Guest Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Posted October 29, 2013 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

17825218Tracy’s review of Beauty and the Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #2) by Jessica Clare

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…

Real-estate tycoon Hunter Buchanan has a dark past that’s left him scarred and living as a recluse on his family’s palatial estate. Hunter is ready to give up on love—until he spots an enigmatic red-haired beauty and comes up with an elaborate scheme to meet her.

Gretchen Petty is in need of a paycheck—and a change. So when a job opportunity in an upstate New York mansion pops up she accepts. And while she can overlook the oddities of her new job, she can’t ignore her new boss’s delectable body—or his barely leashed temper.

Hunter’s afraid his plan might be unraveling before it’s truly begun, but Gretchen is about to show him that life can be full of surprises…

Hunter was in his house hiding from view when Gretchen and her friend came to take some books for charity. He saw Gretchen, heard her speak and wanted to get to know her better. Hunter couldn’t go about this the “normal” way as he is horribly scarred from a childhood accident and tries not to go out in public. He concocts a crazy scheme for Gretchen to stay at his home so that he can get to know her without outside interference.

Gretchen is a ghostwriter who is sick of her job. When her agent calls and tells her about a new publisher that has asked for her by name she thinks it’s odd but hears the proposal. The proposal is to write an epistolary novel having to do with family letters. The catch is that she has to stay in Buchanan Manor for a month while she writes as the letters can’t be taken from the premises. Again, pretty weird, but when she’s offered $300,000 for the book she accepts.

Gretchen is entranced by Buchanan Manor and likes to go exploring. During one of these explorations, right after she’s moved in, she ends up in Hunters’ wing and sees him naked. He’s rude and kicks her out as he’s sure that she’s disgusted by his scars – not that she finds him attractive. Over the course of the month the pair become closer but with a few ill chosen words communication breaks down and Gretchen leaves. Neither is happy with the outcome but each might be too stubborn to bend to the other.

I really liked the first book in this series with Logan and Brontë so was excited about reading about Hunter and Gretchen. They certainly didn’t let me down. There were a lot of things I liked about this novel but I think what I liked most about this book was Gretchen and her acceptance of Hunter. Yes, she knew he was scarred but when she looked at him she didn’t see him for the hideous beast that he called himself, she just saw a man and I loved her for that.

Hunter was a gruff, rude bastard when Gretchen first arrived. He didn’t know how to act and when she would flirt, he’d run the other way – even though he wanted nothing more than to stay and flirt as well. Being as Hunter was a virgin he just didn’t know how to play the seduction game. He got pretty darned good at it by the end of the book, that’s for sure. 🙂 Once he let himself relax he was a genuinely kind person who was also a fierce businessman and was used to getting what he wanted. Of course when he didn’t get what he wanted he tended to throw money around to get it but he could be forgiven for that.

The romance in this one was great and I especially loved on of Hunter’s gestures when he and Gretchen were separated. The letters that Gretchen was cataloguing were love/sex letters between a couple and he sent one to Gretchen to try to tell her how he felt. It made me smile as he knew that he couldn’t come up with the words himself but the letter told her exactly what was in his heart. *sigh* Good stuff.

I would definitely recommend this one and can’t wait to see what happens in the series next.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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