Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Published February 12th, 2013 by Gallery Books
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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, 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.
This was one of the most pointless, asinine, and ridiculous books I’ve ever read in my life. Luckily for all of us that means that this review will likely be short. Most of the time in erotica, you get a story about why the main characters like each other enough that they want to have sex. Not in this one. Here, these two despise each other, yet still have sex at least once every ten pages. This is just porn, pure and simple written porn. It was a Twilight porn, and it is not suddenly better once the names have been changed. There was no plot, there was no characterization. Just two people who insult each other, screw each other, fight some more, insult some more, have more sex….and repeat for 300 of the most boring pages in all of fiction.
These two characters were the most narcissistic human beings ever and all that happens is they have sex. Then they fight and get pissy for absolutely no reason and then make up and have sex. Oh, and the panties hoarding thing is on the level of a rapist from Law & Order: SVU. I shuddered every time he indulged that particular whim. And then shuddered in greater horror when I realized we had to endure another sex scene. Horrid book with no redeeming qualities.
No wait, it has one redeeming quality. It announces right off the bat exactly what it is, a rewritten fan fiction. At least it doesn’t try to hide it.