[Reading] ➬ Beautiful Bastard ➳ Christina Lauren – Saudionline.co.uk


Beautiful Bastard explained Beautiful Bastard, review Beautiful Bastard, trailer Beautiful Bastard, box office Beautiful Bastard, analysis Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Bastard 5ee4 An Ambitious Intern A Perfectionist Executive And A Whole Lot Of Name CallingWhip 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 BastardBennett 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 Tby And Garnering OverMillion Reads On Fanfiction Sites Beautiful Bastard Has Been Extensively Updated For Re Release

  • Kindle Edition
  • 321 pages
  • Beautiful Bastard
  • Christina Lauren
  • English
  • 16 July 2018

About the Author: Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long time writing partners besties soulmates brain twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced fourteen New York Times bestselling novels Their books have been translated into 30 languages Some of these books have kissing Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.



10 thoughts on “Beautiful Bastard

  1. says:

    OK, Where do I start with this one First, I won t be rating this book I simply don t know how to do it It s totally and utterly ridiculous but I still laughed like crazy through most of it The sad part is, those scenes weren t funny I don t know what s worse, the writing or the story Well, since the story is non existent, I guess the writing wins The dialogues between them Oh Lord I cried actual tears by how much I was laughing XD I m kind of sorry this was an ARC and I m not allowed to post any quotes, but BOY, I m tempted Some were brilliantly stupid The main guy is THE BOSS, he does everything like the boss, he s a total bastard and they hate each other The heroine is an intern They fight a lot The rest of the time they just f ck like rabbits.Back to the story I guess the story is to show how many times a couple can f ck in a book without them actually having a conversation Chemistry is non existent Absolutely In the first scene between them they somehow manage to f ck and it goes on and on and on His obsession with her panties..The ending was overly sentimental and sweet and I just wanted to get it over withSo, even though I found this absolutely ridiculous, I still had a great time laughing at almost everything in the book It didn t kill me dead, it made my evening And the question is, how to rate something stupid that you enjoyed reading You don t At least I won t So I ll just leave a review thank you very much DOh, all through the book it was constantly reminded that he s her boss and there were a lot of scenes in the company, and I just couldn t get this song out of my head It works great with the hero mwahahahahahahahahahahahahSong V Thanks for this gem D ARC courtesy by Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    Thoughts before reading this book I wonder what this book is about Thoughts while reading this book Holy hell, Batman Thoughts after reading this book J QIOFAIFJDSLK% UQ This review was not paid for nor endorsed by the authors In fact, they d probably rather it not exist at all.

  3. says:

