Sunday, April 21, 2013

{Review} Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Publication Date: Feb 12, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
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My Rating:
Five Stars

An ambitious intern.
A perfectionist executive.
And a whole lot of name calling.

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 re-release. (SOURCE)

Back in the day (hehe) I'd just read this book series about vampires and werewolves but it left me wanting more. I decided to find some fanfiction to make up for the things I didn't get *cough* mostly smutty deliciousness. Everyone was all in a tizzy about a few different stories, The Office, being one of them. When I started reading it, I understood why that was.

Much to my enjoyment and glee, that fanfic became a published book. When I heard the news I flailed all over myself and had to get my hands on it as soon as it was released. There are some stories that I hold near and dear to my heart and this is one of them. To be able to have it in print and on my bookcase was a dream come true for this fangirl.

Granted, there is a lot of changes between the fanfiction and the published book, I still love it so very much. Chloe is sassy and head strong. No wilting flower, which we do often get in romantic based books. She gives as good as she gets from Bennett. And she definitely gets a lot of attitude from him. Her frustration with him pretty much jumps off the pages. I like that Chloe is a smart, successful, business woman too.

Bennett ... he's a difficult man to work for. At times he seems to be unwilling to bend. It was his way or the highway. That is, until I was really able to get into his mind. With BB alternating POVs through the book it was nice to see where his head is. He definitely has conflicting emotions when it came to Chloe. As I got to know him a little better I could understand why that is. I loved his personality, really. He's a hard working, brilliant, and protective guy. Plus, he's always in a suit and tie. You can't go wrong with that. Ever.

Beautiful Bastard is incredibly sexy and admittedly, smut filled within the first few pages. But, it's so much more than that too. There is an intense relationship between Chloe and Bennett and for this reader, it was very believable and obvious.

I love UST and this is full of that too, because even though they have multiple flings together, neither of them wants it to happen again. It's kind of funny actually. One second they are both swearing it won't happen again, then two seconds later, they're *ahem* on a desk. I spent a lot of time fanning my face, I'll just admit that right now. So if you're looking for a yummy, turned romance read, this one could be for you.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stalk my mailbox for Beautiful Stranger!

I actually received a galley copy via netgalley but pre-ordered and read my own copy. Soooooo. This is sorta a Galley but that definitely didn't effect my review. Obviously. Since I fangirled all over it.


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