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Beautiful Bastard Audiobook

Beautiful Bastard

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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Men Beware"

    Gentlemen, I hope you get down the list far enough to see this. You may notice that all the five star reviews are from women. That is because this is only borderline erotica. This is Romance or shall we say Lustmance.

    POWER PANTIES
    Okay, I like a girl who buys power panties. I do worry about a guy who collects them though. Most of the 20 chapters have a sexual encounter in them and the sex is hot at times. If you like different places, I believe they had sex in about four places, before they made it to a bed. The first part of the book is I hate you, but your hot, so go ahead and rip my panties and do what you want with me. The middle of the book is, what about my career, I should not be doing this, I will not do it again, but your so hot, okay bend me over. The last half is warm and fuzzy sex. They claim they love each other, but they don't want to get married, they don't want to move in to together they just want to be F buddies.

    I CRAVED HER LIKE A DRUG
    This guy is so giving in the end. When her dad is sick and may be dying of cancer, he shows his love by offering to do some muff diving. Hell, how can she turn that down, it sure shows he cares.

    Audible has this down as sex and erotica, but I notice the sequel is considered a romance.

    As far as having sex with a woman you think is a bitch, we don't care. I mean that is what she is needs anyway, I'm I right guys. All women just need orgasms and we men are usually not that picky, but I thought it was different the other way around.

    All of the characters sound the same, male or female. They should have had two different narrators.

    This is a three star book for guys and a five star sex book for women.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Catherine NC 12-05-15
    Mary Catherine NC 12-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Didn't work for me"

    I didn't give the book a very low rating because I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I didn't. I got past the first unsatisfying encounter, then I didn't want to spend any more time with the characters so I moved on and didn't finish the book. Spoiler Alert: Super rich, super handsome, super sexy man in control with a bad attitude. A young subordinate woman just starting out that is supposed to be super smart, but these women characters never act that way - this one was toddling around on her high heeled Italian shoes and I was not impressed. I didn't like either character and I hope they ended up together in the end - they so deserved each other. Yes there was sexual tension, but not a good kind. As long as you know what you are getting into, the book might work for you. Everything might have turned out OK in the end, but I just could not bring myself to listen to the next encounter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-22-15
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2016

    Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.

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    "I didn't care for it."

    I read the reviews before listening to it. I ended up fast forwarding a lot. To me it was a lot of sex, with a wee bit of story. I'm not a prude when it comes to sex but neither do I want to listen to a book that is all about sex, which is the reason I never bought 50 shades of anything. There were a couple of funny parts but those were few and far between. Plus the sex had no imagination to it. Bottom line, very boring.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Write1 MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 11-19-13
    Write1 MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 11-19-13
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    "Excessive use of the word "COCK""
    Would you try another book from Christina Lauren and/or Grace Grant?

    I doubt it very seriously if I will try another book by Christina Lauren or Grace Grant. The book will have to come highly recommended and the reviews outstanding before I try another one. I purchased this back in July and I still have 1 hour left. OMG, just plain awful. Hope, it's not too late to return.


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    The most disappointing was the excessive use of the word cock. Please understand, I do enjoy a good erotic romance novel, however I think the authors could have been a little more creative in describing the male organ.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Grant?

    Becca Batoe or David de Vries would have been great narrators for this book. The novel was written in two voices. It was very difficult to understand when the male was telling the story or female. The narrator did not change voices.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One, just one redeeming quality. I understand this was fan fiction of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can say it was better than most fan fiction I've read. The authors didn't copy, they wrote their own story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 02-24-13
    Claudia 02-24-13
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    "Nice Listen!"

    This was a really nice listen. The book held my attention and I will definitely listen to the next one.Worth a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Alexander San Francisco, CA 08-28-13
    S. Alexander San Francisco, CA 08-28-13 Member Since 2016

    I have NO time to read so Audible is perfect! I listen while commuting and even at the gym. My interests vary from month to month.

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    "Goodbye Greys"

    I was a Grey s fan but was bored by the time book two ended then I couldn't get past 20 pages of book three. This book series is a similar style but I love it so much more. Bennett and Chloe are great. I cant get enough of this couple. I want more and more and more!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Lagleva 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "No story, no plot just porn in a book"
    What would have made Beautiful Bastard better?

    More plot, less romcom cliche and a male voice actor for the male perspective


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    Everything. I don't usually have the time to review a book but seeing how high the book's rating is somehow I feel obligated to warn people that it is terrible and a waste of time.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grace Grant’s performances?

    No. I did not like her voice. IIt was even worse she did the male perspective not because I got to hear her twice but because it was awkward hearing a girl talk about her penis.


    What character would you cut from Beautiful Bastard?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    Unrealistic. Doesn't make sense.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-02-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "erotic"
    Any additional comments?

    hmmm. Let me see. I loved Ben's dirty mouth during sex and Chloe's strong personality and no bullshit attitude as the female lead. I can't figure out why it is though that in so many romance novels men bang anywoman, anywhere and as many times as they can and are still sought after by so many other women (and perhaps even some men :)) and women are almost always portrayed as these very selective women who have had either no past lovers or very little experience. Well, in any case, this is a steamy romance well worth the credit and time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 02-12-13
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, awful narrator."
    What did you love best about Beautiful Bastard?

    I like the story line. The interaction of he 2 leads. There's no holding back. The conversation is very brazen.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The male voice - Bennett Ryan needs work. The narrator is awful. At least, she should try to sound like a male when reading male part. Very disappoint.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book when it was The Office. I was excited for this book to officially release. I am disappointed of the narrator.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-04-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 06-04-14 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "I VISUALISED & LOVED EVERY SINGLE SCENE"

    Loved this listen as Chloe and Bennett's off the charts sizzling attraction for one-another, and their love/hate relationship, went from cool to hot hot hot very quickly with amusing and very entertaining results.

    Enjoyed every minute of this passion filled love story and I'm only sorry it's taken me a year to discover this talented author but now I have I'll certainly be downloading the rest of the books in this captivating series that's descriptive, amusing, compelling and, of course, HHHHOT.

    Worth a credit? Yes and I'll be using more to find out what's happening next.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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  • Lynne
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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
  • 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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