Oh I've wanted to read this one for awhile and I finally got my dainty little hands on a review copy. And then promptly shut Matt down for sex because I could not stop reading.
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
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.
Kind of like Fifty Shades of Gray? Yes. Kind of totally different? Yes. Is this very confusing? No, don't be stupid. While the set up of the relationship is the same (intern/boss) as is the case with a lot of books coming out now because it's a taboo relationship, the entire premise of it is different. There is no real BDSM unless you consider dirty talk and biting too dark for your tastes, to which I say you are a loser and/or a virgin, but there are plenty of sexual exploits in the book to rival the sexiness of Fifty Shades.
I didn't totally love Chloe. Maybe in following books we'll learn more about her but she drove me nuts. She's kind of a bitch, she's kind of indecisive, and she's kind of oblivious to everything around her because she is so focused on her goals that it's clouding her judgement. Is it smart to have ravenous sex with your boss against the conference window? Probably not. Is it prudent to have filthy sex in the bathroom of his parent's house? Again, probably not. But the way she totally withdraws afterwards is a little disturbing. But so does Bennett, but in a very different way. He knows he's over stepping the boundaries and is worried about that, but it seems like he knows all along that what him and Chloe have is more than just really hot, no strings attached sex.
And hello- San Diego.
Honestly, Chloe's reaction as they are leaving San Diego made me want to punch her. I felt like any woman who is going to be that irrational over clear guy talk is a moron. For someone who is presumably savvy in business, she doesn't understand that the good ol' boys club is still alive and well and sometimes you have to cater to it.
I really liked this book and found it hard to put down even when it was clear that I was in the process of burning dinner.