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. Originally only available online as The Office by tby789—and garnering over two million reads on fan fiction sites—Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re-release.
(I wrote this, and then never posted it… because I win…)
I fully intended for my first book read in 2013 to be The Taken by Vicki Pettersson. Really I did. I’m even 7% in… but I had this request in on Netgalley for an ARC of “For Love of a Goblin Warrior” by “Shona Husk” and when I logged in to check the status there was this book titled “Beautiful Bastard” and I do so love the word “bastard…”
Long run on sentence short, I clicked on it. And found it was originally a fan fiction. I rolled my eyes and knew that it was another Twilight fanfic. Seriously, don’t all these writers know that all their royalties belong to Ms. Meyer? Can’t they come up with their own characters? Edward and Bella weren’t even that great of characters. Bella wasn’t even a character. She was more of a husk.
So of course I requested it.
You know, for a laugh.
And when I was approved I opened it just to see how long it was.
Then I read all of it.
Listen… I’m not proud.
In my defense, it wasn’t my fault. I kept reading for the moment when it was clear that these were someone else’s characters.* A moment that never came.
And that was the truly maddening part.
I never once went “yup that’s Edward” or “that’s so Bella.” I never saw any behavior like any Cullen or the pack or any of her human friends. Chloe’s parents had split up. That was it. And even that was different.
It was as if the authors simply wanted a reason to picture Edward and Bella having panty ripping sex over and over. And I do mean panty ripping sex. And I do mean over and over and over. I swear out of the 200ish pages in this book, 150 of them had to be sex. Not even 20 pages in there was the first sex scene. If I watched porn- which I totally don’t *shifty*- then I would’ve seen porn with less boffing than there is in that book.
If you were to overlook my hatred of fan fic turned novel (not fan fic, just fan fic turned novel… big difference) and the fact that this wasn’t anything like any fanfic I’d read… Well the you’re left with a passable romance novel.
It’s pretty standard fare. Boss and pseudo assistant who hate each other start a torrid affair based on mutual attraction and hatred, then over time realize their hatred was actually love in disguise. Full of the typical self doubt and refusal to risk showing the other their feelings. Lack of communication is key. Even their strife is… okay, I didn’t see that one coming, but it wasn’t so out of the blue that I was all “the effe are you talking about.”
So there you have it. My first review of the new year. A fan fic that wasn’t. Instead, a pretty enjoyable little romance that just happens to include boatloads (ooo… that’s somewhere they didn’t do it. In the sequel maybe?) of sex.
*that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
OH SHIT I ALMOST FORGOT! Two things I should point out that always distract me from the uh… “story”
1) there were several occasions where I was like “dude, I don’t think that’s physically possible”
2) At one point she said “he took each of my hands.” Dude- yes I say dude a lot- how many hands do you have? 3? 4? 8? Are you Shiva? Because that would’ve been a far more epic book.
I received a complimentary review copy of this title from Netgalley.