    Adult review for erotic content.Hoo boy This is going to be one rambling review Prepare yourselves because we re going in 1.5 stars Do I lead off with the fan fiction talk Okay, sure Let s go back to the beginning I think that I might have had this book confused with something else when I requested it Anyway, it turns out that Beautiful Bastard is fan fiction Twilight FF, no lessyet I d heard this was actually one of the early ones pre FSOG, I think This story was originally titled The Office Yes, a lot of people have made comments about the t.v show I prefer the U.S version, don t hate me Let s get real thoughI think I would have rather read a sexy fan fiction about the show COME ON, you know this could have been gold Alas, there was no sexy time with Dwight, Jim, or Pam So what are my thoughts about fan fiction I understand why some people feel like no one should profit off of taking another person s characters or world and embellishing upon them It doesn t really bother me personally, as long as it s made known who the original author is But again, I understand why some people find it to be morally wrong, even if this doesn t really set me off I tend to see red so when I feel like a book has blatantly ripped off another book and it s NOT labeled as fan fiction, because then the original author is NOT getting credit for creating the world But anyway, back to this book Instead of sexy t.v fan fiction, we get repetitive, boring, office sex with this book s version of Edward and Bella doing the how many pairs of underwear can we ruin dance He kept all of her underwear in a drawer Am I the only one who is now picturing serious funk smell in that office Oh, also, I felt her up in an elevator and was hoarding her shredded panties in a drawer Creeper Bennett, recognizing the problem is the first step Congratulations.It s good to know that I ll never fail to run out of love is a drug references in cheesy romance erotica Ever If I d known that I d still be doing this a year later I would have kept a list, because it s now at the point where I laugh myself silly any time it comes up But I also knew I couldn t stop I had turned into a junkie, living for my next fix.It satiated the hunger I felt at that moment, but like a junkie I found myself consumed by the need for as soon as it ended.I craved her like a drug, and this feeling consumed my every waking thought The drama was pointless He d stalk her, she d get angry or slap him in the face , and they d have makeup sex Rinse, repeat For about 25 times THIS is not a story THIS is not a story THIS is NOT a story Hey, I m than okay with PWP porn without plot erotica, but if we re gonna go that route, either the story needs to be about half the length a quickie just to get you going , or it has to be written by an author who writes the best damn sex you ve ever read, to the point where you forget to look for a story Unfortunately, the sex wasn t THAT good Sure, it was hot, but a lot of the scenes were very similar Btwripping buttons off shirts is such a throw everything off the desk type of 80 s plot device I was already bored after about the second panty rip, but they re ripping buttons too Woo hoo Am I supposed to be excited by this I d rather just see the guy slam the chick into the wall if he needs to have her that bad Ruining clothes is only hot the first time it happens Then it s just like some cheesy frat guy crushing a beer can on his head because he can.Good to know that Bennett has his own inner goddess He had a small voice inside of his head telling him that he might never get enough of Chloe I wonder if his inner goddess also does backflips.He also smirked a lot Where have I seen this before Oh right, this came before FSOG Even still3 smirks per book max So why the extra half star I loooooooved the dirty talk near the end If there was one shining moment about this book, it was that the dirty talk was seriously hot during the last couple of sexual encounters.Eh, you win some and you lose some Thankfully, this was a fast read I don t need to waste too much thought on wishing for my lost time back This book provided from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  4. says:

    ARC courtesy by Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review oh yeah i m starting this baby right now this is me before starting thisthis is me while reading thisOMG I DON T EVEN KNOW HOW TO START THIS..I honestly did not expect this Really I mean. REALLY ok let me just say something in the beginning This book is UNRATABLE Honestly in the beginning i wanted to give it 5 stars only because i can t remember when was the last time I actually cried from all the laughing while reading a book And 5 stars does mean amazing and by that it was amazing But for the love of God After some time of reading such a ridiculous dialogue between main characters, or should I say lack of normal conversation, i honestly wanted to go to the nearest store and buy myself a gun and a bullet with my name on it The sad part is, actually it is also very funny, that this book is not written to be funny This book is written to arouse and get you horny and crazy for the main male character ladies OMG REALLY HAHAHA OK THEN The only thing that happens in this book is sex Either they did it or they were thinking about doing itDon t get me wrong I am all for sex part but this was simply ridiculous I was crying from all the laughing while reading their lines during the sex And don t let me just start with the lack of chemistry and connection between them All they ever do is hump each other I mean come on GIVE ME SOME PLOT AT LEAST A TINY BITThe story is about this BOSS AND HIS INTERNi think i said it all with only that.In the end I really could not wait to finish this only so i could stop reading it and get over with it.I know lots of you ladies can t wait to read this book, hell even I was anticipating it, but seriously i am simply at loss of wordsI m not sorry I read it because, i will repeat myself, I was laughing all the time

  5. says:

    Ahhhhh I have been waiting for this book for so long I am so excited My official blurb for this book The perfect blend of sex, sass and heart, Beautiful Bastard is a steamy battle of wills that will get your blood pumping S.C Stephens, bestselling author of Thoughtless

  6. says:

    Well, what to say The beginning was amazing we just jumped into the story right away Really great But in the middle of the book, it started to be a bit boring, still the same without any change Anyway, it was still a pleasurable story If I had to choose, Bennett was better I d liked him because he wasn t perfect He was a bastard Which is a sort of the point of this story I guess However, my main problem is that this SCREAMS Twilight fan fiction Did it start as Twilight fiction or something

  7. says:

