The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #1
Also in this series: The Taming of the Billionaire, The Billionaire Takes a Bride, The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake, Billionaire on the Loose
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: February 17th 2015
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Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté. Raised by her grandmother, she’d rather go to bingo than go dancing. But when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid in her friend Bronte’s destination wedding, she finds herself venturing into new and exciting territory. The wedding is set on the billionaire groom’s private island and Marjorie is fascinated by all the new people she’s meeting. Most fascinating of all is the man she saves from almost drowning in the blue waters of the island lagoon. She might even have a bit of a crush on him. Unfortunately, she’s not the only girl who finds him so intriguing. Hot shot television producer Robert Cannon has a reputation for womanizing, drinking, and partying to excess. They couldn’t be more wrong for each other...so why are they constantly drawn together like magnets?
Robert Cannon isn’t necessarily a nice man. He runs a network that he started from nothing and its work, work, work with him all the time. The network is known for their T & A reputation and Rob’s fine with that as it makes him lots and lots of money. He’s actually on the island to try and get a partnership going with another billionaire, Logan Hawkings, but it appears that not only does Logan not want to do business with the network, he thinks Rob’s a sleezeball and wants him off the island ASAP. That doesn’t work for Rob so he stays. He’s working one day while floating in the ocean and a series of small events occur that has him almost drowning in a small amount of water. He is saved by a woman that to him looks like an angel. From that moment on he’s almost completely fixated on finding the woman. When he can’t find her he decides to leave and ends up running into Marjorie, his guardian angel. He asks Marjorie out and tries to be the person he thinks she wants – kind, courteous – just an all around good man. Needless to say that doesn’t work well for him.
Marjorie is on Seaturtle Cay Island for her friend Bronte’s wedding to Logan Hawkings. She feels a bit out of her element as she’s used to small towns, diners and hanging with the geriatric crowd but she’s excited and happy for Bronte. When she meets Rob she’s shocked that he wants anything to do with her. She’s 6’1” and loves high heels which of course make her taller. She has serious self-esteem issues because of her height and her past experiences with boys/men but Rob is 6 foot but doesn’t seem to find an issue with the fact that Marjorie is taller than him. In fact he encourages her to wear heels as he loves the way that they make her legs look.
The pair spend time together on the island but they don’t talk about what will happen after they leave. Rob lives in California and Marjorie has accepted a job with Bronte and will be moving to New York. Rob knows that once Marjorie finds out exactly who he is she won’t want anything to do with him but he’s head over heels for the woman and wants to spend as much time as he can with her. Unfortunately hiding the truth doesn’t last for long and when Marjorie finds out neither one of them are happy.
This was such a sweet and relatively uncomplicated story. Marjorie and Rob meet and it’s instant attraction. Soon they’re spending every minute they can together and they were adorable together – an unlikely pair but adorable. I loved see them falling in love and Rob building up Marjorie’s self-esteem. He truly loved her height and everything about her and he wasn’t afraid to say it.
Their first date was such a disaster I wasn’t sure they could recover from it. When each came clean (Rob was kind of an ass and cussed like a sailor, and Marjorie didn’t dress like a hoochie mama and get drunk all the time) their time together was incredibly refreshing. No, I didn’t care for the fact that Rob was keeping secrets from Marjorie but I knew why he did it. Marjorie was so kind and good that Rob knew she wouldn’t react well to the truth about his network.
You can guess what happened with Rob and Marjorie when the truth came out but I have to say that as groveling went Rob really pulled out all the stops. He knew exactly what to do to win Marjorie’s favor and he wasn’t afraid to go for it in a BIG way. I loved that he wanted to be a better person for Marjorie and that she was the one who made him see the light about his life.
Overall it was a good book and it looks like it will be a great spin-off series of Clare’s Billionaire Boys Club.
Rating: 4 out of 5