Sunday, September 13, 2015

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Published: February 12th, 2013 by Gallery Books
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Source: Purchased
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Pages: 320

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.

I really, REALLY wanted to like this book.  It seemed like it was a recipe that could not go wrong, but sadly I did not like it. 

The plot of this book was the biggest problem I had with this book…because there really wasn’t one.  The whole plot consisted of TONS of sex scenes.  I mean, I was expecting this book to be steamy (it is NA after all), but they were doing the nasty within the first couple of pages! The scenes were long, drawn out, and repetitive. These scenes are suppose to add to the plot and make the romance seem more real, this just made me dislike both the main characters.

I have to admit that I did like Chloe because some of her inner dialogue was hilarious.  She was strong willed and feisty, but also annoying.  I have no idea why she would be attracted to Bennett at all.  Bennett was a complete ass…I mean the book’s title is Beautiful Bastard, but for this to work, he eventually needs to evolve and become likable, which he did not.  I felt like he was using Chloe and that is it.  There was no romance really; it was sex and then arguing.  Bennett never had a huge revelation where it is revealed why he is an ass and that deep down, he is really a good guy.  And I just have to add, Bennett ripping off Chloe’s underwear and keeping them was creepy, not sexy.  I would assume anyone in real life would be wondering if Bennett was a stalker if the guy they were “seeing” would rip off her underwear and keep it…just sayin’.

There are a couple positives about this book.  I liked the dual points of view.  It was interesting seeing what was going on in Bennett’s head.  I think that if we could not see what he was thinking, he would come off as an even bigger creeper.  I also liked the writing style.  It was not groundbreaking or anything, but it was light and funny.

I gave this book three stars rather than two because I do think some people would like this book.  It has good ratings on Goodreads and there are quite a few in the series, but it was not for me.  I think that there are two kinds of NA books: the ones that focus on a plot and use sexual encounters to cement the relationship and then the ones that focus on sex and have a small, unsubstantial plot.  Both are fine, but I prefer the first kind.  I am possibly going to try the second book in this series because I bought the next two books (thinking that I was going to love this series).


Check out more of Christina Lauren's books in the Beautiful Bastard series.  Below are only a few in this series...there are quite a few books.

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