Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Review

Thursday, June 20, 2013

By Christina Lauren
Rating: 4 Glasses of Wine

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.
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.

Our Review:

So, in between the Crossfire books I needed a break from crazy, stalker, control freak Gideon. And let me tell you, I totally picked the right book to read!

Beautiful Bastard was an easy read that I absolutely LOVED!!! It was steamy, romantic, funny and totally entertaining. There was a little of the back and forth about whether he loves me, he loves me not.... But it was not constant and it was not annoying.  You know what I mean?  When the guy's EVERY action makes the girl all weepy and convinced he doesn't love her? Anyone else get super annoyed by that like me??? Well don't worry, you won't find that here! 

I also really loved the fact that the characters didn't lose themselves half way through the story.  It always seems like when the man falls in love, he goes from being this tough guy to a pile of mush in 0.2 seconds. I HATE that.  Men, stay true to who you are!!!! She falls in love with the tough guy, not the quivering pile of jello!!!!  You think the fictional characters out there hear me? 

I digress......Lets get back to BB. 

Chloe and Bennett start out the novel at each others throats. And rightfully so.  As the name implies, Bennett is a total bastard. He's a controlling boss who makes Chloe's life at work miserable.  Lucky for him, she loves her job and is good at it and willing to tough it out.  I love a strong woman!!! 

"If only he would keep his mouth shut, he'd be perfect. A piece of duct tape would do the trick. I had some in my desk that I'd occasionally pull out and fondle, hoping someday I could put it to good use.” 

Late one night, Chloe is going over something for work with Bennett and the next thing you know.....BAM!!! Steamy Sex Scene!!!! 

"Who would have thought working for an angry jackass would result in my getting fucked up against a cold window at work and liking it?” 

This is just the beginning of a bunch of crazy sexcapades and from there, the story just gets better and better!!! 

If you are looking for a quick, entertaining read that is a stand alone, this is your book.  I can't wait to read the authors' next book, Beautiful Stranger (not the same characters).  Beautiful Bastard totally gets 4 glasses of white zin from this girl!!


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  2. This sounds like a fun read(: Love your review and how thorough it is! Looking forward to more of your reviews.

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