One beautiful bastard of a groom. The most beautiful bitch of a bride. A panty-ripping office hook-up turned true love everlasting.
Wedding bells can't chime soon enough for Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Chloe, exasperated and stressed by all the last-minute to-dos, is on the verge of saying "I do" to eloping. For his part, Bennett's so worried about being distracted by Chloe's body that he makes a no-sex-until-the-wedding-night rule that only seems to be making things worse by continually backfiring on him. As their crazy families descend for the big day - only a few of them actually trying to be helpful - the fiery lovers are about to test whether the couple that argues together can keep it together long enough to exchange rings, and not just heated words.
©2013 Christina Lauren (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....
Beautiful Beginning starts off with a very stressed out bride and a very focused groom. Chloe and Bennett are down to the wire with wedding preparations and Chloe is about ready to head off to Las Vegas. Bennett is more focused on keeping his bride sane but also on how to make their wedding night special. So he decides that weren't going to have sex until the wedding night. Which is 5 days away and Chloe, being who she is, decides she needs to fight Bennett on that and what ensues if a test of restraint for Bennett. There are a LOT of hilarious and epic scenes in this book. It literally kept me laughing and smiling while enjoying them tormenting each other before their big day. Like every other book in this series we get a hot, fun, full of romance story! You will be laughing, you will be fanning yourself and you will be enjoying every moment of it.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
*Sigh* I can’t believe this is the end of the Beautiful Series. Although this was a short story, it was a perfect and satisfying ending. It all came back full circle to Bennett and Chloe. This was a funny, HOT, and sexy way to end the series. I enjoyed revisiting favorite characters from previous books and getting the HEA wedding. I’m just sad this is the end of one of my all-time favorite series.
This is my first book by this author. The witty repartee of the H and h were the best. Listeners may disagree about whether their verbal sparring was always healthy or whether some of their disagreements and/or the amount of heat behind them were indicative of an unhealthy aspect in their relationship. But I didn’t read it like that. Though, it’s true that not all passion is positive, and this H and h certainly included some degree of force—mainly in words, threats—in their sex play, though not BDSM. Their sex scenes and sexual tension were a great combination of romance and eroticism. And the author did a great job of making them seem to be a perfect match for each other’s positive and negatives and each one having the ability to really know and appreciate the other. Though, by the time they got married, their barely controlled lust began to shift from cute and romantic to immature and irritating. Similarly, their after-wedding sex jitters and the H’s vulnerability was hard to buy, and, by the end, I tired of all of the clothes tearing and talk of hard sex resulting in the h’s walking difficulty, which seems too extreme to be sexy, much less desirable, especially when overused. So, overall, as the story progressed, I would’ve liked a bit more non-sexual romance as proof of their soul-mate-like connection. But I’m 43, so my wants on this point may be due to ageism.
There are two narrators, and I didn’t like that much. I didn’t like the male narrator’s storytelling. It might just be that, by the time he spoke, I had gotten accustomed to the female narrator successfully portraying both the H and h and didn’t like the change once the male narrator spoke as both. I don’t know why two narrators were necessary. I also think that I preferred the female narrator’s portrayal of the h so much more than the male narrator’s voice of Chloe, that switching between two narrators just didn’t work for me. Also, be forewarned, that there’s plenty of profanity used in this book. I don’t mind it, though it’s part of the juvenile flavor that began to appear and irritate. So steer clear if you do mind.
Thank GOD for audio books, if I didn't have them I'd never get anything done!
This was a great ending for this series. SOOOOO Funny!!! Oh my goodness! I laughed until I cried! This is a must!
Wife, mom, and book lover
Yes, love the characters in this series and Christina Lauren's writing is amazing.
I love all the characters in this series
Sebastian York's voice...yummmm
I thought Beautiful Bastard was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Certainly one of the best romance books I have ever read. It was never sappy, the heroine was upfront and said what she meant, even to her own detriment and there was no angst and no prevarication. It didn't wallow in the characters problems,or weaknesses or tragic backgrounds. It embraced their quirks and made their inability to communicate calmly and effectively with each other actually work well for them. It was sexy, had a great hook and most importantly - it was hilarious. Whoever decided love had to be continually sad and angst filled is crazy.
