by Christina Lauren
Published February 2013 by Gallery Books
Copy provided by publisher in exchange for honest review
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 Mills has the unfortunate experience of interning for Bennett Ryan when he returns from overseas to join his family’s giant advertising company while she finishes her MBA. He’s successful, arrogant, hard to please, thoughtlessly rude, a workaholic, and downright gorgeous. And that’s why Chloe and her best friend have nick named him “Beautiful Bastard.”
She’s smart, accomplished in her own right having worked for Ryan Media throughout college and being hand-picked to be Bennett’s assistant by the head of the company, and generally stands up for herself—which is why Chloe and Bennett have a hate-hate relationship with a grudging mutual respect as soon as they meet face to face.
This book pulls no punches and doesn’t make you wait for the sex. Barely thirty pages in, Chloe and Bennett are arguing in a boardroom after normal working hours and BAM, the sexual tension just explodes leading to the sexy times. And this cycle repeats for most of the book: argue-makeup sex-fight some more later-more sex—all while hiding their inappropriate boss-intern relationship from their coworkers. When what started out as a sex only relationship evolves into something that involves actual feelings, complications arise on both the personal and business front that neither Chloe nor Bennett ever expected.
I give Beautiful Bastard a three out of five. There just wasn’t enough character development for me. Bennett is a jerk throughout the entire book, and even when he finally does some good at the end, you don’t really get to see if he’s changed or not because the book gets wrapped up too quickly. Chloe disappears for part of the book at a very pivotal time in her career and life so you don’t get to see how she’s changing for the better—if she is bettering herself at all.
The book is written in alternating Chloe and Bennett points of view chapters, which was nice to get a look at what’s going on inside of both of their heads. The text itself is well written and flows with a nice, even pace. As for this originally being a Twilight fanfic, unless you are very familiar with Twilight and fan fiction in general (as I am), you’ll never be able to tell that this was one to begin with. Chloe and Bennett are pretty far removed from Bella and Edward. The secondary characters are interesting when you encounter them, and I’d like to have seen them in the book more to give it more dimension.
Bottomline: Beautiful Bastard is a quick, fun read if you’re looking for a book that’s heavy on sex, lighter on the romance and heavy character development/revelations.