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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 2015

    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.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Ricerra 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Candice 12-21-14
    Candice 12-21-14
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    "Great but also not good"
    Would you try another book from Christina Lauren and/or Grace Grant?

    yes i would.the book its self was written flawlessly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything from all the little twists and turns that kept you want to finish the book


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

    anyone. the person who read this book was monotone... i could tell she mixed up the characters voices more than once. kind threw me off the story a bit but i contained to listen


    Could you see Beautiful Bastard being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    deffiniatly. not sure about the actors though


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Becca 10-29-14
    Becca 10-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "LEFT UNCERTAIN"
    Any additional comments?

    As the book ended, I was left a little uncertain of my feelings. Did I like it? Was it a good book? How did I feel exactly? Well I will say that I read previous reviews and knew in advance that it was a steamy listen with little actual plot activity, but I didn't gamble on there to be NO plot activity until the very end. I gave the book 4 stars all the way around because it was well-written and the narration was good. I'm disappointed because the storyline had potential - lots of potential, but fell short.

    If you're looking for a quick, steamy listen with no real emotion or activity outside quick sex, then this is a good book for you. If you're looking for depth, keep looking.

    1 of 1 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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    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 08-06-13
    Nancy Danville, CA, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Light on Character Development, Heavy on Sex"

    Lots of sex from the get go. I never really felt like I understood what motivated each character (other than the physical), so I never really felt invested in their intimacy. I kept waiting for an explanation of the male character's hateful behavior, but it never really came together convincingly for me. He was mostly just a jerk. Late in the book I felt like we started to get to know both characters better; I just wished the author had spent some time developing that aspect earlier in the book. For the amount of sex, they were pretty conventional about it. The taboo came from engaging in intimate activities in socially unacceptable locations, i.e., his office, his parent's bathroom, etc. The narrator did a solid job. The story is told from each characters' first person perspective. Occasionally, when the author was speaking from the male perspective, she'd fail to deepen her voice enough and I'd lose track of which character's thoughts I was listening to--mostly that was my fault for not paying enough attention. Nevertheless, she did a very good job with bringing the characters to life. Overall, it was mildly entertaining and kinda cute. I won't listen to another book from this author, but I'm not disappointed that I purchased this one either. Sometimes lots of sex and little story is just the thing, so if that's what you're in the mood for...go for it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda United States 07-07-13
    Wanda United States 07-07-13

    Give me a Hot Sexy Book, with a good story to listen to, have that "OH MY" sigh, Love most of what I have, but want more. Tell me it ALL!

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    "OH My Goodness, was that EVER HOT!"
    Where does Beautiful Bastard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there with one of my top 5 books I have listened to. I have laughed at these two, Bennett and Chloe through the entire book. And boy do they know how to pour on the Hot SEX. I did have problems with figuring out who was talking. Was it her or him. But you get the point. TRUST ME.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When they finally got away and discovered what they were really all about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dressing room scene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Jesus on a cracker..


    Any additional comments?

    By far one of my top 5's sexy love story's. These two really knew how to pour it on and then they turn around and hate one another in a second. I laughed so hard in between the love scenes, but then again, you knew it was only gong to be a good sex scene coming if they started. They did know how to push each other's limits. On everything. On the reader, she read fast, and I would have to run it back a couple of times and it was hard to know if it was him or her doing the talking. but it was a good listen book.. I would buy and use credit for this.. you can't go wrong. Ladies.. you love these sexy love story's.. Here is one of the good ones.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 06-12-13
    Deedra 06-12-13 Member Since 2015

    Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)

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    "Ummm Ummm Ummm Hot!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Bastard the most enjoyable?

    I just loved the charater Bennet. Though he was a bastard he was the type of bastard you fall in love with.


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

    The Bastard truly revealed himself on the the 18th floor. It was so very hot that I am smiling as I am typing.


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

    No this was my first and I truly enjoyed it.


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

    I was moved by Bennet and his sided of the story. I don’t know if that makes me a crazy but I love when a charterer stands up and doesn’t given in just because that what they think the reader expects. I love that Chloe can give it and take it…. and he can give it. literally


    Any additional comments?

    Get It. Worth every word.

    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 2013
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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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    "good holiday listen"

    very entertaining and i kept turning it on every chance I got, and it turned me on in return!!!

    well read

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