The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
Also in this series: The Billionaire Bachelor, The Bastard Billionaire
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
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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