Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)
Publish Date: February 12, 2013
Trade Paperback {p.305}
Genre: New Adult
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Source: Personal Library
Chloe Mills, Bennett Ryan

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.

Chloe and Bennett were always arguing with one another, even when they were having sex. I believe that's what kept it interesting, the fact that the bickering didn't stop immediately when they jumped into bed together. And it was a long time into the book before they actually did do it in a bed.

From the start I could see why Chloe didn't like Bennett, because he was a jerk. But it wasn't immediately clear as to why he would go out of his way to be such a jerk toward her.

The overall book was more sex than story, but the authors managed to make it work. Even with Bennett being a jerk, he never became an unlikable character. To me, that was because he never seemed to be malicious in his behavior, just more like he was purposely doing it to get a rise out of her. Like the little boy in elementary school picking at the little girl he had a crush on.

The banter between these two was so funny and entertaining. As a reader I couldn't help but to root for these two to get their stuff together and make it work.


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