Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren reviewed by Lisa

Beautiful Bastard by Christina LaurenTitle: Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1)
Author: Christina Lauren
Release Date: February 13th, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss ARC

Chloe Mills is a young intern in the process of gaining her MBA working under her boss, Executive Bennett Ryan, in his family run media business. Theirs is a love/hate relationship from the start. Bennett has just returned to Chicago after living and working in France for a few years, and it seems that he’s returned with, pretty much, a stick up his ass. He’s very harsh and blunt when dealing with Chloe, which is such a pity since he’s a very beautiful man. Chloe can’t stand her boss and his behaviour towards her, especially since she works her behind off to be a good employee and gain enough experience and credits to pass her course. Thus Bennett becomes known as the “Beautiful Bastard”.

However, Chloe and Bennett’s relationship doesn’t stay very businesslike for very long. And things start to heat up inside and outside the office. But it’s not exactly your typical romance story, basically there’s no romance, really, just tons and tons of sweaty, hot sex. The romance eventually comes at the end and it’s rather anti-climatic, if you ask me.

And note, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing”. I.E. The sex.

I have to admit that at some point – while I disagree with the whole “p2p of fanfiction”- the writing in this particular story was not completely awful. There, I said it. It wasn’t horrible or hard to read and I appreciated that. It didn’t exactly follow The Office word for word either, which is also a plus. But… enough about the good points.

What turned me off about it was how this relationship between Bennett and Chloe even came to be. I mean, one minute we’re introduced to this asshole/douche of a boss – who just happens to be spectacularly hawt – and his extremely efficient and hard-working assistant… then bam! they’re going at it in the conference room not long after. I was rather… shocked. I would have expected a little more of a build-up before any sexy times occurred because I felt like it just wasn’t as emotional and intense as it should have been.

Another thing that I liked – but also didn’t like – was the ending. While I appreciate the new ending that they used for this novel, it felt like a major 360 change for Bennett as a character. For me, it came over as very cheesy and unrealistic. The same can be said for how Chloe changed as well. I also kept wondering how was it possible for Chloe to do all the work that she did, so wonderfully I might add – while she was so broken up over Bennett? Essentially, the new change of ending probably worked in theory, but was a fail when it came to the execution. It needed something more.

Overall, good writing, good style, one or two humorous moments, a few sexy times thrown in and it wasn’t all all that bad. I could definitely see the potential for it to be more, I also can see that the authors have talent, but would have liked to have seen them venture onto something new.

I am interested in seeing how the next book works out since it’s from characters that we’ve not been introduced to as of yet. Definitely hoping that it’s a lot better than this one. And since it’s original fiction I seem to be looking forward to reading it more.

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2 Responses to Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren reviewed by Lisa

  1. Ah, this one has been making the rounds but yours is the first review I’ve read. I have pretty low standards for this type of genre (hah) but I get annoyed by too much sex too fast sometimes, too. Will be interesting to see more reviews come in. Thanks for yours!