Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard

By Christina Lauren

  • Release Date: 2013-02-12
  • Genre: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,174 Ratings)


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.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.


  • Amazing!

    By OkieFromMuskogee1986
    The first couple of chapters had me rolling! It’s hilarious how much Bennett and Chloe despised each other! But all in all I really enjoyed this book
  • Ahhhh ❤️

    By lollllarose
    Love Bennett and Chloe! I’ve read this book three times and love it every time. Christina Lauren just has a way of making you fall in love with characters. Would recommend over every romance book I’ve read, and I’ve read a bunch! Wish CL would make more books like beautiful series and seasons series!
  • Love it! Couldn’t put it down.

    By Tdiaz21
    This is definitely a page turner. Love the characters and the sexy description of the flirtatiousness between them.
  • Not what I expected

    By phatenah
    Wasn't worth the money
  • My go to series

    By Kaswilli
    This book and the series is one of my favorites and recommend it to everyone that asks me what they should read. Chloe and Bennett are one of my favorite book couples. Christina Lauren does great showing who they are and who they are together... Plus it gets steamy. Windows, changing areas, the bed, the stairs. Ah just read it! Great book, fun read!
  • Sexy and fun

    By SkyeL.M.
    I’m seeing a lot of comparisons to 50 shades in the reviews, but honestly this is much better. Female character is strong and very funny, leading man’s POV is enjoyable and hot, and the sex is hot and plenty of it! An easy, steamy read—way more fun than melodramatic.
  • Read More Than 10 Times

    By AshaMarsha
    This is a must read Erotic novel!!
  • Amazing series!

    By royalc11
    The entire series is amazing. It is one of the few series that I would give a 5-star rating! I was hooked from the very beginning until the end. Definitely a series worth reading!
  • Bleh

    By Kclovesmermaids
    It was ok.
  • Super sexy office romance!

    By Meg @Reading Books Like a Boss
    Review originally posted on Reading Books Like a Boss Well, well, well, this book was certainly entertaining! I am binge reading the Beautiful Bastard series in preparation for Beautiful Secret , which releases on April 14th! So far, I'm happy with my decision (haha!). Chloe and Bennett's story was equal parts scorching hot and sweet. Chloe has worked at Ryan Media Group, a big advertising firm in Chicago, under the Bennett family for years. As a prestigious scholarship, part of the requirement is that she get real world experience. She's brilliant, savvy, and doesn't take crap from anyone, especially her boss Bennett Ryan. He's a jerk in every sense of the word. He bosses Chloe around every chance he can get. But sometimes bossiness is just a cover up for insane attraction. I really liked this book! Was it perfect? No, but I had so much fun reading this book. I devoured it in nearly one sitting. I can't wait to continue the series. Chloe and Bennett fall in love with each other secretly and very reluctantly. Chloe wants to prove herself to everyone, to show that she's smart enough to hold her own in this high-powered world, so she's scared of others finding out about her boss. Bennett struggled with his dual role as her boss and her "sexboss." <---I had to say that. I was a bit worried that my appreciation for her appearance would interfere with my ability to be her boss, but I quickly reassured myself that the world was full of beautiful women and it would be easy enough to separate the two. Oh how stupid I'd been. I love stories where the hero realizes his feelings long before heroine and that is the case in this book. In the very beginning Bennett realizes that he is in serious like with Chloe. He loves that she talks back to him, the way she dresses, and how intelligent she is. It doesn't take long for their (many) trysts turn into something more. I think my favorite moment of the book was the scene in San Diego when they reunite after time apart. It's clear they missed each other. Their relationship really blossomed there and I loved all of their interactions! "Chloe, you're not going to learn anything from this poster. Let's go get a cup of coffee and maybe a blow job in the bathroom." I've noticed that there seems to always be some unnecessary sexual fetishes in Christina Lauren's books that takes away from my enjoyment of the books. In Sweet Filthy Boy , it was the weird role-playing thing. In Beautiful Bastard, it is Bennett's panty-ripping and collection thing and the constant sex. I've seen this book labeled as erotica, so I expected a lot of sex. But these two had sex at least three times in the first 20% (one time was within the first 5 %). It was a bit excessive. Even though there was a lot of sexytimes, I still found their relationship believable and I could truly feel their feelings developing, which was the story's saving grace. Read it! 3.5 stars