The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
This was one of my most anticipated reads and I feel really bad that this didn’t work for me than I would have liked. I loved the first book but this one just missed the mark. The hero didn’t appeal to me than I expected he would. Heroine got a doormat vibe going on for her. The pacing was tricky, a little too slow for my liking. The ending was abrupt for my taste. It was still a decent read because it was light, sexy and sweet enough. The writing was still solid as well. It’s just that the plot could’ve been improved because it lacked depth and wow factor. This would be a nice breather if you’ve been binging on emotional reads.
Bidding on the Billionaire by JM Stewart
This was such a hot book! Hannah wouldn’t come out of her shell because of the scars on her face so she resorted to online chatting. Here she met Cade, who’s a lawyer and also a book nerd. That’s what they have in common and where it all began. Their friendship had blossomed and so did their lust for one another. Hannah knew she didn’t want a relationship and wanted to stick to her animosity, thanks no thanks to her dbag of an ex. Cade wasn’t settling down soon because of his previous failed relationship that made him not to trust women in general. The story really had all the potential for a 5-star read, only the conflict fell a little too flat for my taste. The events flowed fast but smoothly, combining both characters’ fears and the woman from Cade’s past. I enjoyed the story overall because it wasn’t over the top dramatic and could be a quick and hot read.
Bargaining for the Billionaire by JM Stewart
My most favorite of the series because of its sensuality and passion.
Maddie is such a relatable character because of what she went through. She’d been badly lied to and therefore has sworn off relationships for the meantime. But her friends won’t let her sulk anymore. Enter a blind date with a guy whom Christina (from book 2) recommended. What started off as nice chat mates became a little intense and naughty. Also, Maddie didn’t know who it was behind the username. But the person behind it knew all along. It was hard for Grayson to lie to Maddie but he’s out of options and he knew she wouldn’t give him any time of the day. Gray had always loved Maddie. He never wanted to hurt her because of what he did in the past. For the record, he didn’t mean to lie to her but I understood and respected Maddie’s decision to break up with him.
I loved this story because the characters were totally believable and so was the plot and how it was written. The pacing was just right that you wouldn’t get bored. It’s a little tricky, though, because we weren’t able to see Gray and Maddie’s relationship from when they first began. The bits of it were mentioned in passing and it was fine–it was just my own preference. Overall, I really highly recommend this one and the second book.
Claiming the Billionaire by JM Stewart
From the previous book, Cassandra hasn’t moved on from the breakup with her ex, Tyler, who died and the epilogue from the same book told us he’s alive and coming back. This was their story.
Cassie is a high-maintenance woman, gets what she wants and sought-after jeweller. Tyler works for the US military until he was captured by terrorists.
There’s a lot of things that didn’t add up to the story. First, Tyler came back during an auction where Cassie was the prize of the winning bidder. Tyler is not a billionaire, his brother loaned him money to bid for Cassie. So who’s the billionaire and who’s claiming who, based on the title? Tyler claiming Cassie? Why the male cover though? Second, Cassie’s attitude annoyed me. When she knew Tyler died, she went on and on about regret and how she wish she could turn back time and make it right to Tyler. Yes, I get that she lost a loved one to the same force as Tyler. But Tyler’s alive now. She got her chance now. Instead, she pushed him away–again. And lastly, Tyler knew he had plenty to work on considering his traumatic experience. What baffled me was he didn’t even think to talk to a therapist right after he came back to sort himself out (until it was almost the ending). This resulted to so much conflict that dragged on and on, it wasn’t funny anymore. They had sex, Tyler would have nightmares, he’d push Cassie away, rinse repeat. I didn’t feel that connection between the characters and made me feel they were not genuine at all. I don’t know. They just rubbed me off the wrong way. JM’s writing and the hot scenes were still enough for me to finish the book but this one, plot-wise, just totally did not work for me.