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Product Details

  • Series: The Beautiful Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476755108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476755106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“Hot . . . if you like your hook-ups early and plentiful..." (

“The thing that I love the most about Christina Lauren and the duo’s Beautiful books is that there is always humor in them. As well as hot steamy moments and some of the sweetest I love you’s.” (

"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…”

“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!!” (

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 Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soul mates and brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 international bestselling authors of the Beautiful Bastard and Wild Seasons series and Sublime. You can find them online at,, or at @ChristinaLauren, @seeCwrite, and @LolaShoes on Twitter.

More About the Author

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 seven New York Times bestselling novels including Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Player and Sweet Filthy Boy. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)
You can find them online at or at @seeCwrite (Christina) & @LolaShoes (Lauren) on Twitter.

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Customer Reviews

Easy to read & fun.
Looking forward to the next series by Christina Lauren, the dynamic duo.
I love the characters.
Your Love is King!

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C.A.S on November 18, 2013
Format: Audible Audio Edition
For fans of the Beautiful Bastard series, the day has arrived!!! Chloe and Bennett are getting married and the event is finally here but with these two, you know it's going to be a battle to the alter. The whole gang is in full swing helping the couple make sure they get there in style. The couple is gonna need them too with all the drama going on. The family has gathered in San Diego, California for the wedding. Normally the couple could stay sane in the chaos by finding peace/release with each other but Bennett has other ideas. He's decided he wants to build anticipation for the wedding night and decides, four days before the wedding, that they are going to abstain. Chloe isn't having it and on! The two lock into a battle of wills. Chloe seducing Bennett and Bennett doing everything he can to not cave. All the while dealing with crazy in-laws, rumpled dresses, handsie cougars on the prowl and just about anything that could go wrong, does!

This was the perfect scenario for these two crazy kids. I can't imagine anything different. It was full of mischief, craziness and the ongoing man vs. woman that these books are famous for. Being a San Diegan myself, I love, love, love The Del (which is the location for the wedding) and having the wedding there is most San Diegan's dream come true, so as you can imagine, I was so freakin' envious and I don't think Christina Lauren could have picked a more perfect setting for the couple. As for the story itself, it is totally perfect for these characters and fits in line with the series as a whole. It's a fun quick read that fans will absolutely adore and if you're not a fan of the series yet, I think it will delight any romantics' fairytale dreams.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By April Ezell Wilson on November 19, 2013
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Bennett Ryan MY Beautiful Bastard. What a ride. If you're wondering whether this book will measure up to the others in the series, put your mind at rest. The anger, name-calling and subsequent mind-blowing sex is on full display.

The boys have equal time in the book to showcase the male catty dialogue they are so famous for. I laughed out loud so many times that my kindle is basically highlighted through the entire book. As always the snarky one liners and comedic timing is spot on.

Bennett and Chloe start off hot and sizzle all the way through. When Max made his many appearances in the book I was reminded how I swooned for him in Beautiful Stranger. And having just finished Beautiful Player I loved getting a little more Will and Hanna.

Meeting the various members of the two families did not disappoint. The many new supporting characters were written perfectly making the story much more interesting. Especially--BULL! Of course it wouldn't be a wedding for these two if it weren't riddled with constant chaos and disasters, which happened at every turn and will have you howling at the absurdity.

But what I loved most about this book was the deeper look into the love that Bennett has for his Chloe. They melded a perfect blend of Bastard and Gentleman that will make you fall hard--harder, for ole' Ben.

It is a quick read that serves up the finale to this series perfectly in a nice silver wedding bow. I'm just sad it's the last we will hear from our Beautiful duo of friends--I'll miss them.

Christina Lauren, thank you for the journey with these guys--your writing is infectious and I give this book a high five with five BIG stars!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen - About That Story on November 19, 2013
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Filthy, dirty, hilarious, fun and I loved every single second of it!

I freaking loved this story. Loved. It. Everything about it made me happy! It was playful and hot right from the start. I love Bennett and Chloe so much and their adventure to get to the alter had just the right mix of drama and hotness. They have such loving, playful attitudes and are so great together.

There were some seriously funny scenes throughout the story. I particularly loved a scene at the church, I thought it was priceless! The families, the aunts, George, what Bennett was up to with Will - it was all so witty! Any time the guys get together I'm always happy, I love their interactions. I seriously kept bursting out into giggles and had a smile plastered on my face through most of the book.

I loved what Bennett wanted to do and Chloe's mission to break his resolve. It created a serious amount of sexual tension but a lot of passion and steaminess too. I'm glad the drama involved in the story was light but I thought it was just the right amount to keep you wondering what was going to happen next.

I loved the wedding, it was so full of emotion and beautifully written - I was teary eyed. The duo of Christina Lauren have this great knack for painting a wonderful picture. Bennett and Chloe are so sweet together and so in love, I thought they were evenly matched and balanced each other out perfectly. I love their relationship and how they've grown together. I also thought it was wonderful how they spent their first night together as a married couple, it was so symbolic and perfect.

I think this was the perfect ending to the series but I'm sad its over. Will and Hanna... oh my goodness. Yes! Max and Sara... sigh. Love them all.

5 stars because I loved it and it made me happy! I'd like to give it 6 actually. Seriously, I have this crazy smile and feel good feeling happening. Love the bastard and the bitch. :-)
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