An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.
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 two million reads on fan-fiction sites - Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for rerelease.
©2013 Christina Lauren (P)2013 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"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, best-selling author of Thoughtless)
In the wake of 50 Shades of Grey and its success, publishers have been scrambling to pick up previously self-published fan-fiction and novels, repackage it and sell it to wider audiences. And as judgmental as some book lovers have been on this, you can’t deny the success of EL James, Sylvia Day, Jamie McGuire, Kristen Ashley etc. Let's face it people, a good story is a good story no matter its origins. I am not a snob when it comes to books, if I like it - I like it and I really don’t care from ‘whence’ it came.
Beautiful Bastard is a one of those books I absolutely couldn’t read fast enough and the audio is no different. I screamed at my family to leave me alone, I hid in my room and ignored all else! I absolutely loved the sexual tension and banter back and forth between these two characters (Chloe & Bennet). I laughed a lot more than I expected, between the sniping back and forth and the pure situational humor, I was laughing out loud. And also I loved that this was a dual POV story. And its HOT! Scorchingly so..The narration is PERFECT! And the second books narration is even better! Let me add if you love this first book in the Beautiful Bastard Series then you’re in for a treat because they just get better as they go, I loved Sarah and Max’s story even more in no 2 -Beautiful Stranger. So YAY! A new series for me and I recommend you jump on this one with me and enjoy!
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Loved it so much and so hot!!! Perfect listening and made me shiver in the hot sensual story. Best ever so far .. I wanted more needed the story not to end .. This needed to be more so much more .. A wedding added ??? Only hope for a book 2 ... I'm a total mess loved it so much
I'm going to be frank -- this book is not serious.
Yet I have listened to it multiple times because it is HILARIOUS. Every re-listen I am in hysterics -- a little awkward when I'm on the train.
I really enjoyed Chloe as a protagonist -- she was very headstrong and never afraid to stand up for herself. I felt as though she may have overreacted but it's a small oversight. Bennett is really a bastard, but I'm a sucker for beautiful bastards in romantic novels. Plus, the sex scenes and OHMAHFLIPPIN SEXY *drool* but are (in my opinion) not overdone or forced.
It's not a serious piece of literature -- but who reads new adult fiction to analyse plot.
Very enjoyable, especially for an escape -- would recommend to a friend.
"Panty Ripping Good Time"
I picked up this book on the recommendation from people that I follow on the Audible site. I am glad I downloaded it. It is a unexpected sexual romp that develops between two people who are very driven get on each others nerves and know they shouldnt cross that line when it comes to inter office romance. It is a fun love/hate relationship with a lot of confusion when it comes to feelings, careers, and the struggle of what's right and wrong. When it comes down to that animal urge they just say "F-it" and let it fly. I like how you hear from each characters point of view. I always want to know what the guy is thinking. Lots of humor which I like and very likeable people. It is worth the credit and I will look for this author in the future.
"Evesdropping on Wife's Girl Group Book"
My wife ordered this book so she a several other nurses (all women) could listen to it during a long drive they made to a medical convention. So... I figured I'd see what the ladies were so interested in and loaded it on my MP3. Holy-up-against-the-office-window and up with the skirt girl! This book proves guys are just too stupid to really understand all that women are. The plot and story were so-so, but I gave it an overall 4 stars because I actually sported wood several times during the narrative, and that alone is worth 2 stars. It's a wonder my wife and her colleagues didn't crash the car on the way to San Francisco.
WOW! This is definitely an EROTIC book. It starts out hot and heavy and never backs down. At times I didn't get all the "Hate Sex" or why these two had to have sex in the work place (really? they weren't worried about getting caught). Despite the complaints and the light plot I still enjoyed this book. I knew what I was getting into from the start and just enjoyed the ride.
"Wannabe's Pay Attention. This is How it is Done."
This is the first book in a series that on the face of it appears to be another attempt to take advantage of the 50 Shades hype. But it is not a 50 Shades wannabe. It is a good book. A very good book. The writing, pace and characters are all better developed that 50 Shades and definitely better than any of the 50 Shade clones.
It is formulaic, but it works and it includes an element that seems to be lacking in the angst-filled batch of erotic romance novels published lately. It is funny. There are some laugh out-loud funny lines. The characters take their relationship seriously, but they are also having fun. No brooding stares, no meaningful silence. The hero doesn't have an unbelievable medical condition that makes him violent in his sleep, he isn't obsessed with a medieval author to the point that he almost channels him and he is not the most wealthy, wildly successful, way too young for his success, handsome man in the entire world, or at least the Pacific Northwest. He is rich and good looking, but not the richest and best looking. So he comes across as more real than the heroes of several recent books.
It passed my sure fire test with flying colors. When I was done reading the book I wanted to know what happened to the characters next. I wasn't ready to let go of them. If a book makes me feel that way, I can forgive a lot.
If you like this genre I really recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.
"Excessive use of the word "COCK""
I doubt it very seriously if I will try another book by Christina Lauren or Grace Grant. The book will have to come highly recommended and the reviews outstanding before I try another one. I purchased this back in July and I still have 1 hour left. OMG, just plain awful. Hope, it's not too late to return.
The most disappointing was the excessive use of the word cock. Please understand, I do enjoy a good erotic romance novel, however I think the authors could have been a little more creative in describing the male organ.
