Thursday, 7 February 2013

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1) (ARC) by Christina Lauren

Blurb (from Goodreads)
Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)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.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

My rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Gallery books and Edelweiss.)
Chloe works for Bennet Ryan, a man who she has nick-named ‘Beautiful B*stard’, because he’s gorgeous, but he’s nasty.

When Bennet makes a pass at her, Chloe finds that her body likes him a whole lot more than her brain, and they begin an erotic relationship.

Bennet realises he wants more though when his mother sets Chloe up on a date.
Can these two ever have a real relationship though, or is this a sex-only thing?

The beginning of this novel read like a porn movie. Within the first 4% of the book, Chloe and Ben were going at it with very little lead up at all, and although their encounter was hot, it just felt a little lacking.

Chloe and Ben were both interesting characters, but I didn’t think that Ben was all that bad to be honest. Although he was supposed to be nasty, I didn’t feel like we really got all that many nasty moments, and he had nothing on Christian Grey.
Chloe had her moments, and at times I felt like she was being quite nasty to Ben!

Once we got further into the book, and the two started to have more non-sexual interactions, and it seemed like their feelings towards each other were changing, the story improved. I may be being a total girl, but sex without emotions just doesn’t really do it for me.

I think this story is classified as erotica. I don’t read much erotica to be honest, but I think this was pretty toned down compared to some other books, again, it wasn’t as saucy as ‘Fifty Shades’.

What I didn’t expect though, is that more than half of the book was from Bennet’s point of view. There was nothing wrong with this, but there was no way to differential which chapters were from Bennet’s point of view, or Chloe’s point of view until you started reading, so it was a little confusing when the perspectives switched.

The ending was happy, as expected with a romance, and there was no pregnancy scare. Thank goodness.

Overall; a not too-erotic erotic novel, and the second half was better than the first half.
7.5 out of 10.

Beautiful Bastard will be re-released on February 12th 2013. 


  1. Sex without emotions doesn't do it for me either, Sarah. I have this to review as well and I'm glad to hear that things pick up in the 2nd half and they do form an emotional attachment. Lovely review. :)

  2. Thank goodness there was no pregnancy scare, haha! Yeah, I must be such a total girl, too, because I don't think this would do it for me at all.

  3. Great review! I've been hearing a bit about this for a few months now but I'm not sure that this one will be for me. It's always good to hear there is no pregnancy scare because I think that is just done way too often.

  4. Well, the story minus the "porn" beginning sounds good.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. Cue the cheesy porn music....I am not a big fan of erotica at all. I always feel like some kind of dirty peeping tom and too often the sex overtakes the story and I am all about plot and story. I am glad this had some redeeming qualities and it wasn't all about sex, but I don't think it is one for me.

  6. I am very exctied to read this one. I got it from netgalley too. As long as you enjoyed most of it, then I know it's pretty good.

  7. Good thing I read your review, I have been wanting to read this book (still will I think) but at least now I have a heads up that the relationship is one of those almost instant things without substance from the sounds of the review. And it's hard to find someone that has anything on Christian Grey (not impossible but really hard).

  8. Okay, update... I really want to read this book now. Because of a few excerpts that I read from it has me completely needing to know the story. However, the day after it was released, both of the Barnes and Noble stores in my area were completely sold out. I want a physical copy because I really like the cover. And I normally buy physical copies of books that I love or ones that have great covers (although if I don't like the books they get donated to our local library). I may have to just read it via my Kindle instead