Monday, 24 December 2012

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard (a.k.a The Office)
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Author:  Christina Lauren (a.k.a Christina Hobbs, and Lauren Billings)
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre:  Adult, Romance
Release Date: Edited Galley Book edition-February 12th 2013
Pages: 320
Format: ebook
Source: Borrowed from a friends


Reason chosen:

The title is awesome, the cover looks awesome and I heard it was based off of the Twilight characters.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

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 two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.


Note* The story was edited again when the novel was picked up. Things about the book have changed…its been cut down a lot, names have been changed, so I need to read the new ARC copy I got and I will probably publish another review. (Maybe)
This is SO not appropriate for younger readers. In any way. Oh, no. This is straight up for a mature audience, because there is some…ok, A LOT of mature content. Now, for those of you that are ok with adult content…this was hot. I don’t even know how to explain it. This is all love hate and they do everything angry for the majority of the story. I’m fanning myself right now. The names, however, did throw me off a bit. I know that this is fan fiction of the Twilight series, but I wasn’t a big fan of the character names. No, the main characters were not Bella and Edward, in fact, in many ways they were nothing like the main characters of Twilight other than they had an insatiable need for one another. But the other secondary characters were all there, and sometimes it threw me off. Not to mention they were more a like to their twins in the Twilight series. But….there was no Jacob. Part of me was sad and another part would have been a little put off by him coming into the story. Some of the novel was a little out of my comfort zone...I mean they are basically going at it like rabbits and at one point it felt like they had absolutely no control over it and it freaked me out. I mean when you read about falling in love and not being able to control it you think *Awe well this one almost felt like they were being controlled by an out side force and it was a little freaky, but then things started to calm down and you really started to see them in love. There was a lot of mature content and sometimes I thought it almost got in the way of the story and sometimes I knew it didn’t, it was very confusing trying to figure out how I felt about this novel. Add on top the fact that although it was 320 pages the font size was miniscule because this book felt like it was going on forever. The majority of the time the sexual scenarios, or just plain important ones, were written in one characters POV and then done again in the other’s and I felt like it did almost make the story drag on. There were also some bonus chapters that were added on in the end and I thought one was pretty important that it should not have been cut out. This novel was one wild ride and sometimes I thought it was a roller coaster hiding a good story and sometimes the story was the roller coaster, but either way I was along for the ride and it took me to new heights.


Chloe—she kicks butt. She sticks it to him and tells him when he is being a bastard. She is a pretty awesome powerful female.

Bennett—I love how cocky he is, all the while hiding how almost fragile he seems. Also, some people may hate me for saying this, but I did not picture Robert Pattinson while reading this.
No, I pictures this:

And cut like this:


This was very long, and sometimes I felt like the mature adult content outweighed the story. And the names…although I knew this was Twilight Fan Art I felt like it can be awesome all on its own.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall the story was enjoyable. The mature content was steamy, sizzling, and occasionally had me weak in the knees. Thankfully I was sitting down while I read this novel. I loved the way it opened up and I loved the love-hate relationship. I could not get enough of that part. I liked the characters; the female was no where close to being weak, but instead stood up for herself and that made me proud. It was a wild ride that I would recommend to anyone who wanted a juicy toe-curling read.


“Breath Chloe. He can smell fear.”

Next in the Series:

Beautiful Stranger (#2) -> Click for review
Beautiful Bombshell (#2.5) ETA: September 3rd 2013

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Beautiful Player (#3) ETA: October 29th 2013

(No Cover Art As of Yet)
Beautiful Beginning (#3.5) ETA: November 18th 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

Mature adults who like a steamy read, you don’t even need to like Twilight to love this novel.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton, Wife for Hire by Christine Bell, Losing It by Cora Carmack, Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst, Something About You by Julie James, Play-By-Play series by Jaci Burton, Wanted! By Vicki Lewis Thompson, Turn it On by Vivian Arend, Don’t Mess WithTexas by Christie Craig, Weldon series by Jennifer Saints, Stephanie Plumseries by Janet Evanovich

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  1. If the old character names were in it, you've gotten a ripped copy online that isn't the published version. The published version is half as long, has no main character names, and it's MUCH better. There are versions online that just took The Office and replaced Bennett and Chloe but no other names. Just FYI. AND I AGREE! Super hot.

    1. Well that explains it. I got it from a friend who got it from a friend lol. I got the ARC copy but haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I did notice it was much smaller. Thanks!



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