    Initial reaction In a word No Just no This is going to be the second of two long reviews I pen this year that explain the myriad of problems that plague a work on a number of levels Beautiful Bastard had many, and I don t know how it left the cutting room floor without anyone seeing them or for some readers not to be angry or upset I was very much the latter at some of the content this book has There s much to cover, so I ll let my full review expound upon it further.Full review When I started penning this particular review, I thought about going on an extended tangent about why being a P2P or pulled to publish fanfic can actually underscore a book s impact in terms of the actual writing process Since fanfiction is based on already created characters, settings, worldbuilding and the like, if you try to just substitute the names and don t build the work from the ground up and I mean the ENTIRE work provided you didn t already do it as you were going along , it s going to underscore the story you re trying to offer, because people aren t going to know what you re discussing or have a foot to step onto the platform of your work It s a template, not the full package.That long expansion explaining the ins and outs of fanfiction, my thoughts about it, my role in writing it personally, the rise of P2P fanfics in publishing and its problematic trending, among other things, is still saved in one of the versions of this review I penned in Microsoft Word I thought about it and at one point, I wanted to pull it, but I decided no, people should hear it, so I m going to post that alongside my review on Beautiful Bastard Hope you guys will bear with me as I kind of go through the motions on that, and then expound with my thoughts on this work bows Oh, as far as the song that came to mind as I was penning this review I Didn t Mean to Turn You On Robert Palmer s version Cherelle did the original I may take a number of tangents that explain the personal investments that I have in the topics I m covering surrounding Beautiful Bastard I do it only to better illustrate from where my perspective of the work comes and why I have many of the sentiments that I do when it comes to the content and the overarching work in itself So with that in mind, I hope this review still gives you guys a clear cut viewpoint of the novel and why I may have some of the particular perspectives I do of the work.Let s start this review with an open conversation about fanfiction Some readers that might go through my reviews may not know anything about what fanfic entails And particularly they may not see the objections to what appears to be a new work coming out that was once formerly Twilight fanfiction I ve seen people comment about Beautiful Bastard in that they say Why are people comparing this to Twilight This has nothing to do with Twilight I don t understand why people are making the comparison I m going to try to explain it on a base level and hope I m clear cut about it Fanfiction, in general, is a measure of collective writings that people do for a number of reasons based on an already released artistic work in the wider community They re stories that the writers in the fandom if you will, pen about the characters in what if scenarios that serve as jumping points from the original stories or set of stories they were derived from You have people who write fanfiction about Star Wars, Stargate or a number of different movies You may have people writing fanfiction about games like in the Final Fantasy franchise or the Mass Effect series You may have people who write fanfiction about animated series like those in the Disney or Nickelodeon franchises, or popular TV shows like Supernatural or Glee You can even see fanfics where people have written what if scenarios about works of fiction like classics such as Austen s Pride and Prejudice or Bronte s Jane Eyre Believe it or not, there are actually fanfics that are written about actual historical figures or popular figures in media, but that s a whole other conversation to be had When these fics are penned, people often choose to share them in online communities for the other members of the fandom to partake.The way I view fanfiction, personally, is that it s an exercise in creativity, and those in the respective communities partake in it just as a measure of fun For a number of years, personally, I wasn t always aware of what fanfiction entailed, particularly after reading a number of fics that were thinly disguised examples of Mary Sue writing But I d actually written fanfiction for a number of years without even realizing it the way I termed it was thinking If I were a writer of a certain TV series or movie or novel I enjoyed, what directions would I take that particular story or those characters What could I do with that It was a way of prompting my freewriting measures Once I did discover of the ins and outs of fanfiction writing and the various fandoms, I think that opened up measures where I explored the communities, even partook in it myself So when I say that I embrace the fanfiction community readers and writers alike I really do I ve written and am writing in it even now in considerations, though considerably speaking, I don t write in some of the larger fanbases, and I write for a general audience mostly kids teens or those who are young at heart and like nostalgia.But there s a slippery slope to be had about fanfic writing in general, some of these rules are explicit, others aren t There are some writers artists media partakers that do not allow people to write fanfic about their work in any public spectrum, for various reasons For another, there s the knowledge that whatever story one pens in a specific fandom community if allowed, regardless if the story is original in that it came from the writer s mind s eye it s based on a work where the characters, locales, existing story and other copyrighted measures that already exist with respect to that work belong to its original creators Fanfic writers do not write for the sake of commercial gain based on the copyrighted work or to take profits away from the people who originally created the work. Most who are in the community are