Publication Date: 11/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Sensation
Genre: Contemporary Romance
(Received for an honest review from Berkley Sensation)
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Books in the series:
Billionaire Boys Club
1. Stranded with a Billionaire
2. Beauty and the Billionaire
3. The Wrong Billionaire's Bed
4. Once Upon a Billionaire
5. Romancing the Billionaire
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WARNING: This book is not appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
The New Billionaire Boys Club novel by the New York Times bestselling author.
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society. Six men of astonishing wealth. But there’s one thing money can’t buy. When it comes to love, success doesn’t come so easily…
Jonathan Lyons. Playboy, billionaire, and adventurer, he lives life on the edge. When he hears that his mentor, Dr. Phineas DeWitt, had a secret journal that leads to a legendary artifact, Jonathan takes action. It stirs his blood, but it comes with a heady challenge: DeWitt’s daughter Violet. She has what Jonathan needs. And she’s not giving it up it to the man who broke her heart.
Violet is Jonathan’s weakness—he’s still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet’s memories have a sharper edge. She’s never forgiven him for abandoning her. Or so she thought. When Jonathan’s attentions turn seductive, she’s in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can’t help but wonder…does he really want her, or just what she's hiding?
Jessica Clare brings readers the fifth book in The Billionaire Boys Club series, Romancing the Billionaire. There is an Indiana Jones vibe going on in this book that will bring out the treasure hunter in most readers. Clare gives this story an archaeological bent that is both interesting and engaging. Readers looking for a unique second chance love story will find this one right up their alley. A good book in a great billionaire romance series!
What I liked:
Jonathon Lyons is part of the Billionaire Boys Club, but readers haven't heard a whole lot out of him before this book. Though he is mentioned as a member of the club readers haven't gotten any juicy details about him yet, which makes him a bit of a mystery hero. I liked the fact that Clare used that tactic with this character. It plays into the whole treasure hunter/archaeology theme of the book. Not only is there a missing artifact, but also a character that is a bit of a puzzle. Nice touch!
Jonathon is a sweet guy and he seems to genuinely care for Violet even though they have been apart for a very long time. What I found interesting about him was the way he used his billionaire status. Like most billionaire characters he was used to having his way and the way he got Violet to help him was fun and endearing at the same time, if you can overlook that it involved blackmail... LOL. He isn't cocky or overdone and I appreciated that he had matured and become more responsible in the time he and Violet were away from each other. He was quite the hero.
Violet is a very no nonsense kind of gal. She was brought up by her father an archaeologist and spent her childhood globetrotting and moving around. Now that she has her own life, she is a teacher. Very stoic, very responsible and all buttoned up. Readers will get the impression that she was once very carefree and bubbly, but she's not that way anymore. I loved seeing glimpses of the girl she used to be peeking through and Jonathon was really able to bring that out in her. She discovered so much about herself during their treasure hunt and I enjoyed her very much as a character.
These two have a bit of past. They spent a lovely summer together, but things got complicated and Jonathon ended up leaving Violet without knowing a very important secret. Her father thinking he was doing the right thing, kept them apart and didn't realize his folly until shortly before his death. He makes sure that in death he is able to give Violet and Jonathon a second chance at love. I found that part of the story both sad and happy. Sad that he kept them from finding love early on and happy that he was able to see the error of his ways.
This is just a very good feel good story. Readers will enjoy the search for the artifact. The banter and relationship between the hero and the heroine was well done and the story was both sweet and sensitive. Jonathon's billionaire status didn't play into things too much, but I felt it was an enjoyable addition to the series.
Romancing the Billionaire is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Jessica Clare is the New York Times bestselling author of the Billionaire Boys Club novels including The Wrong Billionaire's Bed, Beauty and the Billionaire, and Stranded with a Billionaire. She is also the author of the Bluebonnet novels The Care and Feeding of an Alpha Male and The Girl's Guide to (Man)Hunting. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and has a day job in finance.
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