Beautiful Bastard Review

Title: Beautiful Bastard
Author: Christina Lauren
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781476730097

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.

Beautiful Bastard is one of those books that catch my attention because of all the hype and at the end left me feeling a little disappointed. I don’t have a lot to say about this one, when I read the blurb I saw potential for a great plot, but once I started reading I couldn’t find it, everything started great with Bennett being a beautiful but infuriating boss to Chloe who is your sexy and smart intern, the problem is that every chapter was full of pointless sex scenes.
I’ve recently started reading many genres like new adult and adult fiction; I enjoy the sex scenes as much as the romance and conflict, but I like to see a reason behind it all, we don’t get to read anything apart from those steamy scenes until the last part of the book.
The reason I’m giving this book two stars is because I was smiling from time to time, the bad part, is that I think those scenes weren’t supposed to made me laugh, I also enjoyed the last chapter because the story was less focused on the sex and more on the relationship.
Overall if you want to read a book that is focused in the sexual scenes, this is the book for you.
New Adult. Mature Content Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

The Secret of Ella and Micha

Title: The Secret of Ella and Micha
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publication date: Oct 2, 2012
Pages: 316
ISBN: 1939045010

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. 

But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. 

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can.

He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
When Ella ran away from home she left everything and everyone behind, including her best friend Micha. For 8 months nobody knew where she was or if she was ever coming back, she decides to return home for the summer and is confronted with her past.

Due to a tragic event her life is turned upside down, we follow their journey as Ella struggles to be in control of the new person she created.The romance between Ella and Micha was sweet and steamy. I loved how Micha kept trying to bring his best friend back, one of my favourite situations in the book is that there was no insta-love, they’ve known each other forever and the feelings between them grew at normal speed. 

The story is told from dual POV’s. I liked Micha’s POV, it portrayed his strong personality and with their difficult backgrounds made me realise that even if they talk more about love what makes this story enjoyable is the friendship that developed between all of them. The secondary characters Lila and Ethan were charming in their own way and I’m actually looking forward to know more about Lila’s story. 

The Secret of Ella and Micha is the first book I’ve read by Jessica Sorensen It held my interest enough to finish but there was no big reveal and that’s the main reason I didn’t gave this book more stars I expected more conflict. Overall I enjoyed the interaction between the main characters.

New Adult Contemporary. Mature Content Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

Taking Chances Review

Title: Taking Chances
Author: Molly McAdams
Publication date: Jan 13, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 432
ISBN: 006226768X

Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father’s thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit; she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University. 

She finds her self being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate’s brother Chase. Covered in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled…they’re exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she’s happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.(
I don’t know where to begin. Taking Chances by Molly McAdams is an emotional ride and I was left with mixed feelings, my emotions where all over the place and since I don’t want to give anything away I will make this review short and sweet.

We are introduced to Harper who is on her way to college far away from her strict Marine father, she is portrayed as pure innocence, at her 18 years, she has never been kissed and knows nothing of the world, her whole life she was surrounded by jarheads and everything changes as soon as her new roommate arrives.

Breanna the roommate becomes her first and only female friend, for the first time in her life she is attending parties where boys pay attention to her, dating etc. I could barely stand Harper and had a hard time believing the reasoning behind her acts.

Chase is Breanna’s brother who is introduced to Harper early in the book and just like that she is head over heels with him but doesn’t want to admit that she is attracted to him, mainly because he is a one night stand kind of guy. Brandon is a handsome underground fighter and the other love interest, I had to overlook some over the top situations in their relationship. 

 It’s difficult to explain my feelings towards this book, at the end, it made me go through so many it made me happy, shocked, in love and angry, some parts were just unrealistic but not enough to make me stop reading.The character that hold my heart was Chase, he transforms so much during the journey that I couldn’t help but to fall for him. While reading I had the feeling the story could have been spread into 2 books and I’m glad that wasn’t the case.

Things move fast in this book I thought the love interest was rushed in both cases since we are talking about a love triangle.Overall I enjoyed this contemporary novel.