REVIEW*¨*.¸¸.✶Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

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Published July 16th 2013 by Berkley Intermix
Beauty and the Billionaire

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…

Real-estate tycoon Hunter Buchanan has a dark past that’s left him scarred and living as a recluse on his family’s palatial estate. Hunter is ready to give up on love—until he spots an enigmatic red-haired beauty and comes up with an elaborate scheme to meet her.

Gretchen Petty is in need of a paycheck—and a change. So when a job opportunity in an upstate New York mansion pops up she accepts. And while she can overlook the oddities of her new job, she can’t ignore her new boss’s delectable body—or his barely leashed temper.

Hunter’s afraid his plan might be unraveling before it’s truly begun, but Gretchen is about to show him that life can be full of surprises…

♦MY REVIEW♦

Beauty and the Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club novel #2) by Jessica Clare

Hunter & Gretchen

MODERN DAY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

Ok, at first I was a little worried that I wouldn’t like this one. It seemed to be a bit cheesy in the beginning, but soon became a book I literally could not put down. I’m leaning towards the modern day version of the Beauty and the Beast here, and I’m not talking hairy, scary monsters. I’m talking about a billionaire recluse that hides himself away from society because of the fear of being judged based on his appearance. His savior comes in a petite, beautiful, and funny as hell package named Gretchen. I think this one will stay with me for a while!

I want to tell you that Hunter was charming, appealing, and forthcoming, but I can’t. He was anything but! He was rude, condescending, abrupt, and down right pompous. This could have been the reason I wanted to throw this damn book across the room at times. He became disfigured or scarred up at a young age therefore never gained the skills needed to function around others. He does however have a need to be around a certain ghostwriter and with the help of his money and business associates he makes that happen, now the rest is up to him. Can he do it? Can he befriend the beautiful Gretchen?

Now, Gretchen is Hunter’s polar opposite! She’s entertaining, comical, open, and honest to a fault. She has no filter. Whatever she’s thinking, she’s saying and God help whoever is on the receiving end of that conversation. She’s living paycheck to paycheck and barely keeping her head above water most days, but her attitude and approach towards life never changes despite all her struggles. She’s just a breathtaking person to be around and I for one would most certainly add her to my girlfriend posse!

Great supporting character cast. Eldon, the creepy butler made this story that much better. You never know if he’s with you or against you. At times I wanted to set his face on fire and put it out with a fork, and others I just accepted that this was him and how he ran the Buchanan mansion. I love when Gretchen gives him notes to pass to Hunter. Laughed out loud at some of those! Then there’s Gretchen’s crazy sister Daphne. Wow, I mean.. just wow. She’s one for the record books. We don’t get to see much of her in this tale, but something tells me she’ll be showing up in later installments of this series.

The dialogue flows well and feels natural. The pacing is pretty good once the story gets going. There was plenty of tension being built up throughout the entire story to give you heart palpitations, but that climax was out of this world. I was laughing, crying, and then laughing again. It’s a good heart warming story with some very steamy sex scenes. I read the actual paperback which came in at 277 pages long and like I said earlier, it starts out a little slow and cheesy… but stick with it, you’ll be thanking me!

4.5 Stars!

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

This is a pen name for Jill Myles.

Jill Myles has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the ‘naughty parts’ of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier.

After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together.

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