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Magnificent Bastard

(Sexy Flirty Dirty #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  4,652 ratings  ·  559 reviews
F*ck Prince Charming. Sometimes, you need a Magnificent Bastard.

Face it, ladies: love sucks and then you cry…while your ex rides off into the sunset banging your best friend.

But why let a break-up end in tears when it can end with sweet revenge? Enter Magnificent Bastard Consulting and me, chief executive bastard. I’ve got it all—looks, brains, a heart of gold, and the kil
252 pages
Published April 25th 16 by Lili Valente
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This was a light-hearted, fun and surprisingly touching story. It was full of humor and kept a smile on my face from start to finish. It was pure entertainment.

Sebastian "Bash" Prince has made a business out of helping women reclaim their pride. As the founder of Magnificent Bastard Consulting, he poses as the new boyfriend of women that have been dumped in order to get back at their exes. In the process, they get to stick it to the guy that screwed them over, rubbing his nose in what he left be
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romantic-comedy
4 Stars!!


I love when an author or a book in this case surprises me and this one totally did. Written (almost) entirely from the male main characters’ perspective, this gem was fantastically written and entertaining from the beginning until the end. Filled with humor, steam and just a little bit of angst and drama 'Magnificent Bastard' was such a delightful, gripping read. Lili Valente is a new to me author, so to be honest I didn’t know what to expect. The title appealed to me like no other. Wha
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romcoms

➦Told primarily from a male POV, this is a pretty fast and fun read. Bash is a boyfriend for hire, he provides services to the ladies who want to make other men jealous. Penny is his virtual assistant, who has been with him for 2 years and refused to meet him in person. Well, at the beginning of the book she finally comes out of hiding and, surprise-surprise, she is sexy as hell.

❤It was funny how Bash was trying not to drool, pant, grab and keep his dick calm. His inner monologues made me giggl
4 Incredible Bulk Stars

If I hadn’t had sex in nearly three years, I would be trembling in a corner somewhere, jerking off and crying in a nest I’d fashioned from a stack of old Playboy magazines and my own tears.

Meet Sebastian “Bash” Prince. He’s good looking, he’s a self-made man and he’s got the "incredible bulk" below the belt to back it all up. Gotta love a man that names his junk. After burning out at his corporate raideresque type job (do the specifics really matter?) Bash decides it’s
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

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I had a hoot reading this one! Plus points for the little fake relationship aspect and the tireless friends-to-lovers trope! After getting his heart broken by his ex, Sebastian “Bash” Prince founded Magnificent Bastard Consulting where he helps women scorned stick it to the men who dumped them. He has help in the form of his virtual assistant, Penelope “Penny” Picket, and although they’ve never met, they’ve become close f
Dilek VT
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hot-and-fun
Sometimes, a book has a plot with great potential but it somehow ends up to be something ordinary, not anything special...

Sometimes, a book cannot make you feel... at all.

Sometimes, everything feels forced in a story. Emotions, thoughts, actions... they sometimes all feel unconvincing, lacking spirit or reason.

Sometimes, a book feels like the product of a recipe:
*Put some fun banter/texting
*Add some hot sex
*Now stir them with some annoying drama

Well, a little fun banter and some hot sex may
Oww, this was so damn sweet!

I really didn't have high hopes for this one. Way too many people had great reviews about it and typically I'm really unlucky with these books. I'm so happy to see that everyone was right!

The only thing that I didn't really like was the ending. It was a bit too much for me...
But still, a really sweet, cute romance! The MCs are wonderful, they have everything they should. And the guy is awesome!
1-Click Addict Support Group
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Guys, there’s really only one way to say this (and I am, of course, quoting the great Sebastian “Bash” Prince): Before Magnificent Bastard

"My life was a fart without a cute animal attached."

*Snicker* That is, perhaps, a tad extreme, but also 100% accurate. Because this book was so damn funny, racy and freakin’ adorable that I was grinning from ear-to-fucking-ear as I read it. The emails and texts. The flirty, innuendo-laced banter. The hotter-than-hell kissing, touching, dirty-talking. And Mr
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lili Valente Fans, Romance
4 Lives Up To The Promise Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
Lili Valente has become an author I really enjoy. She sets up her premise, lays everything out there and allows you to buy in. She promised Sexy Flirty Dirty and delivered. She also gave more than that, too.

