Review: Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard, #1.5)

Beautiful Bitch
(Beautiful Bastard #1.5)
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: July 9, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

5 stars new

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Synopsis new

Picking up where Beautiful Bastard left off, Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan continue their steamy, combative relationship.

Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would all slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his girlfriend. But after he refuses to take no for an answer, Chloe and Bennett find themselves with two plane tickets, one French Villa, and a surprising conversation that, predictably, leaves them wrestling under the covers.

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“This was us. It was such a familiar battle of love and frustration, desire and exasperation. She would push every button I had, and then uncover new ones I didn’t even know I had, and push those.”

I can’t get enough of how good this novella is! I didn’t actually expect to find myself enjoying yet another round of Bennett and Chloe’s story. What an enticing continuation to Beautiful Bastard!

The novella follows Chloe and Bennett’s story after they reconciled in Beautiful Bastard. In this novella we get to see the couple finally picking up the pieces and working on their relationship whilst giving their effort to the company they’re working.

I saw how Bennett and Chloe struggled to keep their relationship in good harmony here but despite their busy schedules, they were able to keep their flame together. What I loved about Beautiful Bitch is that these characters remain swoon-worthy, especially Bennett. Gawwwwd I loved his POV so much! It’s so funny and very sexy, too.

I also loved the characters’ chemistry here. And of course, the steamy scenes…]

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And that ending… so beautiful and satisfying!!! For fans of Beautiful Bastard, don’t miss this novella. :))

Rating:

5 stars new

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Review: Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard, #2)

Beautiful Stranger
(Beautiful Bastard #2)
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: April 16, 2013
Genre: Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

3 Stars

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Synopsis new

Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon’s moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night’s fun. But the manner—and speed—with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup and into her Beautiful Stranger.

The whole city knows that Max Stella loves women, not that he’s ever found one he particularly wants to keep around. Despite pulling in plenty with his Wall Street bad boy charm, it’s not until Sara—and the wild photos she lets him take of her—that he starts wondering if there’s someone for him outside of the bedroom.

Hooking up in places where anybody could catch them, the only thing scarier for Sara than getting caught in public is having Max get too close in private.

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My friends who have read this series told me after I finished Beautiful Bastard that Beautiful Stranger is much better but…

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So this book began when Sara Dillon met the rich and sexy British executive Max Stella at a club. Fresh from a failed long-term relationship, Sara was determined to have fun and forget her heartaches and just simply set herself free from her modest self. Sara and Max’s first encounter immediately led to sex. At the club. And what started off as a sexual fling led to a series of more sexual dates. You see, these two particularly have kinks. They had this agreement to have sex anywhere but in bed. (which kinda weirded me out.)

I actually did have a great time when I was at the first few chapters because as usual, Christina Lauren‘s writing was fabulous and Max Stella was a character beyond perfection! I enjoyed Beautiful Bastard when I read it last year so I really had high hopes in this book. However, as I went through the later chapters, I felt a bit exhausted because of the unnecessary and somewhat overdone sexual scenes. I mean, I get that this is the type of a friends-with-benefits romance book, but when sexual scenes tend to become repetitive, it can no longer hold my attention. There were just so much. To the point where there’s no longer depth in the story. 😦

But as what I’ve said, I loved Christina Lauren’s writing. The authors are a pro in this genre and they really have a way with words. I loved the way they described Max and the way they created the characters. I enjoyed the previous book in this series so I believe the next books will make it all up (hopefully). I heard they’re also great! I’m crossing my fingers that I will enjoy them. 🙂

Rating:

3 Stars

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Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)

 

Beautiful Bastard
(Beautiful Bastard #1)
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Published: February 12, 2013
Genre: Romance, Erotica, New Adult, Contemporary

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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.

This book is one smexy book. In comparison to Fifty Shades of Grey, this one is more about the adult hot scenes that happen between a boss and an employee inside the office. JeeZ! But sexiness aside, this book also narrates a love story between the Beautiful Bastard boss Bennett Ryan and his brilliant and stunning intern Chloe Mills. I love this book but I was looking for more romance between the characters. I mean, not just the sex. I want more of them on the emotional, romantic side. I also think their story is too simple and there was no real conflict to make it a bit interesting. Nevertheless, it’s a feel-good book and it’s well-written. It’s something you’d like to read for a change. 🙂

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