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Monday, October 24, 2016

*Grabby Hands* Review - The Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon

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Title: The Billionaire Next Door
(Billionaire Bad Boys #2)
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publication date: October 25th, 2016
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Forever
Can't Buy Me Love

It's Tag Crane's job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn't perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he's ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It's not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it's a fantasy come true. What's the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can't be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

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4 “Man bun” Stars

ARC via NetGalley

Thank you, Forever!

I don’t know about you, but the moment I heard this book had a love interest with a lumbersexual vibe (long hair + beard), I looked like that emoji with heart-eyes… *gimme gimme*
Because, dude, Tag sounded yummy, which he totally ended up being.

I read my first Jessica Lemmon book a couple months ago, and it was “The Billionaire Bachelor”, the first title in this series about billionaires and the strong women they fall in love with. I really enjoyed this author’s writing and the romance between Reese and Merina, but I think “The Billionaire Next Door” was even better than the first.

The plot here is quite simple: Rachel and Tag aren’t looking for a relationship when they meet, but their attraction is instant and burns too hot to ignore. When they give in, they realize staying away from each other is nearly impossible when being with each other feels that good. As their feelings develop, Tag and Rachel must face their insecurities and fears in order to find love.

Rachel is a very likable character. She’s gone through a horrible situation with an ex-boyfriend who, not only stole her promotion and practically got her fired, but also made her feel like crap/like she wasn’t enough when they were together. This kind of relationship can be really destructive to a person’s self-steam, and it made Rachel doubt herself and her sexuality. That changes when she meets Tag. Slowly, the guy who she thought wasn’t her type at all becomes everything she can think about, and he helps her accept her body and her sexuality.

The thing about Rachel was that she wasn’t that super naïve person—especially after being burned by the person she thought she’d marry—but she still had this very innocent vibe to her, which made her easy to relate. Despite that side of her, she was someone focused on having an independent life and she was really smart. Plus, she liked dogs. That’s always a win in my book.

Tag surprised me. I didn’t expect to like him this much. Honestly, I didn’t remember much about him from the book about his brother, but he made a lasting impression this time. He was sweet from the beginning—offering help when needed, going out of his way to make sure the neighbor’s dog was well, caring for Rachel when she was tired/stressed/scared, and yes, helping her realize she was sexy and powerful just the way she was. Tag was a real gentleman in a lumbersexual body, which, OMG, made him perfect.

The romance also developed in perfect pacing. Unlike the first book in the series, this one didn’t have one of the famous romance tropes to guide it (no best friends to lovers, or hate to lovers, or fake relationships, etc). It was a simple “girl meets boy and they fall in love” kind of story, but I still felt like things happened the way they were supposed to and at the moment they needed to.

I really enjoyed reading about Rachel and Tag, seeing Reese and Merina make an appearance here and there, and getting to know a little bit about Tag and Reese’s brother, Eli.  After that little excerpt in the end, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
*If you liked this review (or not), if you read the book (or not), come say hello and leave your comments bellow.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great review! This book was such a fun read and you captured that. I can't wait for the next book! Eli is going to be so much fun.