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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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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-10-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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    "Have you ever wanted someone....you hated!"

    I bought this awhile ago...I kept waiting for a break in my sci-fi world to give this "normal" book a chance, and I'm glad I finally did! Very entertaining, very believable, and the characters were just funny as heck!

    The premise is that there is a girl/woman working as an intern while she finishes her Masters degree at night. She is a sort of friend of the family that owns the family owned company, they all adore her except for the one she works for, because he isn't like the rest of his family. Where they are warm and inviting he is one cold beautiful bastard. he is beyond a perfectionist, he is a dictator with mood swings....so why oh WHY does she have this strong attraction to him...he's a total moody bad guy with multiple complexes that he should seriously seek some mental health for...she hates him...she is just biding her time until she graduates then she can leave...so WHY when she is within 3 feet of him does she feel the need to remove all his clothing in under 30 seconds?

    He on the other hand has never though women were special...he is as narcissistic as they come, he IS the center of the universe, just ask him! So WHY is he unable to keep his hands off of a silly little insignificant intern? Why put his job in jeopardy? She is nothing special, he hates her...he wants her....he loves her....no wait it can't be love has to be lust, she is NOTHING!

    The back and forth they have while trying to deny their feelings is pretty funny, and so plausible....have you ever wanted someone you hated?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    carmen Haslet, TX, United States 02-25-13
    carmen Haslet, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Blushing uncontrollably"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Bastard to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr.B is so sweet and dangerous.


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

    Narration okay as a woman not great as a man lead however this book should of been narrated by a man I think or both. I wish they would redo it.


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

    Blush, laugh and the narrator made me feel their turmoil.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. Can't wait to listen to it over and over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NORMA MCALLEN, TX, United States 02-23-13
    NORMA MCALLEN, TX, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Exciting"
    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    Yes: love the story line.......


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

    Similar to Fifty Shades....


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

    Chloe


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he admits that he wants more from her....


    Any additional comments?

    Wishing for this story line to continue...

    2 of 2 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 BOSSIER CITY, LA, United States 03-25-14
    Christen BOSSIER CITY, LA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
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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 MONTEREY PARK, CA, US 09-02-13
    Juan Hernandez MONTEREY PARK, CA, US 09-02-13 Member Since 2013

    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 Member Since 2008

    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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