Title: The Billionaire Bachelor
Author: Jessica Lemmon
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #1
Main Characters: Merina and Reese
Release Date: June 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.
Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband . . .My Review:
This is a brand new series set around the hotel world and I really, really liked it.
Merina's family own a historic hotel that she adores and manages, but unbeknownst to her, her parents have hit a financial speedbump and have gone to the Cranes to bail them out. And Reese Crane wants to change everything that she loves about the boutique hotel.
Reese is on the verge of taking over as CEO for Crane Hotels. He just has to make sure the board approves him when his dad retires...something that should be a slam dunk because he's spent his life training for the job. But the board doesn't approve of his philandering ways.
His solution solves both their problems. If Merina, who's cool, professional, and elegant, will become his wife for 6 months giving him time to convince the board he's stable, then he'll deed her over her families hotel in the divorce.
Of course, it's no secret where this goes, but it was an amazing read getting there.
The colorful characters made this book. I love all the Crane males. Reese is stoic and controlled. Tag is the life of the party. And then Alex, their dad, obviously loves them both a great deal. This is a powerful, rich family, but they stand beside one another and fully support one another. I loved the bonds between them. There is also a third brother (Eli, I think is his name) who's a Marine, but he never made an appearance in the actual book. They've all been through a lot. The story of Reese's mothers death broke my heart and that was before we got to the reason that Reese is so closed off....this guy NEEDS Merina in his life. He just needs to realize that.
Then there is Merina. I love how tough she is. She's not afraid to stand up for what she wants, even if it's humiliating. I loved that she spoke her mind, even when her heart was breaking.
This book is so, so good. I loved it and am so excited for the rest of the series to come.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.