Magnificent Bastard by Lili Valente….Review

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F*ck Prince Charming. Sometimes, you need a Magnificent Bastard.

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


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.




Ahhh, one of my favorite tropes! The boss-assistant romance. So. Much. Fun.

Yet, at first, I didn’t think I was going to like the book. The prologue made the hero, Bash Prince, sound

arrogant instead of alpha. It’s a fine line, for me anyway. But I also knew the prologue was sort of like

reading the brochure for his business, so of course he’s going to proclaim himself pretty much God’s gift

to women if he’s selling you on using him to get back at an ex. Then there was the use of the word “slut”

that didn’t pass my slut-shaming litmus test, and shortly after that a quip about a tired stereotype aimed

at the LGBTQ community. I considered putting the book down, for good, but didn’t think making that

judgment at the 10% mark gave it a fair chance.

So, I read on – and things markedly got better once the virtual assistant showed up. Bash proved himself

to be a stand-up guy. And our heroine, Penny, while maybe a bit flighty, gave as good as she got. In all

ways, people. ALL WAYS.

My favorite things about this story were the humor and the hot, hot, hot sex scenes. (Though I do wish

we’d gotten a full scene devoted to the blowjob in the shower instead of a flashback—nitpicking, I


If I hadn’t had sex in nearly three years, I would be trembling in a corner somewhere, jerking off and

crying in a nest I’d fashioned from a stack of old Playboy magazines and my own tears.

There were lots of funny moments like this, making me laugh out loud and then having to hide my

Kindle when the kids asked what was so funny.

I bend closer until I can feel her increasingly rapid breath warming my lips. “I’m happy to strip you bare

right here. Right now. Lift you up on this counter and fuck you until you come so hard you see Jesus.”

“I’m Jewish,” she murmurs, swallowing hard.

See what I mean about the humor?

If you like the boss-assistant trope wrapped in a sexy and humorous story, Magnificent Bastard should

be on your list.



Three Loves

Stacey Sig


Book links:

Amazon  | B&N  

About the author:

Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale.

These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

Visit her at www.lilivalente.com


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