FIRESIDE INN: Are Unattached Flings Even Possible?

The Fireside Inn

Cover f Fireside Inn One

Lily Everett
The Billionaire Bachelors (Volume 1)
St. Martin’s Press/St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Pub Date Jan 7 2014
e-book: 32 pages
E-Galley provided by publisher via Net Galley for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own.


They’re single, they’re rich, and now these billionaire bachelors are heading to Sanctuary Island in a new e-original novella series from Lily Everett! Fall in love with the island’s latest catch.

When friends Leo, Zane and Cooper travel to Sanctuary Island for the wedding of fellow billionaire Miles Harrington, they’re certain their friend is making the biggest mistake of his life. Having vowed to remain perpetual bachelors, they’re certain they can bring Miles to his senses before he throws away his freedom forever. But Miles makes them a bet: if they come to Sanctuary Island to spend some time and help out with the wedding, they’ll change their tune about love before he says “I do.” Because Miles knows, better than anyone, that all it takes is a little Sanctuary Island magic to turn the biggest romantic cynic into a true believer. Now three billionaire bachelors are about to discover that sometimes you have to let go of the life you planned in order to embrace the life of your dreams…

In Fireside Inn, the Honorable Lord Leo Strathairn inherited his family’s money, his title, and his position in London society. When he meets Sanctuary Island’s funky young librarian, Serena Lightfoot, he’s determined to get a lot closer. Despite the simmering attraction between them, Serena isn’t at all interested in putting up with a pampered playboy. But as Leo ramps up his seduction attempts, Serena sees that he’s nothing like the empty-headed aristocrat she’d assumed.


My Take!Though steamy and suggestive, this story is surprisingly tame. While I liked the relationship development, and the way the hero’s deep dark secret was treated was sensitive and empowering, but the secret itself struck me as fairly unrealistic.  It’s hard to imagine how, even with inherited money, one could make or maintain a fortune while hanging on to this secret.

Serena is apparently a hottie — a smart hottie who has been used by jocks in the past.  She’s sort of willing to just have a hot affair with the guy but – you know what’s going to happen. Can someone even have a fling (other than a one-nighter) without an attachment developing?
In the Romance Genre, only cold paranormals seem capable of not having feelings about sex partners. So, I wonder, what do you think?  Do you think it’s more likely possible for men or women?

When she discovers his secret, she is really mad because he lied to her. It’s all about her, I guess.  Honestly, I didn’t get it.  The reaction was way out of context.

Another thing I did not get was the Fireside Inn being the titular focus.  It’s not on the island, or that was what I understood anyway.  Also, most of the development of the relationship occurs outside.  But, it’s romantic.  And, while it is chilly, there doesn’t seem to be snow.

So, this island is apparently magical, having captured the hearts of three brothers including the original Billionaire, Miles. But his friends think their immune to love and attachment.  But, the Island is going to snag them all, I bet because that’s the magic of it.  Sounds fabulous.

Aside from the unrealistic nature of Leo’s secret and Serena’s reaction, the story is short and sweet. It’s not Shakespeare, but that’s okay  — it’s pure fantasy escapism.  The emotional work done to achieve the ending happens off the page, so while it is lovely, I didn’t quite believe it. But, you know the deal – they all live happily ever after.

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