ROMANCING THE BILLIONAIRE
Billionaire Boys Club Series
by Jessica Clare
Mass Market Paperback & E-Book Formats 304 Pages
Berkley/Penguin 4 Nov 2014 Adult
E-galley provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn’t come so easily…
Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt’s daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.
Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder…does he really want her, or just what she’s hiding?
It is probably true the happily situated amongst us would love to learn the one that got away, the one that broke your heart — yeah, that one, had secretly pined for you for the past ten years. And even the happily situated has those days when our loved ones drive us crazy and we daydream of that guy, rolling up in his fancy car, professing his undying love and devotion. Learning that leaving you had been a terrible misunderstanding, or sabotage would just be the icing on the cake. Of course, being happily situated, you could tell the guy how great it is to see him and that it’s good to know that what you believed was wrong. And, would he like a cup of coffee before he leaves?
Or, maybe not. It’s hard to imagine someone being so stubborn that they would fail to even ask about what had happened a decade before and just persist in ugly thought and behavior for several weeks when that guy showed up on the doorstep, thrilled to find you.
But, it’s a fantasy scenario so it can be a fantasy grudge too.
I thought the writing in this book is the best, so far, in the series. The plot is complicated with the past and present coming together, with parental issues and long held misunderstandings threatening forward motion in life and any future relationship. And,though the fantasy is a bit sophomoric, I am pretty sure it is universal. The growth in Violet’s character in particular, is very heartfelt and believable.
The only problems I had were the overplaying of Violet’s continued grudge-holding and immature behavior in the light of the truth; and that Jonathan lived up to a shorter version of his name in street vernacular. I would have a harder time getting past that than anything.
The action is very steamy; and there’s a passing nod to bondage as a way to reclaim trust.
The riddles are amusing and I’ve been following the whole Atlantis archaeology sub-plot since ONCE UPON A BILLIONAIRE; it adds a fabulous “wouldn’t that be cool?!” factor.
Other than that, ROMANCING THE BILLIONAIRE is both amusing and poignant, silly and sexy; the series is on my “guilty pleasures” list. It brings to my mind a time on a woman’s life that she has to really grow up and put the past behind her, forgiving those who might have hurt her and moving on, one way or another.
I enjoyed the book as a light and steamy new adult romance with a theme that has the potential to touch the heart of any woman who was ever hurt by their sweetheart.
THIS IS MY GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to Penguin I have a print copy of ROMANCING THE BILLIONAIRE to giveaway. The book comes out on November 4th so I will mail it at the end of the month.
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Ideas for comments:
You can comment with anything meaningful, civil and relevant, but I get stumped about commenting so here are some ideas for topics to comment on. Pick one or more, or comment as you please.
1. If your old boyfriend from high school or college showed up at your door what would you do?
2. Have you ever visited any archeological finds or ruins? Which?
3. Violet’s father was selfish and controlling, has your family ever interfered in a relationship of yours?
4. What ruin or legend would you like to see uncovered: Atlantis, Vlad the Impaler, Aliens???
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Jessica Clare is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who writes under three different names. As Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance.
She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.
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