Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series #1)

By Christina Lauren



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.


I downloaded this for Free in iBooks.  I was surprised in that the characters were just so explosive, abrupt and obnoxious and I wondered how in hell they were going to get romantic?

The excessive drama between Bennett and Chloe in the first half of the book I have to admit I did not overly enjoy and it became tiresome and annoying.  Also when they first have sex and he does not use a condom, it did not make sense as he is the CEO, ambitious, smart and stubborn, why on earth did he have unprotected sex?  I mean I love a good boardroom sex scene but even I expected more from Chloe.  Then all the times they continue to have unprotected sex and magically after she just gets dressed, no clean up and she goes back to work no panties?

I loved the ending, it was perfect for me, the emotions and that wonderful moment for Chloe and her professional dreams being realised – it was beautiful.  It was interesting to see Bennett squirm and chase the woman he realised he does love.

San Diego was my most favourite time in the whole story, Bennett and Chloe opening up themselves to both each other and then also the reader.  I finally connected to them and their sex scenes at the hotel were passionate, romantic and sensual.

I actually would have loved to know more about Bennett’s mom, was she in the background manipulating, did the parents always want Bennet and Chloe to end up together.  I know his dad was very angry when they came back from San Diego and what happened to the guy they were setting Chloe up with – I actually cannot remember his name?

Will I be going on with the series? I have read the synopsis of the next few books and am worried they will be more excessive drama – so no.

Beautiful Bastard (The Beautiful Series Book 1)

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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