Becca Batoe or David de Vries would have been great narrators for this book. The novel was written in two voices. It was very difficult to understand when the male was telling the story or female. The narrator did not change voices.
One, just one redeeming quality. I understand this was fan fiction of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can say it was better than most fan fiction I've read. The authors didn't copy, they wrote their own story.
This novel is 80% sex. I like my sex, believe me, but typically when it's all eroticism paired with a weak story line and little character development I get disappointed then wish I hadn't bothered. For the amount of sex within this novel and it being less than 12 hours I SHOULD have been disappointed, but I wasn't and still can't really figure out why. This book is definitely H-O-T-T hot, I never doubted that, but some where along the way Christina Lauren managed to sneak in more and enthrall me. One thing I enjoyed that separates "Beautiful Bastard" from other erotic romance novels is that the reader/listener learns about the characters little by little. In most cases an author will share nearly everything to know in long drawn out monologs, as in here are your people this is who they are, what they look like, what they do, and now lets get in between the sheets. In Lauren's novel I was initially super confused as to what would lead to the first encounter then slowly I began to get it, and found that refreshing. This story has a Pride and Prejudice air to it; almost as if this is how Elizabeth and Darcy would have dealt with their dislike yet undeniable attraction today with our looser morals and lack of pomp and circumstance. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story ever, so maybe finding the similarities is what made me like this novel so much. One way or the other I found Bennet and Chloe to be realistic, intriguing, endearing, and their story really being one worth telling but just can't understand when that happened. "Beautiful Bastard" is definitely worth the credit or even spending the 12 bucks, so download it then let me know how you feel.
Yes: love the story line.......
Similar to Fifty Shades....
When he admits that he wants more from her....
Wishing for this story line to continue...
"Didn't work for me"
I didn't give the book a very low rating because I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I didn't. I got past the first unsatisfying encounter, then I didn't want to spend any more time with the characters so I moved on and didn't finish the book. Spoiler Alert: Super rich, super handsome, super sexy man in control with a bad attitude. A young subordinate woman just starting out that is supposed to be super smart, but these women characters never act that way - this one was toddling around on her high heeled Italian shoes and I was not impressed. I didn't like either character and I hope they ended up together in the end - they so deserved each other. Yes there was sexual tension, but not a good kind. As long as you know what you are getting into, the book might work for you. Everything might have turned out OK in the end, but I just could not bring myself to listen to the next encounter.
I really liked that it gave both characters feelings. I wish the narrators male voice was more masculine, but I loved everything else!!
This is one WELL worth the credit or just buying it!!! It is explict but I have no problems with that. Plus, the passion is sooooo good. I will definitely keep my eyes open for all of Christina Lauren's books because I love her style!
WOW! I was totally blown away.. This was simply amazing... OMG! I loved it. Great smex, but what a great story line. I love a good romance that borders on the the erotica with an awesome storyline... I simply loved this... I see why it had over 2 million reads online... It should have had more. I loved this!!!
Narration was awesome!!! A totally buy/credit, either one... LOved not Liked... but Loved!!!
"It was great"
I enjoyed reading this book.
It kept me company during my sleepless nights.
I would listen to it again.
I bought all the series...
The story was beautifully read and made the whole experience enjoyable. I ended up doing an all nighter for it :)
"Finnaly ! A good book after shades of grey !"
After so much ripp of like the frightful "bared to you", finally Audible recommend a good book !
The story is good, the sexe's scenes too, characters are lovely, even the narrator are very good : Grace Grant makes a wonderfull job, she has a pretty voice and her male's voice are sexy wich is not easy for a woman. Generally it's quikcly become ridiculous but never with her.
I hope Audible will produce soon the next book of the serie with Grace Grant of course.
meanwhile, you can listen all Olivia Cunning's books, they rock their world too !
Thought this book was good from t get go . Loved the hole story line n loved t characters they went great together . N would love me sum Bennett talk about a beautiful bastard yes pls haha . Would defo recommend it . X
I loved this book!!!! I totally recommend it because of Their tense, lustful but very passionate relationship.
Characters Bennett Ryan and Chloe Mills love hate relationship will defiantly have your heart racing, from the foreplay of verbal spats both denying that they feel anything but contempt for each other to the steamy ,hot, passionate side that they both claim will help them to get each other out of their system. It will have you wanting to experience the same explosive passionate relationship. It left me wanting to find out what happened next.
Not intellectually challenging at all but I loved listening to this book from start to finish couldn't switch it off - naughty but nice lol if you like a saucy mills and boon then this is for you
Loved it! Needed breaks in between to catch my breath though!! soooo hot..read it if you haven't
Brill until wrighter rushed and ruined book the split up was ridicules makes no sense she was freaking out over him then left over a stupid thing had to end book just could not relate to clohe..... rush ending don't waste your credit.....
"Loved the relationship"
Really good book.
Narration was excellent and well paced, the story engaging,..
One of the best audible books I've listened to. easy to recommend.
"Hot hot hot"
Oh wow. This blew me away. From the first chapter to the very last chapter, I was hooked. Loved Bennett and Chloe's interactions. The sex scenes were hot hot hot. What a fantastic start to this series which I couldnt wait to get my teeth into.
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