I am a firm believer in reading whatever the heck I want and in indulging my guilty pleasures. So, when I got a Netgalley email about Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren, all I knew was that it had been previously read by a lot of people and that there were sexytimes involved. And based on the cover, I immediately requested it as a connoisseur of sexytimes and all. I know there’s been comparisons of this book to 50 Shades Of Grey but I can’t quite speak to that because I haven’t read 50 Shades. Yet. Anyways, apparently this book is one of those pull to publish fan fictions, and well, I don’t really have an opinion about that SO, I went into the book with a totally open mind. Basically, I ended up reacting like Michael Scott in the Ben Franklin episode where he goes to the adult store with Ryan and doesn’t say anything but just is giggling the entire time. Yep.
Usually this is the paragraph where I describe the plot of whatever book I am reading. For Beautiful Bastard, basically the plot is as follows: Chloe works as an intern for Bennett Ryan’s company while getting her MBA. Bennett is very gruff and rude towards her. The two hate each other so much that they have sex. A LOT. Basically, that’s it. And there’s the whole your love, your love, your love is my drug thing — because sex with other people is nowhere as good as sex with each other. And really, yeah that’s all that happens. There’s no bigger framing story for the sex, which hey if that floats your boat you’ll probably love Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren.
I was not particularly in love with the two main characters,like I wasn’t all I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP while reading. However, it was sort of nice to read about a woman who is assertive, both at work and in the sack. I know a few reviews are all Chloe is such a bitch blah blah blah, but honestly? I didn’t mind her. I thought Bennett was a good match for her, although you guys, I still don’t get why he was such a douche to her, like it didn’t make sense to me. But, I do have to say, that I like how career minded Bennett was as well.I guess, it’s weird, but I think it’s great that people who are both very independent and work-oriented should relish getting down and dirty so much. And okay, I realize that’s going to sound totally weird to all of you reading this. Alas, if you are a regular reader of this blog chances are you already know how much of a weirdo I am.
If you are looking for brilliant writing and deep pondering on the meaning of intercourse and sexuality, Beautiful Bastard is probably not going to be the book for you. Honestly, it’s not very well written. A lot of the dialogue comes off as totally false and cheesy, like it just did not feel authentic to me. Also, certain things get repeated a lot and just become kind of boring. I guess the writing is very basic, like it’s nothing where I am all omg best sex book everrrrrr. Yet, I will say that it does read fast and certainly does not suffer from pacing problems, so there is that.
You guys. Would you like to hear how nuts I am when it comes to books? OKAY. So there are sexytimes aplenty in this book. I am totally okay with sexytimes all the time. I am definitely not a prude at all. SO. Okay, well anyways, pretty much every time Chloe and Bennett do it, he like rips her drawers which are this La Perla brand. So I looked that brand up. Holy fuck you guys, can I just say what the hell, rich people? Those things cost like 100 dollars and they have sex probably 10 times so, he ruins in essence, $1000 worth of underwear. I can’t get past that. And yeah, that makes me nuts, but really bro, really? Besides that, the sexytimes aren’t awful. Like I was never all, hmmmm that position exists?
OH OH and before I end this review, I do want to say that I picked up on something kind of cool with Beautiful Bastard. So, there’s a few parts where Chloe freaks out about sleeping with her boss because she doesn’t want to be seen as sleeping her way to the top. And it’s like this whole subtle jab at sexism and how if a woman has sex with her superior, she’s doing it to get favors or whatever. BUT if a man does it, it’s locker room fodder. Anyways, I was like right on sister, when that was being discussed in the book. Straight up, I look for positive things in the books I read and that was very, very positive for me.
In all, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren is not the worst book I’ve ever read, far, far from it. Nor is it the best. I don’t exactly have a basis of comparison, so I can’t be all if you like 50 Shades of Grey, you will LOVE this. But, I didn’t hate it and I think that there’s really nothing wrong with reading a book that is nothing but the sexytimes. So, if you are interested in that, read Beautiful Bastard without shame. It is not totally awful.
Disclosure: Received for review via Netgalley.
Other reviews of Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren:
Red Hot Books – “kept my interest all the way until the end”
Dark Faerie Tales – “I wanted more, but I’m glad for the ending”
Once Upon A Twilight – “causes all sorts of emotional out burst of happiness”