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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Evesdropping on Wife's Girl Group Book

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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.

98 of 104 people found this review helpful

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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.

61 of 66 people found this review helpful

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Okay, but not spectacular.

The narrator was good at doing the voices. I just felt like the sex was literally nonstop. The male was so mean, and the female couldn't control her desires. Plus, the career paranoia and obsession got old. I guess it just felt like too many extremes for a very long time, and then a happy ending that came and went in ten words or less.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ju
  • 11-04-16

Lots of sex, very little character development

Well, if you want a story that is 70% sex and very little dialogue, this is the book for you. I think up until the airplane scene they barely exchanged more than 2 sentences to each other. He hated her and she hated him based on their lack of interaction over the course of 9 months, then they can't look at each other without screwing like rabbits.

At first I could not see any chemistry between them, did not really get the panties fetiche at all. The end was quite cheesy and reminded me a bit of the beginning of Tamed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Story underdeveloped

I might be a little, over the top, but when I am searching for a new book or series, as I prefer, to listen to, I actually do reaearch. I search different Web sites, read both amature and professional reviews and deliberate. This series came up on several independent articles, so I bought book one. Maybe there are readers/listeners that prefer short, concise stories where the story is comfortably predictable; but I do not.

This story was touted as one of the most popular erotica novels, of recent years. It was supposed to be a deep romance, but I disagree. It contained some erotica and romance but deep, it was not.

Maybe authors like Kristen Ashley, Diana Gabledon and Jodi Malpus have ruined me, but this novel is too short and the characters are seriously underdeveloped. It is somewhat entertaining and I find I want to know Max and Sarah's story (the next novel in the series) but I know the novel will leave me wanting.

I guess what I am trying to say is that if I were to make one statement about, "Beautiful Bastard" and the follow up novella, "Beautiful Bitch", combined, it would be that they are a good outline for a potentially powerful novel.

-V from Kansas

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Narrated porn

Overall it wasn't that bad. But I think it lacked plot. I wast just angry sex and then "oh I love you".

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Is it wrong to want more "story"?

There were some funny lines, and certainly gasp-worthy moments (the good kind), and the steamy scenes did not disappoint. I liked that the writing of those scenes was not cringe-worthy, but almost realistic. The only downside was that there was such a lack of substance to the story line. I know you're not buying these books for their big complex plots, but perhaps I am looking more for something that tells a story, with romance sprinkled in. This was the typical sex scene book, with a plot sprinkled in.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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annoyed I spent my credit on this

Struggled to finish this. I'm not a picky listener either, I'll listen to just about anything with an open mind but I had a hard time believing the love story here. I didn't feel that there were enough vulnerable moments to develop the kind of relationship they developed so quickly. the characters seemed really superficial.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Hard to Follow

Would you try another book from Christina Lauren and/or Grace Grant?

Yes I would

Would you be willing to try another book from Christina Lauren? Why or why not?

Yes because the proformance wasn't the issues I had

What didn’t you like about Grace Grant’s performance?

It wasn't her proformance with the character of being a female. I had a hard time following along of who was who. Grace was playing both characters and I had to keep rewinding and trying to catch who she was in which scene. She did fine as Cloe but when she proceeded as Bennett I lost interest.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Bastard?

None

Any additional comments?

I would've made sure a male narrator played the male parts so it was easier to follow along.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Zacharoula
  • 10-30-13

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

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  • Visa Electron
  • 05-13-13

Good buy!

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

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  • RAEL.ORG
  • 04-27-13

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

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  • Missy
  • 04-22-13

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

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  • Adrian C.
  • 04-22-13

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

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  • Yvonne
  • 04-07-13

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-16-17

literally.. just wow

What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Bastard the most enjoyable?

couldnt put this down... loved every second!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr sexy obvs, hes just hotttttt

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

no i havnt but she did great i think

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes!!!!

Any additional comments?

i cant download the next booik even though i haave a credit?

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  • Chinelo Umeugochukwu
  • 03-20-16

Enthralling

Loved it! Needed breaks in between to catch my breath though!! soooo hot..read it if you haven't

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  • haley
  • 11-25-15

let down

Brill until wrighter rushed and ruined book the split up was ridicules makes no sense she was freaking out over him then left over a stupid thing had to end book just could not relate to clohe..... rush ending don't waste your credit.....

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  • 11-10-15

Loved the relationship

Really good book.
Narration was excellent and well paced, the story engaging,..
One of the best audible books I've listened to. easy to recommend.

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  • Shay
  • 12-08-14

Beautiful Bastard - tall, gorgeous & entirely evil

In the wake of 50 Shades of Grey and its success, publishers have been scrambling to pick up previously self-published fan-fiction and novels, repackage it and sell it to wider audiences. And as judgmental as some book lovers have been on this, you can’t deny the success of EL James, Sylvia Day, Jamie McGuire, Kristen Ashley etc. Let's face it people, a good story is a good story no matter its origins. I am not a snob when it comes to books, if I like it - I like it and I really don’t care from ‘whence’ it came.
Beautiful Bastard is a one of those books I absolutely couldn’t read fast enough and the audio is no different. I screamed at my family to leave me alone, I hid in my room and ignored all else! I absolutely loved the sexual tension and banter back and forth between these two characters (Chloe & Bennet). I laughed a lot more than I expected, between the sniping back and forth and the pure situational humor, I was laughing out loud. And also I loved that this was a dual POV story. And its HOT! Scorchingly so..The narration is PERFECT! And the second books narration is even better! Let me add if you love this first book in the Beautiful Bastard Series then you’re in for a treat because they just get better as they go, I loved Sarah and Max’s story even more in no 2 -Beautiful Stranger. So YAY! A new series for me and I recommend you jump on this one with me and enjoy!
Cheers :)

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  • michelle
  • 03-17-16

loved it

loved it moving on to the next one great character nicely written good character development

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  • Pasqua
  • 11-03-15

Beautiful Bastard

Loved it so much and so hot!!! Perfect listening and made me shiver in the hot sensual story. Best ever so far .. I wanted more needed the story not to end .. This needed to be more so much more .. A wedding added ??? Only hope for a book 2 ... I'm a total mess loved it so much

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  • 02-21-15

Hilarious and HOT

I'm going to be frank -- this book is not serious.

Yet I have listened to it multiple times because it is HILARIOUS. Every re-listen I am in hysterics -- a little awkward when I'm on the train.

I really enjoyed Chloe as a protagonist -- she was very headstrong and never afraid to stand up for herself. I felt as though she may have overreacted but it's a small oversight. Bennett is really a bastard, but I'm a sucker for beautiful bastards in romantic novels. Plus, the sex scenes and OHMAHFLIPPIN SEXY *drool* but are (in my opinion) not overdone or forced.

It's not a serious piece of literature -- but who reads new adult fiction to analyse plot.
Very enjoyable, especially for an escape -- would recommend to a friend.