Review ´ Beautiful Bastard ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub

Christina Lauren µ 9 Free read

Dia 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 Initial reaction In a word No Just no This is going to be the second of two long reviews I pen this year that explain the myriad of problems that plague a work on a number of levels Beautiful Bastard had many and I don t know how it left the cutting room floor without anyone seeing them or for some readers not to be angry or upset I was very much the latter at some of the content this book has There s much to cover so I ll let my full review expound upon it furtherFull reviewWhen I started penning this particular review I thought about going on an extended tangent about why being a P2P or pulled to publish fanfic can actually underscore a book s impact in terms of the actual writing process Since fanfiction is based on already created characters settings worldbuilding and the like if you try to just substitute the names and don t build the work from the ground up and I mean the ENTIRE work provided you didn t already do it as you were going along it s going to underscore the story you re trying to offer because people aren t going to know what you re discussing or have a foot to step onto the platform of your work It s a template not the full packageThat long expansion explaining the ins and outs of fanfiction my thoughts about it my role in writing it personally the rise of P2P fanfics in publishing and its problematic trending among other things is still saved in one of the versions of this review I penned in Microsoft Word I thought about it and at one point I wanted to pull it but I decided no people should hear it so I m going to post that alongside my review on Beautiful Bastard Hope you guys will bear with me as I kind of go through the motions on that and then expound with my thoughts on this work bowsOh as far as the song that came to mind as I was penning this review I Didn t Mean to Turn You On Robert Palmer s version Cherelle did the originalI may take a number of tangents that explain the personal investments that I have in the topics I m covering surrounding Beautiful Bastard I do it only to better illustrate from where my perspective of the work comes and why I have many of the sentiments that I do when it comes to the content and the overarching work in itself So with that in mind I hope this review still gives you guys a clear cut viewpoint of the novel and why I may have some of the particular perspectives I do of the workLet s start this review with an open conversation about fanfiction Some readers that might go through my reviews may not know anything about what fanfic entails And particularly they may not see the objections to what appears to be a new work coming out that was once formerly Twilight fanfiction I ve seen people comment about Beautiful Bastard in that they say Why are people comparing this to Twilight This has nothing to do with Twilight I don t understand why people are making the comparison I m going to try to explain it on a base level and hope I m clear cut about it Fanfiction in general is a measure of collective writings that people do for a number of reasons based on an already released artistic work in the wider community They re stories that the writers in the fandom if you will pen about the characters in what if scenarios that serve as jumping points from the original stories or set of stories they were derived from You have people who write fanfiction about Star Wars Stargate or a number of different movies You may have people writing fanfiction about games like in the Final Fantasy franchise or the Mass Effect series You may have people who write fanfiction about animated series like those in the Disney or Nickelodeon franchises or popular TV shows like Supernatural or Glee You can even see fanfics where people have written what if scenarios about works of fiction like classics such as Austen s Pride and Prejudice or Bronte s Jane Eyre Believe it or not there are actually fanfics that are written about actual historical figures or popular figures in media but that s a whole other conversation to be had When these fics are penned people often choose to share them in online communities for the other members of the fandom to partakeThe way I view fanfiction personally is that it s an exercise in creativity and those in the respective communities partake in it just as a measure of fun For a number of years personally I wasn t always aware of what fanfiction entailed particularly after reading a number of fics that were thinly disguised examples of Mary Sue writing But I d actually written fanfiction for a number of years without even realizing it the way I termed it was thinking If I were a writer of a certain TV series or movie or novel I enjoyed what directions would I take that particular story or those characters What could I do with that It was a way of prompting my freewriting measures Once I did discover of the ins and outs of fanfiction writing and the various fandoms I think that opened up measures where I explored the communities even partook in it myself So when I say that I embrace the fanfiction community readers and writers alike I really do I ve written and am writing in it even now in considerations though considerably speaking I don t write in some of the larger fanbases and I write for a general audience mostly kidsteens or those who are young at heart and like nostalgiaBut there s a slippery slope to be had about fanfic writing in general some of these rules are explicit others aren t There are some writersartistsmedia partakers that do not allow people to write fanfic about their work in any public spectrum for various reasons For another there s the knowledge that whatever story one pens in a specific fandom community if allowed regardless if the story is original in that it came from the writer s mind s eye it s based on a work where the characters locales existing story and other copyrighted measures that already exist with respect to that work belong to its original creators Fanfic writers do not write for the sake of commercial gain based on the