I agree with the bastard part…

September 29, 2015 Reviews 12

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
I agree with the bastard part…Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Published by Gallery Books on February 12th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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three-stars

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.
Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

I’m amazed that I finished Beautiful Bastard and I’m even more amazed that I’m giving it 3 stars. But there was something about it that I did like. So it’s squeaking into 3 star status… Barely.

Here’s the thing. I like sexy books. I like erotica. But I also really want there to be a story with characters that I care about. Beautiful Bastard didn’t have that last bit until close to the end. But it had the sex… Oh in the first chapter. It was page 10… I know this because I was so shocked I tweeted about it.

How in the world can I have built THAT KIND of interest in the characters by page 10? I didn’t have any investment in their sex life at that point. Which made the sex in the book feel very blah for me – don’t get me wrong, it was well written and enjoyable. But I didn’t have any character investment. And I need that to really get into a romance.

But romance would be stretching it. For the majority of the book I hated both these characters. There was nothing about them that made me want to know them better. They were all work, sex, and money. God, the constant destruction of expensive lingerie killed me!

And then something happened about 120 pages into the book. I don’t know how, but I started to care about them. I cared that Chloe’s internship could fall apart and her career be destroyed because of this relationship. I cared that Bennett was an ass because he was pushing her and giving her incredible opportunities. I suddenly saw things in both of them that I could like.

I never actually fell in love with either of them. And I don’t think I’ll read any more of the series. But the rest of Beautiful Bastard was immensely more enjoyable and I did HAVE to know what would happen. Maybe the characters weren’t as complex as I normally like, but once I found bits of them to care for their conversations became pretty funny and their sex became kinda hot.

Would I recommend Beautiful Bastard? Well, I know it’s insanely popular and has a huge following. And it’s a quick easy read. So if you like sexy books, I’d pick it up at the library and see if it’s your cup of tea. I just wouldn’t buy it without checking first.

3 stars Just Okay

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12 Responses to “I agree with the bastard part…”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    You know, I think I read this back in 2012 (got it on Netgalley) and I gave it 4 stars. I remember thinking it was fun. I’m kinda interested to see what I would think of it now…now that I’ve read so many more books in this genre, so many more erotic books. I wonder if my feelings about it would be different. Will I take the time to re-read it? Probably not – too many books, and all that… I’m glad you finished it and didn’t completely hate it. And your review is wonderful in it’s honesty, Berls. *hugs*
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    • Berls
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      Thanks Brandee 🙂 I often wonder the same thing about books I read before I’d read and reviewed so many. If you haven’t read something on a genre that’s truly great yet, mediocre might seem really good. Then again, there are a lot of people who love this book so you may still really like it 🙂

    • Berls
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      If you’re on the fence you’re probably right, it’s not for you. I don’t know if I would have picked it up if it weren’t for book club – but part of me was just super curious too.

    • Berls
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      Lol yeah, so not your kind of book. I was thinking I might like it, but it was too much too fast. I needed to know and LIKE the characters first!

  2. Lexxie

    I think I gave this only 2 stars when I read it, Berls. I had the same problem as you did – I need some character development before we get to the sexy times! And I thought it was pretty stupid the way their first sexual encounter happened. So yeah, I get what you mean.
    Plus, there are SO many really good erotica / romance books out there, where you get great characters, a real story, and the sexytimes as a beautiful bonus 😉
    Great review!
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    • Berls
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      Thank Lexxie! I know, I was going to give it 2.5 stars but there was something about that last bit that I did enjoy. But barely!

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