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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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    BluBumbleB 03-24-13
    BluBumbleB 03-24-13 Member Since 2014

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Sexylicious!"

    I listened to this book twice literally back to back it was so hot! It was a cute love story mingled with awesome sex scenes. My only reservation is regarding the narrator's male voice characterization--seemed a little forced and not that sexy, but, I got into it after a bit. On a side note, Jill Redfield, the narrator of "Bared to You" and "Reflected in You" probably would've made this story smolder even more, but, I digress--the book is told through the male and female main character's points of view which I really appreciated. Too often books are only told via the woman and the counterparts view is inferred. If you can't handle explicit, raw sexy talk this is definitely not the book for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 03-23-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    I was torn as to how to rate this one. I both liked and disliked it. Personally I enjoy angst-filled stories so this met that criteria for me. The love-hate relationship between Bennett and Chloe was off the charts! However, I really did not like it starting right off the bat with sex scenes in Chapter 1. I prefer the story to develop somewhat before it gets into that. All in all, it was an entertaining listen but just not enough for me to give it a higher rating.

    1 of 1 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 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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    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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    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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    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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