ARC Review & Excerpt: THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE by Jessica Lemmon

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

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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THE BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS SERIES

The Billionaire Bachelor, #1

The Billionaire Next Door, #2

The Bastard Billionaire, #3

Series Page on Goodreads

 

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Excerpt:

Standing, she smoothed her hands down her pants and flipped her hair. She had planned to quietly finish her work and leave without seeing him again. No such luck. And no hiding that she was heading his way when her heels clicked along the concrete floor.

Well.

The kiss had happened. The button incident had happened. There was no taking it back. Regardless of how either of them felt about it, she was going to continue working here. So. She would deal with the here and now.

Since the sun was shining, Eli’s lair was welcome instead of foreboding. No fire cracked in the hearth today. Also unlike his usual, he wasn’t at his desk. He was at the printer.

“This yours?” He offered a sheet of paper.

“Yes.” She couldn’t keep from explaining. “Pressed the Print button by accident.”

Mi printer es su printer.”

Isa accepted the document and Eli sank his hands into his jeans pockets, his forearms flexing with the movement.

“I wasn’t—”

“I shouldn’t—” they said at the same time.

He pursed his lips and she looked at her shoes. “Go ahead.” She was going to say, I wasn’t offended when you kissed me, but now that she’d had a millisecond to think it through, maybe she should pretend the kiss hadn’t happened. Which was . . . impossible. Standing this close to him, it’s all she could think about.

“I shouldn’t have ruined your shirt,” he said.

“I dared you to.”

“Why?” His eyebrows compressed along with his lips.

“Because you have accepted the role of beast, but I don’t believe that’s who you are.” She let her gaze linger on his face before tracking down his body. “And because I like a challenge.”

“Do you?” He took a wide step toward her.

She matched his move and took one step closer to him. “Yes. I don’t wilt easily.”

He threaded her hair between his fingers, a look of longing and hurt mingling in his eyes. “I was about to lie and say I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

Shivers climbed her spine as she remembered how firm his lips felt against hers. “Maybe . . . you shouldn’t have stopped.”

 

My Review:

 

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Holy Crapoly, did I LOVE this book! This was my first Jessica Lemmon book and I am just kicking myself for not reading her sooner. The easy flow of her writing style sucked me in right away. Reading her words felt like I was snuggling up on the couch with my favorite blanket and a mug of hot chocolate. Instant comfort! Even though this is the third book in series, this book can absolutely be read as a standalone. I didn’t have any trouble keeping up when previous characters and story lines were brought up. That being said, I do want to go back and read the previous two books now.

Eli Crane is back home in Chicago from his most recent tour of duty, to run help run his families hotel empire, Crane Hotels with his brothers Reese and Tag. Since coming back from the Middle East, Eli has gained the reputation for being a difficult person to get along with to say the least. He has already gone though many personal assistant that he has purposely scared off, until he meets Isabella. Isa is able to see though Eli’s BS right away and isn’t scared off my his gruff exterior. Eli notices right away that Isa is tenacious, stubborn, and very strong.

I loved being able to have a front row seat to watching Eli change and grow and how his and Isa’s relationship developed from working, to friends, and then to lovers. They really had the time to really get to know each others deepest and darkest parts of themselves. I also loved the family aspect to this story. No matter how hard Eli tried to push his family away, they kept rallying around him tried to make his transition to civilian life as smooth as possible.

I can’t recommend this book or author enough. I can’t wait to block out some time to binge read all of Jessica Lemmon’s back list. I already know I’m going to have a blast meeting all of her different characters. I am so happy to have a new to me, favorite aut0-buy author!

XOXO, 

-M 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

 

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