Beautiful Bastard (2013) is the first book in the Beautiful series and it sets the tone for the rest, having been a USA Today and NY Times bestseller. The author is Christina Lauren, who also goes by Christina Hobbs. Christina Hobbs initially wrote an online Twilight fan fiction entitled The Office. After becoming overwhelmed by its popularity, she took it down. After the 50 Shades of Grey boom however, she decided to rewrite the story with best friend and fellow writer Lauren Billings. They published the story through Gallery Books and released it on February 12th, 2013.
Beautiful Bastard begins in Chicago with a woman named Chloe Mills. She’s a wicked intelligent intern about to earn her MBA and pursue a successful career. She’s driven, independent, and sharp as a whip. Enter Bennett Ryan, dubbed by main character Chloe as ‘the beautiful bastard’ Continue reading