Review: The Billionaire Next Door

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

Delightfully sweet, sexy and entertaining as all get out.

On a regular day it’s easier to confuse Taggart Crane with the dog walker than to accuse him of being a billionaire executive. As the person in charge of the Guest and Restaurant services Tag’s job does involve lots of traveling and parties, but when he’s trying to concentrate on a way to reduce losses while his neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking Tag decides to take matters into his own hands never expecting to find an even bigger distraction, a gorgeous blond who doesn’t want his money or care about his almost royalty like status.

Living in the big city was Rachel Foster’s dream, but after a bad break up forces her to leave her marketing position and take on a bartending job it seems like she might have to go back home. Until a dog sitting job opens up an opportunity of a lifetime, to help out in the bar redesign at Crane Hotels alongside of the ridiculously handsome and consummate bachelor Tag Crane who makes her feel sexy and sure of herself, a complete contrast to the way her ex made her feel always insecure. But is it enough for her to risk her heart to when the player starts to pursue her?

There’s no way the image of a fun loving, sexy Tarzan-Thor-esque billionaire won’t get you fired up, but there was a lot more to like about this sweet and sexy lighthearted read. I really liked Rachel and Tag’s meet cute, it set the mood for the entire book. Tag runs down to see what’s wrong with his neighbor’s dog, and because of his lumbersexual vibe Rachel mistakes him for the dog walker. It takes a bit for them to know their real identities, but one thing is for sure, the attraction is unmistakable.

Neither is looking for anything more and a fun while it lasts sort of friendship and as they get to know each other we find out about Rachel’s borderline abusive ex-boyfriend who made her doubt herself and feel less than and we get to see Tag being sweet, thoughtful, considerate and patient with her. Even though Rachel does have some insecurities, she’s smart and set on keeping her independence.

“Thanks, I guess.”
“You’re welcome, I suppose.”

She glared. He grinned.

The playful push and pull pacing between them felt right. As feelings develop they realize that being together is better than being apart but that means having to face their fears, and I liked that even though the book does have a happy ending it’s perfect for them without it feeling over the top. And for those of you wondering about the steam, Lemmon rights sexy like nobody’s business.

“I’ll make you a deal.” Tag’s cocksure smirk was back in place, sincerity switching places with his typical bravado. “For each embarrassing secret you tell me, I’ll take off an article of clothing.”
She laughed. “You’ll strip for me?”
“Why not? Whatever part I expose, you can touch. How’s that?”

The friendship between Rachel and he bestie was really great and it was a kick to see Tag mixing it up with his best friend or his brother Reese (from book #1 in the series), both of which made Tag the butt of their couples jokes. I also liked getting to know the elusive Eli who’s book is up next.

Billionaire Bachelor is the second 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.

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

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