respectful of that This is one of the reasons why, when penning and sharing a fanfic not in the public domain, people in the community put a disclaimer in front of their work saying something akin to The characters, locales, and other respective copyrights of belong to the original owners and creators And a fanfic writer may go on to say what aspects of the individual work belong to them i.e the actual story plot, original characters, made up locales, etc I could go on about the ins and outs of fanfic writing and fandom, but that would take a book or two in itself It makes me wish there were someone with the guts to write a good non fiction book about the comprehensive history of fanfiction writing, examine with a close eye what makes the fandoms unique and takes an eye to the positive as well as negative dimensions You might be wondering, Okay, Rose, why are you telling me all of this and what does this have to do with Beautiful Bastard Beautiful Bastard was originally a Twilight fanfic meaning the work created by Stephenie Meyer called The Office , penned by two writers and shared on the web It initially gained its respective popularity that way and got picked up by the publisher, who wanted the authors to rework it The original character names used in this story were Bella and Edward, and the Cullen family was featured in this mature reimage of two office workers who frequently butt heads and engage in sexy times together One could say that Beautiful Bastard is one in a long line of up and coming stories that were once fanfiction but altered and marketed as original fiction, when really they were what many of us term as pulled to publish or P2P fanfiction Now I could technically go into the moral boundaries that this work crosses as a P2P fanfic work with respect to publishing and profit, but I m actually not going to do that in the spectrum of this review That s a whole other ballgame What I will discuss is why this story, in itself a P2P fanfic, can t stand on its own legs as a strong work considered on its own measure, let alone some of the offenses this book makes as a romantic read The long and short of what I want to say is that just because you can write a fanfic doesn t mean you can sustain a book by doing the whole substituting names and trying to rework details because that s not going to do the story justice.I hate saying this because I know that each writer has their own unique style and coloring with respect to the writing that they do, but there s no nice way of me saying that the writing in this isnot good It never should ve left the editing floor without significant developmental and structural changes, in addition to editing What makes it even worse for consideration is that this comes from two writers who worked on this thing TWO.Chloe is a masters degree candidate working her way up the corporate ladder under a very demanding boss Many people consider her boss Bennett Ryan, a beautiful bastard demanding, perfectionist, possessive, misogynistic I wouldn t argue that at all , among other terms The two don t hit it off very well when it comes to their working relationship, but they have an unexplainable need to possess each other and frequently engage in sexy times while also putting each other down Ultimately they have a coming of terms where they realize they can t deny the attraction they have for each other and that the relationship is built on need, so they go through a number of ups and downs until reaching the point where they recognize it The story s told between the perspectives of Chloe and Ben, and they aren t exactly the most amicable couple.I can deal with unlikable characters I can deal with sexual tension, power struggles and bold put downs I can even deal with the rough play by play that comes with some descriptions and depictions of sex Those are elements that can potentially be worked into a good story But the key to making those elements work is that you have to DEVELOP them You can t skimp them to cede to other elements in this case, the sex Otherwise, it s not going to work.I m not going to do comparisons right off the bat, just what this book managed to convey on my first read of it First thing was that I had a hard time remembering the characters Not just their names, but actually who they were You could substitute any name for Chloe and Ben and you would still get the very cookie cutter characters that were in this book Even with the several mentions of Chloe trying to work her way up with being in the business and having a masters degree I couldn t relate to her And I certainly couldn t relate to or find any attraction to Ben More on that later The sexual tension in this novel was very manufactured, it just wasn t done well Usually, when you have two characters that have sexual tension, there s a palpable power struggle with a level that goes beyond just the surface reasons higher position versus lower position in terms of working environment And usually the sexual tension really comes out naturally from two characters who have a much greater depth than the two protagonists of Beautiful Bastard There weren t very many if any palpable stakes to be had in this story The side characters were forgettable The sex scenes to me were dry and repetitive Lots of panty ripping, lots of casual throws of bastard and bitch and whore Lots of male blaming female for turning him on Lots of female not wanting but still wanting to be turned on After a while, you get desensitized to the whole thing it s just not sexy I didn t feel for these characters, I didn t think they were mature or sexy I thought they were stupid That brand of stupid and the descriptions this book gave me than enough reasons for my blood to boil.Seriously, if you start a chapter talking about how one character left the other character looking like he was molested in a romance novel, right after a sex scene, there s a problem there I m going to leave that for you to consider as food for thought I was going to take the time to address it, but seriously this was one of the scenarios that nearly made me consider DNFing this, among many And this review would be twice as long if I did If you have a male love