Kim’s Guest Review of The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed (Billionaire Boys Club #3) by Jessica Clare

twbbjcI hope y’all have been loving all the joint reviews that reading bestie Kelly (from Reading With Analysis) and I have been posting. We’ve read so many of the same books lately that we’ve joined creative forces to help put an end to all the writer’s block we’ve been having.

Our latest joint review is on The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed by Jessica Clare. It’s the third book in Clare’s Billionaire Boys Club series. Book one was Stranded With A Billionairefollowed by Beauty and the Billionaire, which Kelly and I gushed about here.

For a direct link to our review of our pros and cons about The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed, click here.

Kim’s Review of Stranded With A Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #1) by Jessica Clare

swabjcRecently, I’ve read contemporary romance novels that follow this pattern: boy wants girl, boy is rich and knows he can have what he wants, girl allows boy to treat her however he wants because he is “dark” and “brooding” and she is going to change him, etc.  You know the pattern.  Knowing this, I was hesitant to start reading a new contemporary romance series that follows a group of men known as the Billionaire Boys Club.  Once I read the plot of Stranded with a Billionaire (book one), I was interested enough to give Jessica Clare a chance to show me that she didn’t follow the same played-out formula.

Logan Hawkings is a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world: the Billionaire Boys Club.  Its six members obviously have a massive amount of money, but they also are very success driven and will do whatever it takes to protect their wealth.  Unfortunately for Logan, however, the rest of his life isn’t falling into place so well, with the recent death of his father and betrayal by his fiancée casting a shadow over his life.  He therefore decides to get his head back together with a trip to one of his new business ventures, a private island in the Bahamas.  After settling in, a freak hurricane and broken elevator bring a woman named Brontë Dawson into his life.  Brontë is just a waitress on vacation, but now she finds herself with the hotel manager to whom she is very attracted.  Fast forward a few days and Brontë finds herself in a full-blown relationship with Logan, but she suddenly discovers that he is much more than just the manager of the hotel.  Will this revelation threaten to tear their new relationship apart or can Brontë stay and help rebuild Logan’s life?

The first thought I had while reading this book was about how likable the characters were.  Brontë and Logan hooked me from page one.  Brontë is really funny; she’s full of snark, intelligence, and a burgeoning self-confidence.  She’s also got a philosophical saying for everything, which became a running joke for the whole book.  What I loved about her the most though was her sense of independence.  Logan’s money means nothing to her.  It doesn’t make her want to be with him.  She wants Logan the man, not Logan the billionaire.  Logan on the other hand is this strong, sexy man who oozes confidence and tranquility.  He knows he has the power and means to get what he wants.  What money can’t buy, he wins with his personality and genuine effort .  I know that bundled together, these traits make him seem arrogant.  At times he was, but it wasn’t an arrogance that turned me off.  I’ve read other contemporary romance novels where the leading men are just disgustingly arrogant, expecting their female counterparts to accept their demeaning behavior.  The amount of arrogant leading men in contemporary romance novels has skyrocketed in my opinion, and made me a bit hesitant to try new authors.  I’m happy that I gave Clare the chance to wow me with Logan, and I will definitely read about the other five men in her Billionaire Boys Club series.  If Clare’s witty and sexy writing in Stranded by a Billionaire is any indication of her talent, I’m going to enjoy each and every one of them.

4 out of 5 Stars

Stranded With A Billionaire by Jessica Clare
Penguin Group (2013)
eBook: 260 pages
ISBN: 9781101621233

Special thanks to Penguin Group for my review copy via Netgalley!

The April Roundup!

I can’t believe it!  At the end of April I had 70 books under my belt; this is the fastest reading pace I’ve done yet!  That’s 30 books ahead of schedule!  You can see a list of all the books I’ve read so far here.  With all of the reading I’ve done recently, you’d think I didn’t have enough time for anything else.  Well, that was not the case.  We had a month packed with all sorts of family/friend events that kept me running around!

Beautiful RuinsTo start the month off right, Todd, Jess, and I attended a book signing by Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins.  What an amazing author!  Jess was full of energy and a great all around guy.  I was fortunate enough to get my book signed by him and chat with him afterwards.  Overall, it was yet another wonderful event put on by R.J. Julia.  If you haven’t been there yet, get to it!  The following weekend, we attended a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in our town put on by the local Knights of Columbus.  It is a huge beer and food festival, with tons of local and regional breweries on hand with plenty of samples and a ton of food too.  Delicious!

Next, it was on to watch the Quinnipiac Men’s Ice Hockey team as they played in the national championship games!  We originally went to New Haven to get together with fellow alums to watch Quinnipiac take on St. Cloud in the Frozen Four semifinal game.  After winning that game, the Bobcats stayed in Pittsburgh to play Yale in the national championship.  We attended a game watch at a local bar and cheered on the Bobcats, but sadly they lost.  There’s always next year though!

IMG_20130509_085129Finally, I have to end this roundup on a slightly sad note.  Recently we had been noting that Sebastian (one of our two cats) had been coughing a lot.  Todd was able to take a day off of work and took him to the vet, where he had an x-ray (he had to be sedated as he can be slightly grumpy at times).  It turns out that he may have slight asthma, and the pills we got are doing the trick, so he is feeling much better!  Look at this cute face!

So on the reading front, the 27 books I read in April were primarily all new adult books.  This is seriously my new favorite genre.  I’ve already posted reviews on two of my favorites: Easy by Tammara Webber and Losing It by Cora Carmack.  AHH this genre is the bomb. I have many more recommendations for this genre, so keep an eye on my upcoming reviews.

Speaking of reviews, here is what’s on the schedule for the rest of May.  Sam’s going to be reviewing a new YA novel entitled The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison.  Todd’s working on Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano and A Year in Beer and Food by Emily Baime and Darin Michaels.  Christine will be reviewing Over the Rainbow by Paul Pickering and I’m working on Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare, and The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen among others.  It promises to be a full month as always.

I hope your April was as fun-filled and bookish as ours was!

Until next time, happy reading!