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: His Royal Princess (Billionaire Boys Club #3.5) by Jessica Clare

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Title: His Royal Princess
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 4/19/16
Length:   106  pages
Series:  Billionaire Boys Club #3.5

Overview

Their romance led to a royal wedding in Once Upon a Billionaire. Now see how it all began for Princess Alexandra of Bellissime and American actor Luke Houston in this novella from New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare.

As heir to the throne of Bellissime, Princess Alexandra is supposed to be cool and calm…not crushing on a movie star. When she hears that Luke Houston is filming a scene for his next movie in her tiny country, however, she can’t resist sneaking onto set to get a glimpse of the Hollywood hunk.

When Alex is almost caught on set by the press, she ducks into the first available hiding place—only to find herself in Luke’s private trailer, and getting much more than just a glimpse of him. It’s an up close and personal encounter that sets her heart aflutter, and sets her mind on some very unladylike plans to get to know him better…

My Thoughts

To be honest, i had no idea how this novella fit into the mix and then had to go back and sort it out all.  I”m glad that we got to peek into how this romance started though and how the wedding came to happen.

In this story – we get the expected royal that we know Ms Clare has been itching to write.  Alex is the heir to the throne now that her mother has abdicated and that means that she’s always had to live her life by the rules.  That’s been ok so far for her, just unfulfilling.  It’s only when a movie is being filmed in her small country  with the start being Luke – the actor that she’s had a crush on forever that things begin to change.

She happens onto the set one day and ends up hiding out in his trailer to avoid photographers when a chance encounter makes them meet, in circumstances that are quite funny.  Luke misinterprets who she is – meaning that he thinks she’s a hooker, and well, you know that there’s going to be a lot of apologizing later and quite a bit of embarrassment.

We spend the next chapters seeing how they figure out if they can entertain a relationship, be covert about it, and understand what it could mean to their futures since they are VERY different.  Alex speaks multiple languages, is destined to run a country and is very put together.  Luke has his GED, is American and is an actor on the cusp of something big in his career.

What we get is typical Jessica Clare in the sense that we have a nice romance here, with a story that carries us through the chapters.  Being that it’s a novella and not a full length story, there’s a bit that’s been shaved off so that we don’t necessarily get the depth and breadth that i’ve come to really love in her writing, but nonetheless, it’s still a sweet story filled with the right amount of steamy passionate moments. I can’t wait to see what’s up next in this series, novella or otherwise!

On that note, have a great weekend everyone and i’ll be back!

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: One Night with a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #6) by Jessica Clare

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Title: One Night with a Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Penguin Publishing 6/2/15
Length: 250 Pages
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #6

Overview

Kylie may be a makeup artist to the stars, but she knows what it feels like to be overshadowed. Especially by her famous boss, the pop star Daphne. That’s why she’s stunned—and delighted—when one night at a party, she attracts the attention of a gorgeous stranger. But when Daphne decides she wants the handsome billionaire for herself, Cade Archer is suddenly off-limits for Kylie…

Cade has known Daphne for years, and always wondered if she might be the right woman for him—even though she never gave him the time of day. But one sizzling night with Kylie has changed everything. So why is she suddenly avoiding him? Fortunately Cade is determined to get what he wants, and he’ll do anything to show Kylie she can get everything she wants too…

My Thoughts

I love this series and i think that we all really wanted to see something good happen for the last of the brotherhood – especially since his story line has been set up throughout quite a few of these books in the series.  We know that he’s been pining after Daphne, who happens to be Audrey’s Twin (Audrey is with Reese now if you remember and she’s Logan’s assistant) and Daph is also Gretchen’s sister (who’s with Hunter).  So this whole story line is very intertwined.  We got to know a lot about Daph in previous books – she’s a pop star who’s battled addiction for the longest time and while Cade is always there to try to save her and help her, he’s really running out of patience.

It’s only when he runs into Kylie, who’s ironically a make-up artist for Daph’s tour that things start to change.  Not only does Cade realize that Daph isn’t the right one for him, but he realizes that maybe he has to let her go completely.  Of course it’s much easier said than done when you’re talking about an addict.