interest putting down the female character for turning him on and wearing a certain dress when the implications are referring to the woman s virginity and basically putting her down in ever other way possible there s a problem.I justhow on the ever loving earth is Ben even considered a sexy hero He s not just a jerk, there s no dimensions to him other than thinking sex, sex, sex then bitch, tease, whore and a stream of other put downs He profiles any man that might be interested in Chloe There was even a time he criticized a guy for crying like a baby when he took a baseball to the shin in tenth grade Dude, have you ever been hit by a baseball to the shins It HURTS Don t knock it, cause it could happen to you I don t care how old you are Happened to me The guy who hit the ball was so mortified, like ZOMG I am so sorry D I wanted to give him a hug, even when I felt like I needed a hug And he was at least a foot taller than me.The word respect doesn t even enter his thinking for quite some time, though there are tiny, thread thin glimpses where we re supposed to see that he upset Chloe He thinks, even as a coming to terms towards the end of the novel, he has to have her like she s a possession There s a point where he realizes that she deserves to have her work recognized, but even then, there are implications in that scene that he really doesn t learn anything about what it means to respect And the message is mostly lost because there s no real depth to his coming to terms anyway Argh.And if that isn t enough to consider, there are certain turns of phrases that make it obvious that its referring to Twilight Chuckling darkly, anyone Yes, that s in Beautiful Bastard too If you don t believe me about its link to Twilight, check out charlieissocoollike s reading of Twilight on Youtube, he does chuckling darkly pretty well Or how about Ben not knowing whether he feels angry or not Really How can you NOT KNOW when you re angry about something, or not knowing a certain emotion I can understand certain works like a girl being born without a fear gene, or a robot who starts to become human, but how does this relate to a domineering executive Sense this does not make.Chloe is equally frustrating because she on one hand, knocks down a lot of the things that Ben does, but is also shown to reverse course and find him sexy after some really sketchy terms.I really couldn t get a good handle on Edward s Ben s family They felt so generic in their drawing, and the whole scenario with them being there was mostly about Chloe being a part of the picture, so they didn t have any flesh to pinch from.Oh, and where is this story supposed to be taking place As in what country, what setting, how long of a time span in certain places Sometimes it was drawn, other times it was a bit shaky except for the immediate place It s hard to tell because you don t get any of those shaping details in this story It isn t enough that we hear these vague details about a report or a presentation that needs to be done and that there s no substance to the actual work environment these two are supposed to be working in or home environment or even the places where they talk or engage in sexy times Setting environment is just as important to draw as any other part of a story characters, plot, thematic, etc The problem is, like pretty much all the major points of what compose a story, these dimensions felt vague or were missing entirely.I could go on, but I want to spare the last part of my review talking about the comparisons to the original fanfic unfortunately I can t delve into it as much as I want to already given the length of this review I actually read The Office after reading Beautiful Bastard to serve as a comparison Turns out they did take out a lot and changed it up in certain areas I can t really give a certain percentage Mostly quite a few shaping scenes I definitely noticed that the scene where the heroine s overslept and cursing up a storm at the beginning was taken out, as were some other shaping and dialogue scenes To say it was any better from the omissions and changes, though Was it refined, tailored to a mature audience Not really If anything, it was like the fanfic, but I would argue that Beautiful Bastard s narrative felt empty because it was specifically a P2P fanfic that relied so much on the already pre drawn characters, alongside other details When you take that element out, it fell faster than a shaky Jenga stack.It doesn t do any good just to tailor or substitute in a story Examine it from the ground up If anything, for those writing fanfiction, it s a process that s supposed to help you learn to give an eye to those elements, so that you can, when you are actually writing YOUR OWN WORK, you can look and say Hmm, what do you I need to pay attention to in order to make this vivid, resonant, to connect with the reader and have them sharing the experience Examine the characters, look at their situations, shape their personalities, go into the individual elements that make the story not just through substitutions or putting things in here and there and taking out willy nilly People will notice, a reader will notice This wasn t really reworked, it was just tailored, and that tailoring missed the mark by quite a scale, among other problematic elements that existed in BOTH WORKS It s not just that people don t realize just how unethical it is to publish P2P fanfics on the level of the publishing and monetary ends, it shortchanges the storytelling process too if you think about just the measure of substitution , because there are people who aren t taking the lens to the essential story elements and realizing that those elements need the proper focus.In the end, I recommend giving this a pass whether you ve read the fanfic or haven t I wish I could have my time back from reading it, because it really didn t engage me, it wasn t sexy, and I couldn t even be bothered with caring for its troublesome, paper thin, stereotypical, lackluster characters There s better offerings out there in the erotic and romance genres This isn t one of them.Overall score 0.5 5Note I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Gallery Books.

