10 October 2013

Book Review: Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

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Format: Kindle
Publishers: Gallery Books
Published: 12th February 2013
Pages: 320
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Chloe, Bennett
Date Read: 21st September - 29th September 2013
Rating Given:
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Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

I have wanted to read this book for quite some time but found the price of the paperback and kindle a bit too expensive but when it went down in price in kindle format I jumped at the chance at buying it. Then I saw all the negative reviews so I was a bit worried that I wasted my money but then I just thought what the hell I will give it a whirl and for the most part I'm glad I did.

I really do love the cover to this book and in all honesty was one of the reasons why I wanted to read it. I have always loved black and white photography and this cover reminds me of that but I also love the pop of colour it really works well with the rest of the image. I also like the way in which it kind of fits in with the story. This is definitely up there as one of my favourite ever book covers.

When I first started this book I was a bit disappointed I just didn't get the whole relationship between Chloe and Bennett as it seemed like they hated each other but when they did get together my god was it steamy but I felt it was a bit too much for the first half of the story as I didn't really feel like there was any character development. However once I got over halfway through there seemed to be more of a story developing and I started to get the chemistry. Once I did start to get into it I just didn't want to put it down and now I can't wait to continue on with the series even if its not all about them there is some novellas about them which makes me very excited.

What I really loved about this book is the alternating POV between Chloe and Bennett which then gave me the opportunity to see into each of there reasoning. Chloe I didn't get at the beginning she hated Bennett and then she easily gave into him, but the further I got into the story we got to know her a little bit better and she grew on me. In the first chapter I wasn't overly keen on Bennett but I think that has more to do with that chapter being from Chloe's POV but when we went over to Bennett's POV he was great although there was bits that he did that I just didn't understand.

Overall a very slow start that made me want to give up but I'm glad I persevered as I really enjoyed the rest of the book.