Book Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

16088379What it’s about:

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 rumours, he’s never been one for a workplace hook-up. 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 each other increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win.


 Review:

Although I didn’t technically read this during the #SexMeUpReadathon, I thought I could at least post my review during that week as it ties in with the theme! Beautiful Bastard is a book I’ve seen hyped up to the max these past few weeks on Twitter and Facebook so I just had to get myself a copy and see what all the fuss is about. Beautiful Bastard is a dual narrative (and dually wrote) which alters between Bennett Ryan – the beautiful bastard and his clever, feisty intern, Chloe Mills. They hate each other. Like really, despise each other with a passion. However, passion may be the right word here because after Bennett can’t control himself any longer and after they end up fucking in an empty boardroom, it leads to them literally not being about to keep their hands off of each other but as the story progresses, their feelings are conflicted and they end up having to confront whether it really is “just sex” anymore.

I did enjoy this book, I did but now I’ve finished it and I can take a breather and think, I do see some flaws. However, I’ll start with the positives. I loved Chloe and Bennett. Chloe was quite, inspirational? I loved her business mind and how hard-working and intelligent she was, that really sat well with me that she wasn’t ditzy. Bennett was hot, maybe even too hot and their sex scenes were hotter. Maybe somewhat repetitive considering the amount of them but still, they were brilliant and they weren’t rushed either which I liked. There’s nothing worse than the build up to a sex scene but the act being described in 2 sentences. The sex starts very early on in the book which kinda made me forget that there was an actual story going on at the same time. Which brings me to my negatives…

Because the sex was so good, I think I completely blanked out the actual storyline. Either that, or the storyline wasn’t very compelling. I do find it quite generic that it was set in an office, with a boss and an intern – there’s nothing new there, you know? And I did find myself reading the “non sex bits” really fast because I just wasn’t all that interested. The writing is good, not great but I wasn’t really focusing too much on that either tbh. I did really enjoy it and although some would argue that the fact there isn’t any build up and they start having sex on page 10 is a bad thing, I think it was a good tool for making people aware what they were getting early on. That’s what kept me reading. Definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I would highly recommend for erotica fans. But make sure you have a fan and a change of knickers at the ready…

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