Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #5
Also in this series: Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire, The Wrong Billionaire's Bed, One Night With A Billionaire, His Royal Princess, Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding (Billionaire Boys Club #6.5)
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn’t come so easily…
Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt’s daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.
Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder…does he really want her, or just what she's hiding?
When Jonathan and Violet were just 19 years old they met while on one of her father’s archeological digs. They became friends and fell in love. Violet soon became pregnant but didn’t actually come out and tell Jonathan that. She stated that she wanted to return to the states and start a family, immediately and expected Jonathan to know that that meant she was pregnant. Huh. Jonathan, being the 19 year old that he was, laughed it off as a silly idea. He was excited about Violet’s dad’s dig and didn’t understand why Violet would want to leave. She did just that, leaving Jonathan a note that told him about the baby and asked him to come to her. He never did.
Ten long years Violet has been harboring a hatred of Jonathan. Not only did he not care enough to understand that she was pregnant and that she needed him but then she lost the baby and was alone then too. She’s cut herself off from all emotion and goes about her job as a teacher with calm and cool. That is until her father dies and plans one of his infamous scavenger hunts for Violet and Jonathan.
Jonathan is so excited to be with Violet again. He’s never stopped loving her and has missed her for the 10 years they’ve been separated. He was told by Phineas, Violet’s father, that she got married right after she left the dig 10 years earlier so he’s damned excited when he finds out that she’s single. He thinks this is his chance to win her back. He doesn’t plan on Violet being so antagonistic because he had no idea about the baby – at all.
While Jonathan and Violet go on their scavenger hunt they get closer and soon fall into bed together but Violet ends up deciding that it will never work and leaves Jonathan, who is devastated at the loss.
This was a pretty simple story. It was a quick read and not too complicated. I can’t say that I loved Jonathan and Violet together all that much. Violet was so closed off and SO angry with Jonathan. IDK, I guess I would think that after 10 years she would be more apathetic than angry toward him. She obviously never got over what she thought of as his betrayal and I hated that even when they started getting closer that she held it over his head constantly. I just wanted her to grow up and get over it and give him a second chance.
Jonathan was a good guy but a little too fawning for my liking. I know he loved Violet and would do anything for her but he needed to be his own man as well and I just didn’t see that. I did appreciated that his love never wavered over the years but didn’t like the way he kowtowed to Violet constantly.
Overall it was a good story but wasn’t too spectacular of a romance imho. This is the first book of the series that I haven’t liked a lot so I’ll definitely keep reading the series to see what happens next.
Rating: 3 out of 5