Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Beautiful B*stard by Christina Lauren | Book Review

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
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Book Rating: Definitely M for mature 

Personal Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

Given Summary: 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.

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.

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Cover: This cover is much simpler than the Sublime cover that was essentially an entire summary of the book.  This cover has a drawing of Bennett Ryan, dressed to the nines of course.  I really like this cover.  It's classy.  I love when covers have people on them, but don't show their faces, I don't know why I just do.  I like coming up with my own vision of the character.

Summary: Chloe is interning for Bennett Ryan until she can get her Masters.  She has been his intern for a few months at the start of this novel.  The first chapter is where they have sex for the first time and it just continues from there; conference room, stairwell, changing room of a lingerie store, back of a car, cafe bathroom, Bennett's parent's bathroom.  However that's all their relationship is.  Chloe has been working for the Ryan's for years and Mrs. Ryan eventually tries to set her up with Joel, someone Bennett and his brother grew up with.  They never end up going out.  The relationship between Bennett and Chloe is a weird one, they are both somewhat possessive over each other, but they don't want to be in a relationship.  They both know that if they do and Chloe ends up rising in her career people will think it's because she slept with her boss.  They have to go to a conference together, where nobody knows about their strange relationship.  They end up spending a lot of time together in Chloe's hotel room.  They decide that they can make a real relationship work.  On the last day of the conference Bennett gets sick and can't go to a meeting.  Chloe goes for him and is really proud of herself.  Before they leave for the airport Chloe overhears Bennett talking to the man Chloe had the meeting with.  Bennett basically says that Chloe's meeting was just practice for her and he'll talk to the man professionally.  Chloe is humiliated, when they get back to Seattle, she quits her intern job and breaks up with Bennett.  Bennett finally comes clean to his father and brother about what was going on between them and is a wreck for the time they're broken up.  The day Chloe has to present her presentation to the board for her Masters degree, Bennett comes to the new company she works for and gives her the slides to the account she had when he was his intern.  They make up, Chloe gets her Masters, and then she is given a job by Bennett's father.       

Review: I read this book from cover to cover in 6 hours on a Thursday night.  I didn't even have time to put it on my BWTBR list.  I loved it.  The storyline was nice and the characters were hard not to fall in love with.  I liked how it started quickly, there wasn't a few chapters of them and explaining all the ways they didn't like each other, it was right iff the bat into their crazy relationship.  I love how it goes back and forth between Chloe and Bennett's point of view too, I love getting into the heads of both characters.  You definitely need to be mature to read this book, but if you are I think you will really like it.  It's a great story and it has a happy ending, I am the biggest sucker for happy endings!

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