Monday, February 27, 2017

Jessica Lemmon - The Bastard Billionaire review and giveaway

Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD 

Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . .

Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They've hired him ten personal assistants—and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

Isabella Sawyer's employment agency can't afford to lose Eli Crane's business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won't rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .


My Review

I've been anxiously awaiting Eli Crane's story! I knew once I dove in I would want to cherish it and read it slowly. Alas, Jessica Lemmon's words are too captivating and I devoured this book! 

"The gossip rags would murmur about the beastly Crane brother no one dared to bother lest they suffer his wrath." Eli had been given a shit hand, but he wasn't coping very well." 

He gave his family crap and he certainly didn't need a personal assistant to help him with the family business. 

Eli was definitely a BEAST to work for.  Heck, even his family had a hard time with him upon his return home. He's surly and unwilling to work with the assistants his brother sends his way.  Isa can't afford to let her business fail a client with Reese/Eli so she has to step up her game and become the assistant that doesn't let Eli's gruffness get in the way of working.  Slowly but surely she wears him down.  And whew boy! This story is so delicious, sweet and I wanted to wrap myself in the feels! 

The banter between them was fun to watch and I adored Isa. She's not one to be messed with and she certainly wasn't giving Eli the chance to run her off.  Soon, feelings started to develop.

"I wasn't sure what I'd walk into today," she told him, breathless. "Your lips, as it turns out."

YAAAAAS! Oh man.  Writing this review makes me want to go back and read every awesome moment that is Eli and Isa.  She definitely gives him a run for his money and soon he realizes how much he enjoys spending time with her. They were an unlikely pair from the beginning, but the reader finds themselves cheering them on as the story progresses.  I do believe Eli is my favorite Crane brother to date. I mean, I've loved Reese and Tag but Eli holds a special place in my heart.  I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this book for your reading pleasure.  Jessica does a great job of writing about a wounded soldier, his journey to recovery and his newfound passion he has for helping others. Not to mention the romance 💕


Standing, she smoothed her hands down her pants and flipped her hair. She had planned to quietly finish her work and leave without seeing him again. No such luck. And no hiding that she was heading his way when her heels clicked along the concrete floor.


The kiss had happened. The button incident had happened. There was no taking it back. Regardless of how either of them felt about it, she was going to continue working here. So. She would deal with the here and now.

Since the sun was shining, Eli’s lair was welcome instead of foreboding. No fire cracked in the hearth today. Also unlike his usual, he wasn’t at his desk. He was at the printer.

“This yours?” He offered a sheet of paper.

“Yes.” She couldn’t keep from explaining. “Pressed the Print button by accident.”

“Mi printer es su printer.”

Isa accepted the document and Eli sank his hands into his jeans pockets, his forearms flexing with the movement.

“I wasn’t—”

“I shouldn’t—” they said at the same time.

He pursed his lips and she looked at her shoes. “Go ahead.” She was going to say, I wasn’t offended when you kissed me, but now that she’d had a millisecond to think it through, maybe she should pretend the kiss hadn’t happened. Which was . . . impossible. Standing this close to him, it’s all she could think about.

“I shouldn’t have ruined your shirt,” he said.

“I dared you to.”

“Why?” His eyebrows compressed along with his lips.

“Because you have accepted the role of beast, but I don’t believe that’s who you are.” She let her gaze linger on his face before tracking down his body. “And because I like a challenge.”

“Do you?” He took a wide step toward her.

She matched his move and took one step closer to him. “Yes. I don’t wilt easily.”

He threaded her hair between his fingers, a look of longing and hurt mingling in his eyes. “I was about to lie and say I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

Shivers climbed her spine as she remembered how firm his lips felt against hers. “Maybe . . . you shouldn’t have stopped.”

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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she's not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.



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