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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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    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 02-28-13
    Annie McKinney, TX, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2016

    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.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Larry H So Cal 09-25-13
    Larry H So Cal 09-25-13 Member Since 2017

    "No matter where you go... there you are."

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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.

    94 of 100 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.

    60 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Catherine NC 12-05-15
    Mary Catherine NC 12-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Didn't work for me"

    I didn't give the book a very low rating because I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I didn't. I got past the first unsatisfying encounter, then I didn't want to spend any more time with the characters so I moved on and didn't finish the book. Spoiler Alert: Super rich, super handsome, super sexy man in control with a bad attitude. A young subordinate woman just starting out that is supposed to be super smart, but these women characters never act that way - this one was toddling around on her high heeled Italian shoes and I was not impressed. I didn't like either character and I hope they ended up together in the end - they so deserved each other. Yes there was sexual tension, but not a good kind. As long as you know what you are getting into, the book might work for you. Everything might have turned out OK in the end, but I just could not bring myself to listen to the next encounter.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Morgan Hill, CA, United States 01-21-17
    Laura Morgan Hill, CA, United States 01-21-17 Member Since 2017
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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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    Jane Dillsburg, PA, United States 12-13-16
    Jane Dillsburg, PA, United States 12-13-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor content"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A sex addict.


    What could Christina Lauren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing, poor content, a little story would have helped.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More content, less sexual detail which was 95% of the story, ugh!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, anybody can write garbage.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ju 11-04-16
    Ju 11-04-16
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    "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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    V from Kansas WICHITA, KS, US 05-28-16
    V from Kansas WICHITA, KS, US 05-28-16 Member Since 2013
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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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    Cristina Austin, Texas, United States 05-17-16
    Cristina Austin, Texas, United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Evaness 02-18-16
    Evaness 02-18-16
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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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  • 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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