Book Review: ‘Magnificent Bastard’ by Lili Valente

Magnificent Bastard

Title: Magnificent Bastard: A Sexy Flirty Dirty Standalone Romance

Published: 25th April 2016

Publisher: Self Taught Ninja

Author: Lili Valente


Face it, ladies: love sucks and then you cry…while your ex rides off into the sunset banging your best friend.

But why let a break-up end in tears when it can end with sweet revenge? Enter Magnificent Bastard Consulting and me, chief executive bastard. I’ve got it all–looks, brains, a heart of gold, and the killer instinct guaran-damn-teed to make your ex regret the day he said goodbye.

With the help of my virtual assistant, I’ve built an empire giving broken-hearted women the vengeance they deserve, while keeping myself far from the front lines of the heart. Life is a bowl of cherries, until my virtual assistant shows up on my real doorstep for the first time, begging for a Magnificent Bastard intervention of her own.

Damn… She’s a bona fide sex kitten.

I pride myself on being a true pro, but pretending to be her lover soon leads to giving it to her good, hard, fast, and up against the wall. And somewhere between getting balls deep in my sweet and sexy assistant and watching her ex beg for a second chance, I break every last one of my damn rules–professional and personal.

So what’s my next move? Fight for the girl who makes me want to get up on a white horse and ride to her rescue, or stay a Magnificent Bastard to the end?

Warning: MAGNIFICENT BASTARD is a stand-alone erotic romance told from the hero’s point of view. No cliffhanger. Lots of dirty talk.


Goes down as another off my 2016 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that made you laugh out loud. This book will have you in stitches, very funny and witty throughout.

Loved the email and texts back and forth between Bash and Penny. They had connected on a much deeper level than either first realised. Falling for your best friend before meeting them is something unheard of. Their first official face-to-face meeting goes better than either could have hoped. Penny always knew what Bash looked like as she had to send his picture out to clients but the moment he first sees her is brilliant. He is struck by this bona fide sex kitten walking towards him and his first thoughts are how quick he can have her.

So the basics of Bash’s job are to let you get your own back, and get yourself back, after a horrible break up. He becomes your surrogate boyfriend, showing up at all the right places to make your ex realise what he let go. Its to help you get to the point where they will be on their knees begging you to take them back but this is the point you tell them to go to hell because you are worth more than the scrapes they ever gave you. Now with an interesting job like this Bash needed a virtual assistant. Someone to vet out all the possible clients. Penny fit the bill and now two years later they are closer than ever. Well as close as two people can be who have never actually met before. That is until the moment Penny shows up and asks for his services due to having to go to a wedding that she really doesn’t want to – her mothers to her ex boyfriend. The same ex she caught cheating on her with her mother and also the guy who took her virginity. To say she would rather have her teeth pulled would be an understatement but when her mother threatens to keep her two younger sisters away from her if she doesn’t turn up there’s not much she can do. She just hopes she can persuade Bash to help her. She is very insistent that she doesn’t want to ruin their day (or the days leading up to it) but just to save face. She shouldn’t have worried so much because of course he was going to help her.

Not having much time to prep puts Bash at a disadvantage so he puts together a back-story of how they got together close enough to the truth for ease of remembering. At one of their meetings Penny almost feels like giving up, as she doesn’t think they will believable. She goes right in to kiss him to almost prove her point but gets a slightly different reaction to what she thought she would – hello fireworks you just got that spark to set you off. It’s after this meeting that she has the idea that while they are pretending to be a couple they should be getting some of the benefits. Seems like a sound plan as they both can’t seem to think straight around the other now they have met. Penny goes back over old emails and text messages to prove her point that their relationship has slowly changed into something more with flirting coming through front and centre. She wants Bash to think it through before making a decision, something he doesn’t really want to do. Because thinking it through makes him think a bit too much about his life and how he sees himself. He isn’t sure he is ready to see that side of him yet but he also knows if he doesn’t have her then he might go mad.

The sexual chemistry between them is undeniable and can be seen straight from the get go his end but its only after Penny gives him a ‘test’ kiss that you see her reaction. Its like a switch went off and the current between them is electric. Sparks flying off the wall but if you think that’s all they’ve got just wait till they get on that train! Actually scratch that the moment they get back to the cottage is when they finally let loose and attack each other in the best way possible. Now that’s one sure way to burn off that excess energy. Though they do keep coming back for more time and time again. Such a perfect match physically it just takes their minds a little longer to catch up. They seem to get each other more than anyone else ever has but with the tensions surrounding the wedding mounting there’s no telling what might happen.

I still can’t really believe what her mother did. I mean she went after her own daughters’ boyfriend. The way Penny caught them would make anyone go a little crazy. Philip was/is a complete douchebag who deserves everything he gets. He cares little of others feelings and is only thinking about himself. Good riddance my girl Penny. Lets get you out of your shell and back into the world. Preferably into the arms of your magnificent bastard boss who happens to be hotter than hell.

Loved when the old emails and texts came up. It gave a great insight into what their relationship was like in the beginning and how it slowly changed without them even noticing. The emojis that they come up with to make the other laugh are just great. They have very similar tastes and click better than most. They just have to let their conscious minds catch up to what their subconscious minds have known for a while – that they’re perfect for each other.

Fun filled sexy ride that will have you laughing throughout. Can’t wait for Aiden’s story as think he is going to be a hoot. Especially with the little show-stopping stunt he pulls at the end. Now that’s true friendship! Great read that I would definitely recommend.


5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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