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Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

Posted February 24, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica LemmonReviewer: Rowena
The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #3
Also in this series: The Billionaire Bachelor, The Billionaire Next Door
Published by Forever
Publication Date: February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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four-stars

A BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS NOVEL

Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . . Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They've hired him ten personal assistants-and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay. Isabella Sawyer's employment agency can't afford to lose Eli Crane's business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won't rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .

The Bastard Billionaire follows the last of the Crane brothers on that journey to his happy ending. Eli Crane served in the Marine corps until an explosion sidelined him and killed his friends. He’s living with a shit load of survivor’s guilt and the guilt is turning him into a surly, growly man who doesn’t want to have anything to do with the family business or any of the administrative assistants that his brothers keep sending his way.

The thing about family is…they’re not going anywhere and neither is the company supplying all of the administrative assistants that Eli keeps scaring away. You see, Isabella Sawyer has a business that she’s trying to get on the map and she’s not going to let Eli Crane scare away her biggest client, his family’s hotel empire. So if she’s got to do the job herself, that’s what she’ll do and Eli Crane will not scare her away. She’s just as stubborn and determined as he is and he’s going to find that out for himself, first hand.

The chemistry between Eli and Isa was pretty intense right from the very beginning. Eli’s confusion at not being able to scare Isa away along with the niggling doubts in the back of his mind about not even wanting to send her away was fun to watch. He fought that attraction at every turn but fate has a way of shoving you on your ass to make you sit up and take notice. So yeah, I enjoyed this story a lot.

Isa was a strong heroine who worked hard and loved harder. She wasn’t prepared for Eli Crane. She didn’t want to like him because he was such a big thorn in her business side but there was more to Eli than meets the eye and he was too hot for him to think so low of himself. She wasn’t looking for him but once she found him, she wasn’t sorry. She didn’t back away from her feelings, and I loved that so much. She owned her feelings right from the jump and even when she knew that Eli wasn’t where she was emotionally, she didn’t back away from how she felt for him. My heart hurt and then rejoiced for her because she was pretty awesome.

Together, they were fantastic. I adored seeing Eli’s walls crumble to the ground where Isa was concerned and I really enjoyed getting to know Isa throughout the entire book. This was a fun book with great guest appearances from Eli’s family. They were a fun bunch in the other books and it was great to see more of the same from them in this one. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Review: Size Matters by Alison Bliss

Posted December 27, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Size Matters by Alison BlissReviewer: Rowena
Size Matters by Alison Bliss
Series: A Perfect Fit #1
Published by Forever
Publication Date: November 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
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three-half-stars

The rules of (fake) engagement . . .

Leah Martin has spent her life trying to avoid temptation. But she's sick of low-fat snacks, counting calories, and her hyper-critical mom. Fortunately, her popular new bakery keeps her good and distracted. But there aren't enough éclairs in the world to distract Leah from the hotness that is Sam Cooper - or the fact that he just told her mother that they're engaged . . . which is a big, fat lie.

Sam sometime speaks before he thinks. So what started out as defending Leah's date-ability to her judgmental mother soon turned into having a fiancee! Now the plan is to keep up the fake engagement, stay "just friends," and make Leah's family loathe him enough to just call the whole thing off . But Sam has an insatiable sweet tooth, not only for Leah's decadent desserts but her decadent curves. Her full lips. Her bright green eyes. Yep, things aren't going quite according to plan. Now Sam has to convince Leah that he's for real . . . before their little lie turns into one big, sweet disaster.

When I read the blurb for this book, it reminded me of Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie and I love that book so I was all about reading this one. I’ll be honest, I was hoping for a Bet Me like story and while the stories were similar, I didn’t love Size Matters the same way that I loved Bet Me.

