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Beautiful Bastard

(Beautiful Bastard #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  158,795 ratings  ·  9,255 reviews
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 busine
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Gallery Books
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
OK, Where do I start with this one?

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First, I won't be rating this book. I simply don't know how to do it. It's totally and utterly ridiculous  photo 798186.gif but I still laughed like crazy through most of it  photo 355146.gif The sad part is, those scenes weren't funny  photo 798186.gif

I don't know what's worse, the writing or the story. Well, since the story is non-existent, I guess the writing wins  photo 798186.gif

The dialogues between them... Oh Lord...
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I cried actual tears by how much I was laughing XD I'm kind of sorry this was an ARC and I'm not allowed
Colleen Hoover
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts before reading this book: "I wonder what this book is about?"

Thoughts while reading this book: "Holy hell, Batman!"

Thoughts after reading this book: "#J@$QIOFAIFJDSLK%$UQ#*"

* This review was not paid for nor endorsed by the authors. In fact, they'd probably rather it not exist at all.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Adult review for erotic content.

Hoo boy. This is going to be one rambling review. Prepare yourselves because we're going in.

1.5 stars. Do I lead off with the fan-fiction talk? Okay, sure. Let's go back to the beginning. I think that I might have had this book confused with something else when I requested it. Anyway, it turns out that Beautiful Bastard is fan-fiction (Twilight FF, no less...yet I'd heard this was actually one of the early ones - pre FSOG, I think?). This story was originally tit
*ARC courtesy by Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*

oh yeah... i'm starting this baby right now!


this is me before starting this

this is me while reading this




I honestly did not expect this! Really! I mean..... REALLY?!?!?!

ok let me just say something in the beginning! This book is UNRATABLE!!!!

Honestly in the beginning i wanted to give it 5 stars only because i can't remember when was the last time I actually cried from all the
S.C. Stephens
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh! I have been waiting for this book for so long! I am so excited!!!

My official blurb for this book:

"The perfect blend of sex, sass and heart, Beautiful Bastard is a steamy battle of wills that will get your blood pumping!"

-- S.C. Stephens, bestselling author of Thoughtless
Nov 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
Initial reaction: In a word: No. Just no. This is going to be the second of two long reviews I pen this year that explain the myriad of problems that plague a work on a number of levels. "Beautiful Bastard" had many, and I don't know how it left the cutting room floor without anyone seeing them or for some readers not to be angry or upset (I was very much the latter) at some of the content this book has. There's much to cover, so I'll let my full review expound upon it further.

Full review:

When I
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, english
Well, what to say? The beginning was amazing; we just jumped into the story right away. Really great. But in the middle of the book, it started to be a bit boring, still the same without any change. Anyway, it was still a pleasurable story.
If I had to choose, Bennett was better. I'd liked him because he wasn't perfect. He was a bastard. Which is a sort of the point of this story I guess?

However, my main problem is that this SCREAMS Twilight fan fiction. Did it start as Twilight fiction or some
Chelsea Humphrey
Well, I feel like I'm an unpopular opinion on this one. It seems everyone felt strongly about this story, whether they loved or hated it, and I was somewhere in the middle. The first chapter was exciting and bold, but then things felt repetitive and stale until the 50% mark. Finally, the story picks up and I read the second half in a single sitting. While I ended up enjoying the story, I think my main issue was that I had trouble connecting with Bennett and Chloe; we don't get any characterizati ...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
1 Star

I can't be a person who doesn't tell the truth about a book, about my experience reading a particular story. I just can't be that person. If I love a book, you *know* it. I don't hesitate to get effusive with my praise and love and sickening adoration;-) If I don't like a book, I try my best to not be a total raving witch about it, and I hope that comes across when people read my reviews. This review is going to sound harsh, but...I really don't know any other way to say what I feel needs
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have come to a very important conclusion that has been a while in the making. It may be a controversial opinion amongst some but I stand by it. It is impossible for a writer to take their fan-fiction and make it “original”. You’d think this would be a relatively sensible conclusion to come to, and yet we are now in an age where pulled-to-publish fan-fiction, mainly that of the Twilight brand, has become the new normal. Of course, we’ve got “Fifty Shades of Grey” to blame for this, but it’s not ...more
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Well...well...well, this turned out to be a really good book. I have to say I’m surprised. It started out roughly and crazy to say the least and my first thoughts were ...


