Friday, March 3, 2017

[Pat's Review]: "The Bastard Billionaire"

romance novel covers, contemporary romance, The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
Publisher: Forever (February 28, 2017)
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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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Reviews of Lemmon's Previous Novels:

Bringing Home the Bad Boy (#1) -- Pat
A Bad Boy for Christmas (#3) -- Pat
Return of the Bad Boy (#4) -- Pat

If You Dare -- Kame

The Billionaire Bachelor (#1) -- Pat
The Billionaire Next Door (#2) -- Pat


Pat's Review:



This is the third novel in a series about the wealthy Crane brothers, all owners, along with their father, of the successful Crane Hotels chain based in Chicago. Elijah (Eli) Crane is the only one not working for the family business. His military career was cut short after losing a leg, along with two of his best friends in Afghanistan. He has spent a year of rehab, soul searching, and battling survivors guilt. Now he is slowly returning to his life, but he is not interested in Crane Hotels. Instead, he is working on a secret project that has his heart.



Eli has had a series of PAs, all hired by his brothers to ease him into the work they feel he is destined for. The eleventh ran from his office crying, calling him a monster. Isabella (Isa) Sawyer is the owner of Sable Concierge, and values the Crane Hotel's contract with her. As a last chance effort she is putting herself in the firing line and determined to not let Eli run her off. Within the first several minutes of introducing herself, he does his best to bark at her and get her to leave -- to no avail. He has met his match.




Standing in Eli's hallway was like hovering at the mouth of a cave where a hibernating grizzly bear hid.




Eli is frustrated by this maddening woman, but can't seem to ignore his unwelcome attraction to her.



Isa left her family's wealth and pressure behind when she opened her own business. She loves her work, and is not going to let Eli undermine her success. But the more she gets to know him, she realizes his bluster is just a facade, and she's falling for the wounded warrior underneath. They both have been damaged by previous relationships, but Isa is ready to try again, Eli needs time, but Isa is running out of patience.



This novel can be read as a stand alone, but the first two books in the series really set this story up and are a great read. I'll be honest, I'm not a great fan of "Billionaire" stories, but this series made me eat my words.



4 STARS! 


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley.

*Note: The quote used belongs to Jessica Lemmon; TBQ's Book Palace does not claim it.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! 



Enjoy!


Until Next Time,


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