STRANDED WITH A BILLIONAIRE
Author: Jessica Clare
Rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Erotic/Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC (Copy for an honest review)
Publisher: Penguin Group
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Recommended Reading: AGE 18+
Explicit language, Sexual Situations etc.
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: Right out of the gate, this book sounded like it was going to be a regurgitation of billionaire books past, but as I began to read I was pleasantly surprised. It was a little different and by a little different I mean it took place on a deserted island and the girl had no idea the boy was über rich. The story was cute and sexy, at times funny and romantic, but then they leave the island and all that other endearing stuff stops, sending the book spiraling into the current erotic romance formula. If it hadn’t, this book would have garnered a higher rating. But check it out, because regardless of my particular gripes about the second act, it is still a fun summer beach read.
[note color=”#fdc9cd”]SYNOPSIS: The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success – at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love
Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation.
He’s had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—he has a chance to mend his broken heart.
When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met—down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato.
She also has no clue that he’s rich…
Bronte Dawson, a waitress from the Midwest, is stranded with the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager Logan. What’s the harm in a little fling when it’s just the two of them, alone in paradise? But after several steamy island nights in Logan’s arms, Bronte’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge.
But she soon discovers there’s more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more. Now, Bronte’s caught in a whirlwind affair with one of the world’s most powerful men. But can their love endure their differences or will it all just blow over?[/note]
THE LOWDOWN: I love a good romance that starts off shaky, but buds into a full-fledged undying love story and this is where I thought this whole book was headed… boy was that wishful thinking. The writing started off funny and light, good enough to enjoy, while allowing me to rip through it to find out what I already knew was coming. The characters were easy to love and the setting was ideal… crystal clear waters surrounding a completely secluded island utopia while two adults who have absolutely zero in common figure out that they actually like each other. It was like one of those awesomely cheesy 80’s rom-com movies.
The characters, one a wealthy business man the other a waitress who just wanted to get the hell out of Podunk Kansas for a wild exotic getaway, find each other stranded in paradise. They don’t initially like each other but their dislike quickly turns to intrigue and they begin to find it more fun to play than fight… and they played hot and a great deal. I liked them and rooted for their blossoming relationship. The male was honest and a bit stuffy, but when he loosened up, he was lovable and sexy. The female was strong and sensitive, yet very intelligent. She seemed real and although the storyline wasn’t complex or the writing sophisticated, I found myself falling in love along with them. But like the old adage states, all good things coming to an end.
While on the island the boy (he’s in his 30’s actually) hides his wealth from the girl because he’s been burned by lying ex-girlfriends and once she finds out he fibbed, she turns tail and escapes. This is the exact spot where the book jumps the shark. The lovable and playful boy turns into a mistrusting, uptight suspicious prick. The girl talks ad nauseam about money and how much she doesn’t want it and I lost interest completely. The storyline becomes about two people trying to prove the other has bad intentions that I began to not care. Especially when the male protagonist, who while on the beach stranded was deep and caring, would make comments about how wealthy he was and she shouldn’t be mad because he can pay to make it all better. Really? Who says that… no one and that is exactly why I checked out of the story and dumped my rating down a peg.
OVERALL THOUGHTS: I liked the characters, the story, the setting and the narration… until I didn’t, which was about halfway through. It’s a quick enough read, so if you end up feeling like I did, know that the ending is only a couple of hours away. My advice, don’t go into it with any high expectations and you might come out of this experience ahead.