Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Expected publication: February 12th 2013 by Gallery Books
Received ARC from Netgalley 

About the book:

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 re-release

My Thoughts:

Oh, Bennett. You rival the likes of Christian and Gideon and I adore you. This book was exactly the type of book I needed for my Fifty/Crossfire fix. It was hot, romantic, and witty. It consumed me and I couldn't put it down.

After spending years in France, Bennett Ryan returns to the states to work for his family's media firm, with his father and brother. While he had been in France - his assistant & intern, Chloe, had started working for the firm. Chloe is extremely hard working and determined to earn respect in the field, while finishing school. Bennetts family has come to adore Chloe and wants nothing more then for her to succeed and continue working for them after she graduates.

And when Bennett returns and meets his intern for the first time - he realizes life as he knows it is going to change. He's attracted to Chloe and he hates it. This connection he feels to her only fuels his anger and makes him act like the bastard he is, because he hates not being in control of his feelings.

But Chloe isn't going to sit back and take his shit. She gives as much as he does and it's AWESOME. I loved Chloe and the fact that she knew how to handle bossy and sarcastic Mr. Ryan. She refused to let him get in the way of her success and just found ways to do her job well and deal with him. But even she couldn't deny her true feelings for him no matter how hard she tried. I loved the heat between these two. When they thought it was just lust - it grew into so much more and their walls started crumbling.

The witty banter back and forth between these two was hilarious. I love that Chloe never backed down. I loved how they started to slowly realize they wanted each other more then just for sex (and there was a lot of it). Bennett, despite being an asshole, completely won my heart. He was bossy and alpha - and I loved every second of it! The chemistry between these two was HOT and I was completely in love with them both.

At that moment, hearing those words, I didn't care about anything else: where we were, who we were, or how we felt about each other. Never in my life had I felt such raw chemistry with anyone. When we were together like this, nothing else mattered.
- Bennett

Nobody had ever made me feel that way, as if my body were made to fit his.
- Chloe

I know there is a lot of hate on Goodreads about this being FanFiction and ripping off other authors and I don't get into that stuff. I don't really understand it because I don't read FanFic, and I didn't see any similarities to Twilight or anything that I don't see in every other erotic/romance novel I read. Basically it all starts to blend together to me, and if it keeps my attention and makes me swoon - then I like it! The more books like Twilight, Fifty Shades, Crossfire - THE BETTER!! So, I'm thankful these ladies came together to publish this book because I think it'll be one of my favorites for the year.

Thank you Net Galley for this ARC. I couldn't have been more thrilled to have had the chance to read this book.
5 Suns

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