I…I…I’m so embarrassed. This book is a horror and encapsulates so much that is wrong with the romance genre. I devoured it quickly and hated myself the whole time. Basically, I feel about this book the way the heroine felt about the hero the whole time – this is SO wrong for me, but I just can’t keep away.
Chloe Mills is a business school student finishing up her degree with an internship at a marketing company. Her boss is Bennett Ryan, the titular Beautiful Bastard. They have unprotected hate sex within the first 20 pages. Guys, come ON! This is not ok. This should have been where I noped right out of there. It’s a library book. I have no skin in this game. And yet. I CAN’T STOP READING. I deserve this for liking this book:
There’s no progress in this book. There is no plot. He is her boss and they have public sex all over the place at work; conference rooms, stairwells, the parking garage. Come ON! That phrase just went through my head over and over. Also – the unprotected thing. This is not ok. I was actually shocked since most authors can now work condoms in seamlessly, or at the very least a discussion of health status and whether the heroine is on the pill.
Here’s the thing: Christina Lauren write really great sex scenes. When (if?) I grow up I want to write scenes like they do. But I should not be able to forgive everything else about this book. In good erotica it adds to the story and advances the relationship. This was just gratuitous and did not change their feelings for each other.
The CBR romance ladies introduced me to Lauren’s Wild Seasons series last year and I loved them. While some are better than others, I highly recommend all of them. Unless I get really desperate I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of this series.