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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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    Jen US 12-13-14
    Jen US 12-13-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm really a women. Mark is my husband lol :)

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    "First of the series - don't give up!!!!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    Yes! already have! hot and sexy


    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


    Any additional comments?

    First in the series. Each book gets better and better! Love Christina Lauren!!! Get it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 11-27-14
    Melissa 11-27-14
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    "Not my usual but I like it!"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    Yes I think I could/would. I do not tend to go for books of this type. I enjoyed it .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the conference the most. I don't want to give anything away so that is all I am going to day.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Rogersville, AL, United States 11-05-14
    Angela Rogersville, AL, United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just okay for me!"

    Voices great! Story not so much. The sex was hot and believable but that's all. There wasn't much of a story. I plan on listening to more in this series but atleast my expectations won't be as high.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-25-14
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    "Liked it"
    Any additional comments?

    I too am Narrator snob - it can make or break my read - and Grace Grant is really good -- Easy read - love, hate relationship. I always enjoy when they break up only to make up and live HEA :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeftyMom North Carolina 07-27-14
    LeftyMom North Carolina 07-27-14 Member Since 2014

    leftymom

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    "The Best of the Beautiful Series"

    Wow, just wow. This book shocked the hell out of me the way it started and it just kept going. This takes the line between love and hate into a whole new place - a very good place. I have read all the books in the Beautiful series and this is by far the best. Great characters with strong female leads. Well worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosalia 07-24-14
    Rosalia 07-24-14
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    "Disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    They should have left it just as it was on Fanfiction.


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    The romance was lost in SEX, SEX and more SEX. There was no connection between the characters. I wasn’t even looking forward to reading the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    xCarrieex 06-24-14
    xCarrieex 06-24-14
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    "Spunky & HOT!"

    I can't remember how I found this book, but I'm sure glad I did. I've read the FSoG series, and while I found myself unable to put the books down, I continuously found myself thinking how simple the writing was. With this series, I was thinking the polar opposite. I loved how there was more to the story than just sex. Don't get me wrong, there are still PLENTY of hot moments to get your fix. Even though this is also a Twilight-Fan-Fiction-Turned-Novel, this is far from a Fifty Shades wannabe.

    I love the dynamic between Bennett and Chloe. Especially since she's a no non-sense kind of girl who isn't afraid to tell him off if her reputation and/or career is at stake. Bennett knows he can be an asshole, but doesn't seem to care. The sexual tension was intense, but it became addictive. Just when I thought they wouldn't do anything, they did. Although, I did have to stop sometimes and wonder how they never got caught.

    There were some parts where I literally laughed out loud at both characters' inner dialogues because it felt so relatable. Sidenote: Can I just say, THANK GOD there was no "inner diva" in this book? One of my only complaints is that the ending is a tad lack luster, but the wit in the writing helped me move past that.

    As for Grace Grant, I actually really liked her performance. I loved the voices she did for all the characters and thought she came up with quite a variety of them. I've already downloaded Beautiful Bitch, but I've put off listening to it because they have Kirby Heybourne doing the voice for Ben and it's also really short (I'm waiting until my next credits come in so I can download the next book in the series).

    Overall though, I'm in love with this series so far and can't wait to move on to the others! I've already started recommending it to my friends. Hats off to Christina & Lauren (they are two authors, hence the name)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manda W 06-18-14
    Manda W 06-18-14
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    "Only the beginning"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The conference room was definitely my favorite scene.


    Any additional comments?

    This is only the beginning of a great series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie 05-22-14
    Kylie 05-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful Bastard.... Fantastical!!!!"
    Where does Beautiful Bastard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have purchased from Audible... Actually the whole SERIES is awesome.... just when you think you have read the best book... another follows.... and another... am completely hooked and loving Christina's amazing skills as an author to make me fall in love with ALL the characters in the series!!! Five stars in my opinion!! Cant wait to read more of her books!!


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

    Nothing. Its in a league of its own... whole series is really.


    What about Grace Grant’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    Any additional comments?

    A must buy in my opinion!

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    HellyBelly 05-19-14
    HellyBelly 05-19-14
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    "Dreadful misogyny"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot other than quarrel - fuck - argue - fuck - hate on you - fuck


    What could Christina Lauren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This obviously appeals to a large number of listeners, but whereas I found Tangled - a similar book set in an office environment with a sexual tension building - hilarious, this was just dreadful.He was a dick and she was a shallow shrew.


    What about Grace Grant’s performance did you like?

    Grace Grant did an excellent job with what she was given.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to self: check out friends reviews on GoodReads before committing to a book.

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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
    UK
    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
  • Lynne
    6/27/15
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    "Beautiful Bastard"

    Absolutely loved this book, definitely my favourite in the Beautiful series, I love how they spar against each other and don't realise that they are falling in love. Lots of laughs, a whole load of hot sex and a fab storyline that keeps you wanting more, what more could you want from a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vicki
    5/6/15
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    ""BENNETT RYAN MMMMMMMMM""
    Where does Beautiful Bastard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 3


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

    in the hotel when they eventually admit they love each other


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the conference room


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    the ball breaker & the coo


    Any additional comments?

    love the beautiful books

    0 of 0 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

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