THE FINE LINE BEWTEEN LOVE AND HATE!
Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Genre: New Adult – Contemporary Romance
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 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 each other increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they’re willing to lose in order to win.
What initially grabbed my attention about Beautiful Bastard was the notation on the front cover stating it has had over 2 million reads online, so I thought this must be a good read and it didn’t disappoint! Beautiful Bastard, written by two authors, Christina and Lauren, is an easy read with a very predictable plot and not too much depth but was still a very enjoyable read. This novel captures you with the emotional turmoil and intense physical chemistry between the two main characters, Bennett and Chloe.
Beautiful Bastard is about intern Chloe and her boss Bennett, who both “think” they hate each other on a personal level but on a professional level they work as a dynamite team. Until one day when Bennett makes an unexpected sexual gesture towards Chloe, which leads to the most passionate and intense sex they have ever had. No matter how hard they try to stop what is happening between them, aware of the negative consequences and impact there could be on Chloe’s career, after that life changing event there is no turning back and the protagonists cannot seem to resist each other. But what starts out just being hot, intense mind blowing sex turns into so much more, and what they discover is, there is a very thin line between hate and love.
Beautiful Bastard was written in both Bennett and Chloe’s point of view in alternating chapters, so the reader really got an understanding of what each character was really thinking or feeling about their situation or that particular moment. This alternating perspective worked extremely well in this book because Chloe’s interpretation or perception of Bennett through the first three quarters of the book was usually very far from the truth inside Bennett’s head.
The authors did a fantastic job portraying Bennet and Chloe’s personalities through the alternate chapters. I really enjoyed reading the chapters from Bennett’s perspective and actually found his character to be quite funny. It was interesting to be inside his head knowing what he notices and feels towards Chloe at the beginning of the book and knowing that he really understands Chloe very well but deliberately portrays himself as a cold, selfish bastard. So it was really great to witness his walls come crashing down and discover how vulnerable he feels when he realizes he is falling in love with Chloe. What was also remarkable about Bennett’s character was the insight the reader got into his personal side and how caring and close he is around his family. What I admired about Chloe’s character was even though she thought Bennett was a bastard as a boss, she still respected, admired and defended him for his work ethic and at the same time was strong enough to stand up for her herself and her career, while still being determined to make it on her own.
Overall, the predictability of the storyline was a little disappointing but readers who enjoy a book with a lot of sexual activity won’t be dissatisfied. This was a great book to witness two characters with similar personalities and deep seated control issues, lose total control and hate the other person for the powerful hold they have over them, only to realize in the end that sometimes letting go is worth it in the end.
Check out review on Beautiful Stranger, Book #2 of the Beautiful Bastard Series by Christina Lauren.