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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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    Jennifer 11-07-13
    Jennifer 11-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome book!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Bastard to be better than the print version?

    Both are great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Bastard?

    The initial board room scene...wow!!


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

    Chloe Mills


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Meet the corporate world's beautiful bastard.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an enjoyable jaw dropping novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Tulsa, OK, US 10-31-13
    Kindle Customer Tulsa, OK, US 10-31-13 Member Since 2013

    Author of more than 50 novels. I read mostly romances and love adult romance erotica and historical romances set in the 1870 1880 west.

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    "Wowza!"
    Where does Beautiful Bastard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Bastard?

    So many! I loved the first time Ben made a pass at her in the conference room. It was hilarious and hot!


    What about Grace Grant’s performance did you like?

    She is simply terrific. Can not imagine anyone doing a better job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they finally were in a bed was wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I adore these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    skinner 10-17-13
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    "Sexy and funny as hell"

    This book is meant to be listened to. Grace Grant is one of my favorite narrators out there because she isn't sappy and over the top melodramatic like majority of actors reading romance novels. Her comedic timing is flawless in this book. It's an adorable,and sexy as hell story about two extremely driven people. I absolutely adored Chloe and Bennett and their volatile relationship.

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    venesa United States 10-09-13
    venesa United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "By far the best in the genre!"

    Too short, but very good. Finally, characters that actually seem realistic! Super sexy - very! Well written and well narrated. Very different from 50 shades, but in my opinion better written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT, United States 10-01-13
    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT, United States 10-01-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Wasn't impressed."
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this due to all of the good reviews. I found it boring, boring, boring. We hate each other but let's have lots of sex. I couldn't get into this book at all. I didn't like how it would switch back and forth from the female character's perspective to the male character's perspective, I found it annoying. The narration wasn't very good on the sex scenes. Story was unrealistic and boring. Save your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ivy Surrey, BC, Canada 09-27-13
    Ivy Surrey, BC, Canada 09-27-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Loved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very good. It was funny, sexy and I fell in love with the characters.


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

    I enjoyed the way Grace Grant narrated Chloe's part. The only thing that would've made this book better would have been to have a male reading Bennett's part.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hot, Hot, Hot lol


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shay 09-27-13
    Shay 09-27-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Beautiful Bastard-tall,gorgeous, and entirely evil"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Bastard?

    EVERYTHING!!!!funny - sexy - dual POV - really strong characters START OF A NEW SERIES - YAY!!


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Bastard to and why?

    Actually this question gave me pause..... there is a uniqueness to this book that actually makes it stand out. It has many of the qualities other erotic romances have but I think its a little 'left field' and I really liked that. The hero was such a total bastard but at the same time he was vulnerable - our heroine kicked ass and I loved her.


    What about Grace Grant’s performance did you like?

    She was great! Hit just the right tones and was believable and entertaining in both roles.


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

    I alienated my entire family! I ordered pizza so they would eat and leave me alone!


    Any additional comments?

    In the wake of 50 Shades of Grey and its success, publishers have been scrambling to pick up previously self-published fan-fiction, 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 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, 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 humour, 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!Cheers :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori M. Wyont Brandon, MS 09-23-13
    Lori M. Wyont Brandon, MS 09-23-13 Member Since 2013

    Lori

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    "OMG"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Bastard?

    I loved the entire book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bennett. I just love him in general.


    Have you listened to any of Grace Grant’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes.. the others in this series. She is great. I loved her inflections and how she portrayed the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Ann MASSENA, NY, United States 09-20-13
    Lisa Ann MASSENA, NY, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Love reading and listening to hot stories read by Sebastian York xx

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    "I wish my boos was a beautiful bastard!"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Bastard?

    Great strong characters no fluff in this book. They know what they want and will do whatever they need to get it ....mean and steamy and powerful and sexy. Why couldn't I ever have had a boos like him. My favorite scene was in the bathroom at the family diner ...wow ...he knows how to please :)


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    Stein United States 09-13-13
    Stein United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not very memorable"
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    This book is middle of the road for me, i.e. not awful and not spectacular. It has been a week since I've listened to it and I barely recall what the book is about. I found the Crossfire Books from Sylvia Day to be better, with a similar story line, and of course Shades of Grey was better too. For a quickie read, this book does suffice but that's about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Zacharoula
    Limassol, Cyprus
    10/30/13
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    "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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Visa Electron
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    5/13/13
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    "Good buy!"

    The story was beautifully read and made the whole experience enjoyable. I ended up doing an all nighter for it :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RAEL.ORG
    Lyon, France
    4/27/13
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    "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 !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Missy
    Sunderland, United Kingdom
    4/22/13
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    "Bennettlishious"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DEBBIE
    lancashire, United Kingdom
    4/22/13
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    "BRILLIANT BOOK!!!!!"

    BRILLIANT BOOK!!!



    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    MARCH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Addictive listening"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
    ESSEX, UK
    1/27/15
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    "3rd time Of listening & still OUTSTANDINGLY!!"

    Grace Grants narration is spot on..your dragged into the beautiful Bennet & the feisty Chloe's world and hang on for the ride. This storyline is my favourite of all this series and one I'll come back to again and a again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
    Cheadle, United Kingdom
    11/18/14
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    "The plot could be condensed into a single sentence"
    What would have made Beautiful Bastard better?

    A plot with intrigue


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    It is so predictable, lacks any depth, shallow stereotypes as characters, weak story line and the sex is dull


    What three words best describe Grace Grant’s performance?

    fit for purpose


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • lizzy
    Österreich
    7/4/13
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    "Absolutely shallow"
    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    i read the reviews and really wanted to like the book.i enjoy a hot and steamy story, but it should have a minimum of substance.Had to stop listening after 1 hour, the lack of storyline really made me angry , they argue and then have sex and argue and then have sex, and argue ...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • cilla
    st mary, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "good holiday listen"

    very entertaining and i kept turning it on every chance I got, and it turned me on in return!!!

    well read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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