Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Published by Gallery Books on February 12th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Erotica
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.
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.
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.
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