Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review: Beautiful Bastard



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.

3.75 out of 5 stars

I received a book for review from Gallery Books.

I was excited to finally sit down and start this book because I had kept seeing it pop up everywhere and I was looking forward to the opportunity to see what all the fuss was about.  The story starts out from Chloe's perspective, who is a graduate student working towards her MBA.  While finishing her degree she is interning at Ryan Media Group as Bennett Ryan's assistant.  Bennett is the boss from hell, always condescending and nothing she does is ever enough.  There's no doubt he's gorgeous, intelligent and driven but even with all those redeeming qualities he's still a bastard, and Chloe cannot wait to finish her internship, graduate and move on from Bennett Ryan.  One day when she shows up a few minutes late due to circumstances beyond her control Mr. Ryan gives her an obscene amount of work and in addition has asked for a presentation due later that evening.  It's at that presentation where Bennett sexually comes onto Chloe resulting in some hot anger fueled sex and my mind went....WHAT!  SERIOUSLY!  Did that really just happen?

The scene felt totally out of left field and then the pages began to be filled with more and more angry sex encounters.  Yes, there is a TON of sex in this book, it starts out around the 5% mark and never lets up.  There is nothing wrong with this aspect of the book, it's just for me I think I needed more of a back story as to why Bennett came onto her at work, as her boss?  Was he creepy or had he always been sexually attracted towards Chloe?  Eventually these two realize their is more to their relationship than angry sex and once this transition happens things started working better.

Towards the end of the book Bennett and Chloe's interactions become more personal, more emotionally driven and for me that's when the book started getting better.  It became more of a story to me, slowly I began to see more character development, more to the story than just sex, especially from Bennett and that is when I started being vested.

While this book was a rough start for me I am glad I continued reading because in the end I have to say I really did enjoy it and I do plan to read the other books in the series, because let's face it while they did get their HEA I want to know more, I want to see where these two are in their relationship and what's in store for their future.  

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