Author: Christina Lauren
Rating: 2 Stars
Dates read: 14 Apr 19
Publication date: 09 Jul 13
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre(s): New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
This book picks up Chloe and Bennett’s relationship as they try to balance work and life. It’s a refreshingly normal thing to read about in a romance/new-adult book. A good work-balance is something we all strive to try and maintain, so reading about the rich and lucky in such a normal setting was actually quite a good departure.
I understand the premise of the books completely and get that the departure from a work setting was the reason for the novella, but I cannot help but think that removing the characters from their workplaces and the US removed some of the combative and acerbic traits that made Beautiful Bastard quite so unique and enjoyable. I liked seeing the couple apart from one another, battling through normal life things like delayed flights and food shopping, but I just am always going to prefer them in a work setting in the USA. Don’t get me wrong it’s a pleasant departure for all of us to a French Chateau, and it nice to read about a different part of the world with a different feel, but the romantic edge it brought and the fluffiness was too stark a departure from their characters and story.
As much as the titles of these books leave a little to be desired, I really like that they have gone with Bastard and Bitch for these too. As much as they’re offensive terms, so to say they fit is not the greatest thing, they do fit their traits and personalities, and equalising them in this form is pretty clever. The words do actually describe them fairly accurately, as I am now sure the titles of the books in the rest of the series will do too.
I’m looking forward to meeting the next characters in this story arc, and hopefully seeing Chloe and Bennett’s story progress and flourish as we go, I just hope it’s going to be in a more normal setting than holidaying in the French Countryside.