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Beautiful Bastard

Ladies (and gents — no shame!), get ready to meet your next kinky businessman obsession: Mr. Bennett Ryan. Beautiful Bastard (or, as I like to call it, the Twilight fanfiction formerly known as The Office) won’t be released until February, but we’ve got an exclusive first look at the tantalizing cover to whet your appetites.

As we reported earlier this month, Beautiful Bastard is the latest Twilight imitator to score a book deal. The fanfiction, which centers on “whip-smart” intern Chloe Mills and her love/hate relationship with her exacting boss Bennett Ryan, first appeared online in 2009, but was quickly taken down by author Christina Hobbs after the attention proved to be overwhelming. In 2010, she began pursuing projects with her fellow fanfic writer Lauren Billings and the two revised The Office together under the pen name Christina Lauren, eventually landing a deal for two books — Beautiful Bastard and its sequel Beautiful Stranger. Think Fifty Shades of Grey, but classier (or so I’m told). So without further ado, check out the cover of the first book below:

Beautiful Bastard

Who can resist a man in a skinny tie? How haute couture.

Beautiful Bastard hits shelves Feb. 12. Fans of The Office, how does it compare to Fifty Shades? Better? Worse? Hotter? Kinkier? What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments!

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