Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard #1) by Christina Lauren

 Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.
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.

Personally, whether or not something was FanFic (Twilight or otherwise) has no bearing on readability nor does it effect my opinions about the writer's ability.  The guage by which I measure good writing is not at all impacted by the genesis of a story.  I figured I'd mention that because so many people seem to be offended that FanFic is being published and finding a lot of success along the way.  I could care less.  As far as I'm concerned, congrats are due to anyone who can get their stuff out there and if I don't like it then I won't read it.

So, onto Beautiful Bastard.

This was a mixed bag for me, hence the waffling.

I almost gagged at some of the cheesy lines. A lot of the dialogue was cringe-worthy and hilarious, though I suspect it wasn't meant to be.  In many instances it was way, way over the top.

Other times, I was like these people are nuts. I kept thinking that these characters needed to take a week and check into a clinic for some obsession-detoxing, intense therapy and mood stabilizing drugs.

Most of the book was an exercise in arguing and screwing.  Yes, there's a LOT of both.

But I will say this, for whatever it's worth, the story really flows and the pacing in really good.  I was able to finish it in one sitting and I didn't skim, which is a biggie as I have the attention span of a gnat.  So obviously these authors must have done something right.  Toward the middle of the book, as it became clear there was more going on than sex, I actually started enjoying it more.  It was nice to watch this couple struggle with these new feelings and what they meant.

I did have a problem with the alternating POV, which is odd since it's usually something I love.  Here's what struck me: while Chloe seemed consistent during both POV's, Bennett did not.  I haven't checked but I suspect that these author's alternated the storytelling, one writing for one character, the other writing the second.  At least that's how it seemed to me.  During Bennett's POV I felt like he was far less cocksure and seemed almost to stammer, and I'm talking about the dialogue, not the narrative, though the narrative seemed a little off too.

Did I see the ending coming?  Yes.  There's no doubt this is predictable, but that's okay, a lot of books are.  There was no real depth, no real character development but, as I mentioned, the writing was pretty decent and far better than a lot of the tripe I've read recently.

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