Title: The Billionaire Takes All
Author: J.S. Scott
Publisher/Year: Amazon Publishing 3/7/17
Length: 251 Pages
Series: The Sinclairs #5
A-list movie star and billionaire Julian Sinclair learned from past tragedy that life doesn’t come with multiple takes. Now that he’s figured out what he wants—in the lush form of redheaded Kristin Moore—he’s got one chance to claim it. Between working as a medical assistant and filling in at her parents’ bar, Kristin has no time for pleasure. So Julian is bringing her to his brother’s Vegas wedding, where their mutual attraction can finally get a starring role.
What happened in Vegas has followed Kristin right back to Amesport, Maine. In the space of one magical weekend, the leading man in all her X-rated fantasies whisked her off to Sin City for breathtaking sex, followed by an “accidental” marriage she doesn’t remember. Kristin fully expects Julian to demand a quickie divorce. But instead he’s daring her to go all-in. To gamble everything on a love that might be too good to be true…or the best, wildest adventure of their lives.
Leading into this book, I had high hopes because the dynamic between Julian and Kristin seemed to be one that would open them up to a lot of ‘love hate’ and likely turn into hate sex for a while. While we do get some of that, we don’t get all the heat that I was expecting. Being that Julian is an A lister in Hollywood, one of the most eligible men out there, I was looking forward to watching how Kristin would fit into that world, how there would have to be the expected jealousy when he’s at appearances with other women, and how maybe there would be catty-ness coming at Kristin since she’s not what everyone would expect Julian to be with.
What we get instead is a really sweet story, albeit a bit light – where there’s a drunken get away to Vegas for Tessa and Micah’s wedding, followed by a drunk night out that turns into another wedding. Kristin doesn’t realize she’s married when she leaves Vegas since Julian had to go back to LA early for work and took all evidence with him, but when she does learn, after she’s given up hope that he’s going to come back to her, well, the tables are turned and we watch him try to woo her.
As we saw in Emily and Grady’s story – there’s a length of time arrangement that the Sinclair alpha will give their love interest to hopefully change their mind to make them fall in love, and that’s what we get here. Kristin is so sure that there’s no future for them that she continues to sabotage things even when she sees the improvements to the family business an her parent’s quality of life.
It’s a sweet story, and we get the ending that we want, but I wish that it was a little more of a roller coaster with bigger highs and lows like many of the other installments. There’s really nothing unexpected happening here and while it’s not always needed…sometimes it’s nice.
What we do get on the drama side is the return of Xander from rehab. there’s clearly something about the robbery that he’s not sharing which makes it that much harder, and personally, knowing that he was shot and stabbed endlessly that night, i’m willing to bet that he was the intended target that night, not his parents, and that he knows who killed them. We’ll see how that all turns out in the next book I think, so i’m going to pick it up right now and see what it’s all about. Enjoy!