“The Bastard Billionaire” by Jessica Lemmon, is one of those stories that you know is going to tug at your heart-strings, especially after the emotional scene at the end of the previous story. I love the sensitivity and determination displayed by Eli’s family who refuse to leave him to spiral down into his pain and guilt and instead constantly remind him that he is important to them. The combination of desperation and compassion that drives Isabella is deftly portrayed and I am reminded that these are folks that I would love to have as friends (even though they are used to a far more privileged life, lol) because they seem so real.
I had the pleasure of reading the book that came immediately before this one yet each stands alone just fine. I think that those who enjoy contemporary romances with wounded heroes, sexy rich guys who find a woman to challenge them, and a combination of heat and humor, will enjoy this series and this book in particular.
This contemporary romance is part of the ‘Billionaire Bad Boys’ series and, contrary to the implication of the title, is about Eli Crane, who has lost far too much in his life, but definitely had loving parents at one time in his life. The injury that ends his stint in the Marines not only leaves him with horrible survivor’s guilt but makes it hard for him to find his place in his family and the family business. His hostility (which gives him his well-earned sobriquet) toward the assistants his family insists on providing him in an effort to coax him to assume the duties of his position makes him the immovable rock that comes against the irresistible force known as Isabella Sawyer. From the name he calls her to his purpose in life, these two find a way to battle each other on pretty much every issue except for their mutual attraction. They each know the pressure of dealing with family expectations, but they will have to decide whether they can live up to each other’s goals in life.
A BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS NOVEL 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 . . .