Published February 2013
Series: Beaustiful Bastard #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Let me start off by saying that I reviewed the second part first because they are not necessary stand alone books and, as a matter of fact, the second book was way better than the first! Anyway. Beautiful Bastard was a book I was drawn to because of its cover. I don’t know why, but I certainly like it – being a sucker for suits and all that. And the plot (businessman falls in love with secretary) might be a bit vanilla, but nevertheless, I like those stories, especially when they are hot! Well, speaking of hot, I must say that this story sets off very, very quickly. You are not even on page 14 of the book and there is already some heavy office-sex going on. Not that I dislike it, but I was expecting some foreplay – maybe a little more info on the characters and the whole situation.
Because the only thing we learn is that Chloe Mills is an intern at Ryan Media Company (and has actually also been working there quite some time now). She is the right hand of Bennet Ryan, a living lengend in the building (for his female success of course), and son of company founder Elliott Ryan. Chloe Mills is strong and knows what she wants, so she doesn’t let her boss’ ugly behaviour get to her. However, despite his condescending words and actions, she knows very well what a sexy man he is.
But well, they kept it in their pants for 9 months (since Chloe started working for Bennet) and Beautiful Bastard starts with them suddenly loosing it and having sex in a conference room. I put the emphasis on suddenly, as in out of the blue… Again, not that I mind but hey – where’s the foreplay? Where’s the trigger? But well, at least Chloe is stronger than I thought: she goes down on him and leaves abruptly. That moment and the aftermath of it was hilarious. Both of them (still kind of hating each other for their being attracted) start playing games and retaliating.
The plot, is nice but however not outstanding. The story is kind of flat even though I must say I find the characters funny and especially like the hotter parts, aka their sex scenes. The both of them love arguing and that’s what turns them on in the end, kind of like some sick foreplay. I just wonder: what is it with Bennet and tearing of expensive La Perla and co. panties? I mean who does that and is that even possible? Doesn’t that hurt? Clearly no one tore of my panties and I rather they wouldn’t, especially the more expensive pieces! So yeah, this “ritual” got kind of boring in the end.
Same goes for the “pseudo-intrigue” towards the end of the books meant to spice things up but… nah, doesn’t do. But hey, it was a nice read. Completely unreal for some reasons, but very funny. This story was written from an alternative point of view, and as always when male and female point of views alternate, I am totally exited to read the male point of view! So, basically, if you’re looking for a nice read – fun, but not to take too seriously, Beautiful Bastard is the book for you.
|All the feels|