  8. says:

    Well, I feel like I m an unpopular opinion on this one It seems everyone felt strongly about this story, whether they loved or hated it, and I was somewhere in the middle The first chapter was exciting and bold, but then things felt repetitive and stale until the 50% mark Finally, the story picks up and I read the second half in a single sitting While I ended up enjoying the story, I think my main issue was that I had trouble connecting with Bennett and Chloe we don t get any characterization until so far into the story that I had to question multiple times whether I cared I am, however, really excited to continue on with the series once I found out that Beautiful Stranger features Chloe s co worker Sara, as I connected with her Middle of the road for me but I can see why so many people love this Buddy Read with Sam Clues and Reviews

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    1 StarI can t be a person who doesn t tell the truth about a book, about my experience reading a particular story I just can t be that person If I love a book, you know it I don t hesitate to get effusive with my praise and love and sickening adoration If I don t like a book, I try my best to not be a total raving witch about it, and I hope that comes across when people read my reviews This review is going to sound harsh, butI really don t know any other way to say what I feel needs to be said I ve written and rewritten this review multiple times, and, I m sorry, but this is what I ve got.I went into this with the very best of intentions and expectations, even after some less than stellar reviews on Goodreads I thought, you know, it s a matter of taste and preference This sounds like my kind of story, so I m gonna go for it One of my favorite authors loved this story in its original form, and, well, that was good enough for me I was so excited to receive this and start reading I tried Truly, I did So, when all is said and done, what do I think I honestly cannot comprehend what originally drew so many people to this story online that a major publishing house felt compelled to pull it, pretty it up a bit, and spend the money to have it published There is absolutely no snark or nastiness intended by that comment Truthfully, I m completely and totally baffled I understand sex is a draw It attracts people in droves I get it I ve been one of those people on than one occasion The opportunity to read Beautiful Bastard is case in point But, I have read FAR better, far sexier, far sensual for that matter, far filthy sex scenes than what is offered up here There was nothing original in that regard In fact, I knew I was in trouble with this story, when, by 4% in, Kindle page 17, without knowing ANYTHING about either character, without having even the most minimal physical description of the two, with barely any conversation passing between the two up to this point, THEY HAD SEX FOR THE FIRST OF UMPTEEN TIMES For God s sake, it was like a bad porno Is that what s doing it for people now Is that the big draw here So, then, I thought, what else draws me to a story You can tell, at this point, I was still trying desperately to find some reason, any reason, this story originally attracted so many people that it had to be published So, I considered what other characteristics I ve enjoyed about the stories I ve read and loved or, even just tolerated Chemistry, emotion, character growth, great dialog, humorI love all of these things NOT ONE OF THEM WAS ANYWHERE TO BE FOUND IN THIS STORY Not an ounce Not one iota Nothing Nada Zip Zilch Lord help me, but there was absolutely NOTHING but the most boring sex interrupted by bouts of incredibly childish, annoying and tedious bickering between the two Quite literally, that is all there was.I am disappointed, in the extreme Frankly, I don t know that I ve ever felt this disappointed in a book, on several levels Some days I have to wonder about the state of the publishing industry I guess this is just one of those days This review is obviously only my opinion, which I am entitled to As I said when I began, I do not enjoy being harsh and overly critical I loathe feeling the need to give a review like this But, I m also committed to giving my full and honest opinion In this case, my honest opinion is that there was nothing here that deserved to be published, and, if there was, it certainly could have benefited from a good editor and the investment of even a little bit of time ARC courtesy of Gallery Books via NetGalley

