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15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

I was a little apprehensive to start this book.  I wasn¿t sure h

I was a little apprehensive to start this book.  I wasn’t sure how I would like yet another Twilight fanfic turned novel.  I’m not sure why, especially since I loved Fifty.  I guess my issue is that I didn’t want to see the parallels and comparisons with Twilight, I wan...
I was a little apprehensive to start this book.  I wasn’t sure how I would like yet another Twilight fanfic turned novel.  I’m not sure why, especially since I loved Fifty.  I guess my issue is that I didn’t want to see the parallels and comparisons with Twilight, I wanted something that was able to stand on it’s own. I got that and more with this book!  Everything about Beautiful Bastard is a win for me.  The cover is edgy, smart, sexy and screams read me (does anyone else see Adam Levine when they look at the cover?).  Once I started reading, I was captivated with and enthralled by Bennett & Chloe’s story!   Their chemistry leapt off the page, and had me desperately wanting more with every page that I turned.

From the minute that Chloe meets Bennett, sparks fly.  Their attraction is instant but becomes buried in their overwhelming dislike and hatred for the other.  She has worked at Ryan Media Group for six years, but nine months ago Bennett arrived, and things haven’t been the same since.  Having to work for him directly, she soon finds out that under the amazingly sexy surface, he is arrogant, condescending and questions every decision she makes.  What I found extremely refreshing about Chloe’s character is her strength and attitude.  She is not meek or mild-mannered, she does not stand idly by while Bennett railroads her and she gives, just as good as she gets.    She is a smart & savvy businesswoman who knows exactly what she wants, even if she won’t admit to herself that it’s Bennett.

Bennett doesn’t want to want Chloe.  However, his attraction to her begins to overpower every other feeling he has.  When he tries to fight it, he becomes an even bigger ***hole, which only makes it worse.  Their lust is fueled by their hate and pretty soon it implodes in the conference room after work.  After the explosive sex, they agree that it was a one time shot. How wrong they were!

From cover to cover this book was fantastic.  While I loved the characters strong personalities, banter, arguments and altercations; the best parts of the book were when they brought down their walls and showed each other their weaknesses and vulnerabilities.  It was then that their relationship started to develop and take off.  Behind all that hatred was a love that needed to breathe and grow.  After starting off a little sluggish, by the end of the book I was left wanting tons more of Chloe & Bennett.  They are fabulous together and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

posted by Hesperia_Loves_Books on February 13, 2013

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41 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

This book and review are intended for a mature audience. This is

This book and review are intended for a mature audience. This is not a Young Adult title. Mom, you've been warned.




Rating: 3




The Low Down: Girl getting her MBA interns as assistant to gorgeous a*hole. Hate/love and hot n heavy sex ensues. Will both parties be re...
This book and review are intended for a mature audience. This is not a Young Adult title. Mom, you've been warned.




Rating: 3




The Low Down: Girl getting her MBA interns as assistant to gorgeous a*hole. Hate/love and hot n heavy sex ensues. Will both parties be redeemed or crash and burn?




Much like people didn’t pick up (sorry, I have to mention it) Fifty Shades of Grey to read about the life of a soon-to-graduate college student, I imagine many aren't reading this for its tips on getting an MBA. I don’t know what happened in the last year or so, but it looks like all that red wine we’re drinking isn’t going to waste. Real grown-up ladies are wanting to read something with, uh, a little more sumthin’ sumthin’, if you know what I am saying. If you don’t know what I am saying, then what I am saying is graphic sex. Red wine = red blood?




Call me a purist, but whatever graphic-ness is involved, I still want my book to be written well. It’s hard enough (stop it) to read all of the silly verbs and adjectives in erotica without rolling my eyes; I don’t want a total hot mess of a book on top of that (uh sorry). I would go to great lengths (ignore that) to keep from reading something that ultimately left me high and dry (seriously?) in the story line department.




Beautiful Bastard plants its Prada loafers right in the middle of the proverbial road. Those of you who picked it up more for the action won’t be disappointed (get it in eBook form so you can bookmark those pages that you enjoy most). For those of you who, like me, prefer a little more heft, you may want to get your favorite romance and write your own scenes (You're a naughty minx, Miss Bennet!). For those of you who have no desire to rewrite literature,  I will say that the story takes over in the second half of the book. The sex parts don’t peter out (ignore that, too), but it’s clear that the authors wanted to make this a real story.




In all honesty, I don't know how to properly review a book of this nature. How seriously does the writing matter if your blood is pumping and heart rate is accelerating? I can only treat it like any other book that I review, I guess. Some people may just call this porn, but there is a difference between porn and erotica. My definition would be that erotica is much better written and is concerned with the story as well as the sex. Some may say that any graphic sex makes it porn. To-MAY-to, to-MAH-to.




The tried-and-true romance tale formula is used, you know where the two main characters hate each other at first? It works here just fine, too. The bottom line: this is a book that isn’t too big for its La Perlas; you get what you came for.




Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren was published February 12, 2013 by Gallery Books. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley, Gallery Books and the Mses. Christina and Lauren.




Genre: Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Erotica
Ages: Adult
You Might Want to Know: In case it's not clear, there is graphic sex; profanity

posted by InkandPage on February 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2015

    I really wanted to like this book. The story line itself was int

    I really wanted to like this book. The story line itself was interesting, but there was no character development or suspense. They had sex, it was the best sex of both of their lives, they never felt this way. I don't think Bennett's POV was realistic at all, that isn't how guys think. Chloe was just annoying and gave no real reason to like her. I am all for the raunchy sex scenes, but not when there is nothing else going on. It was like a bad porn. 

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    Some people love this book, while others do not. If you love adu

    Some people love this book, while others do not. If you love adult romance, you'll love this book.




    Chloe Mills sort of annoyed me. I mean, the climax of the book was, obviously, the characters breaking up. As always, they break up and all, but the break up was over something really stupid. Now, that being said, Bennett wasn't to bright himself.




    Bennett seemed like the type of guy who did anything he wanted and would get anything he wanted without complaint. He is hard working and very smart. He wanted Chloe and goes for her after not trying to get her for almost a year. Then all they do is have sex.




    Wow. I was amazed at how much these people had sex. Like, constantly. It annoyed the crap out of me especially how they constantly complained about how much they hate each other. If you hate each other, don't have sex. It's that easy. With that being said, the sex did not take away from the story. There was still a story going on, it wasn't a book overpowered by sex and I liked that. I believe that these authors are good because they can write a book that doesn't just have pages of sex after sex.




    There was good character development in the book, but I felt the author could have used a slight bit more detail than used before. Chloe and Bennett were a good pair and had their conflicts because of the similarity's.




    I recommend this book to readers who like adult romances.
    Rating: 6.4/10
    Parental Rating: 17+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Really?!

    This book really ticked me off. They made it seem as though this girl was stupid and sex crazed.

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