Manwhore. That’s what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn’t care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life’s legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that’s exactly what he’ll give them.
Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents’ funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It’s a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband . . .
“Without you, I have nothing. Without you, I am nothing.”
“Come back.” “Come back and I swear I’ll spend the rest of my life making this up to you.”
When I first read the synopsis of this book, I gotta tell you, I could not wait to dive in. And let me tell you, The Billionaire Bachelor does not disappoint.
Told from dual points of view, The Billionaire Bachelor follows the story of Merina and Reese. From the moment you dive into their story, you are sucked in. Merian is fierce and loyal to her family and it’s business. So, when she hears that her family’s hotel has been sold, she is not only devastated, but pissed off. When she goes to confront Reese, she hopes to make him see where she’s coming from. But, instead, she only intrigues him. It’s his intrigue that makes him come up with this crazy plan. Marry him for six months, help him improve his image and when he gets the CEO position he’s dreamed of, he’ll give Merina back her family’s business and they’ll go their separate ways. Sounds easy enough, right?
I have to tell you, I am a sucker for these types of romances. I love the enemies to lovers/fake relationship type story lines. And like I said this one does not disappoint. The chemistry between Merina and Reese is scorching. Yes, they fight and get frustrated with one another, the sexual tension between the two of them is so palpable, it can’t help but come to surface.
The Billionaire Bachelor was a quick and easy read for me. I found this story to be very refreshing and I loved this authors take on the billionaire ceo. I thought the characters were entertaining and held a lot of intrigue. I loved getting to know them all and I especially loved getting to watch Reese and Merina fall. I thought this story was paced well and it held my interest the entire time. I think it had just the right amount of angst, drama, romance and frustration.
The Billionaire Bachelor is the first book in the new Bachelor Bad Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. I think this series is off to a terrific start and I can’t wait to see which character will fall next!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*