Monday, February 24, 2014

Damn Billionaire Books

You'd have to be living in a cave not to notice the plethora of billionaire books on the market today. Over the last five years billionaire stories in contemporary romance and duke stories in historical romance have seriously gotten out of hand.

Occasionally, I'll read a duke story if it's by an author I like. I rarely read billionaire stories. I've never been one to fantasized about being a princess or day dreaming about being swept away by some guy that has extreme wealth, good looks, arrogance, and a jet.

Yet when I turned on my bestie's Kindle and it was opened to a balls deep, 'scream my name', type of scene, I was intrigued enough to want to go back and read the book from the beginning....

I usually don't read a lot of contemporary romance. You know, something that can be edited and scripted for a Hallmark or Lifetime channel movie. They take out all the spice and ramp up all the nice.

Reading these, I get my feel good rush I need, yet I rarely want to talk about them afterwards. They don't usually leave a lasting impression and frankly I'm often disappointed. Mostly the stories end up too sweet with not enough spicy spice to make up for it.

This contemporary read, lead to me reading the rest of the series, (out so far) and are easily my new favorite in contemporary romance. These are steamy romances with detailed sex scenes, and two out of three books would have to be heavily reworked in order to be appropriate for Hallmark or Lifetime. 

I started with book three (a borrow from a friend) and had no plans on reading the first two book in the series, until I got snagged by the excerpts at the end of the book.

That got me hook, line, and sinker. I bought and read them in the space of three days.

What made this series stand out? All of Jessica Clare's billionaires are different than other billionaires from similar stories. They are believably wealthy, yet not so arrogant from page one that you want to throat punch them. They have the arrogance, but it is somehow endearing not obnoxious. The heroines have all been very different from each other. Yet, whether wearing rose colored glasses, brash, or too naive, I have loved them all. 

Stranded with a Billionaire Book 1 by Jessica Clare

259 pages
Logan is the stereotypical billionaire. He's good looking, charming, and carries himself with a natural ingrained arrogance that comes with being born into money. One problem, he has never experienced a woman wanting him for him. When he finds himself stranded at a resort with a beautiful waitress, who thinks he's the hotel manager, he plays along. Logan revels in the simple joy of letting his guard down and having a woman fall for him as....well, not quite himself.  
Bronte would love a vacation but as a waitress, she needs to live off of every cent she earns. When she wins a trip from a local radio station she seizes the day and heads down to paradise. Finding herself stranded during a hurricane was not in the brochure, but at least it's with the sexy hotel manager. Bronte isn't usually a one night stand type of girl, but figures what happens on the island stays on the island right? What she didn't figure in was falling for a guy that isn't who she thought he was.

This was sweet, spicy, and fun. Out of all the stories I think this one could be the easiest to rework into a Hallmark/Lifetime type movie. There is sex, but at no point could the story be mistaken for an erotic story.

Bronte is a fabulous heroine with lots of pluck. She doesn't stand for being fit into Logan's world and schedule. She doesn't care about his money and Logan learns that he can't buy true love.

The secondary characters are as enjoyable as the H/h, which makes the continuation of this series all the sweeter.

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Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

261 pages
Hunter Buchanan is the epitome of tall dark and damaged. He wears as many scars on the inside as out and he's not above being underhanded to get close to a woman he has been admiring from afar.  
Gretchen is the definition of a brash no nonsense woman without a filter. When she takes a writing assignment at a giant lonely mansion, of course she gets an itch to look around. Nothing in the mansion is more intriguing than the delectable owner. Full of bluster and bark, Hunter Buchanan is an enigma Gretchen wants nothing more than to figure out. 

Based off a tale as old as time, Beauty and the Billionaire is my favorite in the series. Besides having some of the sexiest, all out spiciest scenes in the series, the beauty and the beast theme is superbly done. Hunter has the reactions of a wounded animal when approached by Gretchen. He wants so badly to meet her and have her like him, yet he can't stop himself from pushing her away. 

Gretchen is painfully unfiltered and brash. Something I can completely relate to. She thinks it's the brazen things she's said or done that has caused Hunter to be annoyed with her.This is heartwarming and humorous to watch unfold. 

Growing up around rich and beautiful people has ensured Hunter being shunned more than not. He's not used to daily physical contact let alone being in close proximity to someone he is so painfully attracted to. Of course he is extra guarded, but that only makes the desire and build up all the more combustible. The love scenes are beyond titillating and this is definitely a romance that boarders on drool inducing erotic. 

When Gretchen starts trying to get Hunter to open up we find out how he became scarred. This is another reason I love this book. I can't tell you how many disfigured hero books I've read with the same type of tragedy. Of course, I will not be giving it away, I will only say it's refreshingly inventive, believable and thankfully doesn't involve fire.

This story contains a few more quirks that makes it fresh and original, not to mention one of my all time favorite blow job scenes, but I'll let you discover them on your own. 

The Wrong Billionaire's Bed by Jessica Clare

258 pages
Audrey has been in love with billionaire Cade Archer since he was a just a middle class boy that lived down the street from her parents house. When her twin sister shanghai's Audrey into spending a month at his cabin she believes this is her chance to make her move.  
Reese Durham didn't set out to ruin all of Audrey's plans to seduce his best friend Cade, but tempting the strait laced Audrey is just too much to resist. The more Reese teases Audrey the more he wants her to look at him the way she looks at Cade. 
This book was actually the first one I read, that led to me reading the rest of the series. This is one of the most playful with the deepest underlining story. We meet Audrey's twin sister in Gretchen's story. She's a train wreck musician who got way into drugs. Now she's a junkie trying to get clean. Her part of the story is what keeps it from being too fluffy. 

The play between Reese and Audrey is great. Reese loves to provoke Audrey, but when she proves just how much she's been holding back it ignites a passion hot enough to burn them both. Reese is a talker. So, this story definitely has the most  hot dirty talk. 

               Coming Soon

Once Upon A Billionaire by Jessica Clare
*Available April 15th 

Warning: Content of series may cause unrealistic expectations concerning young available billionaires. 

Thank You, Jessica Clare

Jessica Clare is also Jill Myles and Jessica Sims
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