Leah Martin grew up with a mother who loved to throw her weight in Leah’s face so obviously, she’s got some hang ups about herself. She’s a grown woman who can’t see all of the positives about herself because she’s so focused on the negative and while I got it, her insecurities got on my nerves. She was so sensitive about everything and Sam just couldn’t get it right where she was concerned that I felt bad for him. Sure, he was dense as hell but his intentions were good and I kept shaking my head because damn. He couldn’t win.

When Sam steps up for Leah at her ex’s wedding, he proclaims to be her fiance’ and the story really took off from there. At least it did for me.

This book had laugh out loud moments that I appreciated because I spent a great deal of the book, frustrated at just about everything. Leah’s mother, her ex, her inner thoughts and just things. There’s a crap ton of body shaming in here thrown Leah’s way and on one hand, I could see why Leah’s insecurities were so bad but on the other hand, I wanted Leah to be above all of that. Sure, that’s her journey throughout the book but I wanted it to happen a lot sooner than it did.

Sam was a great character that I loved to pieces. I loved that he kept right on putting his foot in his mouth and I loved that he tried to be a white knight for Leah even though she didn’t even like him much. I loved that at his core, he was good guy who did some growing of his own.

Leah drove me crazy because she focused so much on the negative stuff but she really does come into her own in this book and I liked the person she was in the end.

This book was a solid read with little things here and there that had me rolling my eyes down the street but for the most part, it was good story telling. I enjoyed seeing these two circle each other until they finally got things right and Bliss kept me laughing throughout the story so while it wasn’t a favorite read of mine, it was still pretty dang good.

Grade: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Review: Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti

Posted November 22, 2016 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Deadly Silence by Rebecca ZanettiReviewer: Casee
Deadly Silence by Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Blood Brothers #1
Also in this series: Deadly Silence
Published by Forever
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
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two-half-stars

DON'T LOOK BACK

Under siege. That's how Ryker Jones feels. The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency he opened up with his blood brothers has lost a client in a brutal way. The past he can't outrun is resurfacing, threatening to drag him down in the undertow. And the beautiful woman he's been trying to keep at arm's length is in danger...and he'll destroy anything and anyone to keep her safe.

Paralegal Zara Remington is in over her head. She's making risky moves at work by day and indulging in an affair with a darkly dangerous PI by night. There's a lot Ryker isn't telling her and the more she uncovers, the less she wants to know. But when all hell breaks loose, Ryker may be the only one to save her. If his past doesn't catch up to them first...

Full of twists and turns you won't see coming, DEADLY SILENCE is New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti at her suspenseful best...

This book was not my cuppa. First, it took me two weeks to read. Two. weeks. When does it every take any of us two weeks to read? After reading the Sin brothers, I was super excited about this book because it was an extension of that series and I really like Rebecca Zanetti. Not so, this book.

Ryker Jones and his brothers have an uncanny ability to find the lost. Since they escaped the boys home they grew up in, they all have special abilities from unusual hearing to detecting when someone is telling a lie. Using these abilities has helped them find people. Right now they’re working on a case with the FBI. The only catch is that they can’t be caught on camera, have their finger prints taken or anything else that could point anyone to their identities as the boys in the group home.

Ryker has also met Zara, a paralegal that he’s starting to have more than casual feelings for. Of course Ryker never meant to have more than a fling with Zara, but then she started to do sweet things for him like cook for him and make him laugh. Making someone like Ryker laugh isn’t easy and it draws him to Zara even more. He also realizes that Zara has problems of her own. When his brothers start talking about leaving, there is no way that he will leave her until she is safe.

Then there is yet another problem. Someone has hacked their system. Someone that wants their help, but has gone about it in a very unconventional way. They can’t say no because they are being blackmailed, but they never would have said no in the first place.

