Review: Billionaire on the Loose (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5) by Jessica Clare

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Title: Billionaire on the Loose
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 9/20/16
Length:   245 Pages
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #5

Overview

Taylor is a genius when it comes to computers, but understanding the opposite sex is beyond her. Because she always fumbles her flirtations, she needs help in finding her Prince Charming. So when her friend, Gretchen, sets her up as a tour guide for a new guy in town, she says yes despite her misgivings.

She just doesn’t expect Mr. Charming to actually be royalty…

A faction in his country wants him to be king, but Loch has no intention of taking the crown. To keep from being named as the next successor, he hatches a scheme to marry a totally unacceptable American woman. Quirky Taylor seems like the perfect person for the job, until Loch realizes he likes more about her than her ability to keep him off the throne.

When Loch’s secret schemes come out, his chance of happiness with Taylor are blown—unless he can find a way to get the nerdy object of his affection to believe she’s truly the queen of his heart…

My Thoughts

I love this series and i love that there are SO many characters that are intertwined here and to be introduced still that we get such a long standing series that’s so dynamic. In this fifth book, we get to revisit a bit of Alex and Luke, as well as Griffin and Maylee since they are pivotal reasons for why Loch has to go to the US and be in Gretchen’s wedding.  That is a mouthful right?

So of course we’re still deep in the throes of planning the wedding and there are so many bridesmaids and billionaires so to speak that we get a lot of out of these guys.  So we met Loch while he was home in Bellisime – he’s Griffin’s cousin, as well as Alex’s and he’s 5th in line for the thrown.  Because both have married Amreicans, they have fallen out of favor with the population and there’s a desire for Loch to be next in the succession order – a role that he doesn’t want.  So he’s sent to America, to be in the wedding, and to get woo’d by Taylor.

Taylor is one of Gretchen’s friends, and we know that she’s a bit bookish – she loves all things computers and she’s definitely more of an independent girl given all that she has to deal with in life.  She’s so involved in her computer for work and play that she doesn’t often get out, and we see that there are issues with online relationships that come up throughout this story.  That’s an interesting twist that we get in this installment actually.

So Gretchen has Loch and Taylor matched up so that Taylor can play tour guide and what comes of that is something that’s kind of unexpected.  They are so completely opposite that i had to laugh throughout their first day together.  Loch is positioned as a guy who’s completely useless at just about everything since he’s had servants to do it all for him his entire life, and well, that’s not how Taylor rolls.

While l really enjoyed where this story took us, bringing opposites together because of amazing sex and great banter, there was something that threw me off at the first third of the book.  Taylor speaks all in phrases from movies and games, and that even came through big time when they were being ‘passionate’.  I feel like in that situation, it was a bit much, but once the story progressed, it smoothed out as their relationship became something more – even if it was with no real direction, so i got over it.

While it would be enough to know that they were so different that our guess is that it would keep them apart, thankfully there was even more there.  Loch comes up with a really stupid idea of how to ensure that he’s not the next in line for the throne, and of course that’s a big issue for Taylor as she was ‘played’.  Then there’s the crimp in the story with Sigmund, a player in one of the games that Taylor plays online who not only is intensely clingy, but also threatens to hurt himself every time it seems like Taylor isn’t paying 100% attention to him.  So, all that together means that we’ll get a really good final bit of the arc – and that’s exactly what we got.

All in all, great continuation of the series and i can’t wait to see what’s next.  I don’t even remember who’s still left for us to read about but i’m sure there are others since there’s a HUGE bridal party for Gretchen’s wedding.  Have a great day all!

Review : The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4) by Jessica Clare

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Title: The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Tantor Media 6/28/16
Length:   213 Pages
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #4

Overview

Greer has always been there for Asher, but she wishes that she could break through her shyness and show how much she truly loves him. But after a steamy, mindless fling at Hunter and Gretchen’s engagement party, Greer finds herself tossed aside and forced to admit that you can’t love someone who doesn’t acknowledge you exist. It’s a shame that he got her pregnant. After his fiancée betrayed him and tanked his business in one fell swoop, Asher has spent his time trying to rebuild his wealth and forget the past. But he doesn’t understand why Greer blew him off after their night together-until he catches a glimpse of her belly. Now Asher is willing to do whatever it takes to convince Greer that she belongs with him. And he’s very skilled at the art of persuasion.

