Beautiful Bastard by Christina LaurenBeautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard

byChristina Lauren

Paperback | February 12, 2013

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An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

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.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.
Christina Lauren is the pen name used by two authors (Christina and Lauren) who have been writing together since 2009. Their erotic romances include Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, Beautiful Bitch, Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Player, and Beautiful Beginning.
Title:Beautiful BastardFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Gallery BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1476730091

ISBN - 13:9781476730097

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Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excited! I read the first book in this series after reading the wild seasons series and I loved it! Can't wait to read the rest of the beautiful series!
Date published: 2017-04-03
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Date published: 2017-03-28
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Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An unexpected treat! I think I preferred this to the 50 Shades trilogy. It was fun and hot - honestly a sensational read. It entertained every bit of me. Lots of fun.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Couldn't put the book down. Very steamy. Love Chloe. **************************************************************
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful love story :) I didn't know what to expect from this book, and in the beginning I was sure it was just going to be rage sex all the way through. Then as you start to get to know the characters more the book turns into a very sweet sexy story.
Date published: 2015-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Put this on your Must Read list! Between the laugh out loud brazen humor and the thick sensual heat leaping off the pages, I would suggest that you clear your schedule before starting this book. Because once you start, you won't be able to stop until the end.
Date published: 2015-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read mostly Enjoyed the narrative but found some sections to be clumsy. The sexual content seemed repetitive at times but the overall story enjoyable.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this series. I'm such a big fan of the Beautiful Series. You get really into them and the fact that the series are all interconnected which I always like, I don't know why. It just gives you an insight in each characters lives. I think I'm rambling. I highly recommend this book and also the other books in this series. I'm currently trying to collect them all on Kobo.
Date published: 2015-02-28
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Date published: 2015-02-11
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Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love This was a great series...Christina Lauren great job. Read all the books they have out. Great job ladiew!!
Date published: 2015-01-04
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Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A steamy read I previously read this book when it was a fanfic and throughly enjoyed it then! Very happy to see that it has been published.
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Steamy and dreamy I enjoyed reading it. You can love and hate the characters at the same time. Overall it was enjoyable.
Date published: 2014-09-27
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Date published: 2014-09-19
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Date published: 2014-08-08
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Date published: 2014-08-02
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Date published: 2014-07-26
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Date published: 2014-07-08
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Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked I loved this book!! It was funny, a little nuts and a whole lot hot!!
Date published: 2014-05-31
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Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful bastard Really enjoyed reading this book, it as a story to it, but its to short the author could have added lots more to the story.
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot and steamy I loved the fact that the story line started off with a bang within the first chapter. Also the fact that Chloe wasn't just a pushover made it so much more empowering. I can't wait to read the rest of the series 
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could NOT put it down! This book had me going from page one and I didn't put it down till I was done! The banter between 'Ms. Mills' and 'Mr. Ryan' was so fresh and fun not to mention the sex was hot!!! I thoroughly enjoyed how it went back and forth between what she said/he said. It's so nice to be able to see things from both perspectives. Great job! I am looking forward to the next book by this author releasing next week.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from He said / She said I surprisingly enjoyed this book! The narrative was fantastic. Alternating chapters between Bennett's perspective and Chloe's was a refreshing take on the 50 Shades formula. The "romance" was hot in this book and it didn't pretend to be something it wasn't. It wasn't a sweeping epic romance, it didn't have contracts about behavior and it lacked a good deal of the possessive/obsessiveness so constant in contemporary romance of late. This was a fresh approach to telling a rather predictable story. It grabbed me from the first chapter and I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to the sequel which appears to involve new characters, but hopefully keeps the he said/she said narrative which I think really refreshed the genre.
