Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Series, Book #1) by Christina Lauren
BXTCHES Gotta Warn: Let me state the obvious here. . .I am super behind on this series. Okay, I have read the first 3 books, in fact, I have read this book alone about 4 times (because I’m a huge procrastinating BXTCH and kept reading then failing to review). My goal is to try and get all of the books in this series read in the next month, I’m not sure what it will say about my life if I complete the goal, but I say “fuck it”, I’m sure I’ll enjoy the escape. Interestingly, Beautiful Bastard started out online as Twilight fan fiction and eventually was re-written to become what it is now, and this BXTCH is certainly glad Bennett and Chloe came to be.
Beautiful Bastard will be told through the POV’s of both Chloe and Bennett.
I guess the best way to kick off this review is to just start from the beginning and with Chloe. Chloe Mills is a graduate student working toward her MBA and an intern at Ryan Media Group. Chloe has worked for Ryan Media for about six years, but has had the pleasure (insert sarcastic tone here) of working with Bennett Ryan for the last nine months or so. To say that Bennett is an asshole would be complimentary. But, if there is one person that can handle the likes of Mr. Ryan, it is definitely Chloe.
Ohh, Bennett Ryan, well here’s what you need to know about him. . .he’s a bastard albeit a beautiful one, but a bastard nonetheless. After living in Paris, he has returned home and joined the family biz and the powers that be (daddy-o) feel that he would the perfect mentor for Chloe, she is almost as tenacious as he is, so a match made in heaven. Who knew that under all of that aggression and hate towards Chloe was really just a hard cock wanting to come out and play?
After a day from hell, Chloe finds herself in a conference room preparing for a presentation one minute and getting fucked up against a window the next, by none other than. . .The Beautiful Bastard. Sexual tension, aggression and hate, all in the same when the clothes are being ripped off. Once the sexual seal was broken, there is no turning back.
Even though Bennett and Chloe try to end it, you know, with the “this is the last time” lie, it just doesn’t work. The downside is, Chloe is worried about her career. She has worked extremely hard and has earned everything coming her way, the last thing she wants to be labeled as, is someone who slept her way to the top. Unfortunately, the more Bennett and Chloe get tangled up between the sheets, well not sheets as much as. . .elevators. . .dressing rooms. . .offices. . .conference rooms. . .bathrooms. . .you get the idea, the more they begin falling for one another. But like all great romance novels, communication is not at the top of the priority list when your special parts are drawn together like magnets.
The supporting cast in Beautiful Bastard is well written, but you definitely come to realize quickly that the meat of the story is really just Chloe and Bennett. The main support comes from Bennett’s family and Chloe’s BFF’s and those are somewhat minimal. I do feel that the supporting characters are certainly going to grow as the series moves on.
Beautiful Bastard is a very sexually driven book. I mean the whole relationship between Chloe and Bennett is platformed on their sexual chemistry, so it stands to reason that this book is going to send your B.O.B into overdrive. While Bennett may be an asshole bastard, he is an asshole bastard that knows his way around a pussy, so the sex scenes here are the kind that may have you taking notes and sharing with your other half.
This book certainly has a lot going for it. . .Hot Alpha Male? (check). . .Sassy, Strong, and Equally Hot Female? (check). . .Laugh Out Loud Humor? (check). . .Throw You Up Against the Wall Fucking? (check). Can you really go wrong with Beautiful Bastard? I don’t think so.
The things I love most about my favorite reads is the ability to escape, if only for an hour. Christina Lauren gives that and more in Beautiful Bastard. My other favorite thing?. . .Is being able to almost imagine the video version, a movie if you will, looping in my head while I read (I hope that makes sense). Christina Lauren gave me that in Beautiful Bastard. There’s was never a disconnect between the reader (well, me) and the characters and that to me takes a true talent. So, thank you, Christina Lauren for providing that little bit of fantasy in a very chaotic reality.
I may have said that I have already enjoyed the next two books in the Beautiful series, and I have, but I will certainly have to re-visit so I can refresh. This is a wonderful start to a fantastic series, one that I believe would do great on television (are you listening HBO?). Go ahead and dive in, all books in this series are now out, so there is no sitting around, anxiously biting your nails waiting for the opportunity to one-click. And the best part? We’ll be enjoying them together.