copyrighted work or to take profits away from the people who originally created the work Most who are in the community are respectful of that This is one of the reasons why when penning and sharing a fanfic not in the public domain people in the community put a disclaimer in front of their work saying something akin to The characters locales and other respective copyrights of belong to the original owners and creators And a fanfic writer may go on to say what aspects of the individual work belong to them ie the actual storyplot original characters made up locales etcI could go on about the ins and outs of fanfic writing and fandom but that would take a book or two in itself It makes me wish there were someone with the guts to write a good non fiction book about the comprehensive history of fanfiction writing examine with a close eye what makes the fandoms uniue and takes an eye to the positive as well as negative dimensions You might be wondering Okay Rose why are you telling me all of this and what does this have to do with Beautiful Bastard Beautiful Bastard was originally a Twilight fanfic meaning the work created by Stephenie Meyer called The Office penned by two writers and shared on the web It initially gained its respective popularity that way and got picked up by the publisher who wanted the authors to rework it The original character names used in this story were Bella and Edward and the Cullen family was featured in this mature reimage of two office workers who freuently butt heads and engage in sexy times together One could say that Beautiful Bastard is one in a long line of up and coming stories that were once fanfiction but altered and marketed as original fiction when really they were what many of us term as pulled to publish or P2P fanfiction Now I could technically go into the moral boundaries that this work crosses as a P2P fanfic work with respect to publishing and profit but I m actually not going to do that in the spectrum of this review That s a whole other ballgame What I will discuss is why this story in itself a P2P fanfic can t stand on its own legs as a strong work considered on its own measure let alone some of the offenses this book makes as a romantic read The long and short of what I want to say is that just because you can write a fanfic doesn t mean you can sustain a book by doing the whole substituting names and trying to rework details because that s not going to do the story justiceI hate saying this because I know that each writer has their own uniue style and coloring with respect to the writing that they do but there s no nice way of me saying that the writing in this isnot good It never should ve left the editing floor without significant developmental and structural changes in addition to editing What makes it even worse for consideration is that this comes from two writers who worked on this thing TWOChloe is a masters degree candidate working her way up the corporate ladder under a very demanding boss Many people consider her boss Bennett Ryan a beautiful bastard demanding perfectionist possessive misogynistic I wouldn t argue that at all among other terms The two don t hit it off very well when it comes to their working relationship but they have an unexplainable need to possess each other and freuently engage in sexy times while also putting each other down Ultimately they have a coming of terms where they realize they can t deny the attraction they have for each other and that the relationship is built on need so they go through a number of ups and downs until reaching the point where they recognize it The story s told between the perspectives of Chloe and Ben and they aren t exactly the most amicable coupleI can deal with unlikable characters I can deal with sexual tension power struggles and bold put downs I can even deal with the rough play by play that comes with some descriptions and depictions of sex Those are elements that can potentially be worked into a good story But the key to making those elements work is that you have to DEVELOP them You can t skimp them to cede to other elements in this case the sex Otherwise it s not going to workI m not going to do comparisons right off the bat just what this book managed to convey on my first read of it First thing was that I had a hard time remembering the characters Not just their names but actually who they were You could substitute any name for Chloe and Ben and you would still get the very cookie cutter characters that were in this book Even with the several mentions of Chloe trying to work her way up with being in the business and having a masters degree I couldn t relate to her And I certainly couldn t relate to or find any attraction to Ben More on that laterThe sexual tension in this novel was very manufactured it just wasn t done well Usually when you have two characters that have sexual tension there s a palpable power struggle with a level that goes beyond just the surface reasons higher position versus lower position in terms of working environment And usually the sexual tension really comes out naturally from two characters who have a much greater depth than the two protagonists of Beautiful BastardThere weren t very many if any palpable stakes to be had in this story The side characters were forgettable The sex scenes to me were dry and repetitive Lots of panty ripping lots of casual throws of bastard and bitch and whore Lots of male blaming female for turning him on Lots of female not wanting but still wanting to be turned on After a while you get desensitized to the whole thing it s just not sexy I didn t feel for these characters I didn t think they were mature or sexy I thought they were stupid That brand of stupid and the descriptions this book gave me than enough reasons for my blood to boilSeriously if you start a chapter talking about how one character left the other character looking like he was molested in a romance novel right after a sex scene there s a problem there I m going to leave that for you to consider as food for thought I was going to take the time to address it but seriously this was one of the scenarios that nearly made me consider DNFing this among many