Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: Print ARC
Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
Rating: 5 stars
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.
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 two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release. -Goodreads
This book is in a word...AWESOME! After having read the debacle that is "Fifty Shades", I am glad to see that the literary gods have seen fit to grace readers with romantically erotic fan fiction done right.
Bennet Ryan knows that he is in fact the "bastard" that he has the reputation of being. Smart, confident, and powerful; Mr. Ryan is a man used to getting what he wants.
Just as smart, equally driven, and an Aphrodite to his Adonis; Chloe Mills is everything that Bennett Ryan must have. She is also quite the pain in his ass. With a fiery temper, sarcastic wit, and "never let them see you sweat" attitude; it soon becomes quite clear that Miss Mills is not an opponent to be underestimated in any playing field. Business or personal.
It goes without saying that the chemistry between Bennett and Chloe is explosive. Readers will love the ebb and flow of the tension and banter that Bennett and Chloe share. Couple that with the passion that these two give in to at any and all free moments, and you have romantic erotica at it's best.
You may notice that I keep referring to this novel as a work of Romantic Erotica. The reason for this is that while this read does have a decidedly erotic plot, the overall story line ends with a very romantic "happily ever after" bow.