Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren
Source: own copy
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.
This being the ultimate book of the moment, the book having my fellow bloggers needing to constantly fan themselves down with the mere mention of it, I couldn't think of a better book to start the #SexMeUpReadathon with.
If I'm being totally, totally, honest with you I have to admit I was a tad disappointed. A book that by everyone else's account should have had me panting, glued to the pages, and finished in more ways than one, and after only a few hours. It took me four whole days to read. Every time I read it all I kept thinking was 'I have so many other books to read'. Realising I was only 21% in and a bit bored at the constant sex, I was desperately in need of character buildup as I couldn't picture the characters, which is infuriating for me. I like a character build up, but as this goes in all guns blazing straight away you only get the bare basics.
So, after around 35-40% things had started to look up. The sex scenes hadn't mind, they were repetitive and not very adventurous. A plot unfolded taking the self righteous, pompous, condescending, 6'2, Bennett Ryan, and his PA sex siren, sarky and utterly adorable Chloe Mills. Or to each other Mr Ryan and Ms Mills.
Watching chemistry bounce back and forward and the start of something new and exciting was brilliant. We read about the start of a relationship with nearly every book we read. You're probably thinking so why is this no different? This is were the sex comes in it for me. We all know how the start of a sexual relationship is a big thing, and we all know how feelings evolve because of this. I know most erotica books aren't like that, but this is, and I hated that it didn't start like that at the beginning. By that I mean the character build up and a bit more story before sex, sex, sex.
The book reads as dual narration giving both Bennett and Chloe's point of view. This as good as it was getting both sides of the story, having both their minds open before us, did grate in me slightly. Sometimes I think it didn't need the exact same scene repeated by the other one. It got kind of boring after a while repeating yourself regardless of it being by a different persona.
I'm really not painting this book in a good light here am I? Its so hard to write about because I did enjoy it and the plot was thick, and characters written fantastically balancing each other out and giving us something different with them all. The writing is great, it truly is. I just had my moments like you do. I liked the story that unfolded, the sex part that was there at first just had me thinking oh for f**k sake is this another 50shades stupid book? But it's seemed not. I absolutely loved that the book was not about power or sex, but passion, honesty, the power a single name can hold, and giving up the control you have kept your entire life.
I do think it's definitely worth a try and I will read the next book in the series.