And this review would be twice as long if I didIf you have a male love interest putting down the female character for turning him on and wearing a certain dress when the implications are referring to the woman s virginity and basically putting her down in ever other way possible there s a problemI justhow on the ever loving earth is Ben even considered a sexy hero He s not just a jerk there s no dimensions to him other than thinking sex sex sex then bitch tease whore and a stream of other put downs He profiles any man that might be interested in Chloe There was even a time he criticized a guy for crying like a baby when he took a baseball to the shin in tenth gradeDude have you ever been hit by a baseball to the shins It HURTS Don t knock it cause it could happen to you I don t care how old you are Happened to me The guy who hit the ball was so mortified like ZOMG I am so sorry D I wanted to give him a hug even when I felt like I needed a hug And he was at least a foot taller than meThe word respect doesn t even enter his thinking for uite some time though there are tiny thread thin glimpses where we re supposed to see that he upset Chloe He thinks even as a coming to terms towards the end of the novel he has to have her like she s a possession There s a point where he realizes that she deserves to have her work recognized but even then there are implications in that scene that he really doesn t learn anything about what it means to respect And the message is mostly lost because there s no real depth to his coming to terms anyway ArghAnd if that isn t enough to consider there are certain turns of phrases that make it obvious that its referring to Twilight Chuckling darkly anyone Yes that s in Beautiful Bastard too If you don t believe me about its link to Twilight check out charlieissocoollike s reading of Twilight on Youtube he does chuckling darkly pretty well Or how about Ben not knowing whether he feels angry or not Really How can you NOT KNOW when you re angry about something or not knowing a certain emotion I can understand certain works like a girl being born without a fear gene or a robot who starts to become human but how does this relate to a domineering executive Sense this does not makeChloe is eually frustrating because she on one hand knocks down a lot of the things that Ben does but is also shown to reverse course and find him sexy after some really sketchy termsI really couldn t get a good handle on Edward s Ben s family They felt so generic in their drawing and the whole scenario with them being there was mostly about Chloe being a part of the picture so they didn t have any flesh to pinch fromOh and where is this story supposed to be taking place As in what country what setting how long of a time span in certain places Sometimes it was drawn other times it was a bit shaky except for the immediate place It s hard to tell because you don t get any of those shaping details in this story It isn t enough that we hear these vague details about a report or a presentation that needs to be done and that there s no substance to the actual work environment these two are supposed to be working in or home environment or even the places where they talk or engage in sexy times Settingenvironment is just as important to draw as any other part of a story characters plot thematic etc The problem is like pretty much all the major points of what compose a story these dimensions felt vague or were missing entirelyI could go on but I want to spare the last part of my review talking about the comparisons to the original fanfic unfortunately I can t delve into it as much as I want to already given the length of this review I actually read The Office after reading Beautiful Bastard to serve as a comparison Turns out they did take out a lot and changed it up in certain areas I can t really give a certain percentage Mostly uite a few shaping scenes I definitely noticed that the scene where the heroine s overslept and cursing up a storm at the beginning was taken out as were some other shaping and dialogue scenes To say it was any better from the omissions and changes though Was it refined tailored to a mature audience Not really If anything it was like the fanfic but I would argue that Beautiful Bastard s narrative felt empty because it was specifically a P2P fanfic that relied so much on the already pre drawn characters alongside other details When you take that element out it fell faster than a shaky Jenga stackIt doesn t do any good just to tailor or substitute in a story Examine it from the ground up If anything for those writing fanfiction it s a process that s supposed to help you learn to give an eye to those elements so that you can when you are actually writing YOUR OWN WORK you can look and say Hmm what do you I need to pay attention to in order to make this vivid resonant to connect with the reader and have them sharing the experience Examine the characters look at their situations shape their personalities go into the individual elements that make the story not just through substitutions or putting things in here and there and taking out willy nilly People will notice a reader will notice This wasn t really reworked it was just tailored and that tailoring missed the mark by uite a scale among other problematic elements that existed in BOTH WORKS It s not just that people don t realize just how unethical it is to publish P2P fanfics on the level of the publishing and monetary ends it shortchanges the storytelling process too if you think about just the measure of substitution because there are people who aren t taking the lens to the essential story elements and realizing that those elements need the proper focusIn the end I recommend giving this a pass whether you ve read the fanfic or haven t I wish I could have my time back from reading it because it really didn t engage me it wasn t sexy and I couldn t even be bothered with caring for its troublesome paper thin stereotypical lackluster characters There s better offerings out there in the erotic and romance genres This isn t one of themOverall score 055Note I received this as an ARC from NetGalley from the publisher Gallery Books

