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Beautiful Bastard | [Christina Lauren]

Beautiful Bastard

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michele DIGHTON, MA, United States 03-17-14
    Michele DIGHTON, MA, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2014

    disney_mom

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    "Awesome story...love Bennett"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, would recommend this audiobook to a friend. Would actually recommend the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters. As much as they tried to stay away from each other, they couldn't


    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant – was your favorite?

    Would have to say her performance as Chloe was my favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janneth 03-10-14
    Janneth 03-10-14
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    "Je Ne Regrette Rien <3"
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book.. It unfolds quickly which i like. also very predictable but nonetheless quite enjoyable i would recommend if you are up for a sexy,funny,cute and quick story. looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ilan SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, United States 03-08-14
    ilan SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014

    Just started getting into books this year. So far 9 audiobooks and 1 book.

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    "LOVED IT"
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    I absolutely loved this book! I loved that it was written from both points of view. Listened to the whole thing in one day!! Great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sonya DETROIT, MI, United States 02-20-14
    Sonya DETROIT, MI, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story...."
    What did you love best about Beautiful Bastard?

    I loved that even though he was as close to perfect as possible he didn't let it cloud his thoughts of him falling for Ms. Mills. Also that he put himself on a pedestal because he was a man of substance not because he was HOT!!! This book is a good listen if you like sex it has sex, sex, and more sex.


    What three words best describe Grace Grant’s voice?

    The narrator was a good narrator but I don't think she was good for this book. I think her style is good for documentaries or something where you're just reading words because I think she was lacking emotion for some things that was supposed to be emotional.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grace Boucher Arizona 02-02-14
    Grace Boucher Arizona 02-02-14

    A-Touch-Bizarre

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    "eehh."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. I would tell them to skip this one and go to the next one in the series Beautiful Player. The narrators were perfect in Beautiful Player, especially Sebastion York. Mr. York could read aloud a menu and it would be seductive.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Obviously this ending was a set up for more books that relate to this story. I don't think I will bother .I HATE being played.


    What three words best describe Grace Grant’s performance?

    EEHH, just ok.


    Do you think Beautiful Bastard needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This has a follow up book and I will not bother . Actually if there is a different reader and the writing improves then yes I would give it chance. Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    For me the reader was a bit annoying to listen to. The next book in this series is the one I listened to first and the reader is Sebastion York and someone else. The truth is after listening to Mr. York I could not stand this reader. This readers voice was little girl sounding, witch was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina 01-29-14
    Katrina 01-29-14
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    "Hottest hate sex story every!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    Yes because of all the panty ripping fun!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Did I mention the panty ripping?


    What does Grace Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a good job of convincing you the two main characters can't stand eachother


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Twanesa 01-12-14
    Twanesa 01-12-14

    Boom...

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    "Ehhhhh..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably Not...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book was un-memorable


    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant – was your favorite?

    If I absolutely had to choose I would say that my favorite character is Chloe


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had no problem taking breaks with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The overall story for "Beautiful Bastard" is alright. I read other reviews where there was a plethora of people who loved the series so I decided to give it a shot. I've only listened to the first book from this series and decided that I wanted to change books immediately. Fortunately I found both "This Man" and "Gabriel's Inferno" which were definitely far more enchanting. At this time I'm not impressed at all by "Beautiful Bastard" but again I've only listened to the first book. I may change my mind once I finish the series but I don't have high expectations. At some point I'll listen to the rest of the series before I can give a more accurate review. I generally like to finish what I start no matter how painful. Right now I'm not anxious at all to see what will happen next with these characters.
    I wanted to like this book but I just couldn't get in to it.
    Sorry Folks....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chessjunkie Washington DC 12-22-13
    chessjunkie Washington DC 12-22-13 Member Since 2014

    "A good book is the best contentment has"

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    "Hot, dirty hate sex. hot, dirty love sex"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Bastard to be better than the print version?

    dont know


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters and their sexcapades


    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant – was your favorite?

    chloe


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, and then replay it


    Any additional comments?

    Christina Lauren, what a great team

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 11-30-13
    mizscience FAIRFAX, VA, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2013

    A wannabe riot.

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    "Good filler read/listen, that's about it"

    Was a good listen for working out at the gym and during my commutes, but I won't be writing home about it. A good filler book that you don't have to think about too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 11-27-13
    Yvette GILBERT, AZ, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2014

    I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.

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    "What a beautiful, sexy, little secret!"

    This listening experience was comparable to taking my first bite into the chocolate ganache cupcake at SPRINKLES! Decadent, unbelievably delicious, and this is what this little series is all about…. I mean what can be more decadent, and fantastical than the relationship between Bennett Ryan and Chloe Mills?

    Bennett Ryan earns his name of "Beautiful Bastard" because he is such a high-powered, executive with impressive business skills shrouded by a no-nonsense attitude that can be intimidating to most, but not his intern Chloe. Chloe is a gorgeous intern, who is intelligent, works hard, and gives as good as she gets. She is no push over whatsoever, and that is one of the things I love about her! She's quick on her toes with come backs that are just awesome! I really wish they would make a movie based on this book because the banter between Bennett & Chloe is absolutely hilarious and hot & would be great to see unfolded on the silver screen! Now, there are f-bombs everywhere in this book & between the leads, but it just works.

    If you start this book, there's no getting away from these characters…their chemistry is off the charts and their fun romps will leave you breathless & reaching for your own significant other…I mean what can get the blood boiling more than clandestine rendezvous in the 18th floor stairwell, in lingerie dressing rooms, on desks, in restrooms…..OMG, and that's just to name a few…LOL. Bennett & Chloe's explosive attraction for one another was fabulous to follow as they settle into the realization that it's not just about the greatest sex of their lives…these two are meant to be as they equal one another in every way.

    While Bennet & Chole's relationship is on fire, you also get other treats in this book, such as Bennett's wonderful family. His parents, brother, Henry, sister-in-law, Nena, and adorable niece Sophia are a great surprise in this book. It was nice to see that Bennett came from such an awesome, supportive family who were totally Team Chloe..LOL (to his annoyance). I also enjoyed Chloe's friend Sarah Dillon who is the heroine in the next book….

    Thankfully, the series continues & Christina Lauren is probably one of the most conscientious authors when it comes to her readers because of the trace of sexalicious bread crumbs she's leaving with her 1.5 novella books..Can't wait to read Beautiful Bitch next!

    Lastly, loved the narrator! She was fabulous! Grace Grant the listening experience all the more enjoyable!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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