This had everything you could want for a fast read. Quick wit, snarky fun and all from a male POV. What it also gave was a man who didn't realize what a romantic he actually was...and it was delicious to see him fall hardcore. He had had a b
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Lili Valente is not a new author for me. In fact, she is the sexy alter ego of a bestselling author. And I just love and adore her naughty side. Lili Valente has a way with her writing, her words. And each book I read reminds me why I keep coming back.

Magnificent Bastard was amazing. It was sexy, sweet, fun, hilarious, passionate, intense, and had the best storyline for a romantic comedy I have read in a while and bonus it is a standalone. I laughed. I smiled. I swooned. I fell head over
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Sexy, witty, and cleverly written!! Magnificient Bastard by Lili Valente was a magnificently fun read!! Right off the opening pages, you are taken on a fun-filled crazy humor male POV of a man who runs a service that helps women gets back at their ex and help them find that confidence to get back out there in the dating world.

“When you’re down and out and your heart has been ripped to shreds by an asshole with a dickish-side a mile wide, you
Beneath The Covers Blog
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 2016-reads
Magnificently hot, and wonderfully written! The humor had my sides aching constantly, and the romantic elements had me swooning right after! Who needs Prince Charming when you can have a magnificent bastard!

Bash and Penny were amazing characters, both separate and together. The dynamic between the two sparked from the very beginning, and kept growing throughout the story. The quirky and flirty banter via text and email was the perfect set-up for when they finally meet, and their relationship pro
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I absolutely loved this story. LOVED IT!! Being inside Sebastian's head (Bash) was a blast! He made me think, laugh, swoon, and gasp from the intensity of his feelings. Whether he was helping a woman find her inner warrior, figuring out what he really wanted out of life, casually observing the behaviour of complete strangers, or falling in love with Penny, there was never a dull moment. And damn, but Bash was incredibly hot when it came to the bedroom. Or floor. Or wall. Or shower.

Honestly, I co
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Magnificent Bastard was a fun and enjoyable read. Bash and Penny had a great dialogue between them full of hilarious banter that had me cracking a smile during most of the story. I loved how close they were as friends and how that turned into something more after their first in-person meeting. Definitely a book I would recommend reading.
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3 'Sometimes email and text message archives are the best' Stars

Sometimes emails and text message archives are the best bit about a relationship. And in Magnificent Bastard they are also the funniest.

This was a fun read about a guy who loves himself so much he starts a business based on his ability to treat women well and make other guys jealous. And he is so used to believing his own sex-addled mind that he tries to convince everyone around him that this is a deeper, more noble pursuit tha
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This book started out with a bang. The first third of the book was outrageous, and exactly my kind of outrageous. I keep picking up books with crazy premises hoping to find the right combination of ridiculous and grounded. Most of them are complete flops but not this one. It is kind of hard to describe what makes it work, but I loved the back and forth emails and texts, the unbelievable job of the hero and the interactions between the characters.

Then it went down to merely good, when they decid
The two star rating is really a result of this being okay overall. It did several things right, but kind of fell at the end, kind of like baking at a high altitude.

The H is big hunky nice guy; I mean he really is a nice guy. He left soul-sucking Wall Street and is now a vigilante Robin Hood for the oppressed women of New York. Wherever there is injustice, bad ex's, unfaithful creeps, 0r inside traders the Magnificent Bastard is there to help the little women on their way. He pretends to be their
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to seton by: TLR
Genre: the blurb says ER but I say rom-com
Sensuality: X

32 yr old specialized consultant finally meets his online PA of 2 yrs and poses as her BF at a wedding.

This was cute. Clearly a Tangled wannabe and lacking that bk's bravura but few can match up anyway. I like it enough to try the author's other works.

Rating: 3.5
Tags: Self-pub, Needs proofreading, Dick-lit, NYC

P.S. To Robin who did the edits (according to the Acknowledgements) - your edits suck!
Lauren Blakely
Dec 29, 2015 marked it as to-read
This title!!!! I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!!
May 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
When Penelope walks in on her boyfriend Phillip, and gorgeous mother, ex-actress Anastasia - screwing like rabbits, she breaks. When invited to their wedding, it hurts even more and she enlists the help of her boss, and employer Sebastian "Bash" Prince, the "Magnificent Bastard" - who is "guaranteed to make your ex regret the day he said goodbye".

