Spotlight + Giveaway: Beautiful Bastard / Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren

Author duo Christina Lauren have a new series, Wild Seasons, and it will officially launch on May 13! So, in honor of their Sweet Filthy Boy, I thought it'd be fun to make this a Filthy Friday and have ourselves a whole Christina Lauren weekend! I'll be spotlighting each of the books from their first series, the books that made me fall in love with their writing in the first place! Let's go back to the dirty-mouthed Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Bitch who started it all: Bennett Ryan and Chloe Mills. 

His lips were swollen, and his hair a mess, and his grin was totally ridiculous when he said, "I fucking love you, you filthy fucking girl."

Then, after the review, make sure to scroll down because there's a pretty fantastic giveaway...*waggles eyesbrows*...Thanks to Gallery Books and Christina Lauren, you can enter to win a COMPLETE PRINT SET of the Beautiful series! Yes, that's ALL SIX books! Enjoy, everyone!

 Beautiful Bastard...

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.

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Beautiful Bitch...

Picking up where Beautiful Bastard left off, Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan continue their steamy, combative relationship.
Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would all slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his girlfriend. But after he refuses to take no for an answer, Chloe and Bennett find themselves with two plane tickets, one French Villa, and a surprising conversation that, predictably, leaves them wrestling under the covers.  

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You see, reading about Bennett and Chloe is like riding passenger in a luxurious sports car, with sex-and-sass minded authors Christina and Lauren in the driver's seat. The ride starts out with the rush of pedal to the metal, then they shift gears to smooth coasting with the engine purring. I loved how they made me feel the heat of a moment, the lust-filled frenzy. Then, I felt the mood shift to something more intimate. Raw, but in a different way.
"Just tell me." He leaned forward, sucked my ear lobe between his lips and then gave it a sharp bite. "I promise I'll give it to you."
See that? That's only 17 pages in. ;) I wasn't kidding when I said. Pedal. To. The metal. Have you ever read a book and shook your head in protest, "This is too much, too fast." Well, this is not that kind of book. You'll want all of it. I actually found myself looking forward to the next (and every) round of hot, HOT panty-ripping. *blushes*

Fact: Christina and Lauren have a gift when it comes to dialogue. From the filthy, to the smart and snappy, it was perfect for every moment. Another fact: Bennett and Chloe really do have some of the best dirty talk that I've ever read.
"Tell me what you want." My voice was rough with need. "Tell me the things you want me to do to you."
She whispered into my mouth. "I just want to see you come apart."
But it wasn't all moans and lace-panty-rainbows. Like I said, there was definitely a shift in gears as these two powerhouses fell for each other. Oooh yes, the warm and fuzzies kicked in! (IN MY HEART, OKAY. Not just down there...)
"...I just need tonight."

She stared at me for several painful beats, clearly struggling. And then, with a quiet, pleading sound, she reached up and pulled me to her, standing on her toes to get as close as she could.

My lips were rough and unyielding, but she didn't move away, pressing her curves into me. I was lost to everything but her.
And what a glorious fall it was...Want to see some of my real-time reactions?

Page 215: "Je ne regrette rien" -- That's right. FRENCH.
Page 225: *knees buckle*
Page 238: "I need another night." -- This scene, *swoon*.
Page 247: "I'll take anything you'll give me." -- *dreamy ass sigh*

It was a relatively low-angst ride, to be honest. It was fun. While Bennett and Chloe's journey did hit a bump in the road, it wasn't complete devastation.

Honorable mentions must go to Bennett's brother Henry and Chloe's friend Sara, though, for making me laugh along the way! More reactions: (Hey, I like noting things, okay...)

Page 283: "You are such a stupid son of a bitch" Award for Best Commentary goes to...Henry!
Page 287: Sara, with the mic drop!
Page 289: BAHAHAHAYESSS. Award for Best Big Brother goes to...Henry!

In Beautiful Bitch, I enjoyed even more of those lighter moments, yet still fell deeper and head over heels! The giggles and ugly-cackles continued.
"You're being awfully respectful over there, Ryan. What's up?"

"What's that supposed to mean?"

"Well, you haven't made one inappropriate comment or referred to me riding, sucking, licking, touching, stroking, grabbing, or otherwise praising your dick once in the last three hours. I can practically hear you thinking and frankly, I'm a little concerned."
And look at big boss Bennett Ryan over here, showing off his feels...Chloe Mills letting her heart peek out from behind her all-business facade...Cue the *Awww* track:
"Don't pout," I murmured, bending to kiss the corner of her mouth. "You'll just confirm what I've always suspected: you can't function without me."

"I can function without you. But I don't like being away from you. It feels like you take my home with you when you go."
They were sexy as @#%$ still, but then they became goddamn adorable too! Along with the super steamy times, I loved that we got romantic and squee-rific moments, as well. And it all went down completely in Bennett & Chloe style! The Beautiful Bastard and Beautiful Bitch were fiery and impulsively intense, with just enough laughter and swoons to temper my racing heart. It was a balance of tender, sweet...and, of course, filthy. ;)


Lauren Billings (but everyone calls her Lo) has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and before she made writing her full-time job, would spend her days doing nerdy research-type things wearing a lab coat and goggles. She is silly Mommy to two littles, wife to one mountain biking homebrewing scientist, bestie to a shoe-stealer, and an unabashed lover of YA and romance.

Christina Hobbs (but you’ll always hear Lo call her PQ) used to spend her days in a junior high counseling office surrounded by teenagers. Married to the cutest boy in school, she has a thirteen year old daughter, is an unapologetic lover of boy bands and glitter, and also likes to steal Lo’s shoes.



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