REVIEW: Scoring The Billionaire by Max Monroe

scoring-the-billionaireAuthor: Max Monroe
Series: Bad Boy Billionaires #3
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Rating:  5/5
ARC was graciously given. This doesn’t affect my opinion of the book in any way.
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Two love-matches made.
One to go.

Even though two of his best friends have settled down, Wes Lancaster is determined not to get sucked into some siren’s web. As owner of the professional football team the New York Mavericks and wildly successful BAD restaurant, his lifestyle is full as it is.

Well, it was, until Winnie Winslow, the new, sexy, stiletto-wearing Team Physician trash-talks him in the locker room without batting an eye.

Now he can’t stop himself from wanting her.

The only girl in her parents’ brood of five, she’s as outspoken as she is beautiful and the kind of woman who holds her own—and then some.

Always competitive at heart, if he’s going all in for love…
Wes sure as hell wants a Win-Win.

Prepare to get a little dirty because this one might go into overtime.
Game. On.

Suggested Series Reading Order:

#1 Tapping the Billionaire
#1.5 Tapping Her
#2 Banking the Billionaire
#2.5 Banking Her
#3 Scoring the Billionaire
And coming soon…
#3.5 Scoring Her

SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST – truer words have never been spoken!

I loved Tapping the Billionaire and I adored Banking the Billionaire even more. But without a shadow of a doubt, I was in awe of Scoring the Billionaire the most. I don’t like playing favorites especially when the characters have become family to me, but for now I am making an exception.

After reading the first two books from the Bad Boy Billionaires series and the novella that gave us glimpses of Wes Lancaster, I said to myself, would it be highly possible to even top the enigmatic Kline Brooks and the sweetly hilarious Thatcher Kelly? I was honestly skeptical. As I turned the first few pages of Scoring the Billionaire, I wasn’t immediately fired up but I was aching to know more about the mysterious Wes Lancaster. Surely, there should be more than what meets the eye, right? Hot and stoic owner of the Mavericks football team – Shush it! That’s just too superficial, I need more. Lo and behold, when he started to let his hair down and beneath his commitment-phobic façade, he turned out to be a passionate man and revealed his caring side in random and surprising ways. His unbridled thoughts will lightly rattle your steady emotions. Wes was a champ in bed, too, with his scorching dominance and command that can coax any woman to follow his lead. Hand-on-your-forehead-swoony is my five letter word description for the man. And who doesn’t crave for a hero who plays it cool but is constantly obsessing over a woman?

While I revelled for Mr. Lancaster, I also loved Dr. Winnie Winslow. Classy and smart but also hilarious and shamelessly insatiable. Evidently poised but you’ll really have second thoughts of wanting to mess with her. Winnie, being a strong single mother to her beautiful six-year old daughter, would sometimes feel sorry for herself. But believe me when I say that she was not the exasperating kind. Instead, she was a confident heroine but understandably with a temperament of a realist.

One of the perks of reading a series is you get to experience the former major characters even in just short-lived moments all over again. Kline, Thatch and their equally dreamy ladies Georgia and Cassie are back with a vengeance in this final book. I was back in different states of crazy bliss with their brutal yet wittingly amusing banters. Winnie’s four obnoxious and over protective older brothers brought the house down, too. But the golden globe award goes to Winnie’s daughter, Lexi Winslow. I was amazed by this little ray of sunshine and her brilliance. My heart softened during her gooey and touching moments with Wes ultimately bringing out the best in our main man. You may have read about a family phobic man falling in love with a single mother numerous times already, but Lexi Winslow gave a renewed vibe to this overly played premise.

First half of the book I saw Wes and Winnie struggle with their internal demons and doubts. Lingering and constant apprehensions from both major characters will slightly drag the story but fifty percent onwards, everything started to pick up and all the elements I was looking for in a romantic comedy started to pop out. I loved the major characters’ sizzling and easy chemistry even from the novella Banking Her, but what fixated me more were their stolen moments together. When they started to let loose and just forgot about their inhibitions. Max Monroe made sure that those parts were clearly narrated and visualized by the reader, consequently making them more appealing to re-read. And yes, the steamy parts were excessively irresistible! It’s also worthy to add that the main conflict didn’t feel contrived. Instead, it was believable, uncomplicated and coincides with the well-drawn personalities of each character. Here they are controlling and struggling with their feelings. Take it. Embrace it. Feel it.  And I, as sure as the rising and setting of the sun, felt every bit of it. A smoothly layered story with interactive inner monologues that will tickle your jaded heart.

Now what made Scoring the Billionaire really stand out from the crowd? Max Monroe bravely made this final story more affectionate and soul-stirring than the preceding books. There’s something about the story and its characters that definitely hit home. I laughed, teared up and fell in love. And as a reader who still looks for that guiding light in every story – STB tells us that after all the pushing and pulling, you can only realize your heart’s desires by slowly unleashing the love bugs inside you. Don’t be discouraged by your past. Don’t be afraid to take the leap of faith and don’t be afraid to love and say those three magical words.

As I’ve been saying to those who want to read STB as a standalone, you’ll appreciate and understand this book, the whole series and the dynamics between the MCs and the secondary characters more if you read the first two books and the novellas in between. Scoring Her, Winnie and Wes’ novella will release in a month’s time. To tell you the truth, I am most likely to be both thrilled and saddened come “live” day because I’m not yet ready to let go of the BBB tribe. I am not even slightly prepared to let go of Wes, Winnie and Lexi. Not just two but three knockout souls that scored a billion in a game between “heart over mind” and “mind over heart”. They’ve won me over and I wouldn’t mind playing the same game with them again!

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