The follow-ups introducing other characters were OK to good, but never lived up to the original. So I was somewhat reluctant to read the continuation of the Bastard's story. I was worried that if it was about their wedding, sap was bound to leak in somewhere.
I am happy to say it never did. It was exactly the messed up, hilarious, sexy, catastrophe that only Chloe and Ben could have. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was so glad to be reassured that these two characters I had grown so fond of would continue on in their dysfunctional but loving way.
My only tiny complaint was this - the ending didn't seem true to the story. Instead it seemed like the story ended and then the author added in one more sex scene. That bugged me just a little. I think this author does a great job of making her sex scene's "fit" the plot and the characters. This is the only time it seemed a little superfluous to me.
YES, and I have. This is one of the best and most addictive series.
Man so many to choose from. I loved Bennett but I really loved Chloe and all the supporting characters as well. They are all great and very lovable.
I love the inflections they use. I will be listening to more books by them.
The day of the rehearsal was my favorite.
I recommend this series to anyone. I fell in love with every character.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen.
The wedding of BB and Chloe and all the fun, laughter, sexual tension and disasters that come with it! I would love to just sit and watch these two ladies, Christina Lauren write....This whole series is original, sexy, funny and occasionally heart-warming. Grace Grant is the voice of the Beautiful Series and Sebastian York joining her, they are fabulous. I've got these beauties tucked away in my cloud for listening to over and over and over!
It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.
That their character continued from the 1st book, the author did not miss a beat!!! How everything connected.
There were a couple of scenes where so funny.
How Bennett got even with Will - too funny!!
Car scene when losing the wedding party dresses and Sarah's dress - classic moment!!
The wedding ceremony and finally the love making.
Yes, the love they have for each other.
For being a short story book, it was so entertaining. Not just the love making but it was so funny!!
This book would not be good for the performance of Grace Grant and Sebastian York, they were perfect!! Oh boy - Sebastian voice is so so sexy, I can listen to him all day and night!!! LOL!!
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!
I have enjoyed these books since they hit. I like the fact, I can lay back and listen to them anytime I want. No eye strain, just listen to them. And Grace and Sebastian, your amazing at this.. way to go.. Your the best.
this question is not even...fair.. When Ryan, Max and Will get together, you just know you going to laugh so hard, you can 't stop. I can't count the number of times I have laughed at the antics of those three together. If they are not pulling something on each other, it's talking to each other about what is about to happen with their women. It great. I the most memorial moment in this for men.. was these men playing a joke on Will in this book. They and his girl friend who went along with it, gave him a hard time.. I laughed so hard... So either way.. you can't help but enjoy it all..
When these two read, I want to listen, I know it's intense usually HOT and you can get lost in those two being into anything. And Sebastian York's voice is so flipping sexy, you wish you could listen to him all the time. Hell I just want the man to read me a bedtime story...lol He could read a road map, and I would be drooling. And Grace does a great man's voice in this listen ... she has really mastered others as well.. She has really come a long way since I first started listening to her. Now she is one of fav's
Enjoy, laughter, HOT SEX, Anger, Tenderness, all in one short listen.
Any time you put Christina Lauren, the two authors of this series, your going to have great books. Together they can take you all over the emotional roller coaster and you will still want more. And never forget it's always HOT... I love this series and these types of books.. It's getting harder to find, but I keep searching and once in a great while I find them. These are always a good one to turn to. Be a full book listen or read like this you can't go wrong. . But sadly I understand this is going to be the last one. With the Beautiful Series, you can't help but laugh, cry, cheer them on and wait for the next sentence. And never forget the sex is always Hot. Since I read and listen, I kind of know what is coming, but I try now to listen before I read. . These books are great. I don't know for sure, but I am understanding this was the last of the Beautiful Series, and I really hope not. To much was left undone. Max and lady are going to have a baby, and Will announces something in this books as well.. So I hope we hear more. And it would be hard on us that love this series.. After what these two Ryan and Chloe brought out for us to read, It would be a shame to stop this. So much to continue on. I see another book is coming out, a paranormal book, and I just don't read that type. So if this is the end, I have enjoyed the ride. I will find authors who do write similar to this. In this book, ., I can wait to buy the book to add to my collection of this series. And hope they reconsider bringing this to the big screen as well.. It's a great start that can move forward if they (the authors) wanted to. Great job ladies.
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