Blog Tour Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
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SYNOPSIS

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

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REVIEW

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

The Bastard Billionaire is one of the books I’ve been looking forward to most in 2017. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and fell completely in love with the second book. I couldn’t wait to find out what Jessica Lemmon had in store for me next with the third Crane brother.

In The Bastard Billionaire, Eli Crane has returned from war missing a limb. He’s recuperated nicely, unless you count his surly attitude towards everyone and everything. He’s purposely pushed every personal assistant his brother hires for him out the door. Eli plans on continuing his successful streak of quitting assistants, but Isabelle Sawyer is determined to outlast him. As owner of the employment agency, she knows she has everything to withstand Eli’s torture. What she doesn’t count on is being so attracted to him.

I have to admit that The Billionaire Next Door set the bar really high for this book. I loved that one so much that this one had a hard time measuring up. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a great read. It just wasn’t quite as amazing as The Billionaire Next Door. I think part of that was the characters.

I loved Eli and all his crankiness. He had gone through what no one should have to. He’d healed but not completely. He still didn’t see himself as the person he was before he lost his leg in combat. I was impressed with how Jessica Lemmon portrayed him and his personal struggle. It felt real and honest. I liked Isabella in regards to her relationship with Eli, but I wasn’t a fan of her back story. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t like the story behind her turning away from her wealthy family. It made it harder for me to connect with her. Luckily, I loved her relationship with Eli.

The push and pull between Eli and Isabella created fireworks. They knew how to light a fire under each other and get what they wanted and needed. Their chemistry was so sexy. I would have loved to see even more of it in the story.

The Bastard Billionaire was another great addition to the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I’m really sad to see this series ending, but it was so much fun to read. I would highly recommend it to contemporary romance readers.

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.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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