The Wrong Billionaire's Bed by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #3
Also in this series: Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire, Romancing the Billionaire, One Night With A Billionaire, His Royal Princess, Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding (Billionaire Boys Club #6.5)
Published by Intermix, Penguin
Publication Date: October 15th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, General
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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.
Be sure to read all of the Billionaire Boys Club novels from InterMix. These boys play well with others.
Audrey has been worried about her strung-out twin for years. When Daphne again lands herself in hot water, Audrey decides it’s time to take matters into her own hands to ensure Daphne finally dries out. If helping her sister puts her in a rustic cabin with her long-time crush and childhood friend, Cade, well…that’s just a little bonus. Except it doesn’t quite work out that way. Cade’s friend Reese is using the cabin to entertain a lady friend when Audrey shows up. Though she’s able to run the woman off, Reese refuses to leave.
As days go on and Audrey tries to get Cade’s attention, she finds herself spending more time with Reese than anyone else. Cade takes on the role of caregiver for Daphne which leaves Reese and Audrey plenty of time to get to know one another. She doesn’t like him much, but they have undeniable chemistry.
When Reese realizes Audrey is crushing on his friend Cade, he decides to help her out. Not that she asked for his help, but it’s something to keep him occupied. Until he realizes he’s attracted to her for himself. Then he pulls out all the stops to show her Cade isn’t what she really wants.
On the surface, this is a cute read. Audrey and Reese have chemistry in spades. The sexual tension and witty banter were great. Though they started with a large amount of animosity, it wasn’t long before things were steamy and they easily fell into a strange friendship. Reese is one of the few who saw beyond Audrey’s buttoned-up attitude and need for control to the woman beneath. He saw her fears, desires and true personality. He came to know her better than even her sisters.
The way Audrey constantly put Cade between them was frustrating. Halfway through the book she was still convinced she was fully in love with him, even though it was apparent Cade was in love with her sister. I would have liked to see her open up sooner. Still, their’s was a sweet romance with a fair amount of zing and some fun thrown in.
Had that been the only part of this novel, I would have walked away well-satisfied. Unfortunately the sub-plot featuring Daphne detracted greatly from the story. First, once they arrived Audrey did little to help her sister dry out. She said she’d be there for her, but she spent the majority of the time out and about with Reese or avoiding her sister in other ways.
Let me share something: Watching a drug-addict/alcoholic detox is not fun. It isn’t just mopping their brow and letting them sleep it off. It’s dirty, messy, and emotionally and physically draining. There’s vomit and headaches and all manor of other things. Plus, if someone is truly an addict, flushing their drugs and whisking them away to a remote cabin isn’t going to do them any favors. They need to slowly be taken off the stuff and the process is long and dirty.
Unfortunately, little of that was addressed in this book. The tone of the book was much too light for the subject matter. The topic was a dark one and should have been presented that way. Instead it was glossed over.
Though the romance was sweet, I struggled greatly with the plot.
3 out of 5