Title: Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard ~ Book 1)
Author: Christina Lauren | Christina Hobbs Twitter | Lauren Billings Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: February 12 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Length: 320 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Love the colors, also love that we can not see all of his face
Point of View: Alternating 1st person between both Chloe and Bennett
My Rating: 4 Stars
Holy HOT wow.
First things first. Yes, this story started out as Twilight fan fiction. Yes, other than Bennett and Chloe, pretty much every other character is named after a Twilight character. Rosalie, Alice, Emmett, Jasper, Esme, Carlisle, okay you get the picture. Does this take away from the story? No, however with that said would it have been difficult for them to change the names? I did find myself laughing a few times about this.
However, other than the names there is absolutely nothing similar. I can't see why people get their panties (more on panties later) in a twist over fan fiction being published. Yes, it used to be free. No, it isn't free any more. I have no problem with this, which is probably why I enjoyed this book.
There is only one word to describe Bennett and Chloe. HOT. They end up spending about half the book hating each other, and you know what that means? Hot, angry sex. I will tell you what gets the brunt of the angry part... Chloe's panties. I can only remember a couple of times that these two have sex where they were not ripped off of her first. I'm glad I am not the one paying for those, that's for sure. Because there are many, many, many pairs that are ripped off.
Yes, there is a lot of sex in this book. However, I thought there was a really sweet romance also. Once Bennett and Chloe realize what it is they really want, they are positively sweet. Bennett especially. And him speaking French to Chloe... *sigh* So romantic.
Beautiful Bastard is part of a series, however there is an ending to it, so there is no need to worry about the dreaded cliffhanger. So far there is a second book, Beautiful Stranger, that has already been published., and it appears to be following new characters. There is also a novella, Beautiful Bitch, which is due out in June 2013. This is back to Bennett and Chloe so that should be fun to see what they have been up to, although I have a good guess as to what they have been up to...
Then there is a third book, Beautiful Player, expected later in the year. Along with a couple more novellas. I wouldn't say you have to wait though, because it doesn't appear they will all follow on so they should have proper endings.