My Thoughts

I love this series and i love that Gretchen has sooo many people in her wedding situation that gives us so much more to read about.  In this fourth installment to the series, we get to see not what happens with a Bridesmaid, but with her wedding planner – and of course as it relates – to a groomsman.

Greer isn’t your typical bombshell, but knowing her last name makes you realize that there’s this exotic quality to her and what should also lead into an interesting backstory.  Her father is Dutch, and the owner of a Playboy esque magazine and her mother is Indian, and after leaving her father, became a porn star. So not necessarily the best family life, but one that makes her into such a strong woman, since she was sent to live with her father, a man who really had no interest in having a child.

So fast forward to now when Greer is planning her good friend’s wedding, and as things work out, Asher, a guy she’s known since college and about the same time as meeting Gretchen, he’s in the wedding party as well, and she’s been holding this secret crush for him for years.  It’s not that he’s single that she makes her move and that means becoming something that she’s not in order to get his attention.

Does it work?  Yes

In the way she hoped – no

So we see her story take a complicated path.  Not only does she lure Asher in, but she’s entirely disappointed with him and even disgusted.  She takes the opportunity to flee NYC and head out to Vegas to help her father get an award, and while this is all happening, she learns that she’s pregnant.  With Asher’s child, and things couldn’t be any worse if they tried.

The journey that this story takes us on is one that’s kind of interesting.  We see how Asher and Greer interact- knowing that she hates him with a passion and he’s come to his senses and realizes that she’s the one that he wants in his life.  It’s not an easy battle for either of them to wage, and i think that the path that we take to get them together, and then to see them fall apart is a real one.  It’s not flowers and butterflies and i think that’s what this story needed.

On top of that story, we get the one of Greer’s father staging a wedding at the request of Asher, with the bride still to be determined.  In comparison to Hugh Hefner of Playboy notoriety, her father as 3 girlfriends – a set of identical triplets, and it’s to be one of these girls that will be his bride.  It’s nice to see how this bit of the story plays out as well.

So, roller coasters, lots of romance and non romance, and quite a bit of love and hate.  Not super steamy by any means aside from a few scenes here and there, but the story itself carries us through nicely so i don’t mind.  The question that arises next is who will be the next one to be featured – i can’t wait to read on in this series.  Happy Tuesday all!!!

Review: Billionaire Takes a Bride (Billionaire’s and Bridesmaids #3) by Jessica Clare

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Title:  Billionaire Takes a Bride
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Tantor Media 10/13/15
Length:  259 pages
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #3

Overview

Billionaire Sebastian Cabral loves his family, he just doesn’t love their reality TV show, The Cabral Empire. So when his ex-girlfriend tries to rekindle their relationship on camera, Sebastian decides that drastic measures are in order.

By day, Chelsea Hall is a happy-go-lucky, rough and tumble roller derby skater. By night, she’s still living in fear of her past. Most of all, she just doesn’t want to be alone. And she really, really doesn’t want to date.

So when their mutual friends’ upcoming wedding turns Chelsea and Sebastian into fast friends, they realize they can solve both of their problems with one life-changing lie: a quick trip down the aisle.

But with one kiss, Chelsea and Sebastian suddenly realize that their pretend relationship is more real than either of them expected…

My Thoughts

i have to say that it’s so nice that Gretchen is having such a big wedding since it means that we’re going to get so many stories with the girls and their men.  The only concern that i have is that i feel like they are a bit out of order since there are bits revealed about some girls that i wonder if we should know or not.

Anyhow, in this 3rd installment of the series, we get to learn more about derby girl chelsea and Sebastian the Cabral Empire heir.  It’s an interesting dynamic here since they both have their own horrors in life and it’s through an interesting connection that they have that we see things take flight.

We learn right off the bat that chelsea experiences something unthinkable at the hands of a man, she’s now got this terror of being in the dark, of being around men and well about being alone.  So being paired with a guy for the wedding already amps up her nerves.

Then there’s Sebastian who’s a billionaire but who has to deal with the fact that his mom and family have a reality show that exploits them, and his ex gf of about a month wants back in on the fame and therefore he keeps getting pulled back into the show.

