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)
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Pretty Woman-esque spiced up & hotter. Gracie Grant was fabulous. She portrayed a young, yet no nonsense Chloe confident in herself & her place in the business world. Her Bennett was HOT. Dickish, commanding & sultry.
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It had steamy sex, but it wasn't gratuitous. It blended with the storyline to advance the plot. The chemistry between H/h was off the charts!
Yes. I hated when I had to be a grown-up and do the things I should do instead of listening to this book!
The narrator was new to me, too. For the most part, she did a good job of changing voices when the POV changed. I like her voice and wouldn't hesitate to buy another book she's narrating.
I got this book on sale and I'm glad I took the chance. Will definitely follow up with the other books in the series.
I love Romance and Urban Fantasy
1. no millionaire / billionaire
Bennett and his family are well off and yeah they might be in the millionaire neighbor or at least their marketing company is but it never comes up. And I was grateful for it.
2. no torched hero / heroine
Neither Chloe or Bennett has a torched childhood or a f’d up romantic pass. Nothing wrong with that kind of troupe but I liked that it wasn’t present here.
3. real life angst
The angst between Chloe and Bennett was plan and simple. He was her boss and she was afraid that people in the business would see her in a negative light if their relationship got out.
All three of these reasons were very refreshing. You get all the sexy times with less drama and a real romance between real people.
Grace Grant did a great job with Chloe and a pretty good job with the male voices. She truly performed the story, not just reading it. She made me feel the emotions of the characters while I listened.
Steamy moments every chapter and still a decent plot. Even with the lingerie bill and easy access wardrobe, I was able to suspend disbelief (mostly).
"Fifty Shades of Grey" However, I thought Beautiful Bastard to be more mutual. Has all the fun without all the crazy toys.
My favorite part is him going to dinner at his parents. Only to have his neice see right through all his bastardly attitude. You know at that point. He has another side to him.
This book was decently written, edited, & narrated. The main reason it gets only 2 stars is that the entire premise of the story is a bit skeevy. If it goes on sale, which is how I got it, then it may be worth a try. It definitely kept me til the end but I had to take breaks from the story as the entire premise made it difficult for me to listen. Really, a boss in a power position with an employee having sexual relations is a bit much to take.
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