There’s no denying it’s really hot and steamy but I felt somehow disconnected from the story in the beginning. I’m not sure what it was; the way the plot unfolded so quickly was just strange. Mr. Ryan and Chloe start out in the beginning of the book H.A.T.I.N.G each other. I mean they literally w
Aestas Book Blog
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

3.5 stars

"…how I hated her, how much I craved her…"

I feel like I have to run and hide after I say this but, in all honesty, I was a lot less “wow-ed” by this book than I was expecting to be.

It wasn’t bad at all, I just really didn’t feel anything for it or the characters. I mean, okay, maybe a LITTLE, obviously, I mean I did care for the characters, but nothing that made the story ‘stay’ with me or make me overly attached to them.

I’m still giving the book a 3.5 – 4 star rating because while
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Apr 26, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019, worst
★ /5

To be honest, I do not know why I read it. This was definitely not my cup of tea.
I didn't like any of the characters, and plot was too weak for this story.
Wendy Darling
2.5 - 3 stars

Pretty standard romance/erotica. But jeez, the idea of all that LaPerla getting ripped every single time annoys the shit out me--especially for sex that doesn't really seem to be worth it.
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
A short summary of this book:

Chloe: Ugh, I hate my boss. But he is handsome...
Bennet: *seduces her in a conference room*
Chloe: He is such an asshole. But I’m so attracted to him...
Bennet: *seduces her in a corridor*
Chloe: He always tears my panties and steals them. But I always buy myself new ones he can tear apart...
Bennet: *seduces her in a changing room*
Chloe: Mhm, maybe he isn’t that bad... I like the feeling of him...
Bennet: *seduces her in a hotel room a lot of times*
Chloe: Mhm..
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

***Calling all ye SMUT FANS***

I have a new book boyfriend to add to my list. Meet Bennet Ryna, a beautiful bastard who will make your panties drop if he doesn't rip them off first! He's cocky, a stud in the bedroom and absolutely divine! What more could a girl ask for then? Did I mention the fact that he's gorgeous too?

I grudgingly admit
One of the few heroines that I loved reading it about. She an alpha female, but she and Ryan make it work! I could harp on about what else I like about her b
The BookChick
My Rating:
FAIL: The characteristics of a 1 star book include: the story failed to hold my attention; it didn’t have interesting characters; the storyline was trite or contrived; and/or their was extremely crude behavior/language. I would not never recommend the book to anyone.
Book Description:
An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling. Discover the story that garnered more than two million reads online.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chl
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I have no words to describe this horrible thing, so I’ll do what I do best and use pictures . . . .

There’s simply nothing good to say about this whore of a book.

I decided to take a break from Mystic River being that it was Valentine’s Day and maybe a selection that makes a person want to stick their head in the oven wasn’t the best choice if my husband was looking to score. I had downloaded this one a week or so ago when i
• Lisa •
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
HELLO Mr Ryan wink, wink ...

This was not everyone's cup of tea, but I LOVED it.

The start of the book was great -mean boss, hardworking assistant and a boardroom full of chemistry - (literally), nothing grabs me more than a book about two people who dislike each other BUT are unable to resist.

The story did have a predictability factor, but hey ho it's what I signed up for. The book most certainly was a romp FEST, I'm not sure a chapter went by that didn't include some sort of bodily fluid excha
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
Overall Rating: 4 stars!
Story Rating: 3.5 stars!
Performance Rating: 5 stars!


