Audiobook Review | Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren


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.

Originally only available online as The Office by tby789 — and garnering over 2 million reads on fanfiction sites — Beautiful Bastardhas been extensively updated for re-release.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

Audiobook Review | Beautiful Bastard

by Christina Lauren 
Narrated by Grace Grant 

Overall Rating: 


A genuine hate to love story, and lots of sex in between. Chloe Mills, an intern and MBA student, has been close to the Ryan family since she started working in their company a few year ago. The only one she can't seem to get along with is her current boss, Bennett Ryan, who recently moved back from France. As handsome as he is, she has no desire to ever jump on the Bennett Ryan wagon...until one encounter started their physical relationship. She still hates his guts and she's pretty sure he hates hers, but they can't seem to get enough of what they're doing.

I enjoyed it well enough, but I have to admit this book had too much sex in it that I couldn't really fully see where hate turned into love. And all that panty-ripping. That's gotta hurt, I swear. It's like a reverse wedgie. He literally rips her panties every time they sleep together; it's come to a point that Bennett decided to open a credit line for Chloe at a lingerie store. Still, I don't know why but I'm already attached to this series. So much that I already bought the next books.


I usually don't enjoy an audiobook with only one narrator when a story is told in two POVs, but Grace Grant might be the exception to the rule. I was so into the audiobook that eventually, I forgot it was narrated by one person only. There was enough feeling in each depiction, and the narrator sure knew how to lay on thick the chemistry and sexual tension between herself and... herself. I'm gonna have to look for other audiobooks narrated by her. The pacing was just right and her voice was pleasant to listen to. I'm a pretty satisfied reader. 


The story overall is fun, sexy, and easy to listen to. If you're looking for an entertaining and steamy audiobook with a great narrator who manages to wow the listener with her skills in perfectly acting out the two POVs, you'll enjoy listening to Beautiful Bastard.

Tropes: Hate to Love, Office Romance, Forbidden Romance
POV: First Person, Dual POV
Standalone: Yes

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Don’t want to miss another post? Subscribe to Of Pens and Pages by e-mail or WordPress.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

4 responses to “Audiobook Review | Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Leave a Reply