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Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series) Paperback – February 12, 2013
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“Filled with plenty of hot sex and sizzling tension.”
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“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)
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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 eleven 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 25+ 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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:
I love you sex
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.
That kind of storyline drives me crazy. The "I hate you, but you're so hot I can't stop myself from having unprotected sex with you everywhere" storyline. Let's face it, it is not that difficult to control your body. Bennett and Chloe are unbelievably awful to each other. They legitimately hate each other for most of this book, but some how they have sex in conference rooms, in office hallways, in Bennett's office, etc. Don't get me wrong, I understand passion and lust are sometimes beyond our control, but Chloe is supposed to be this serious and ambitious girl, why would she risk her career and her job to have sex in hallways with a guy she doesn't like? It makes no sense. You can say, well, she probably was in denial about liking him. Fine, but how can you like someone who treats you like something on the bottom of his shoe?!
I have worked for media companies, entertainment companies, advertising companies and movie companies since I was 16 years old.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When Bennett Ryan returned to Chicago to work as a senior executive in his father’s business, he was assigned a gorgeous, brilliant assistant that occupied his thoughts to the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Izabela
I loved everything about this book! I loved Chloe and Bennett. They are two dynamic characters that I could not help but feel all their frustrations and anxieties as they navigated... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Patti
Loved this book. Chloe and Bennett were great match. My favorite thing between the two of them was banter very steamy and hot.Published 6 days ago by Mariam Pogossian
Can a book have too much sexy times? The answer is yes. I did enjoy this book.. wish there was more story. Trust me I like an angst read as much as the next female.. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Hannie.
It was great.. The book always have you wanting to read more .. Highly recommended to read this was recommended to me to and know to youPublished 9 days ago
This book was suggested by a friend. Immediately I was hooked. As I read this book this book I began thinking that this book is actually better than 50 Shades of Grey. Read morePublished 13 days ago by casper
I'll admit it took me over half of the book to really start to enjoy the story. The angry sex was nice, just a weeeeee bit too much. I started skimming those. Read morePublished 18 days ago by grafxgrl