There are about four plots going at once here. That’s way too many. I couldn’t barely keep up. I felt like I was in a pingpong machine and wondered where to next. Way too much for me.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

two-half-stars

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Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Posted October 24, 2016 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica LemmonReviewer: Rowena
The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
Also in this series: The Billionaire Bachelor
Published by Forever
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Can't Buy Me Love

It's Tag Crane's job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn't perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he's ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It's not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it's a fantasy come true. What's the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can't be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

The Billionaire Next Door is the second book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series and it was another enjoyable romance that I loved to pieces. Before I get into my review of this book, can we take a moment to admire the beauty of that man on the cover? My first thought upon seeing that I was approved to review this book was:

Yeah, I was that excited for this story. I was also really excited to get more Taggart Crane. His character really shined in Reese’s book and his role was very minor. I’m happy to report that he was just as awesome as I expected him to be in this book. This series is really shipping up to be one of my favorites of the year. The stories themselves are great and I’m really loving the characters as well. I’m mighty anxious for The Bastard Billionaire next.

Tag is in charge of the Guest and Restaurant Services part of the Crane hotels. He’s the laid back Crane brother that is always up for a good time. He keeps to himself but enjoys women. He enjoys entertaining women for a few months before helping them on their way to their next relationships. He’s never wanted more than that from anyone before so he’s taken aback from his instant attraction to Rachel Foster, the woman house and dog sitting for his downstairs neighbor who is out of town on business for the next month.

Rachel just quit her job because her boyfriend stole her ideas and got the promotion she was angling for. So she’s on her way to a new life. She wasted years of her life with someone who didn’t appreciate her and didn’t respect her so she’s making changes. She’s a bartender these days and she shares an apartment with her co-worker and friend, Bree, who is in a relationship that is getting pretty serious so Rachel knows that her time of sharing rent with her friend is running out so when she’s offered a gig house and dog sitting for one of her regulars at the bar, she jumps in because 1) extra money means she’ll get closer to getting her own spot soon and 2) she’ll be house sitting a condo in the freaking Crane Towers. That gorgeous is going to be her home for a month. Yes, please.

Rachel and Tag are brought together by a barking dog that keeps Tag from working in his home office. When Tag finds out that the woman he can’t get out of his mind is the same woman that is dog sitting while his neighbor is out of town, Tag is excited. Rachel is attracted to Tag but has some hang ups about relationships at the moment so it takes her a bit to warm up to him.

I really enjoyed watching these two circle each other before Tag was able to swoop in and snag Rachel up. I loved how patient Tag was with Rachel and how much Rachel liked Tag. I thought the way that their relationship was handled was well written and fun. I liked the progression of their romance and was really into everything that was going on from the very beginning. This was a fun romance with two very likable characters that you’ll be rooting on from the jump. I didn’t even care that the title was wrong since Tag lived upstairs from Rachel, not next door. It was good!

Lemmon is impressing me with this series and I’m really looking forward to more in the next one. I can’t wait! This was a good, solid romance and I definitely recommend it.

Grade: 4 out of 5

four-stars

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Sunday Spotlight: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Posted October 23, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 4 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release we’re excited about. We’ll be posting excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Jessica Lemmon is a new to me author. I read my first book by her a couple of months ago when The Billionaire Bachelor came out. I enjoyed that one a lot and have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I finished Bachelor and met Tag Crane. He charmed the socks right off me in his brother’s book and that is a huge reason why I’m thrilled to be featuring his book here on the blog for today’s Sunday Spotlight.

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The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
Also in this Series: The Billionaire Bachelor, The Bastard Billionaire
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Forever

Can’t Buy Me Love

It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

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Excerpt

Surely the blonde would be down with Adonis in tow any second now. As he took the second sip from his cup, he saw her. Well, he saw Adonis first since he was six feet ahead of her, leash a straight, taut line. The blonde’s hair was in a sloppy topknot, and she’d changed into jeans and a long red sweater. Her coat was open, her boots came up to her knees. Nothing special about her outfit, but he was hit with a blast of longing so acute, he froze in place.

Damn.

