HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future…
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.
Irresistibly sexy and touching. A story about letting go of the past and embracing the possibilities that life presents no matter if it comes with a man you swore to hate.
Raven Stratton’s father died in a tragic car accident when she was a teenager leaving her alone to deal with the fact that he was heading to Paris with Diana Pierce, married to another man with three sons. Not only shocked by her father’s secret but also having the Pierce family taint his memory with claims of being a money chasing home wrecker sent Raven into a downward spiral. Getting her life back together was not easy but using her father’s insurance money she now has a home, runs a successful bar and wants to find her forever man. She only has two problems. The man she’s attracted to recoils from long term relationships. He’s also the youngest Pierce brother and doesn’t know how their pasts are connected.
After his mother’s accident, Dalton Pierce left his home and family to prove himself. After his father’s death a year ago, he came back to help his brothers run Pierce Construction loving his part with woodwork. Everything is right as rain except for the fact that he can’t get a certain sassy bar owner to give him a chance. All his attempts at charming her seem to have the opposite effect and he can’t understand why. Until he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, to restore her bar before an important interview. As the two of them get to know each other their attraction morphs to something bigger, but will it be enough to help them overcome their past once their secret connection surfaces?
Jennifer Probst has a knack for combining the right amount of humor, steaminess and angst. An emotional combination that kept me charmed while flipping pages hoping that a tragic past will intensify the love and connection between the main characters and help them navigate through the difficult path of trust and understanding.
Both Dalton and Rayven are well developed characters whose connection is more than physical, it has to be since Dalton is perceived by most as womanizer but has been relentlessly pursuing Raven for months even though he’s only looking “for now” while Raven tries to stay away at all costs from the man she believes helped ruin her father’s reputation.
He’s in awe of her independence, courage and smart-mouth making their verbal sparring fabulously entertaining. Another reason they’re perfect for one another other than their shared past.
“Never gonna happen, Slick. Been on the bedpost- notch journey before. I’m done.”
He winced at the nickname and the assumption. “I think you have me confused with someone else. I’m the one who’s collected on bedposts. Not looking for a quick score. Not looking for a quick anything.”
“Then what do you want?” He cupped his palms around his beer and leaned in. “I want to get my hands on something you have and make her sing. I want to strip her down, savor every moment, and stroke every corner. I want to break her until there’s nothing left, and then I want to build her back up, inch by slow inch, enjoying the smell and feel of her beneath my fingers. I want to look at her naked and beautiful again and know I was the one there for the whole journey. I need it, bad, Raven. And you’re the only one who’s able to give it to me.”
Her pupils dilated. Dalton knew in that instant that she wasn’t immune to him or the crackling tension between them. She chose to ignore it, but that didn’t make it not real. Her throat worked as she fought to process his statement. Her fingers clenched around the dish towel. Finally she pulled her gaze away and took a deep breath. “A real Don Juan, aren’t you? As pretty as those words are, you’re not getting me.”
She lifted a brow. “Hard to misunderstand that one.”
He gave a slow smile. “I want to get my hands all over your bar, darlin’.”
The relationship between the two builds slowly and everything from the desire, happiness, desire and heartbreak felt real and Probst’s ardent descriptions including Dalton’s love for woodworking helped visualize the story almost as if a fav rom-com movie was playing out before me.
Even though I haven’t read book #1 in the series I appreciated having the past characters included, especially Morgan, Dalton’s almost sister-in-law who befriended Raven. I’m very excited to read her story (Everywhere and Every Way, book #1) and eagerly await the next book in the series which is about Tristan Pierce.
Any Time Any Place is book #2 in the Billionaire Builders series by Jennifer Probst. It is a standalone contemporary romance with lots of wit and sexiness, a perfect rom-com fix. Told in first person from both points of view and has a happy ending.
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.