Are You the Good Girl? Jessica Clare’s THE WRONG BILLIONAIRE’S BED

by Jessica Clare
Published by Berkley, Penguin Genres: New Adult, Romance

THE WRONG BILLIONAIRE’S BED

 

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The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success—at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…

Audrey Petty’s always been the responsible one. The good twin.  Successful, dependable, and trustworthy—that’s Audrey. She’d be the perfect girlfriend for her childhood crush, billionaire Cade Archer…except that she’s pretty sure she’s not even on his radar. But when fate (and her chaotic twin) come together, Audrey finds out that she’ll be spending the next month with Cade at his remote cabin retreat. It’s a dream come true…

Until she meets her worst nightmare.

Billionaire playboy Reese Durham is used to seducing women to get what he wants. But when stiff, too-proper Audrey bursts into the private mountain lodge and scares his companion out the door, it’s time for a little revenge. It’s clear that Audrey’s in love with his buddy, Cade…and it’s clear to Reese that blackmailing Audrey with this information can get her to agree to just about anything. Like furtive kisses in the dark, or a secret rendezvous in the woods. Audrey may think she knows what she wants, but Reese is determined to show her what she needs.

And as Reese discovers the volatile minx behind the buttoned-up exterior, he starts to think maybe she’s just what he needs, too.  http://jillmyles.com/as-jessica-clare/the-wrong-billionaires-bed-billionaire-boys-club-3/

Billionaire Boys Club 3
by Jessica Clare
Berkley Intermix Published October 15th 2013
E-Book 258 pages
E-galley received from publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and, except as noted, all opinions presented herein are my own.

 

Imytake enjoyed this story even though it was utterly predictable in it’s outcome and only had a couple of surprises.  Well, after the prologue there are a couple of surprises in how the twins, Audrey and Daphne grow up.  But, when we find out Audrey is a buttoned-up but curvy, efficient but nervous, personal assistant it’s not a big surprise.  That she lets her sister walk all over her is no surprise either.The hook-ups with that “wrong billionaire” are fairly scorching, although the turnaround from immense dislike to driving to distraction is kind of inexplicable and elicited  a few “Oh Geez” and “Yeah, right, that is just how it would happen” comments from me, some of them outloud.

And it was hard to align the good girl with a bit of a manipulative streak with the mother hen she is sometimes.  The other sister does stay in character quite perfectly. But the hook ups are inventive and take place in some unusual locations.

Audrey’s nervousness in waiting for some of the events to transpire is charming and the description helped it seem realistic to me.This is the good girl/bad girl part: Audrey is always the good twin but her short temper and impulsive anger make her the bitchy sister sometimes. She’s no saint.

Daphne, the bad sister, is pretty much self-serving  and entirely driven by impulse. Even when she tries to be nice she screws up. But it is interesting to have a somewhat more complex character drawn in Audrey. How about you — are you a good girl with “bad” thoughts?

This is the third book in the series, but it could stand alone with just a few more words about the twins’ sister Gretchen, and Audrey’s boss.   And the billionaire part also didn’t align with the belongings or behaviors of the guys.  If they are Billionaires (not just lowly millionaires) and are absorbed in that enough to have a secret club, they aren’t just going to have a three bedroom lake house without staff. Nor could they leave their CEO jobs at the drop of a hat to spend a month away helping a friend.

It’s basically a quick read about a true fantasy situation (“I’ll meet a billionaire and we’ll live happily ever after”). While Point A to Point B is pretty obvious the route is filled with interesting stops on the way.  I also enjoyed the tough love parts as there is an addiction involved.  I thought it was a good thing to put in.

The ending, which I cannot spoil,  has a feature I am seeing an awful lot these days and I wonder if it based on the age and supposed yearnings of the target audience or some societal pressure on publishers.   I can recommend it as a quick, easy and sexy read with a serious side.

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Penguin/Berkley (Book Page at Penguin)

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