The Billionaire Takes a Bride by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #3
Also in this series: The Billionaire and the Virgin, The Taming of the Billionaire, The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake, Billionaire on the Loose
Published by Intermix
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
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Billionaire Sebastian Cabral loves his family, he just doesn’t love their reality TV show, The Cabral Empire. So when his ex-girlfriend tries to rekindle their relationship on camera, Sebastian decides that drastic measures are in order.
By day, Chelsea Hall is a happy-go-lucky, rough and tumble roller derby skater. By night, she’s still living in fear of her past. Most of all, she just doesn’t want to be alone. And she really, really doesn’t want to date.
So when their mutual friends’ upcoming wedding turns Chelsea and Sebastian into fast friends, they realize they can solve both of their problems with one life-changing lie: a quick trip down the aisle.
But with one kiss, Chelsea and Sebastian suddenly realize that their pretend relationship is more real than either of them expected…
Sebastian Cabral loves his family but really wants nothing too much to do with them at the moment. For the past couple of years his family has been the focus of a reality tv series and he’s staying as far out of that as possible. He realizes he needs to do something more than just stay away when he finds out that an old flame is back on the show and the producers plan on getting them back together – which is a big NO on his part.
Chelsea is a woman who makes soaps for a living but also is a roller derby girl. She loves roller derby but is shy to tell people about it because most men seem to think that means she’s a stripper. A few years ago Chelsea was roofied then raped and she’s had some serious issues since then. Roller derby makes her feel touch and she loves that feeling over the meek and mild one she feels when she’s off her skates.
Chelsea and Sebastian meet at a dinner party that their friends Gretchen and Hunter are having for their wedding party and they realize that everyone is hooking up. They decide that if they act like they’re hooked up than everyone else will leave them alone. It works too!
The lives of the two change when Chelsea’s roommate gets a job in Austin and moves out then Sebastian’s mother and his ex, Lisa, make their move and Sebastian gets the idea that if he marries Chelsea she’ll be safe and he will be able to get Lisa and his mom off his back. She agrees but what starts as a total marriage of convenience quickly turns to much, much more.
This was a wonderful marriage of convenience love story. I loved both Chelsea and Sebastian and together they were a pretty fun-loving couple. Yes, Chelsea had her hang-ups about several different things and quite frankly needed some serious therapy but I thought that the way she and Sebastian worked them out between them worked for them and it made the story good.
The Cabral family – all but the dad – were pieces of work. My heavens if I had a family like that I might actually move as far away in the world as I could get and cut off all communications. Geez they were intense! But despite their utter craziness Sebastian loved them and I was actually happy to see he didn’t run the other way as it proved his strong feelings for them and what a good man he was.
I do wish that we could have gotten to know Sebastian a little better. We got to see him with his family a time or two and then with his art which was a huge part of him but other than that I really knew nothing about him.
Overall I found this to be a sweet love story and I loved the roller derby aspect of it as it added a great dimension to the story.
Rating: 4 out of 5