Stranded With A Billionaire CoverBillionaire Boys Club #1
Jessica Clare
Penguin/Berkley  Mass Market Paperback 304  Pages 1 Jul 2014
Ebook  Intermix April 16, 2013
Tantor Audio (8:31, Narrated by: Jillian Macie Feb. 10, 2014

Copy of Book provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchange and all opinions presented herein are my own. My review is not influenced by receiving the book.


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…

Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation.

He’s had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—he has a chance to mend his broken heart.

When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met—down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato.

She also has no clue that he’s rich…

Bronte Dawson, a waitress from the Midwest, is stranded with the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager Logan. What’s the harm in a little fling when it’s just the two of them, alone in paradise? But after several steamy island nights in Logan’s arms, Bronte’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more. Now, Bronte’s caught in a whirlwind affair with one of the world’s most powerful men. But can their love endure their differences or will it all just blow over?


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My Take!

The girls today in society go for classical poetry
So to win their hearts one must quote with ease
Aeschylus and Euripides
One must know Homer, and believe me, Beau
Sophocles, also Sappho-ho
Unless you know Shelley and Keats and Pope
Dainty Debbies will call you a dope

(Brush up Your Shakespeare – Kiss Me Kate)

Of the three books in this series by Jessica Clare I enjoyed this story the most. The writing was the best and, except for the idea that there are several young, eligible, hot billionaires floating about in Manhattan without girlfriends, I found it the most believable. I think it is more likely there are a bunch of Warren Buffets and Donald Trumps out there than Hunters, Reeses, Logans, et alis. Ah, fantasy,….

I loved the stranded on an almost deserted-island scenario, where survival is the equalizer,  and then the immediate clash between Logan and Bronte different socioeconomic statuses is like The Prince and The Pauper once she learns he’s wealthy sets up a whole range of problems centering around trust and status (sensitivity to the differences, embarrassment, history) issues.

I thought the characters were amusing and sympathetic, but two-dimensional and not well-developed. I don’t know if this is sloppy or if it is designed to allow the reader to insert one’s self into the character. If the character is undefined enough it could be me, right? Or in this case some amalgamtion of myself and the character.  If I can identify with the character, the fantasy is much more engrossing.

I liked also how Gretchen , Brontë’s new friend, a big hole in Bronte’s theories about Logan. But, I also like how Clare shows Bronte uses her philosophy degree to spout ancient wisdom without actually examining her own motivation. And then Clare has Logan driven to learn more about the ancient philosophers to better communicate with, and understand, Bronte. It reminded me of the snippet of song from Kiss Me Kate I posted above.

And, you just never know — the guy on the elevator could be the love of your life.  Oh yeah, this is the third stuck on an elevator book I have read in a couple of years. Have you ever been stuck on an elevator?

So, look, it’s not Shakespeare. It’s not super light and fluffy either. It’s a fun, sexy and inviting fantasy: a Cinderella story (If the Prince was slightly anti-social, suspicious and didn’t have parents pushing for a royal match). We are all allowed a guilty pleasure and fantasy book now and again (and again, and again).     Sign me up — I have already downloaded the next in the series. It’s a great weekend, beach, vacation read.