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.(Summary provided by Gallery Books.)
FYI: This review is going to be short. It wasn’t on my official TBR list, but I liked it so much I had to write about it.
My friends have been raving about Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren for months now. I consistently ignored the raves.(Some of these friends liked another series that also started as a Twilight fanfic that I wasn’t crazy about.) I finally gave in and read Beautiful Bastard, and I am SO glad I did!
Beautiful Bastard is a one of those books I absolutely couldn’t read fast enough. When I tried to pin down why I liked the book so much, I decided it’s because Chloe, the heroine, is smart, beautiful, successful, in her mid-twenties, and not at all awkward. I’m all for awkward ladies getting some. After all, I am one. It was just a nice change of pace to read a slightly Twilight inspired book with a female protagonist who is with it, not at all clumsy, and can give it to the guy as good as she gets. However, there is some lip-biting action. Though, she uses the lip biting to her advantage, and bites a bit more than ahem, her lip if ya know what I mean. *wiggles eyebrows*
Then there’s Bennett, Chloe’s boss. He is pretty much everything I could ask for in this particular genre. He’s hot, powerful, and willing to be vulnerable every once in a while.
I really liked that this was a straight up romance plot with lots of hot sexy times. There is no huge traumatic secret in either of their backgrounds (so far anyway). It was nice to read an erotic romance that focuses on how the hero and heroine will or will not come together as a couple. (Read the summary above to check out the plot/conflict/ etc.)
If you’re looking for a hot, sexy read to throw in your beach bag or keep in your bedside table, you need to read Beautiful Bastard. You may also just want to read to see why I’ve nicknamed Bennett “The Panty Thief” and “Bennett the Ripper.”
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