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Christina Lauren: Beautiful Bastard

Who is Christina Lauren? It’s not a simple question, complicated further by the need to correct the verb: Who are Christina Lauren? The pen name represents the collaboration of two writers, Utah’s Christina Hobbs and California’s Lauren Billings, who began working together on online Twilight fan fiction in 2009 under the handles “tby789” and “LolaShoes,” even before the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon hit. Their joint project became a massive, million-views-garnering success and, like Fifty Shades, has made the transition to the world of mainstream print publication.

Beautiful Bastard sports the kind of erotic-fiction premise that sounds naughty from the get-go: the story of firm-handed executive Bennett Ryan and his latest intern, an MBA student named Chloe. When he returns to his Chicago office from abroad, he finds himself unable to resist the beguiling young woman. Inappropriate workplace behavior ensues—and ensues, and ensues. Oh, boy, does it ever ensue. (Scott Renshaw)

Date: Feb 22, 2013
Time: 7 pm
Phone: 801-484-9100
Address: 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, 84105
Where: King's English