Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Published by Gallery Books on February 12th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
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.
I haven’t read that much adult romance and I’ve heard this is cliche…. But man did I absolutely eat every piece of this book! I also heard while reading that this is a fanfic based on Twilight. Had I never heard that, I never would have pictured that.
Bennett is definitely something to swoon over. That man and his panty ripping.. Bennett and Chloe work together, he’s her boss and the hate each other. I’ll admit it took a good third of the book for me to really fall for these 2. I wasn’t a fan of Bennett in the beginning because he is a jerk.. But as Chloe got to know him more, I started falling for him as well.
As I started getting into it, the harder it was to put it down. I loved the twos constant banter and snarky remarks. This is also told by both of their perspectives which I always love seeing. I’m really excited for more of Christina Lauren (AKA Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings)!!
I recommend to those looking for a light, quick, steamy read but go in with low expectations..
“So here were the facts: I felt possessive of her. Not in a romantic sort of way, but in a “hit her over the head, drag her off by the hair, and fuck her” way. Like she was my toy and I was keeping the other boys in the sandbox from playing with her. How sick was that? If she ever heard me admit to that, she would cut off my balls and feed them to me.” — page 116
“I was starting to see that this wasn’t just sex, and it wasn’t something just working out of my system. Sex was just the fastest route to the deeper possession that I needed. I was falling in love with her, and falling to fast and hard to easily find any footing.”– page 238
“I told you, I want more than this. I want to be with you. I want to be your lover.” I swore, digging my hands into my hair. “I’m falling for you, Chloe.” — page 270
“This flirting is all well and good, but I mean it when I tell you, I cant have you leaving me again. It almost broke me.”
My ribs seemed to squeeze all of the air out of my lungs at the thought. “I don’t think I could. I don’t want to be away from you again either.”
“But you need to give me a chance to fix things when I screw up. You know I’m an ass sometimes.”
Growling, he whispered, “And I tear lingerie.”
I pushed a curl off his forehead, “And hoard it. Don’t forget the creepy hoarding.”– page 304