Genres: New Adult, Romance
Format Read: Audiobook
Published by Gallery Books on February 12th 2013
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.
Check out my review of Roomies by Christina Lauren
I picked up Beautiful Bastards as I wanted a quick, easy, romance novel to listen to on my way to work. Something that didn’t require too many brains cells, y’know. Well, I can certainly say that Beautiful Bastard not only doesn’t require brain cells, but I think it killed a few of mine.
The only reason I picked up this book was because I really enjoyed Christina Lauren’s most recent romcom novel, Roomies. That book was well written, well plotted and had characters that brought the whole story to life.
I cannot say the same for Beautiful Bastards — which, as I found out after I finished the audiobook, it originated as Twilight fanfiction. Guess I should read the blurbs more thoroughly hey.
Chloe Mills is our lovely Bella Swan — perfect in so many ways and working for the arrogant Bennett Ryan while she completes her MBA. She despises her boss, yet finds him attractive…and no sooner than the second chapter, we find them doing the deed in one of the conference rooms.
Chapter after chapter, this couple finds themselves stuck in weird situations that give them the opportunity to have public sex. Lordy do they have a lot of sex for two people that couldn’t stand each other in the first chapter. And as if this is not brain numbing enough, her boss seems to have a fetish about ripping her underwear and keeping it in his office drawer. Why?! This cannot be hygienic.
The plot — if you’ve read Twilight or watched even a bit of 50 shades — is pretty much the same as all the other fanfiction turned novels out there. Chloe and Bennett are pretty flat characters with one thing on their minds…and when it comes to moving the plot forward…well that’s pretty much about it.
I guess when I wanted mind-numbing, I got what I asked for in that sense.
If you’re looking to dabble in some Christina Lauren novels for the first time, I would recommend staying far away from their Beautiful Bastards series — or at least the first book. Their writing absolutely improves over the years, and their new books honestly feel like it’s written by different people. If I had read Beautiful Bastards before Roomies, I don’t think I would have given their newer works a chance. Do yourself a favour and just stick to their recent novels — your brain cells will thank you for it.