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HOTT!!!! At first i felt lost in the book cuz i didn't know where it was going but once i started to read it alot more i could not put it down it was getting soo hott between the two charcters and i love that ryan started to see more then just sex with her and im very much looking forward to the next book that comes.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this one Chloe Mills is a young, hard-working woman going for her MBA. Bennett Ryan has just returned from France to help run his family’s media business and Chloe’s his new assistant. Except he hates her and she hates him. This book was originally fanfiction, like 50 Shades of Grey, but there’s very little the same about them. There’s no BDSM in this book and there’s a lot more sex. A lot of sex. It was rare to read a chapter that didn’t contain the two main characters doing something to each other. The sex scenes were definitely hot. Taking away the sex scenes, there is a bit of a plot. Bennett and Chloe work together every day but for reasons, they can’t stand each other. It’s kind of rom-com chick flick-esque but since I love those kind of plots, I really enjoyed the book. It was a pretty quick read but a good one. The back and forth power struggle between Bennett and Chloe was great and I really liked that Chloe didn’t simply roll over because Bennett’s her boss. They both worried about the implications if they were to be found out and hated that they enjoyed the sex so much but also really enjoyed the games they were playing for the most part. And I had fun reading them. I did have some trouble with the descriptions, especially characters’ appearances. I know it was fanfiction but I didn’t read it when it was fanfiction so other than the two main characters, I have no idea who most of the other characters were based on. There wasn’t a whole lot to go on when I tried to picture them so someone who doesn’t know it was fanfiction might also have the same trouble picturing how some of the characters look.
Date published: 2013-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A hot hot novel Note* The story was edited again when the novel was picked up. Things about the book have changed…its been cut down a lot, so I need to read the new ARC copy I got and I will probably publish another review. (Maybe) This is SO not appropriate for younger readers. In any way. Oh, no. This is straight up for a mature audience, because there is some…ok, A LOT of mature content. Now, for those of you that are ok with adult content…this was hot. I don’t even know how to explain it. This is all love hate and they do everything angry for the majority of the story. I’m fanning myself right now. The names, however, did throw me off a bit. I know that this is fan fiction of the Twilight series, but I wasn’t a big fan of the character names. No, the main characters were not Bella and Edward, in fact, in many ways they were nothing like the main characters of Twilight other than they had an insatiable need for one another. But the other secondary characters were all there, and sometimes it threw me off. Not to mention they were more a like to their twins in the Twilight series. But….there was no Jacob. Part of me was sad and another part would have been a little put off by him coming into the story. Some of the novel was a little out of my comfort zone...I mean they are basically going at it like rabbits and at one point it felt like they had absolutely no control over it and it freaked me out. I mean when you read about falling in love and not being able to control it you think *Awe well this one almost felt like they were being controlled by an out side force and it was a little freaky, but then things started to calm down and you really started to see them in love. There was a lot of mature content and sometimes I thought it almost got in the way of the story and sometimes I knew it didn’t, it was very confusing trying to figure out how I felt about this novel. Add on top the fact that although it was 320 pages the font size was miniscule because this book felt like it was going on forever. The majority of the time the sexual scenarios, or just plain important ones, were written in one characters POV and then done again in the other’s and I felt like it did almost make the story drag on. There were also some bonus chapters that were added on in the end and I thought one was pretty important that it should not have been cut out. This novel was one wild ride and sometimes I thought it was a roller coaster hiding a good story and sometimes the story was the roller coaster, but either way I was along for the ride and it took me to new heights. Good: Chloe—she kicks butt. She sticks it to him and tells him when he is being a jerk. She is a pretty awesome powerful female. Bennett—I love how cocky he is, all the while hiding how almost fragile he seems. Also, some people may hate me for saying this, but I did not picture Robert Pattinson while reading this. Bad: This was very long, and sometimes I felt like the mature adult content outweighed the story. And the names…although I knew this was Twilight Fan Art I felt like it can be awesome all on its own. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the story was enjoyable. The mature content was steamy, sizzling, and occasionally had me weak in the knees. Thankfully I was sitting down while I read this novel. I loved the way it opened up and I loved the love-hate relationship. I could not get enough of that part. I liked the characters; the female was no where close to being weak, but instead stood up for herself and that made me proud. It was a wild ride that I would recommend to anyone who wanted a juicy toe-curling read. View more of my review and others at my blog:
Date published: 2012-12-24

Editorial Reviews

"Beautiful Bastard is the perfect mix of passionate romance and naughty eroticism. I couldn’t, and didn’t, put it down until I’d read every last word."