ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
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 . . .
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Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars
I loved this lively romantic comedy! Jessica Lemmon has a knack for creating vibrant characters and sucking the reader in her story, with her punchy dialogues and effortless storytelling. With this book, the third one in her Billionaire Bad Boys series, she has once again delivered a delightful story with a perfect balance between humor, emotions and chemistry. This romance between a grumpy billionaire and a sassy businesswoman, definitely hits all the right notes! And I can’t resist a book inspired by Beauty and the Beast!
Since retiring from the Marines, Eli Crane’s main occupation has become running off the personal assistants his older brother Reese sends to help him. His efforts have been crowned with success, since Eli makes a good show of being a total jerk. That is, until Isa Sawyer accepts to step in. Isa manages a concierge service company, and she can’t disappoint Reese Crane. She is tenacious and a perfect match for Eli’s bossiness and determination. I enjoyed Eli and Isa’s interactions, their witty banter, the dynamics between them was so much fun! She enjoys teasing him. He enjoys challenging her. Their battle of wits was laugh-out-loud funny!
A typical Jessica Lemmon’s heroine, Isa is confident, driven, sassy and not at all intimidated by Eli’s surly manners. He likes others to believe he is a grouchy jackass but she sees through his show. Eli’s life has been turned upside down since he lost his friends and his leg in Afghanistan and he needs time to deal with his feelings and emotions. Their relationship is complicated, but they have a natural connection that can’t be denied. I loved the realistic way their relationship progressed from cautious friendship to much deeper feelings.
I really enjoyed this story of homecoming and new beginnings. Jessica Lemmon’s characters are strong, with a hint of softness that I adore. I loved the great cast of supporting characters, Reese and Merina from “The Billionaire Bachelor” and Tag and Rachel from “The Billionaire Next Door”. I’m sad this series is finished but I can’t wait to see what Jessica Lemmon has in store for her readers. This book can be read as a standalone, but I definitely recommend reading the whole series, you won’t regret it!
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I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.
Standing, she smoothed her hands down her pants and flipped her hair. She had planned to quietly finish her work and leave without seeing him again. No such luck. And no hiding that she was heading his way when her heels clicked along the concrete floor.
The kiss had happened. The button incident had happened. There was no taking it back. Regardless of how either of them felt about it, she was going to continue working here. So. She would deal with the here and now.
Since the sun was shining, Eli’s lair was welcome instead of foreboding. No fire cracked in the hearth today. Also unlike his usual, he wasn’t at his desk. He was at the printer.
“This yours?” He offered a sheet of paper.
“Yes.” She couldn’t keep from explaining. “Pressed the Print button by accident.”
“Mi printer es su printer.”
Isa accepted the document and Eli sank his hands into his jeans pockets, his forearms flexing with the movement.
“I shouldn’t—” they said at the same time.
He pursed his lips and she looked at her shoes. “Go ahead.” She was going to say, I wasn’t offended when you kissed me, but now that she’d had a millisecond to think it through, maybe she should pretend the kiss hadn’t happened. Which was . . . impossible. Standing this close to him, it’s all she could think about.
“I shouldn’t have ruined your shirt,” he said.
“I dared you to.”
“Why?” His eyebrows compressed along with his lips.
“Because you have accepted the role of beast, but I don’t believe that’s who you are.” She let her gaze linger on his face before tracking down his body. “And because I like a challenge.”
“Do you?” He took a wide step toward her.
She matched his move and took one step closer to him. “Yes. I don’t wilt easily.”
He threaded her hair between his fingers, a look of longing and hurt mingling in his eyes. “I was about to lie and say I shouldn’t have kissed you.”
Shivers climbed her spine as she remembered how firm his lips felt against hers. “Maybe . . . you shouldn’t have stopped.”
THE BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS SERIES
The Billionaire Bachelor, #1
The Billionaire Next Door, #2
The Bastard Billionaire, #3
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
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