Book Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

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 rumours, 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.
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Okay so honestly this review is probably going to be all over the place, I apologise in advance. I would also like to say that even though I really didn’t enjoy this book, I would read something else by these authors as I’ve heard great things about their other books so I welcome any recommendations.

First of all, I really thought I would enjoy this book. I didn’t just read a book that I knew I would dislike but I know that if I had read maybe a few more reviews, I wouldn’t have picked this up. I thought going into this that it was going to be a slow burn office romance between a woman and her new boss – and I was completely down for that. But oh dear was I wrong. And if you’ve read this book then you know how wrong I was. I would also like to point out that I did know there was sex in this book. I mean the cover and the title just scream erotica if you ask me. But for some strange reason I still thought that it was more of a romance rather than just straight up porn on paper.

The first thing that I found out in this book was that Chloe (our female protagonist) had been working at this company for years and had worked for Bennett (THE Beautiful Bastard – seriously this book reminds you way too much that he is in fact a Beautiful Bastard) for 9 months. I assumed it was a new job and that she had a thing for her new boss but turns out they’d known each other a while. I know this isn’t anything major but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

The next thing that I wasn’t expecting was the amount of sex in this book. Like I said before, I knew this book had sex in it and I have absolutely no problem with sex scenes in books. However, when sex is the entire plot, it gets a tad boring (or maybe I’m a prude haha). I mean seriously, they have sex on page 10. PAGE 10! The only contact they had in these first ten pages was when Chloe was late to work and Bennett acted like a complete arsehole. We get no description of either character, it just jumps straight in there! It confused me so much because as I said I thought it was going to be more of a slow burn romance but also because the book literally starts with Chloe complaining how much she dislikes her boss. And he hates her too so I was just like ???

Just a couple of comments made in these first ten pages which naturally leads to them having sex in a conference room a few hours later:

He was the most self-righteous, pompous prick I’d ever met.

“It’s nice to see you finally taking an interest in your physical fitness, Miss Mills.”

And this comment made by Bennett which just added to my confusion:

I wanted her. I wanted her more than any woman I’d ever seen. The big problem was I also hated her. And she hated me too.

So two chapters in I knew this book wasn’t going to be for me but I continued because if anything I thought it would be entertaining. The dialogue between these characters is ridiculous and pretty non-existent for the first half of the book. They have sex A LOT but don’t actually ever have a conversation. Fair enough.

Honestly the first half of this book there is no plot, it’s just sex in every single chapter. It’s the same thing each time just in different places. I’m not even kidding – in a conference room, in a stairwell, in an office, in a lift etc.) Anywhere but a bed. And every single time Chloe says that she won’t let it happen again and that it was a mistake and she hates him so much. Sure Chloe, you keep telling yourself that.

Of course he wouldn’t rip it. I was never going to give him the chance.

That Bastard had ripped his last pair of panties.

Next up we have Bennett’s weird obsession with Chloe’s underwear. It’s never really explained why he does this but he always rips her underwear off and then keeps it in his drawer at work. Yikes. And she wears expensive underwear – that’s what annoyed me (so minor but still). She buys nice, pretty, EXPENSIVE underwear and then he just rips them and hoards them at work. No thank you.

Bennett isn’t sexy. He’s just a bit of creep to be honest. The way they both call each other names and have not one nice thing to say about each other is just weird to me. Calling her names like ‘bitch’ ain’t sexy to me. Plus he is kind of controlling and jealous of any other contact she has with a guy. Bennett frequently makes comments on Chloe’s clothing and gets pissed off when she wears things that turn him on.

Sex was the fastest route to the deeper possession I needed.

It’s kind of funny because he knows he is a creep. But seriously this just isn’t romantic at all and I was not rooting for these to get together. I think the fact that we were barely introduced to the characters before they started having sex didn’t help that fact. I couldn’t tell you anything distinctive about Bennett and Chloe aside from what I have already said because there isn’t really any development. In the second half of the book, they both start to realise that it is more than just sex and they do want to be together ( I think, I mean he still sounds possessive).

This is probably the worst paragraph in the entire book and it pretty much sums up Bennett as a character (for the first half at least):

I felt possessive of her. Not in a romantic sort of way, but in a “hit her over the head, drag her off by the hair, and fuck her” way. Like she was my toy and I was keeping the other boys in the sandbox from playing with her. How sick was that?

Like I mentioned, at first this book was entertaining. Even though this book wasn’t written to be funny, it was hilarious at times. The dialogue between the characters is ridiculous along with the completely unrealistic scenarios. I’ve read books with sex scenes in so again, I’m not against the sex scenes. I guess the authors wanted to keep it interesting by making them have sex in every place possible but it was just so ridiculous at times I couldn’t tell whether to laugh or roll my eyes.

“But I’d be a silent panty ripper, which I think is a lot creepier than the angry-boss panty ripper”

Towards the end of the book you’d think I’d be more interested because they do start to have actual conversations and realise they might have feelings for each other but it still felt the same. I didn’t feel like anything had really changed (aside from the fact that they had sex in a bed) so it just became tedious and I wanted it to end. The ending was kind of disappointing as well. Like they have a small argument (like usual), don’t see each for two months, have a little reunion, the end. That’s it. It wasn’t even that cheesy, which I think would have made it better to be honest.

Okay so I’m sorry that this is so long and more of a rant than a review. If you made it this far then good for you, I appreciate that – I know I went off on a bit of a tangent. I’ve seen very split reviews on this book, some people love it and others hate it so it’s very mixed.

Rating: ⭐

I promise my next review will be more positive than this one and I’ll try not to rant too much!

Thank you again for reading 🙂

Alisha x

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren”

  1. This sounds like a bit of a disaster and I don’t think I would ever read it voluntarily, but THANK YOU for the entertaining review! I laughed at your comment about the expensive underwear. I would be super annoyed if anyone were to do that. 😂 And those Bennett quotes are just nope. I was kind of into possessive love interests when I was younger, but I don’t have a lot of patience for them now.

    I hope your next read is a much, much better one!

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    1. Haha thank you!!! I know it’s not really a review it’s just me ranting haha but I needed to get it off my chest! I was totally the same, if I was a bit younger I might have thought Bennett was hot but nope not now. Right? Underwear can be expensive I’d be so annoyed 😂 It already is much better, thank you for your comment!


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