What could be better than a four-star review from a very talented author?
How about 4 out of 5 cookies?
At first glance, this sounds like your typical romance novel – hot not-so-rich girl manages to crack through the tough veneer of the hot, oh-so-rich guy. But a few pages in, you’ll find Jessica Lemmon’s debut novel, Tempting the Billioniare, isn’t typical at all. Hero Shane August is hot and rich, but he’s not the kind of tough, cold, aggressive alpha male that tends to define the genre. Instead, he’s a big ol’ softie who bakes his own cookies, leaves a month’s rent as a tip for a breakfast bill, and has strong ties to his relatives despite a pretty horrible family tragedy.
I was in love with Shane by the second chapter.
Crickitt Day, the hot, not-so-rich girl who snares Shane’s heart, is sexy without knowing it. She’s a sweet girl dumped by her ex-husband and trying to find her confidence again and Shane comes to the rescue by offering her a job.
There’s just one problem – his pesky uncontrollable attraction to her. And that’s really the only typical part of this story – it is a romance, after all, so has to fit the genre. What I loved most about Jessica’s characters is that Shane has a soft side he is totally not afraid to expose. Is there anything sexier? I wasn’t all that fond of Crickitt’s name but once I got sucked into the story, I found that it just sort of fits her. One of my favorite things is the liberal sprinkling of humor throughout the story, little one-liners that made me chuckle and let me catch my breath after so much sexual tension. “Moron, party of one” or “his hormones lined up to do the conga” and this one, so subtle but potent. “a smile… that had her thankful for the sturdiness of the door frame.”
The flirting is delicious and the conflicts that keep them apart are real and believable without being melodramatic. There’s also a compelling side plot that left me wanting more. Overall, I’d give this story 4 out of 5 chocolate chip cookies, especially if Shane bakes them himself.
Patty received an advance copy for review. Tempting the Billionaire will be released for eReaders everywhere on Tuesday, January 8th!
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