This entire book in written in Bash's POV, so to some extent, I expected uber-douchebag behaviour and cringe worthy dialogue. It didn't disappoint, an
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: gr2016, 3-5-stars
Want to make your former lover green with envy? Make him wish he’d never kicked you off the love wagon, spat in your face, and walked away? Well, that, cupcake…
That’s what I’m best at.
I’ve been blessed with a face that turns heads, worked hard for a body that inspires shudders of lust at twenty paces, and honed my envy-inspiring skills into a razor sharp weapon I wield with ruthless efficiency. I will make you feel like a queen and ensure your ex doesn’t miss a minute of it. You’ll be treated
Book-Bosomed  blog
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Sebastian “Bash” Prince, 32, is the public face of Magnificent Bastard, his vengeance company for jilted lovers that he abandoned Wall Street to launch. Penny Pickett, 25, is the behind the scenes face of Magnificent Bastard that Bash has never seen.

Till he does.

And then he can’t unsee it. So it turns out that a romantically jaded Bash is more than smitten than he knew possible, which causes the lines of their employer-employee relationship to become blurred.

“I’m not sure what this is anymore, a
May 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book. I was expecting epic revenge for the heroine's ex. Instead, the heroine's mother ruins her revenge (just like the heroine's mother screwed her daughter's boyfriend and was planning to marry him)

The whole thing made me so angry. Why set up your readers to hope the heroine gets her revenge and then SHE DOESN'T GET REVENGE?

You know what makes it even worse? The heroine's mother also ruins the surprise of the hero's wedding proposal. She finds out the hero is planning propo
Tracy  C
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Penny and Bash have some HOT chemistry. I loved their humor and the cute chapters with emails and texts.
Three Chicks
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review by Lisa Kane

Magnificent Bastard is told for the most part from Sebastian "Bash" Prince's POV. He's the owner of the highly popular company, Magnificent Bastard Consulting whose job it is to seek revenge on the ones who inflicted pain and suffering on the poor souls who hire Bash. Women have been victimized, cheated on and deceived and now they have a means to even the score. Bash sets the rules, investigates the targets and sets a plan into motion. Victims are no longer victims and emerge
Red Cheeks Reads
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You need a man who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, a man who can teach Mr. Wrong a thing or two about what it feels like to be deceived, betrayed, and laid low by the one person in the world you thought you could trust. What you need is a Magnificent B**tard, your very own one-man vengeance machine.

“Because Prince Charming is a crock of sh*t. Like unicorns, mermen, and other fairy tale creatures, he doesn’t exist.”

This was such a fun, hilarious, loving, cute, romance and it really kept
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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What a sweet breath of fresh air this book was. I loved both characters. Penny & Sebastian "Bash". I love their story, watching it unfold but also learning all about their story that started two years before we have the chance to meet them. They are freaking adorable.

Penny worked for Bash for two years as his assistant for Magnificent Bastard. They never met in person but became the very best of friends through emails and texts. At one point Penny asks him if its weird that she's never met
Romance Readers Retreat
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the idea of two people who have never met that eventually meet and Bam! Instant attraction with the added bonus that they can't really do anything about that attraction as it would create all kinds of problems.  It creates a whole heap of sexual tension. 

Penny has been Sebastian, AKA Bash's virtual assistant for a while. The two only ever communicating via Text and Email.  Penny knows everything about Bash and for someone who has closed off his heart to women, she is his closest friend.

May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a really well written, cute,
hot, sexy story. To say that this premise
has been done before would be an
understatement, but this worked for

Bash owns Magnificent Bastard, a company
that helps women take back their
voice, get over their ex, and maybe
in the process, get a little revenge. Bash
is yummy. He is loyal to his clients, and
really an overall great guy. What didn't
work for me so much was his
internal dialogue. I didn't believe
it 100%, it was too much like a woman
writing a man--some
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Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn't be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich's red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.

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