Monday, March 4, 2013

Audiobook Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
  • Publish Date: February 12th 2013
  • Format: Audio
  • Read by: Grace Grant
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Audible | Simon and Schuster

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 two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.

My Thoughts

Going into this I had no idea it was Twilight fan fiction and I have to say, I didn't get anything Twilight-ish from it. Though, I've never read fan fiction that I know of, so I don't know if that's how it works. Okay, so moving on from that. I found this book to be quite entertaining. I loved the banter between Chloe and Bennett, their personalities (or in Bennetts case, lack of for most of it), and the storyline. I wish we had gotten a little more back story on Chloe and Bennett, but since this was my first venture into this type of book, maybe you aren't really supposed to. Either way, I enjoyed this and I have to point out that I love when books are told in dual POV's.

Chloe was a very fun character. She was a very strong character in the sense that she doesn't take crap from Bennett or let him push her around. That is, unless it's in a sexual way, then she lets him dominate her. She is a completely different person when it comes to their heated moments. She isn't the type of person to sleep with her boss, or have random flings in meeting rooms, elevators, or other places, but something about Bennett makes her crave it! She is a smart woman though. She is very driven, hard working, and set on her career. If only she wasn't so attracted to Bennett and her body didn't betray her every time he gets her worked up.

Bennett is an absolute douche! He is exactly as the title says, a beautiful bastard. Totally arrogant and full of himself. He is used to being in charge and getting what he wants. He keeps everyone in line by being a complete jerk to put fear into them. Chloe seems to have a way to get to him though. When instead of relenting and running off, she isn't afraid to put him in his place and it intrigues him. He is very attracted to her, but after their first romp, he starts to become possessive of her, and then finally he starts to realize maybe he really is starting to have feelings for her in more than a caveman type way. This is a whole new territory for him. He is so used to being in control, but he is willing to give in to Chloe and do whatever she wants.

The relationship between them is very hot and cold. They despise each other, yet they have amazing sexual chemistry. Their fights and banter lead to many super hot, panty ripping, steam up the windows sexcapades. (Yes, that is the word I am using.) The more anger and aggression they feel towards each other, the more supercharged the smexy is! But with each time they hook up, they question what the hell they are doing, and they both try to stop it. The only problem is, the more they try to avoid each other, the more they want each other. It's like an addiction that they can't get over.

Overall I really liked the storyline. She is interning for his fathers company with Bennett being her boss. She's been working there for a while, but not under Bennett until recently. She is focused on her career and doesn't want anything between her and Bennett to jeopardize it. There are many miscommunications and mistakes on both of their parts. Things aren't smooth and easy. Their relationship is beyond complicated. I became very invested in their relationship and with Chloe's career and was really hoping for the best in both situations. My only real issue was some of the dialogue, especially during the sex scenes came across a bit cheesy to me. The reader was really fantastic and she brought the personality to the characters. I found myself laughing out loud quite often and listening with a dumb grin on my face. I really think the reader made this book a better experience than reading it on my own would have been.


  1. Well they do say that you want what you can't have and it seems like it applies to this story, too. I love the sound of it and that cover is so good, I think I've just been thrown off by that Twilight fanfic thing. I had an awful experience with FSoG and it scares me to death that this is a fanfic as well. But if you say you didn't notice any parallels, I trust you. I like character growth and lots of smexy so this just might be a story for me:)

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

    1. Haha! I won't touch FSoG. I have seen enough excerpts and such that I can tell it's not great. I really got nothing Twilightish out of this except maybe Bennett's lack of personality at first lol!!

  2. There are so many published Twilight fanfics out there now, you can't really tell what book is the fanfic.
    I'm glad that you enjoyed this book. Chloe sounds like a smart woman. I would never be able to listen to an audiobook of a book like this. :$ Especially, if I were listening to it in public.
    Lovely review, Amy! :)

    1. I would be listening to this doing dishes or something and be grinning like an idiot or bust out laughing out of nowhere.

  3. I'm getting reading to read this one. I'm glad you liked it overall. Nice review babe!

  4. LOL I'm a huge fan of those hate-to-love (or lust as the case may be) kind of stories.

    As I read your review it occurred to me that I have never listened to an audiobook with sex scenes. I usually listen while walking the dog and usually stick to YA -- and now I'm thinking that I might blush or break into nervous laughter.

    1. Haha! A few times when I bust out laughing I was so glad that I was listening in the privacy of my own kitchen.

  5. I always wonder how thee books do on audio, especially with the sex scenes.

  6. I have this from NetGalley, but I listen to a lot of audiobooks and it sounds like this one might be better that way...I have a higher tolerance for cheese on audio, if the narrator's good! So I might try this one that way after your review!

  7. I originally wasn't going to read this, only b/c I'd heard it wasn't good. I've started seeing great reviews recently, and will definitely give it a shot. Great review, chick!

  8. I didn't read this book. I passed on it cause well, it's just not my type of read. Nice review. Glad to see that you liked it.

  9. Yeah this sounds like the kind of romance I hate. Sometimes it works for me, but not usually. I'm glad you really liked it though!

  10. Hmmmm...been wondering about this one. I love it when a reader makes the book better. Glad you enjoyed.

  11. Okay so I saw your first line and was like "TWILIGHT FANFIC? OH NO!" But I'm really glad you didn't get anything Twilight from it because that would made me totally flip out! But I'm glad the MC is really driven and a smart person! (Some books just refuse to put smart MCs into their books these days!)

    But BOO for a douchey love interest! Hopefully he gets better.

    Awesome review, Amy! I'm glad you liked this one!

  12. Oh, this sounds like something I would like. I do really enjoy the occasional caveman every now and then, lol. I'm not too fond of the "hot & cold" kind of romance though. I'll still try to read this eventually. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
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  13. I've been wanting to give this a try. I worry that the hot and cold runs too extreme for my liking. I like a little banter and sexual tension but I've heard it gets annoying in this one.


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