Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Expected Release Date: February 12, 2013
ARC provided by NetGalley
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.
There is an overwhelming number of fan fictions that have turned to main stream publishing. Sometimes that can be a good thing--readers can discover a brand new author with a talent to weave a beautiful and addictive story.
Sometimes it can miss the mark, as in the case of Beautiful Bastard.
Unfortunately there was nothing addictive or beautiful about the story of Chloe and Bennett.
Beautiful Bastard had a great premise to what could have been an intriguing read, but the elementary writing and over-the-top dialogue had the story falling flat for me. I could not find a connection to either character or a desire to know what happened next. And for me, Bennett was just totally unlikable. Chloe was even more so, because she failed to be what could have been a very strong character.
Beautiful Bastard turned out to be a bitter disappointment.