A genuine hate to love story, and lots of sex in between. Chloe Mills, an intern and MBA student, has been close to the Ryan family since she started working in their company a few year ago. The only one she can't seem to get along with is her current boss, Bennett Ryan, who recently moved back from France. As handsome as he is, she has no desire to ever jump on the Bennett Ryan wagon...until on
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
okay. this was SO different from christina lauren's newer works.
the first chapter alone was smuttier than their last 4 books combined.
one thing I have come to expect from CL is really great romance and chemistry between characters. I didn't exactly feel that in this. I would say this is more erotic than romantic. which isn't a bad thing. the sex scenes in this were 10/10 and it makes me wish their newer books were more smutty.
but other than the sexy bits, i didn't really feel a connection wit
Dec 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Not sure where to start with this one... It was entertaining and funny, and there were some hot scenes!

We start with Miss. Chloe Mills, an intern getting her MBA. Her boss is Mr. Bennett Ryan. Chloe has worked for Bennett for about 9 months. She has worked for his father's company for much longer than that, and is friendly with the Ryan family. Except for Bennett. They work well together, but they don’t really get a long. Mr. Ryan is seriously good looking, but also an ass.
If only he would kee
Pam Godwin
Warning: 75% of this book is graphic erotica. Brain cells could be lost.

What makes up the other 25%?

In-depth revelations about tortured childhoods and abusive exes?

Heart-pounding, bad-guy-slaying action? Definitely not.

Daytime soap-opera office drama? Bingo.

Then why the hell would I rate it five stars? Maybe this reviewer is just a perv who enjoys the boardroom table, cafe bathroom, elevator, parking garage, office desk, anywhere-but-a-bedroom sex. Really, this story is just boners
Yeasmin Alo
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it

3.5 actually
A Horny Twilight fan wrote it 🤐 that's for sure
( because look at the names of the other characters of the book 😂 It's evident author has put every single name from twilight apart from H and h, that was seriously LAME)

Smut is not really my thing... Unless it is filled with love, affection and respect for each other
I need chemistry and i need heart felt honest connection.... Not just SMUTS

Not even joking I had to skip and skim some of their encounters to get to the Godd
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it
*** 3,5 stars ***
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
OK! You got me? Where are the hidden cameras? I thought that Ashton was done with Punkd? - I mean, this HAS to be a joke right? Because I am not laughing!

Of all the ridiculous, over-sexed, no-plot having, annoying hero and heroine GAH! just GAH! I am totally and utterly at a loss of words here

This was just plain ol' bad.

Where is the writing here? I get this whole trend of fan fiction being pulled to be published. I take no issue with this. I've read some damn good fan fiction before that deserve
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

Well, call me crazy, but I actually enjoyed this one. If this is their worst book, I'm going to love this series. After glancing through friend reviews, which was very entertaining, my expectations were set very low. My experience with these authors is from their other series, Sweet Filthy Boy. My friend reviews are mixed on the Sweet Filthy boy as well, even my closest, most compatible friend doesn't understand my love of Ansel. *sniff*. I just like the writing style of these author
Whitney Atkinson
I'm a huge fan of Christina Lauren; in fact, I would argue that they dominate the adult romance genre. However, I only bought this book with the intention to hate-read it. Although I love Christina Lauren's books now, I was convinced this would be miserable since it literally originated as Twilight fanfiction. But here's the thing... it wasn't that bad.

This book has a robust list of pros and cons, and I will start off with a huge disclaimer that I think I gave this book more credit than it deser
4.5 stars

I know I'm way late to this party! Like 5 years late. But as the saying goes, better late than never.

Looking back I have no idea why I never picked this book up. I've heard about this series for years now but somehow I never felt the urge to read it until yesterday. On top of that, I bought this book in December 2014 and it has been sitting on my kindle, waiting for me to get my act together. WORST - I didn't even know I had it until I tried to download it from the library a few days ag
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced sixteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)


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