I absolutely loved this book. I read it twice in the same day, then picked it up again a day later in order to write the review. Because I only have good things to say, expect lots of gushing. I restrained myself—My kindle copy is littered with highlights. I’m just going to leave my favorite line from the book here to start:
He glanced over at the nightstand, suddenly disturbed that her cat might be watching him get a blowjob, but it was gone. Thank God for that.
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.
What I Liked:
So as stated above, this book was fantastic. The characters were charming, the sex was hot, and the plot was a whole lot of fun. This is definitely a Beauty and the Beast romance in the best way possible. Hunter, the beast in this equation, even cultivates roses in his spare time. Both of the protagonists are fantastically likable.
Hunter first sees Gretchen from afar and decides he’s going to meet her, spend time with her, and uses his money to pull her into his sphere. Hunter is a complete alpha in the best way, and he gets possessive quickly without being an asshole.
“That’s right. And Cooper’s in love with her.”
“Cooper? Who is Cooper?” Whoever it was, Hunter fucking hated him.
That’s 4% through the book—he hasn’t even spoken to her yet, and she doesn’t know of his existence. But instead of being creeped out or annoyed, I giggled and wanted to give him a hug.
Hunter gets her into his lair (heh) by starting a publishing company and buying old letters. The publisher enlists her to be the ghost writer. At first the letters are boring but then, well, let’s just say they most definitely are not 😉 This book is a perfect mix of light angst and humor, which is hard to find in books featuring the extremely wealthy, in my experience.
Hunter’s got issues stemming from his disfigurement, and this provides for much of the conflict in the story. BONUS: VIRGIN HERO. I really love virgin heroes, one of the more exotic and scarce tropes in Romancelandia. Watching Gretchen slowly work her way into Hunter’s pants is a whole lot of fun. Every time he blushes it’s too. fucking. cute.
Very early on in the book Gretchen remarks to her friend Brontë:
“Save me from rich, attractive alpha males. They think they’re the heroes from a fairy tale. Little do they know, they’re more like the villains.”
And when reading a lot of romances I end up agreeing with her. But Hunter—Hunter’s awesome.
Gretchen is her own bag of fabulous. She might be broke most of the time but she sincerely has no interest in his money, important because Hunter is convinced that’s the only reason anyone could want him. She’s hilarious, and provides most of the humor throughout the book. She ghostwrites for an awful sci-fi series called Astronaut Bill, and the excerpts of the book are priceless:
“They won’t know what hit them,” Bill said grimly, dragging his immense blade from its sheath. Uranea gasped again, clearly impressed by the size of it. “Now I’ll send them on a one-way ticket back to the stars . . .”
I love phallic symbols. Seriously grab BatB so you can laugh with Gretchen.
Separate, they’re interesting and enjoyable. But together—they’re just so damn cute. He’s romantic, and she’s a riot.
He shifted on his feet, and then tugged at his collar, seemingly more uncomfortable by the moment. “I would, however, like if we were to meet for dinner tomorrow night instead.”
“Good.” His voice was curt. “Very good. Good. That’s . . .”
“Good?” she offered. He was adorable.
Hunter’s manipulations bite him in the ass around 80% through the book. He overhears something that pricks him in all his exceptionally self-conscious places and Gretchen finds out the lengths he’s gone to in order to secure her presence. They have The Big Misunderstanding. Angst and heart-wrenching sadness ensue. They eventually reunite, of course. Also great, Ms. Clare doesn’t magically cure Hunter of all his issues. He’s going to try. And Gretchen will be there to help.
Just a one-off, I really liked the small glimpse of Hunter’s new assistant Maylee. Methinks a future heroine I doth sense?
What I Disliked:
Um….nothing. I liked everything. In fact it’s the newest addition to my favorites shelf on Goodreads.
Go forth and purchase at your earliest convenience. Unfortunately it’s solely available digitally, but at $2.99 it’s a complete steal.
I can’t wait to dive into Stranded with a Billionaire, reviewed here by the awesome Eirene, and for the rest of the books in the series.
Also: Jessica Clare is also Jill Myles and Jessica Sims depending on the genre. Don’t miss out!