Feb 6, 2014

Review | Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Title: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Genre: Romance
Publication: February 12, 2013 by Gallery Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: 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.

Thoughts: The first thing I want to say about Beautiful Bastard is that I only picked it up because I read that it was originally written as fan fiction of Twilight and I needed to see what that was about. While Twilight might be bashed endlessly, I will always be a fan of the books. Not a hard core fan, but a fan nonetheless. Anyways, I am not an erotica fan and have tried several different books and authors of this genre and always felt they were sort of...not my cup of tea I guess. I find them a bit tasteless and overflowing with sex scenes, but again, that's just my opinion. Regardless, I wanted to give Beautiful Bastard a shot so I accepted a copy for review.

It was, for one thing, not what I expected. First off, I actually enjoyed it for the most part. But it is also not even remotely like Twilight. Of course it's ridiculous of me to think that they would even be a bit similar since in the summary itself it says that it was extensively revised before publication, so that definitely implies that it would basically be nothing like Twilight. But still, it wasn't anything like that, and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. Is that weird or what? Okay, moving on. While the basis of the story consists of Chloe pretty much hating her boss Bennett, then constantly having sex, until eventually fall in love (very predictable stuff here as you can tell), I have to admit it was quite entertaining. The sexual encounters between these two got a little repetitive, but overall, I found their interactions to be interesting and their back and forth banter actually made me laugh out loud a few times.

The characters aren't deep or anything, so I didn't become attached enough to actually want to continue the series after reading the first one, but it definitely satisfied my curiosity so I am glad I at least finished the whole thing. Overall, I would probably recommend Beautiful Bastard to some fans of erotica, not necessarily hardcore fans because I read a few reviews by some big fans of erotica, who just snickered at everything in this book. I say give it a shot if it sounds like something you would enjoy!

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