Where this story takes us though is on the crazy fast relationship with Cade and Kylie and i have to admit that it’s a nice one.  what was meant to be a one night stand turns into so much more – and while it’s something that they have to keep hidden for various reasons, that’s also something that makes it that much better.

Kylie’s got her own fair share of things going on in her life.  She’s got a senile grandmother that she’s trying to take care of now since she was told she was a burden to that same grandmother her whole life.  On top of that, while Kylie likes how she looks, it gives her a lot of insecurity, and that’s something that always comes up in this story – although Cade is the kind of guy to make it that much better.  and makes her feel beautiful.

Stopping there for a second, i have to say that this is one of the things that i really love about Jessica Clare’s writing and of the characters that she develops.  She doesn’t write about these perfect characters.  Yes most of the brotherhood are AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS but they all have flaws of some sort, and the women are very real as well.  I think that’s something great to a reader or at least to this reader since i feel like i’m always reading about beautiful perfect thin girls in these stories and when they go shopping they look great in everything.  that’s not real for me, so the fact that we get ‘real’ girls here, and real men for that matter, it makes it that much better.

but back to the story – in typical form of Ms. Clare, we also get some great scening.  These men clearly know what they are doing and Cade is no exception.  He’s a romantic of course and he’s human, so when things happen that aren’t expected or even aren’t ‘good’ – well we see honest reactions and that’s great.

In addition to this romance, we get to see the underlying issues of a tour going awry – friendships growing and dying and a family being torn apart.  Knowing that this is the last of the brotherhood, i’m a bit sad, although i have a feeling that we’ll get to continue the journey with them at some point.  so on that note, enjoy this installment and HAPPY THURSDAY!

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!

Review: Romancing the Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #5) by Jessica Clare

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Title:  Romancing the Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year: Penguin Group USA 11/4/14
Length: 304
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #5

Overview

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?

My Thoughts

I’ve always had a soft spot for Jonathan and i’m glad that we get to see his story this time around.  It was always hinted at that his heart was elsewhere, and that he wasn’t interested in anything serious with new women like his ‘brothers’ – and it’s great that we got to see why.

This story takes us back to when Violet and Jonathan met 10 years prior and through the journey of Violet coming to terms with her father who had passed, and what became of her friendship and relationship with Jonathan.  Through a scavenger hunt of sorts, Violet’s father brought these 2 back together as a way to apologize since he realized as he was dying that he needed to fix all that he had messed up.

We go from New Mexico to London to Greece and back to Detroit on a hunt to decipher clues leading them to what Violet’s father stole, and along this journey we see a passion and heat re-ignite among a couple that’s not quite ready to walk away from each other but who are too scared to welcome it with open arms.

Like we’ve gotten throughout this series is a great set of characters – they are great as a standalone duo, yet it’s nice to see other brothers come in to play supporting roles.  Cade does that here and i can’t wait to see what his story brings to him.  We also get some great passion and such a sweet love story that you know that you’re reading something by Ms. Clare.  There’s chemistry that leaps off the pages, but you aren’t kept reading the story because of that. y ou want to root for these 2 in a way that’s heart warming, yet you know that it’s not going to be an easy journey.

I’m excited for the next installment and i hope that you guys are too.  Enjoy!

Review: Once Upon a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #4) by Jessica Claire

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Title: Once Upon a Billionaire
Author:  Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Group USA  4/15/14
Length:  224 Pages
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #4

Overview

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…

As a member of the royal family in a small European country, Griffin Verdi’s presence is requested at the wedding of the century. The scholarly billionaire feels out of his depth in social situations, so a good assistant is required—especially when dealing with royal etiquette.

Unfortunately for Griffin, he’s stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn’t know a thing about high society—but she sure can kiss. Her lack of polish may sink Griffin, because after all, even his money can’t buy class. But through Maylee’s eyes, he’s starting to appreciate the simple things in life—if simple means the most complicated woman he’s ever met.

Maylee is everything Griffin isn’t—and everything he wants—if he can let down his guard and step outside his sheltered world…

My Thoughts

I’m a fan of this series – just because i really enjoy the dynamic of the men in the club and i really want to get down to why they are the way that they are.  I think that in the 3 installments that we’ve gotten so far, there’s been a level of quality and depth that we’ve come  to expect, that starts off here, but i wonder if it falls a little short.