It’s through a mutual understanding between Chelsea and Sebastian that they figure out a way to solve their problems.  Seb is deemed to be safe for chelsea and Seb decides that Chelsea is the solve to his issues and they get ‘married’.  From there, our stories unfolds.

The questions that you have to wonder are whether or not Sebastian is going to be able to provide Chelsea with enough security and comfort to help her survive and if that security will turn into something more.  We also have to wonder if the marriage is enough to get the reality show off Sebastian’s back.  We spend much of the story wondering that, and i think that the slow build is exactly what they need.  It’s a wonder that our author has such a great creative mind to give us these amazing dynamics since i feel like with all the characters in these series – there’s a chance things will get stale and they just don’t.

true to form, we get a bit of romance and some really sensual passion – chemistry that really comes to life after the slow build.  Exactly what i was hoping for in this next installment and i think that you won’t be disappointed.  There’s also the right balance of predictability and fear when there’s a bit of tension and fear of course when one of our leads decides to leave the other because of a threat – and you have to wonder what the distance will do and who will cave first.  All in all, a nice continuation and i can’t wait to see which of our characters gets the next book . Enjoy!

Review: The Taming of the Billionaire (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #2) by Jessica Clare

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Title:  The Taming of the Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing Group 7/21/15
Length: 267 pages
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #2

Overview

Edie’s an overbearing cat behaviorist who’s not big on people. Magnus is a newly-rich game developer who likes to be in control. When the two of them meet at Gretchen and Hunter’s masquerade engagement party, the loathing is mutual. Unfortunately for them—and everyone else—they’re in the wedding party together and must deal with each other for the next few months.

But when Magnus’s younger brother falls for Edie’s sister, he begs for his brother’s help in concocting a plan to win her over. If Magnus can keep the prickly Edie occupied, his brother will have time to woo Edie’s sister. Of course, Magnus isn’t interested in the slightest, but Edie is…intriguing. And stubborn. And smart. And sexy. And they might have more in common than they thought.

Before long, it becomes a challenge between the two of them to see who will be tamed first. But how’s Edie going to react when she finds out that Magnus is using her? And how’s Magnus going to handle the fact that he’s fallen for a cat lady?

My Thoughts

While i don’t know that i agree with the idea that this is a ‘Shakespeare style seduction’  – i can get the whole ‘taming of the shrew reference.  Anyhow, we continue with this spin-off series in much of the same way as the other installments of both the big show and this series.  We’re meeting up with a piece of Hunter and Gretchen’s story this time – as they are planning for their wedding a year in advance.  Gretchen being the romantic that she’s turned out to be has decided that through a series of events she will be doing her darndest to not only make sure the wedding party of very well acquainted, but she’s matchmaking all the same.  In this case, it’s a pre pre party that brings everyone together.

Here is where we meet Edie, one of Gretchen’s oldest friends.  Edie of course has had her own fair share of suffering, much like that of Hunter, but not to the same extremes.  Through the course of the story, we learn that Edie was once very active, and on the road to becoming a physical therapist.  After a horrible skiing accident, she’s left with a busted knee that gives her a pronounced limp and a lot of pain, and also completely changes her professional path – directing her into feline behaviourist – other wise known as ‘The Cat Lady’.

It’s at this first party though that Edie over hears some of the guys mocking the idea of a weird cat lady as their pair that things get interesting.  especially as one of those guys is billionaire game developer Magnus – the same guy that Gretchen is trying to set her up with.

Where this story goes is one that’s quite expected – yet there’s this underlying tone of when will the other shoe drop.  The budding relationship between the two is fully contrived as Edie’s sister Biance and Magnus’ brother Levi are trying to get together and Bianca has this air of ‘i have to be available for Edie at all times’ so they need to figure out ways to keep Edie occupied.  I don’t know about any of the other readers – but way early on in the story, it wasn’t just the sense of her being a gold digger – i knew that there had to be more to the story with Bianca, and i think that we get to see the truth of things about 2/3 of the way in.

