REVIEW: Winning the Billionaire by J. M. Stewart

winning-the-billionaireAuthor: J. M. Stewart
Series: Seattle Bachelors #2
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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When it comes to love, this billionaire is all business . . . Software mogul Christina McKenzie has loved billionaire Sebastian Blake since they were kids. So when Seattle’s most famous bachelor-and perennial playboy-finally asks Christina out, her fantasies kick into overdrive. Things become hot and heavy . . . but what’s she supposed to do when she starts to fall for him? Sebastian’s never been one to settle down, and Christina doesn’t want to be just another notch in his bedpost.

Sebastian knows that smart, kind Christina deserves better than him. But after the mind-blowing night they just shared, he’s ready to turn a sexy fling into the real deal. Keeping his freedom is one thing, yet keeping Christina in his bed-and in his life-is all Sebastian can think about . . .

First J. M. Stewart book and it’s been so delightful! Simple but enjoyable story with really great main character and hot love interest!

Billionaire romance is one of my fave genres to read. I mean I love the Cinderella poor-woman-meets-prince-charming-and-they-fall-in-love type but it’s always a good thing to be surprised with something a bit different but still under the same trope. And Winning the Billionaire is just that.

Hotels and resorts CEO and billionaire Sebastian Blake has always been friends with Christina McKenzie since they were kids. Being the best friend of Tina’s brother, Caden, means she’s off-limits. Hence, him keeping her at arm’s length and basically fighting off his attraction for her. His father’s ultimatum seems to be the perfect excuse to act on his feelings for Tina. Only, she doesn’t want forever with him.

Friends-to-lovers and billionaire romance? YES! Please! Though the story wasn’t drama-heavy at all, it’s very sensual, so sexy and heartwarming. What I love most about it was Tina who’s the CEO of her own software company and could Baz straight. I love that the author levelled her with another billionaire so they’re basically on equal footing. Tina’s very thoughtful, so real and could very well run the world if she wanted to. She cares for Baz a lot but she had her own reservations because of Baz’s reputation and her own doubts generally about men. Also, she still believed in forevers despite the circumstances so that gained her another huge advantage. Meanwhile, there’s Sebastian who normally pushed all of Tina’s buttons to shoo her. He’s an a-hole for acting like an elite jerk. But deep down, the guy’s a softy and a keeper. I loved that he grew some balls to win Tina over and gain her trust and respect.

The pacing of the story is good and so is the way that the author narrates it. There’s no dull moment, cheating and other triggers.

Overall, Winning the Billionaire became a favorite and a must-read for its pleasant and steamy storyline, charming and funny characters and A+ writing that made me want to read more from the author and this series. Highly recommended!

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  • Thanks so much for such a fab review. I too love billionaire romance and the whole Cinderella storyline is a favorite of mine as well. This series was my first foray into trying my hand at it. Christina and Sebastian introduced themselves to me in book 1, and I just knew I had to tell their story. So pleased you loved them so much. Love that teaser, by the way. Very beautifully done.