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How to Bang a Billionaire is book one of a trilogy all set around the same couple. It’s 1ST POV from Arden only. Now, this one does not end on a cliffhanger – they are together when the last page rolls by – but I have heard that there IS a cliffhanger at the end of 2 (due out later this summer, I believe). I might hold off on 2 until closer to 3’s release, but I’m not sure. I’m not always patient, after all.
Arden is the younger of the two, just graduated from Oxford, and is not at all sure about what he’s going to do with his life. (His major was English, by the way.) Caspian is older – I’m not sure that an exact age was said, but I was guessing early 30s, maybe? – and very rich. Like, third-richest-man-in-the-UK rich.
So how did these two meet? Well, when the book starts, Arden is helping his school with a fundraiser and is manning the phones, calling up alumni for donations. He’s only there that night to fill in for his sick roommate, and he’s been hung up on all evening, until he manages to catch Caspian’s attention – and not just for the fundraiser. The two talk for a few, and something about Arden has Caspian wanting to know more, even though that’s the opposite of his MO. He doesn’t do one-night stands but he doesn’t do relationships either. But he does want something with Arden, some middle ground between those two opposites. Before long, the two agree to an arrangement: Arden will live in one of Caspian’s houses for the summer (or longer – there’s no set end date yet), so as to be available between Caspian’s busy schedule. Arden, unable to deny his attraction to the mysterious man and with no plans for his immediate future anyway, happily agrees, even though he has his problems with Caspian throwing his money around too much.
It's soon made clear that it won’t be that simple, as Arden needs and wants more from him than Caspian can give, and this does lead to Arden leaving him for a bit. But don’t worry, Caspian goes after him, and I found that scene quite sweet.
Caspian is very much an intense, secretive, and controlling man – not in an asshole way, by any means, though he’s not perfect. He’s the tortured hero, the one whose past has made him who is today, and while we don’t find out in this book what happened in his past, we do see how the mysterious dark past has affected him. Caspian is both extremely sweet and charming to Arden, but also a bit unintentionally hurtful to him, too.
Caspian has a lot of dark baggage that clearly causes his need to put distance between them, as well as his self-hatred of his enjoyment – no, need – for control and kink in the bedroom. Arden is plenty comfortable with what he likes, including the BDSM bits, but has a hard time convincing Caspian that there’s nothing wrong with what they do behind closed doors. Arden wants Caspian to restrain him, to dominate him, but Caspian can’t let himself go enough to do so, even though it’s clear that deep down he wants that, too.
Reading this reminded me of why I love Hall’s writing, which is both beautifully captivating at times and ridiculously silly, with phrases and scenes making me giggle-snort. Even better, these moments often came out of nowhere, which is something I really love about Hall’s voice and writing style. How to Bang a Billionaire is romantic, it’s deliciously tempting, and it’s got snarky-silly, often dry, wit that I love.
If you’re looking for a new tortured billionaire with a need for BDSM, this is a great choice, and gives the reader a solid look at the start of what I’m sure will be an angsty relationship for these two men. I need to rest of the trilogy ASAP!
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