Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

16102004Book Synopsis:

320 pages| Published 12th February 2013 by Gallery Books

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.

Review: 2 stars

Ok. This is going to be one of those reviews where I just have to rant a little bit.


What do I have to rant about you ask? Well several matters…

  1.  Lack of plot. There’s a jackass boss and a spunky young assistant … I bet you can guess the rest (it honestly doesn’t take that much of an imagination)! *YAWN* It was very predictable and very repetitive. I like a good piece of smut and I understand that they don’t usually have an actual plot, but this was worse than normal. Thyawning-puppyere was just a lack of story full stop. It was just fight, sex, sex, fight, sex, fight and some more sex. And the sex wasn’t even that hot, it was very repetitive and I often found myself skipping straight over it (which meant I skipped a lot).
  2. Lame drama. The supposed “conflict” of the book was very anticlimactic. I don’t even really understand how it counts as conflict. Boring.
  3. He hordes her underwear. It’s weird and creepy. She spends way too much time wondering around work without underwear on (in a skirt) and he has way too many ripped pieces of underwear in his desk drawer. It’s WEIRD AND CREEPY not hot.
  4. No build up or chemistry. Soo they hated each other at first, right? And then they’re all over each other and suddenly they have feelings. There was no pivotal moment when they realise they misjudged each other or that they actually have things in common. There was very little conversation, character development or genuine chemistry. I honestly closed this book thinking “they love each other? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?”

I was totally disappointed in this book. I recommend you give this one a pass, you will definitely not be missing anything.

This book was provided by Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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2 thoughts on “Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

  1. So many things can infuriate a reader, but lack of character development and lack of plot is the MOST infuriating. *sigh* On the plus side, the cover is incredibly well done.

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