Regardless – while the relationship between Magnus and Edie didn’t start out on honest terms, we see a really great thing start.  We see that Edie’s able to help Magnus see his full potential and realize that he’s not just the brains behind the tech of his games but that he’s able to do it all and doesn’t need to feel the stress of pushing his brother.  In return, Edie gets a relationship with a guy that seems to not want to consider her an invalid and who really wants to do these big gestures because he cares.  The question though that lies ahead is who is going to reveal the lies and what will that mean for everyone involved.

True Jessica Clare style – we get that all in the last few chapters and the resolution is semi expected but with a few interesting bits and pieces.  The other trademark that we have here in this 2nd installment to the series is that the passion and chemistry here is sweet.  Similar to what we actually saw with Gretchen and Hunter – the romance here is exactly as it should be – not PG by any means, but still really romantic, hot and necessary.  I can’t wait to see what the next installment brings us and who it’s going to focus on.  Thankfully at least in this wedding party a lot has been set up but we can’t forget that there are so many others from the original series that will have their own contributions as well.  so on that note – enjoy and Happy Monday all.

Review: The Billionaire and the Virgin (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #1) by Jessica Clare

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Title:  The Billionaire and the Virgin
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group 2/17/15
Length: 266 pages
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #1

Overview

Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté. Raised by her grandmother, she’d rather go to bingo than go dancing. But when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid in her friend Bronte’s destination wedding, she finds herself venturing into new and exciting territory. The wedding is set on the billionaire groom’s private island and Marjorie is fascinated by all the new people she’s meeting.
Most fascinating of all is the man she saves from almost drowning in the blue waters of the island lagoon. She might even have a bit of a crush on him. Unfortunately, she’s not the only girl who finds him so intriguing. Hot shot television producer Robert Cannon has a reputation for womanizing, drinking, and partying to excess. They couldn’t be more wrong for each other…so why are they constantly drawn together like magnets?

My Thoughts

Since i have such a love for the series that is the basis for this spin-off i had a feeling that we’d get something great, and i’m thrilled that we do.  Not only are we seamlessly woven into the old series, we get to see how things are working parallel path – and they clearly are.

It’s at Bronte and Logan’s wedding where we get to see things begin to evolve for Mraj and her man.  Marj of course is one of Bronte’s friends from back in Kansas – at the diner that she worked at before meeting Logan.  It’s the week before Bronte’s wedding when everyone is on the Caribbean island that everything started for the happy couple that Marj begins to get her own happiness.  She’s due some of that actually since she’s 24, lived a sheltered life in Kansas after being raised by her grandparents, and she’s tall, lanky and under appreciated by just about everyone that she’s encountered.

Rob – well, he’s an interesting character.  Usually you don’t want to hate the leading men in these stories – they all have their dark pasts, and we’re never really given that level of insight into what’s made Rob into what he is.  We only know that he acts the way that he does since it’s expected of him, not that it’s who he really is – and lucky for him, Marj makes him want to be better.  Trouble for him is that Logan already knows of his reputation and is quite peeved that there’s a chance that Rob will put a damper on all things tied to his wedding.

It’s when Rob nearly drowns and Marj saves him that things turn around for both. Marjorie being the inexperienced virgin that she is doesn’t quite know what to do with herself around worldly and successful Rob, and Rob doesn’t want her to find out who he really is since he likes that he can be different with her.  What comes of this of course are a slew of really awkward dates, some rather juvenile petting and the srot and then some added budding romance.  Hearts will be broken i’m sure.

There’s something to be said though about an author who’s able to continue a series that is known for it’s complex emotional bonds between characters while having the hot sexy bits all included.  We have the workings of the great relationship, but the manner that the sex bits are approached has to be different given Marjorie’s inexperience, and while we’ve encountered a virgin in the past (think Hunter) – it’s not the same.  So the fact that i’ve been so invested and engaged by this story shows that Ms. Clare has a few great things up her sleeve.

Where we go with this budding romance though is not a smooth ride as i’ve mentioned.  The question that you have in your midn as you’re reading is whether or not it’s inexperience that’s going to keep them apart or if it’s Logan and Bronte and other folks that will really make it tough.  or…if it’s a combination of a few things that will cause them to self destruct.  There’s a move to NYC, a donation of over a billion dollars to charity and a few life changes that happen over the course of this story that really make ti flow.  so – all that being said – i’d say that this is a great spin-off that i can’t wait to see what happens next.  Enjoy!