Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Our 4 star review

I received a review copy of Beautiful Bastard through Net Galley. It is a steamy, sweaty, delicious fluff of a novel. This isn't a novel that will require countless hours of intense mental strain, this is one of those books you read to escape. Bennett Ryan is a total tyrant to his intern Chloe Mills. She calls him a beautiful bastard, but still a bastard. She has been in various positions (perhaps the wrong choice of words) at Ryan Media for years, and is currently working under him (again, poor choice of words?) fulfilling the remaining three months to her graduate requirements for her MBA. She is known as a strategic marketing genius at Ryan Media. Bennett and she, on the surface at least, despise one another. Although they do have a begrudging respect for one another's talents. Bennett has proven himself worthy, he previously worked in the European offices before transferring to Chicago from France,and Chloe has the trust of the company's owner, Bennett's father. Told in alternating POV's, their intense dislike for each other is only overshadowed for their intense lust for each other.  Stairwell corridors, backseats of cars, elevators, conference rooms, no areas are off limits when their desires overrule their common sense. Their banter is often hilarious.

"Us," he clarified, with forced patience. "You and me. Chloe and Bennett. Man and shrew."

When Chloe finally manages to find out what Bennett's thoughts were upon their first meeting, this reader didn't bother to stifle her giggles,

"I was thinking, "highly fu#*able intern, twelve o'clock. Disengage, soldier. I repeat, disengage."

As with most love stories, real emotions develop, not just testosterone/estrogen jet fueled ones. Misunderstandings occur, boy chases girl, girl alludes boy, etc. Still massive loads of fun! This is the book you reach for when you are looking for smutty, funny entertainment to take you away.
Even if it's just for a few hours.

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