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    I have come to a very important conclusion that has been a while in the making It may be a controversial opinion amongst some but I stand by it It is impossible for a writer to take their fan fiction and make it original You d think this would be a relatively sensible conclusion to come to, and yet we are now in an age where pulled to publish fan fiction, mainly that of the Twilight brand, has become the new normal Of course, we ve got Fifty Shades of Grey to blame for this, but it s not the sole culprit From Gabriel s Inferno to about 80% of Omnific and TWCS s output, these works are filling up the best seller lists and leaving the traditional publishers scrambling for the profits What is interesting about Beautiful Bastard is that it was purchased by the publisher in its original form It didn t go through an indie publisher, it wasn t self published, it didn t go through any of the alterations EL James put Master of the Universe through before publication The publisher saw a fan fiction, paid for it and put the writers to work fixing it up a bit I ve skimmed through a PDF of the original fan fiction and can confirm that the work has gone through some editing, certainly than the search and replace hack job 50 Shades went through However, once again, I find myself disappointed with the state of publishing The truth is that the work just isn t good enough and that is partly because of its previous fan fiction state If you re a romance reader, or even if you re just a casual fan of the occasional rom com, you ll recognise this plot and set up pretty well You could join the dots from a mile away snarky but hard working assistant begins an affair with the beautiful but dickish boss that starts out as letting off steam and turns to undying love There s nothing wrong with a derivative plot line if it s executed well The big problem here is that it s delivered in a manner as pedestrian as the story itself The big problem most P2P work suffers from is the inability to fix the pacing Fan fiction is serial in manner, intended to be read on a chapter by chapter basis While the authors of Beautiful Bastard have at least offered the reader the courtesy of some reworking of the original material, the pacing issues remain unresolved While the book is readable enough, in terms of pacing, it s weirdly erratic The book starts quickly and rushed, things happen quickly without much explanation and the time scale is a little confusing Whether this is down to the editing job or just the general quality of the writing, I don t know While the sex scenes are mostly quite good although I wasn t a fan of all the underwear ripping, particularly given how much La Perla pants cost , certainly a lot better than anything else in P2P right now, the relationship between our Bella and Edward stand ins, Chloe and Bennett, suffers from fan fic syndrome There is very little characterisation of both characters, and their relationship moves quickly and predictably Once again, fan fic syndrome strikes Here s one of the main reasons I just cannot get on board with P2P, particularly on a creative level When you write fan fiction, you take characters that already exist and you use them as you please Your story may be close to the original material, or it may be completely AU in every way imaginable, but you have been provided with the foundations You didn t write those characters, someone else did Even if they only bear the smallest of similarities to the original source material when compared with each other, your audience come with the previous knowledge of those characters and fill in your gaps themselves Here, the gaps to make it original haven t been filled in The pair may not be Bella and Edward, but they re stock romance characters in every other way The one thing that did make me smile was the appearance of a background character called Ed, whose colleagues were called Daniel and Sam, which officially makes me Britain s dullest woman And if you can figure out why that made me smile, you can join me in dull geek land There are a few good lines, and I m relieved that the story avoids most of the irritating clich s expected of the genre no blushing virginal heroine, no domestic abuse masquerading as kink, no soap opera style back story , there s just nothing here that rises above stock category romance, and I like stock category romance However, I don t know many romance authors in that genre who got a 6 figure for something I can essentially find on Ellora s Cave for a couple of pounds, if that If you re in the mood for a category romance, I suggest you read an original one If you re intrigued by this story, get the original fan fiction PDF from Google Honestly, this really isn t worth the time and money that s been spent on it 2 5.I received my ARC from Edelweiss I did not receive any payment or compensation to write this review I am not paid for my reviews, and I do not set out to destroy lives or careers with my reviews If I had that level of power, I wouldn t be living at home and writing book reviews in my pyjamas at midnight

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