Summary Beautiful Bastard

Beautiful Bastard

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 tby and garnering over million reads on fanfiction sites Beautiful Bastard has been extensively updated for re release 1 StarI can t be a person who doesn t tell the truth about a book about my experience reading a particular story I just can t be that person If I love a book you know it I don t hesitate to get effusive with my praise and love and sickening adoration If I don t like a book I try my best to not be a total raving witch about it and I hope that comes across when people read my reviews This review is going to sound harsh butI really don t know any other way to say what I feel needs to be said I ve written and rewritten this review multiple times and I m sorry but this is what I ve gotI went into this with the very best of intentions and expectations even after some less than stellar reviews on Goodreads I thought you know it s a matter of taste and preference This sounds like my kind of story so I m gonna go for it One of my favorite authors loved this story in its original form and well that was good enough for me I was so excited to receive this and start reading I tried Truly I did So when all is said and done what do I think I honestly cannot comprehend what originally drew so many people to this story online that a major publishing house felt compelled to pull it pretty it up a bit and spend the money to have it published There is absolutely no snark or nastiness intended by that comment Truthfully I m completely and totally baffled I understand sex is a draw It attracts people in droves I get it I ve been one of those people on than one occasion The opportunity to read Beautiful Bastard is case in point But I have read FAR better far sexier far sensual for that matter far filthy sex scenes than what is offered up here There was nothing original in that regard In fact I knew I was in trouble with this story when by 4% in Kindle page 17 without knowing ANYTHING about either character without having even the most minimal physical description of the two with barely any conversation passing between the two up to this point THEY HAD SEX FOR THE FIRST OF UMPTEEN TIMES For God s sake it was like a bad porno Is that what s doing it for people now Is that the big draw here So then I thought what else draws me to a story You can tell at this point I was still trying desperately to find some reason any reason this story originally attracted so many people that it had to be published So I considered what other characteristics I ve enjoyed about the stories I ve read and loved or even just tolerated Chemistry emotion character growth great dialog humorI love all of these things NOT ONE OF THEM WAS ANYWHERE TO BE FOUND IN THIS STORY Not an ounce Not one iota Nothing Nada Zip Zilch Lord help me but there was absolutely NOTHING but the most boring sex interrupted by bouts of incredibly childish annoying and tedious bickering between the two uite literally that is all there wasI am disappointed in the extreme Frankly I don t know that I ve ever felt this disappointed in a book on several levels Some days I have to wonder about the state of the publishing industry I guess this is just one of those days This review is obviously only my opinion which I am entitled to As I said when I began I do not enjoy being harsh and overly critical I loathe feeling the need to give a review like this But I m also committed to giving my full and honest opinion In this case my honest opinion is that there was nothing here that deserved to be published and if there was it certainly could have benefited from a good editor and the investment of even a little bit of timeARC courtesy of Gallery Books via NetGalley

Read & download ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub µ Christina Lauren

An ambitious intern A perfectionist executive And a whole lot of name callingWhip 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 BastardBennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive me Thoughts before reading this book I wonder what this book is aboutThoughts while reading this book Holy hell BatmanThoughts after reading this book JIOFAIFJDSLK%U This review was not paid for nor endorsed by the authors In fact they d probably rather it not exist at all


10 thoughts on “Beautiful Bastard

  1. says:

    OK Where do I start with this oneFirst I won't be rating this book I simply don't know how to do it It's totally and utte

  2. says:

    Thoughts before reading this book I wonder what this book is aboutThoughts while reading this book Holy hell BatmanThoughts after reading this book #JIOFAIFJDSLK%U# This review was not paid for nor endorsed by the authors In fact they'd probably rather it not exist at all

  3. says:

    Adult review for erotic contentHoo boy This is going to be one rambling review Prepare yourselves because we're going in 15 stars Do I lead off with the fan fiction talk Okay sure Let's go back to the beginning I think that I might have had this book confused with something else when I reuested it Anyway it turns out that

  4. says:

    ARC courtesy by Gallery Books via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewoh yeah i'm starting this baby right nowthis is me before starting thisthis is me while reading thisOMG I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO START THISI honestly did not expect this Really I mean REALLYok let me just say something in the beginning This book is UNRATABLEHonestly in the beginning i wanted to give it 5 stars only because i can't remember when w

  5. says:

    Ahhhhh I have been waiting for this book for so long I am so excitedMy official blurb for this bookThe perfect

  6. says:

    Initial reaction In a word No Just no This is going to be the second of two long reviews I pen this year that explain the myriad of problems that plague a work on a number of levels Beautiful Bastard had many and I don't know how it left the cutting room floor without anyone seeing them or for some readers not t

  7. says:

    Well what to say The beginning was amazing; we just jumped into the story right away Really great But in the middle of the book it started to be a bit boring still the same without any change Anyway it was still a pleasurable story If I had to choose Bennett was better I'd liked him because he wasn't perfect He was a bastard Which

  8. says:

    Well I feel like I'm an unpopular opinion on this one It seems everyone felt strongly about this story whether they loved or hated it and I was

  9. says:

    1 StarI can't be a person who doesn't tell the truth about a book about my experience reading a particular story I just can't be that person If I love a book you know it I don't hesitate to get effusive with my praise and love and sickening ado

  10. says:

    I have come to a very important conclusion that has been a while in the making It may be a controversial opinion amongst

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