Bennett and Chloe hate each other. For the first 2/3-3/4 of the novel, they have a lot of hate sex. They snipe at each other in public, then in private they have rough sex. Shirt ripping, buttons flying everywhere, bent over the desk type of sex. The sex scenes themselves are pretty hot - I will admit that.

But that's all there is. Lots of sex.

Towards the end, the sex becomes less hateful and the characters snipe at each other less frequently, but it's still just a sex story. I can give you the entire plot in a few lines:

Hate sex
Hate sex
Hate sex
Hate sex
Hate sex
Hate sex
Hate sex
Love/Hate sex
Love/Hate sex
Argument/Break up
Make up
I love you sex
The end

The book wasn't poorly written, but there just isn't any substance here. It's Edward and Bella having hate sex all over an office. That's it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly on April 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I almost skipped reading this book because of the awful reviews but boy am I glad I didn't. The story keeps you interested, yes they have a lot of hot sex, but that is not all there is to this book. It tells the story of Chloe and Bennett, it is not a typical fluffy love story. It follows them through their discovery of each other and their exploration of their own feelings. You watch these characters grow and evolve and understand what lies underneath the hostility. It is obvious that their mutual hate of one another hides a mutual attraction and drives an incredible passion. It is a pleasant twist that the male character explores his feelings and is chasing after the heroine rather than having the herione turn soft and weak. And for all those ladies out there that love a vocal man, OMG Mr. Ryan's dirty mouth is hot, hot, hot (I may even have my husband read this book to take a few pointers!!!) Don't listen to the negative reviews, this book is worth your time.
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NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY AND #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHORS
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced nine New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player, Sweet Filthy Boy and Dirty Rowdy Thing. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)
You can find them online at ChristinaLaurenBooks.com or at @seeCwrite (Christina), @LolaShoes (Lauren), or @ChristinaLauren on Twitter.

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