Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers by Calista Fox

Title: The Billionaires: The Stepbrothers
Author: Calista Fox
My Rating: B

Genre: Erotic Romance 
Series: Lover's Triangle #3
Main Characters: Scarlet and Michael and Sam
Release Date: December 2017
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
This pair of stepbrothers have their sights set on just one woman...

Scarlet Drake is an insurance fraud investigator hot on the heels of the thief who stole a multimillion-dollar art collection from tycoon Michael Vandenberg's Hamptons estate. Unfortunately, the sexy Wolf of Wall Street is also her prime suspect--along with his equally mouthwatering stepbrother, Montana rancher Sam Reed. Scarlet quickly finds herself tangled up in the two devilishly handsome men, and ensnared in a web of family lies.

Michael is used to getting what he wants--and he wants Scarlet in his bed. Sam had no intention of getting emotionally or romantically involved with a woman again, but he can't deny the sizzling chemistry with Scarlet. And when the three of them cave to one sinfully delicious night of sheer decadence, their sexy menage becomes a fiery affair of the heart. But they don't stand a chance at a happily ever after unless all of the absolute truths are finally revealed...

This is a standalone menage romance with an HEA.

Don't miss these other two standalone menage romances THE BILLIONAIRES and THE BILLIONAIRES: THE BOSSES.

My Review:
Confession...I had a really difficult time getting into this book...to the point where I almost DNF'ed it in the first 15% of the book. The insta-lust and erotic levels of those first few chapters were a real turn off for me because the two characters were so darn aggressive with what they wanted. I really wasn't liking the book. But once Sam came on the scene, I was so much happier and very glad that I didn't quit reading the book, because it definitely improved after that.

And secondary note: the final 15% of the book more than made up for the first 15% of the book. So, long story short...give this one a little bit of time before you give up on the book. I was VERY glad that I stuck with it eventually. 

The first twenty percent of this book is focused on Scarlet as she interrogates Michael about his actions when the seventeen million dollars worth of artwork was stolen. Scarlet is investigating this crime that happened more than five years ago. It's after the statute of limitations for criminal charges, but it's not too late for a civil suit to be filed. Since the artwork has never shown up on the black market, Scarlet is working on the assumption that someone in the family still has it where they can enjoy it. Everyone in the family is a suspect...including the two stepbrothers, which is how Scarlet gets entangled up with both of them. 

As for the stepbrothers, this isn't the first time they've shared a woman. And they both definitely want Scarlet, no matter that she's trying to take down their family for a crime they didn't commit. They're sure the truth will come out in the end. 

I'll admit, I really enjoyed the fact that the suspense and twists and turned kicked up so high at the end. I just wished that level of suspense and intrigue had been throughout the whole book instead of feeling like an afterthought at the end. If that had been done, this story would have been a lot stronger. But it's an erotic novel, so the focus was on all the hot sex, especially at first. 

I haven't read the other two books in this series, and definitely didn't feel like I was missing anything. Each books appears to work perfectly well as a standalone. While this one had a few pacing/story issues, overall, I enjoyed reading it and would definitely consider reading this author again.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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