Review: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: February 12, 2013
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.
I know Beautiful Bastard has gotten some buzz because it was previously published as Twilight fan fiction. I know that would deter some people from reading this book, but I thought I would give it a chance. For all those who are curious, I didn't really see any similarities between the two books.
BB is about a woman named Chloe Mills who works for a jerk of a boss named Bennett Ryan. The two characters don't really get along and there is a lot of tension between them. They end up hooking up, which opens a huge can of worms.
I didn't care for this story very much. It seemed as if every chapter followed the same formula: Fight, have angry sex, fight some more. Same thing, different location. From the first few chapters I predicted exactly how this story was going to go. It left absolutely no surprises. The characters really didn't do much for me either. Chloe has anger issues, some of it unfounded. Bennett is a jerk to Chloe because he likes her because that what's you do . . . in kindergarten. This book had potential, but it let me down. Beautiful Stranger is the next book in this series. It's scheduled to be released May 2013.