Saturday, May 4, 2013

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) Review

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.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

Let me be clear, I have a love/hate relationship with this book.  No joke.  There was more than one occasion where I nearly put it down and moved on to another.  I will explain.

Chloe is a smart, sassy, & talented young intern who essentially is taken advantage of by a older, moody, rude executive by the name of Bennett.  I get the appeal, I really do.  I just don't like how it played out.  Chloe and Bennett really don't like each other, and why would they?  She is too laid back in personality and he is a complete overbearing, uptight ass!

They both try really hard to end the relationship but find they cannot because they are so drawn to each other sexually.  The sexual chemistry is really the only reason I do love this book.  It is ridiculously hot!  I had moments where I had to put the book down because they sex scenes got me hot and bothered.  But alas, as much as I love the sexual chemistry between our two main characters, the way they talk to each other disturbed me to no end.

They are not just rude, but downright mean.  Chloe for the majority of the book refers to Bennett as a asshole.  And he keeps saying she is a bitch.  This does not a love connection make, in my opinion.  I felt that they were so mean to each other that it surprised me that they ended up together.  That Bennett or Chloe would really want the other person.

This book conflicted me so much because, whereas they fit perfectly in a bedroom, boardroom, or elevator, they didn't seem to fit together as a couple.  Hell they didn't even use first names until Chloe got jealous in San Diego....this is not normal people.....

I want to be a hater, but in all fairness I can't.  I give it 4 lipsticks!


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