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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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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Audible helps me with my book addiction.

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    "Sex, Sex, Hate sex, Sex... Plot?"

    I hate you. So? I hate you. Sex. I hate him. I hate her. Sex. Hate, sex, sex, hate, kinky sex, naughty sex, boardroom sex, mom's bathroom sex, you cant have her sex, hotel sex, I love you sex. The end.

    Oh. My bad. I should have warned you about the spoilers :)

    So this review is a bit silly but then again so is the book. There's really no plot just a lot of hate and sex. He's hot, she's hot, he's mega rich, she's an intern, somehow they got off on the wrong foot then they just got off. No plot, no character decriptions, even less depth than FSOG if you can believe that, but then, the book its pretty hot so if you just want sex with a little bit of a situation, this is for you. Don't get me wrong, this book was fun to read, but I'm not giving it 5 stars. Harry Potter gets five stars. I'd give this book 2 stars if it didn't inspire some fun moments.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Pequannock, NJ, United States 05-03-13
    Holly Pequannock, NJ, United States 05-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I need a cigarette!!! LOL"
    Where does Beautiful Bastard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    The attitude of the characters


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

    Chloe was strong willed but still down to earth


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I giggled a few times......... The things that came out of Chloe's mouth were the same things I would have said!


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome listen....... I usually only listen while working, but I found myself listening while at home too!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christen 03-25-14
    Christen 03-25-14
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    "Great Beginning to my FAVORITE Series!"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Bastard in three words, what would they be?

    HOT, Exciting, Modern


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

    One word: STAIRWELL!


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

    Grace Grant has become my favorite narrator. there is just something about her voice that works with this genre. I recently listened to another book she narrated and recognized her voice immediately. She is great!


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

    Yes! Couldn't put it down!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Juan Hernandez 09-02-13

    Books books books

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    "Yes yes and hell yes"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Bastard?

    Just the whole darn book


    What does Grace Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    If Grace and maybe 3 other narrators I love were the only ones to narrate I'd be buying every book instead of hesitating because someone sucks. Love Grace she is AMAZING!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a delicious torture. It's funny witty and beyond sexy.love the characters the love hate thing they have going on and super freaking hott sex.

    1 of 1 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 2010
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 05-27-13
    laura Morgan City, LA, United States 05-27-13

    I love Audible! Being a full time wife, mother, and career leaves no time to actually read. Audio books give me my fix anytime and anywhere.

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    "Surprising!"

    This novel is 80% sex. I like my sex, believe me, but typically when it's all eroticism paired with a weak story line and little character development I get disappointed then wish I hadn't bothered. For the amount of sex within this novel and it being less than 12 hours I SHOULD have been disappointed, but I wasn't and still can't really figure out why. This book is definitely H-O-T-T hot, I never doubted that, but some where along the way Christina Lauren managed to sneak in more and enthrall me. One thing I enjoyed that separates "Beautiful Bastard" from other erotic romance novels is that the reader/listener learns about the characters little by little. In most cases an author will share nearly everything to know in long drawn out monologs, as in here are your people this is who they are, what they look like, what they do, and now lets get in between the sheets. In Lauren's novel I was initially super confused as to what would lead to the first encounter then slowly I began to get it, and found that refreshing. This story has a Pride and Prejudice air to it; almost as if this is how Elizabeth and Darcy would have dealt with their dislike yet undeniable attraction today with our looser morals and lack of pomp and circumstance. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite love story ever, so maybe finding the similarities is what made me like this novel so much. One way or the other I found Bennet and Chloe to be realistic, intriguing, endearing, and their story really being one worth telling but just can't understand when that happened. "Beautiful Bastard" is definitely worth the credit or even spending the 12 bucks, so download it then let me know how you feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 05-26-13
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 05-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Hot and Spicy!"

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It is the first book that I have read by this author and was happy that I did so. Sometimes this type of gendra can be overdone with no storyline at all. Happy to say this is not the case. Although the plot is not complex it was still good to listen to. I have pre-ordered the next two books:) This book has a similar feel to books like Sylvia Day and E.L. James but still keeps its individuality. The sex scenes are hot and steamy but not so much that it is over done. I liked the characters and the fact that she called him a Beautiful Bastard. The narrator did a great job of acting out the story and not just reading it. I would recommend this book and can't wait for the next book to be released.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Goffstown, NH, United States 04-07-13
    Nicole Goffstown, NH, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it! So hot!"
    What did you love best about Beautiful Bastard?

    Funny, Sexy and Naughty! Panty tearing fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bennett - Hot, sexy bastard!


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

    No. But she did a wonderful job with this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out load a few time!


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book often. Both to those who listen to audio books and those who have not tried audio yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-29-13
    Patricia 03-29-13

    I started out listening to books for work and now have become addicted. Every where I drive is a new adventure...

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    "Intense, Smart, WOW"

    From the beginning, the relationship between Boss and Intern are intense without the sex involved. I love books with strong women and Chloe did not let me down. She had confidence, fire and brilliance all at once. Bennett's need for a confident women, left me breathless. I have been through the book twice and will be on my list to revisit in the future. I actually wish the book would have had a few more chapters ... As it left me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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