This 4th book in the series takes us on the journey of Griffin, a guy that we have come to know as the one that most of the girlfriends really don’t like.  Griff (as his friends call him) is a bit nerdy, and rough around the edges in the sense that he’s quite pompous and snobbish – a result of his royal upbringing.  In this story though for him, he’s put in a position where he has to go back home for a royal wedding – something that he dreads since his family frowns upon the fact that he moves to the US and has given up his claims to the throne and all that.

Maylee comes into the fold only when Griffin’s assistant comes down with Chicken Pox and cannot travel.  As a way of ‘punking’ him, Gretchen, Hunters girlfriend offers up Maylees services – and that’s going to flip Griffin’s world upside down in so many ways.  Maylee is the polar opposite of Griffin in manners and appearance, yet she brings him exactly what he needs.  someone who’s heart is bigger than anything else.

This story takes us on a journey of patience – Griffin trying to tamp down what he has always been because he’s starting to feel emotions that he never expected – guilt and empathy – and his body responds to Maylee in ways that weren’t expected either

As we’ve also come to expect from these stories – it’s often the last third that takes us from the happy point to the one where the girl runs away and this follows suit perfectly.  We see that Gretchen who has claimed to never run, chooses to run because of a series of events, and the question is what Griffin will have to give up in order to get her back.  I think that’s really the interesting piece here – to see if he’s grown and how much through the course of the story.

The other nice thing that Ms. Clare does for us in this series is that she gives us a great peek into what’s going to come next.  We haven’t had an installment on Jonathan yet, however we know quite a bit about him from the club.  In this book, we see his involvement with Griffin in archaeological adventures, and that’s the lead in for the next book.  It’s a teaser that we need – knowing that there’s clearly something going on since Griff’s picked up on it within this own story – so we’ll have to see where things go.

Jessica Clare gives us a fair share of heat and passion for a few chapters – but i think that here it’s more about the story of the character relationships than the sex.  While i usually come to expect more heat in this genre – i think that it’s really key to have the depth of who these folks are in their relationship and we definitely made strides.  Enjoy it!

*note – clicking on the cover will now take you to BN.com to buy!

Review: The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed (Billionaire Boy’s Club #3) by Jessica Clare

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Title:  The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed
Author: Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Group (USA) 10/15/13
Length:  265 pages
Series: Billionaire Boy’s Club #3

Overview

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

My Thoughts

We’ve become well aware of Audrey as she’s Logan’s assistant and she had a role in all of the other ladies stories – either through helping Bronte through her struggles or being the younger sister of Gretchen in book 2.  I knew what was coming from the horrible experience that she had at Hunter/Gretchen’s party when Daphne her twin showed up high and drunk and caused a spectacle.

So in this story we get to see Audrey’s dreams come true – in an odd way.  She’s trying to help Daphne get sober since her twin won’t go to rehab again, and Cade, one of the billionaires and her childhood friend has offered his house and his assistance to get Daphne sober. This means that Audrey has the chance that she’s always wanted to spend time with him since she’s been in love with him forever and see where it goes.

Of course things don’t always work out as planned – because as soon as they get to Cade’s house, they find Reese there, with another woman and that throws a curve ball in things.  Daphne’s also not the easiest to deal with since she’s having a tough time coming down off her drugs and substances.  What ensues is a ‘hate hate’ relationship with Audrey and Reese, Daphne being needy and Cade being overly attentive to that, and Audrey finding herself attracted to Reese in ways that she didn’t expect and didn’t want.

All the while, still harboring feelings for Cade and not sure what the implications will be.  Throughout this story we get to see the dynamics between the couples, and see what will develop.  There are a lot of things that were quite expected in terms of who would hook up and who’s feelings would get hurt.  I can’t say that there was any twist here that was unexpected and unpredictable which is a bit of a let down since i think that there was more of that tension in the previous installments of the series.

While i like the story and i like that it’s continuing, i really hoped that there would be more tension which would lead to more passion and that’s not really what we got.  We got luke warm sensuality between the characters, lacking the steam and passion that i’ve come to appreciate, but at least we got to see characters come together that deserve each other.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see who’s story is next……this was average but i’m not willing to give up on the series yet.