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Beautiful Bastard Audiobook

Beautiful Bastard

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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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    Chassity Hawkins 11-22-15
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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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    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 07-10-15
    Paula San Jose, CA, United States 07-10-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Soft porn - be aware..."

    If this was a film, it would be porn. Goes from one f**k to another. Promotes the idea that women really "want it" even when they say they don't.... Characters are caricature - a comic book.

    I couldn't listen to more than 30 minutes. I was waiting for some depth, a story line, something other than f**king to happen. There's not even much creativity in each of the sex scenes (yes, there were at least 3 in the first 30 mins).

    If you're looking for quality anything here, it's the performance. She does great work with what she's given.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-22-15
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2016

    We are now proud parents of a daughter and a wonderful son-in-law! He is also a child of The U. S. Navy, bonded over military time:)!

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    "I didn't care for it."

    I read the reviews before listening to it. I ended up fast forwarding a lot. To me it was a lot of sex, with a wee bit of story. I'm not a prude when it comes to sex but neither do I want to listen to a book that is all about sex, which is the reason I never bought 50 shades of anything. There were a couple of funny parts but those were few and far between. Plus the sex had no imagination to it. Bottom line, very boring.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 06-04-15
    Julia 06-04-15
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    "Did not know i ordered Pornography"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    less graphic and more story.


    Has Beautiful Bastard turned you off from other books in this genre?

    JUST THE SERIES, Which unfortunately i bought two more of before a trip.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Some inflection and less like a 1-900 telephone call


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

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    waste of $$$$$

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. L. 02-25-15
    J. L. 02-25-15
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    "Not worth a credit"

    This book was decently written, edited, & narrated. The main reason it gets only 2 stars is that the entire premise of the story is a bit skeevy. If it goes on sale, which is how I got it, then it may be worth a try. It definitely kept me til the end but I had to take breaks from the story as the entire premise made it difficult for me to listen. Really, a boss in a power position with an employee having sexual relations is a bit much to take.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela Rogersville, AL, United States 11-05-14
    Angela Rogersville, AL, United States 11-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just okay for me!"

    Voices great! Story not so much. The sex was hot and believable but that's all. There wasn't much of a story. I plan on listening to more in this series but atleast my expectations won't be as high.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Write1 MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 11-19-13
    Write1 MARIETTA, GEORGIA, United States 11-19-13
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    "Excessive use of the word "COCK""
    Would you try another book from Christina Lauren and/or Grace Grant?

    I doubt it very seriously if I will try another book by Christina Lauren or Grace Grant. The book will have to come highly recommended and the reviews outstanding before I try another one. I purchased this back in July and I still have 1 hour left. OMG, just plain awful. Hope, it's not too late to return.


    What was most disappointing about Christina Lauren’s story?

    The most disappointing was the excessive use of the word cock. Please understand, I do enjoy a good erotic romance novel, however I think the authors could have been a little more creative in describing the male organ.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Grant?

    Becca Batoe or David de Vries would have been great narrators for this book. The novel was written in two voices. It was very difficult to understand when the male was telling the story or female. The narrator did not change voices.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    One, just one redeeming quality. I understand this was fan fiction of Fifty Shades of Grey. I can say it was better than most fan fiction I've read. The authors didn't copy, they wrote their own story.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 08-02-13 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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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.

    40 of 50 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.

    13 of 16 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
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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 7 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
  • Adrian C.
    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
  • Amazon Customer
    8/16/17
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    "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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chinelo Umeugochukwu
    3/20/16
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    "Enthralling "

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • haley
    11/25/15
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    "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.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/10/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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