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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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    carmen 02-25-13
    carmen 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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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.

    3 of 4 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 1 people found this review helpful
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    HibiscusSvg Brooklyn, NY, United States 02-22-13
    HibiscusSvg Brooklyn, NY, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved this book!!!"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Bastard in three words, what would they be?

    Best sex ever!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the beautiful bastard the most. I liked listening to his side of the situation that he and Chole found them selves themselves in.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very end when the beautiful bastard finally realized that he loved Chole. I loved how raw his process of realization was.


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

    The best hate-fill sex you've ever seen!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-21-13
    Valerie Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2014

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    "All about the illicit sex... erotica..."

    It's okay, and the characters are funny and interesting, but I need to pay more attention to the category of the book. This is erotica, and all about illicit office sex....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mette Viby Denmark 02-19-13
    Mette Viby Denmark 02-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Beautiful Bastard"
    If you could sum up Beautiful Bastard in three words, what would they be?

    good smutty story with really good charaters


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

    The elevator stairwell scene is hot!


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

    I've read the book as well, I just really like listent to audiobooks when I work and she really have a nice voice


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

    no either, but i had a good feeling


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the fic a lot back in the days

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy KENNETT SQUARE, PA, United States 02-18-13
    Tracy KENNETT SQUARE, PA, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2009

    Audiobooks are relaxing and 'food for the soul'.

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    "Pleasant Surprise..."
    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to it again. Once I got past trying to determine if the narrator was speaking in a male or female character voice, I found the story very entertaining.


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

    How their love for one another cemented during the business trip.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator's attempt at the lead male character's voice was extremely distracting. Sometimes, it was difficult to determine who was indeed speaking. Towards the end of the book, I guess I became accustomed to it.


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

    I like the way an unorthodox office romance turns into something "real" as the book progresses.


    3 of 4 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 2015
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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 7 people found this review helpful
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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 18 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 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-28-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 03-28-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Can I have an order of sexual tension please?,"

    Oh my... Chloe and Bennett... a couple clearly walking that thin line between love and hate or perhaps I should say "lust" and hate. Whew, what a steamy ride this book was and so very entertaining. If you're looking for a large order of sexual tension then pour yourself a glass of wine, cozy up on the couch and dive into this steamy little story. I have to say that I was surprised at how much I really liked Bennett by the end. I went into the book clearly ready to toss him under a bus (via the title). But, despite all of the name calling, pantie ripping and animalistic behavior... this did end up being for me a really intense and fun love story. Love born through hate... now how can that not be romantic!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Zacharoula
    Limassol, Cyprus
    10/30/13
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    "It was great"

    I enjoyed reading this book.
    It kept me company during my sleepless nights.
    I would listen to it again.
    I bought all the series...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Visa Electron
    UK
    5/13/13
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    "Good buy!"

    The story was beautifully read and made the whole experience enjoyable. I ended up doing an all nighter for it :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RAEL.ORG
    Lyon, France
    4/27/13
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    "Finnaly ! A good book after shades of grey !"

    After so much ripp of like the frightful "bared to you", finally Audible recommend a good book !

    The story is good, the sexe's scenes too, characters are lovely, even the narrator are very good : Grace Grant makes a wonderfull job, she has a pretty voice and her male's voice are sexy wich is not easy for a woman. Generally it's quikcly become ridiculous but never with her.



    I hope Audible will produce soon the next book of the serie with Grace Grant of course.

    meanwhile, you can listen all Olivia Cunning's books, they rock their world too !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Missy
    Sunderland, United Kingdom
    4/22/13
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    "Bennettlishious"

    Thought this book was good from t get go . Loved the hole story line n loved t characters they went great together . N would love me sum Bennett talk about a beautiful bastard yes pls haha . Would defo recommend it . X

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DEBBIE
    lancashire, United Kingdom
    4/22/13
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    "BRILLIANT BOOK!!!!!"

    BRILLIANT BOOK!!!



    I loved this book!!!! I totally recommend it because of Their tense, lustful but very passionate relationship.



    Characters Bennett Ryan and Chloe Mills love hate relationship will defiantly have your heart racing, from the foreplay of verbal spats both denying that they feel anything but contempt for each other to the steamy ,hot, passionate side that they both claim will help them to get each other out of their system. It will have you wanting to experience the same explosive passionate relationship. It left me wanting to find out what happened next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yvonne
    MARCH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Addictive listening"

    Not intellectually challenging at all but I loved listening to this book from start to finish couldn't switch it off - naughty but nice lol if you like a saucy mills and boon then this is for you

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lilley Loolah
    7/5/15
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    "Hot hot hot"
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    Oh wow. This blew me away. From the first chapter to the very last chapter, I was hooked. Loved Bennett and Chloe's interactions. The sex scenes were hot hot hot. What a fantastic start to this series which I couldnt wait to get my teeth into.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne
    6/27/15
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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
  • CRYSTAL CLEAR
    ESSEX, UK
    1/27/15
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    "3rd time Of listening & still OUTSTANDINGLY!!"

    Grace Grants narration is spot on..your dragged into the beautiful Bennet & the feisty Chloe's world and hang on for the ride. This storyline is my favourite of all this series and one I'll come back to again and a again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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