Contemporary Romance

Review: The Billionaire Bachelor

The Billionaire Bachelor
The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is exactly the kind of book I wanted to read, sweet yet sexy, fun, smooth flowing and easy to read, and with lots of heart. I found it really hard to put it down.

“Without you, I have nothing. Without you, I am nothing.”

He has something she’s wanted all her life. She’s the key for him to fulfill his legacy. The solution, a business proposal of the “I thee wed” kind.

Reese Crane has worked tirelessly for years to prove himself and be appointed CEO of Crane Hotels once his father retires, something the board of directors is overlooking because they’re focusing on his bed hopping, playboy reputation. After getting his heart broken several years ago, settling down is not something Reese wants, but he’ll do just about anything to achieve his goal, including faking matrimony and signing over the Van Heusen Hotel.

“He needed someone who was his opposite yet equal. He needed someone who could handle pressure elegantly, even while using the word horseshit. He needed Merina Van Heusen.”

Merina Van Heusen loathes Reese Crane as much as she hates the fact that her parents sold their hotel, her dream, a Chicago landmark and piece of its history to the soulless man. Fortunately Reese has a six month term business proposal in which they both get what they want. What happens, though when lines get blurred, pretending feels more like real than anything has in their lives and the undeniable chemistry between them ignites? Can Merina convince Reese he’s capable of love and give them a real chance?

This is only my second Jessica Lemmon read but I’m already a fan. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series and want to read her other work. Even though the billionaire romance genre is widely popular and fairly predictable in the sense that we know the main characters will fall in love and have a happy ever after, Lemmon’s writing style feels fresh and engaging, her characters are alluring and the journey towards that happiness is fun, sexy and delightful.

“Merina pushed to her knees and tugged the length of striped sild, bringing his face to hers. I like when you come undone, Crane.”

I’m not sure what it says about me that I like a-hole heroes. OK, that’s a bit extreme. I just like heroes AND heroines to be flawed, otherwise it would be difficult to connect with them. A-holism just happens to be one of those character faults I like because when walls crumble we usually get a swoon worthy core. Needless to say I really liked Reese and his coldhearted, a-hole façade and when Merina gets to know him she discovers he’s more than just a hardworking man, he’s a loving son and a good brother who is just afraid to expose himself to heartbreak.

“Merina is tough, but also soft. She dresses like a lady, handles herself like a woman, and doesn’t allow anyone to boss her around.”

Merina was an interesting heroine, because when we first meet her she’s absolutely incensed, completely unreasonable and unhinged and I honestly thought I wouldn’t have enough patience for it. But I loved how Reese sees beyond this and accurately pegs her as not only a feisty woman who leads with her heart, but also a strong and smart one, and my initial irritation completely evaporated because that same heart and sharpness is what helps breach the distance between them.

“They ran hot and cold with each other, but no matter the temperature between them, the attraction endured.”

Reese and Merina are perfect for each other, not only do sparks fly between them – something which probably deserves a separate paragraph – but while keeping up the marriage charade they banter, they open up to one another, they slowly become close and familiar and find that they have a lot in common. Mostly they realize that they can trust each other.

“She offered her friendship and support and nothing about her was faking it. She was here for him.”

Besides the very appealing main characters, Jessica Lemmon includes wonderful supporting characters like Merina’s best friend and parents as well as Reese’s dad and his incorrigible younger brother Tag whose book is up next.

Billionaire Bachelor is the first book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. It is a standalone, full-length, contemporary romance with lots of sexiness, witty banter and sweet loving moments. Told from both points of view, with a happy ending.

4.5 stars

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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley. The excerpts are from that copy. *

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