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)
I enjoyed this book.
At first, I almost put it down, the first few chapters were basically full of hate sex and little else; there was very little story presented and I wasn't interested in reading a book that was 90% sex and 10% story.
Things started to pick up though and I was drawn in, I wanted to see how the relationship played out. I wanted to know what was going to happen next! We finally get into who the characters are and see some interaction other than spontaneous angry sex.
I like that this could be someones reality, it's not unrealistic. I'm not going to sit back and say, well that would never happen in real life...
Once I got to the end, I appreciated the way the book started. Because of it, you see the characters grow and you understand the relationship.
Bennett Ryan is the beautiful bastard, mentor and boss to Chloe Mills. She gives as good as she gets. After being his intern for 9 months Bennett can't stay away from her anymore and their hot uncontrollable affair begins.
Chloe is determined to be taken seriously and to succeed. Bennett gives her constant grief and she retaliates by giving it back. Their relationship is of two powerful and independent people who find their complement in each other.
Funny how they can't keep their hands off each other and the strange places they go at each other.
Entertaining, hot and you can't help but fall in love with them.
Grace a Grant is always always incredible
Worth the credit as is the entire Beautiful series
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a really good story. I really liked both Chloe and Bennett and enjoyed seeing their adversarial relationship change into something more.
Chloe is an intern at a great firm. She's been working for the family led business for years. She's working on a huge project as part of her masters program and it has huge impact on her future career. For the last year (ish), Chloe has been working with Bennett as her boss and they clash a lot but Chloe knows how to deal with him.
Bennett comes to work for the family firm after getting some great experience (and a great business rep) working overseas. He is a tough boss and has a very intense work ethic. Bennett knows Chloe is smart and savvy but there's just something about her that rubs him the wrong way, causing him to be more of a bastard than he might be normally.
Bennett and Chloe have a constantly adversarial relationship and it's outlined quite well in the opening. Chloe is late to work due to things beyond her control and even though this is a rare occurrence, Bennett makes her life hell over it, pushing her for much more than is reasonable. One of these things is a last minute presentation at the end of the day. This presentation is pivotal because during it, Bennett touches Chloe and she reacts...and not in a negative. Chloe is majorly freaked by it, not only that Bennett would touch her but also that she didn't slap him as soon as he did it...that she actually longed for it.
The nice thing about this story is that it's a mixed PoV so we get to see inside Bennett's head as well. So it becomes evident relatively quickly that he's very attracted to Chloe and has been fighting it for pretty much the whole time they've been working together and his fighting it is what has caused his extreme attitude towards Chloe. Don't get me wrong, Bennett is still isn't a sweet guy but things with Chloe are exacerbated by the his fighting his attraction. Also, they're both in denial about the mutual attraction so when it comes to a head it's all that much more colorful. Things are rough because Chloe and Bennett first deny what they both want and then when they admit it, they both make mistakes that almost make them loss each other. Happily, Bennett and Chloe do manage to work things out and come to an understanding that allows them to have a HEA both personally and professionally. :D
This was a really enjoyable story. Chloe was a pretty good heroine and she worked for me. Bennett was a jerk at first but it didn't make me dislike him and I quickly found myself rooting for him to figure out what he wants and then get his girl. There's some angst but it's not nearly as angsty as I expected. Overall, I really liked the story and would recommend it. :D
The sheer animosity and intensity that the characters had for one another and how terrible they were to each other even though they were attracted to one another.
When Bennett and Chloe went on the business trip.
After reading all the books in the series, though Bennett and Chloe were the first couple, they didn't become my favorites in the end. However, it's definitely an unforgettable love story between a bitch and bastard.
The story pulls you in a makes it next to impossible to put down. The sex is hot and highly entertaining.
I only wish it had been narrated by a male. The narrator is good don't get me wrong and pleasant to listen to but didn't have the deep sensual rasp I imagined when I heard Bennett in my head
I am a salesperson on the road everyday, mother of 2 grown children. Happily married
Nice change from what I've been listening too. A refreshing change. Kept my interest. All I can say is WOW
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