ARC Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #3
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Rating: 4/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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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 . . .

I had a lot of fun reading about the Crane brothers. I fell in love with Reese the moment I met him, Tag made me LOL and Eli just made a space exclusive for himself in my heart.

Elijah Crane is back to the civilian life after being honorably discharged from the Marines. He lost his two brothers, his one leg and along the way his will to live a normal life. That’s why Reese sent him PAs after PAs to prep him for the work of COO at Crane Hotels. Only, he fired all of them, each running away real quick with rage and tears because of his grumpy attitude. Until Isabella Sawyer, owner of Sable Concierge where all the Eli’s PAs were from. Isa knew she had to take over and set this Eli straight because she needed the promotion from Crane Hotels for her business to boom. But not when Eli fires each PA she sent his way. Isa knew how to handle people like Eli. What she wasn’t prepared for was the clear attraction hovering them.

Believe me when I say Eli just met his match with Isa. She didn’t put up with his bullshit and I applaud her for keeping her head high despite Eli’s sulky moods. She’s the character you can’t help but admire because of her strength and dedication to her work. Even after running away from her parents because they seemed to be more after their social status than supporting their daughter, Isa came out to be independent and confident woman.

I sighed in contentment when Eli opened up more to Isa and vice versa. I’ve viewed Eli from a different lens after learning his past, his persistence to be in the now, his fear that he doesn’t measure up therefore pushing Isa away. My heart ached for Eli because it’s like the weight of the world is in shoulder. It didn’t help that the wife of his lost brother wasn’t in speaking terms to him. This made Eli guiltier that he lived instead of him. Underneath all that grumpiness is a heart of gold. He put up a charity to accommodate the needs of wounded military men in their home. He was totally sweet and caring when it came to Isabella, which was surprising because I never thought he could be like that.

I’ve been meaning to give this five stars because the start of the story was really engaging, not over the top with just enough heat, fun and a little drama. I really, really love how they push and pull each other’s buttons. But the plot line (Isa’s parents) in the beginning could’ve been explored more to avoid the repetition of events. The ending felt a little too flat and rushed that the epilogue has gone missing. The book ended at 91% when I really thought there should be more.

Overall, I liked this book and its unpredictability (regarding the characters) and it was so lovely to be reunited with the Crane brothers. (They’re still fun, thoughtful, and so very in love.)

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