Like the first time he’d spotted her on the sidewalk, she’d once again struck him stupid. Him noticing a woman was not a rare thing, but neither did he stop and stare, dumbstruck. The moment he’d noticed her, and she’d noticed him, had been infused with a palpable buzz of electricity.

“That’s stupid,” he grumbled against the lip of his coffee cup, sliding behind a divider separating the coffee shop from the lobby.

She strode by in a plume of soft, floral perfume, Adonis in the lead and so focused on getting outside he didn’t give away Tag’s hiding spot.

Tag shook his head. There was no denying it. Oliver’s girl was cute.

“One of her regulars,” he mumbled to himself, remembering their conversation from earlier. He glided over to the front desk after woman and dog vanished into the whitewashed landscape outside.

Regular whats?

But he knew. One look at the blonde’s smooth skin and blue eyes, even with her body covered from head to toe in flannel polar bears, Tag knew exactly what she and Oliver were regularly doing.

It was what any man in his right mind would regularly do with a woman who was as effortlessly sexy as she was.

“Whatever,” he said, determined to stop debating how dorky Oliver had landed a super hot (and way too young for him) girlfriend.

“Talking to yourself again, Tag?” Fiona manned the front desk often, her shifts ranging from day to night to filling in for the afternoon staff. He’d been out with her a few times. She was brunette, savvy, and a great lay. A keeper if he were the keeping type, but then he’d let her go and she’d gone and now she was dating some dude with a law degree. Good for her.

“The blonde,” he said, tossing his chin toward the door she just exited. “She’s staying with Oliver. I think she works second shift. Can you let me know when she comes in tonight?”

“You mean spy for you?” Fiona’s eyes rounded playfully.

“A little intel is not spying, Fi.”

She tapped her keyboard then said, “Rachel Foster. Says here she is a bartender.”

Rachel. The bartender.

“One of her regulars,” he said, his tone shifting into duh. He was a restaurant guy—how had he not put that together? They must’ve met at the bar where she worked. Maybe Rachel and Oliver had some sort of opposites attract thing going on. Who knew, maybe the guy was really charming in that setting.

Tag grimaced. He couldn’t picture it.

“I’ll let you know of her comings and goings,” Fiona promised. “Oh, and Tag?”

“Yeah, doll.” He dragged his attention from the door to focus on Fi’s knowing expression.

“This wouldn’t happen to be personal would it?” Her voice had a sing-song quality.

“He’s Oliver’s girl. You know better.”

“I do.” Nostalgia hung on those two words, like maybe she was remembering a time between them. He couldn’t call up specifics, only that she’d rated on his scale and she was all wrong for him.

That happened a lot.

“The dog has been barking nonstop. It’s not like him.”

Fiona nodded. “Ah. I bet he has separation anxiety. Whenever I leave my Pomeranian, Lola, she goes crazy. My dog sitter says she’s inconsolable for weeks.”

“Separation anxiety.”

“Mm-hmm,” Fiona confirmed, folding her arms on the counter in front of her. “There are several things you can do to combat it. Some dogs need more exercise, others special treats. They even have these toys that are like puzzles you hide treats in to keep them busy during the long hours while the owner is away.”

“No shit.”

Fi’s smile widened. “No shit.”

Finally. Something tangible. An action step he could check off a list.

“Where’s the nearest pet store that would have those things?”

“I love Pup Paradise. They have everything, including services like grooming and dog massages.”

Dog. Massages.

“Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that,” he said. “Get me an address, will you?” Movement outside the door showed Rachel Foster and Adonis moving toward the glass entry door. “I’m, uh, I’ll be back.”

Without explanation he darted off in the direction of the coffee shop, but not before he heard Fi’s smart aleck comment of “Totally spying.”

Yeah, yeah. But for good reason. He watched Rachel walk by, that same thread of longing stringing through his entire torso.

He wanted to help the dog. That’s it.


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About the Author

Jessica Lemmon
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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers.

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