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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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    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 02-28-13
    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012

    Book Junkie

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    "Panty Ripping Good Time"

    I picked up this book on the recommendation from people that I follow on the Audible site. I am glad I downloaded it. It is a unexpected sexual romp that develops between two people who are very driven get on each others nerves and know they shouldnt cross that line when it comes to inter office romance. It is a fun love/hate relationship with a lot of confusion when it comes to feelings, careers, and the struggle of what's right and wrong. When it comes down to that animal urge they just say "F-it" and let it fly. I like how you hear from each characters point of view. I always want to know what the guy is thinking. Lots of humor which I like and very likeable people. It is worth the credit and I will look for this author in the future.

    24 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Grandspud So Cal 09-25-13
    Grandspud So Cal 09-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Evesdropping on Wife's Girl Group Book"
    Any additional comments?

    My wife ordered this book so she a several other nurses (all women) could listen to it during a long drive they made to a medical convention. So... I figured I'd see what the ladies were so interested in and loaded it on my MP3. Holy-up-against-the-office-window and up with the skirt girl! This book proves guys are just too stupid to really understand all that women are. The plot and story were so-so, but I gave it an overall 4 stars because I actually sported wood several times during the narrative, and that alone is worth 2 stars. It's a wonder my wife and her colleagues didn't crash the car on the way to San Francisco.

    51 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 04-23-13
    Lulu 04-23-13

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Wannabe's Pay Attention. This is How it is Done."

    This is the first book in a series that on the face of it appears to be another attempt to take advantage of the 50 Shades hype. But it is not a 50 Shades wannabe. It is a good book. A very good book. The writing, pace and characters are all better developed that 50 Shades and definitely better than any of the 50 Shade clones.

    It is formulaic, but it works and it includes an element that seems to be lacking in the angst-filled batch of erotic romance novels published lately. It is funny. There are some laugh out-loud funny lines. The characters take their relationship seriously, but they are also having fun. No brooding stares, no meaningful silence. The hero doesn't have an unbelievable medical condition that makes him violent in his sleep, he isn't obsessed with a medieval author to the point that he almost channels him and he is not the most wealthy, wildly successful, way too young for his success, handsome man in the entire world, or at least the Pacific Northwest. He is rich and good looking, but not the richest and best looking. So he comes across as more real than the heroes of several recent books.

    It passed my sure fire test with flying colors. When I was done reading the book I wanted to know what happened to the characters next. I wasn't ready to let go of them. If a book makes me feel that way, I can forgive a lot.

    If you like this genre I really recommend this book. You will not be disappointed.

    43 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne MD, United States 02-26-13
    Katheryne MD, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "HHHOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTT!"

    WOW! This is definitely an EROTIC book. It starts out hot and heavy and never backs down. At times I didn't get all the "Hate Sex" or why these two had to have sex in the work place (really? they weren't worried about getting caught). Despite the complaints and the light plot I still enjoyed this book. I knew what I was getting into from the start and just enjoyed the ride.

    53 of 57 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 2014

    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.

    7 of 7 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 2015
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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...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-10-13
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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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?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 02-18-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 02-18-13 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Simply AMAZING"

    WOW! I was totally blown away.. This was simply amazing... OMG! I loved it. Great smex, but what a great story line. I love a good romance that borders on the the erotica with an awesome storyline... I simply loved this... I see why it had over 2 million reads online... It should have had more. I loved this!!!

    Narration was awesome!!! A totally buy/credit, either one... LOved not Liked... but Loved!!!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 03-02-13
    Leesa 03-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Very Enjoyable"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked that it gave both characters feelings. I wish the narrators male voice was more masculine, but I loved everything else!!


    Any additional comments?

    This is one WELL worth the credit or just buying it!!! It is explict but I have no problems with that. Plus, the passion is sooooo good. I will definitely keep my eyes open for all of Christina Lauren's books because I love her style!

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13
    Bexlyn Wright Kentucky 05-30-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.

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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.

    13 of 17 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
  • 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
  • Roger
    Cheadle, United Kingdom
    11/18/14
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    "The plot could be condensed into a single sentence"
    What would have made Beautiful Bastard better?

    A plot with intrigue


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    It is so predictable, lacks any depth, shallow stereotypes as characters, weak story line and the sex is dull


    What three words best describe Grace Grant’s performance?

    fit for purpose


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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