Friday, March 3, 2017

BLOG TOUR, 5 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon





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



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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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

After Eli sends away the tenth personal assistant, Isabella knows that she needs to take one for the team. The team being the employment agency she owns and runs. So she shows up at Eli's prepared to be his personal assistant. He turns out to be nothing like she expected and while that throws her a bit off at first, she knows exactly how to handle him. And despite the fact that Eli "fires" her repeatedly during the first week, the two of them eventually find their rhythm.

Eli is intrigued by Isabella from the moment she walks into his apartment. She's tough. She doesn't back down. Doesn't look at him differently. And she definitely does not take his crap. She is the perfect woman for him. And everyone sees it, except him. Of course. But since the first time he has returned home, he finds himself interested in someone. 

The author touches on some subjects that we might see often in the romance book world and it was handled with humor and care. Now that Eli is home and back with his family, he has to deal with his new life and he finds himself a tad lost. He's not always good at it, but I don't think anyone expected him to be. His family as well as Isabella are they to help him find his way back. He also picks up a project outside of Crane Hotels, that made me say "Huh. Never thought of that before, but it totally makes sense." 

I think this is my favorite book of the series. What can I say? I am a sucker for a cranky Alpha. Maybe it's because I am a bit cranky myself...I don't know. But there is nothing better than a cranky, hot guy who knows how to use that to get the woman of his dreams, especially if he doesn't even realize that is what he is doing. I tip my hat to you Jessica Lemmon, because I think Eli is the ultimate cranky Alpha. 




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.”





THE BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS SERIES

The Billionaire Bachelor, #1
The Billionaire Next Door, #2

The Bastard Billionaire, #3

Series Page on Goodreads





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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