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.
Titles in the Billionaire Bad Boys series include: The Billionaire Bachelor – The Billionaire Next Dore – The Bastard Billionaire
Title: The Bastard Billionaire
Series: The Billionaire Bad Boys #3
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Eli Crane is acting, in the most polite terminology, like a jerk with illusions of moving on up to complete ass… and he’s getting there with lightening speed. He’s rude, arrogant, dismissive and cruel. He doesn’t want the position in the family business that his brothers have pushed him into and he’s making no bones about that fact. His plan, get rid of every single personal assistant they toss his way and sooner or later everyone will get the memo and leave him the hell alone. It’s worked so far – but Eli is about to meet his match.
Isabella has worked long hard hours to build her young business up from the ground. She may come from a business family, but she’s on her own now and that’s exactly how she wants it. However, one Eli Crane is systematically tearing down her personal assistant providing firm one PA at a time – and it’s going to stop right now. She’s not about to lose everything she’s worked for on the whim of an arrogant, entitled ass. She has one secret weapon left – herself. And she’s about to unleash that on Eli and let the winner take all.
I don’t think that anyone who has not served on active duty or in war can truly understand what our returning men and women veterans have faced and survived. We can have empathy, we can imagine but to truly understand the mental, emotional, spiritual, physical effects of serving our country in war, you have to have been there. Eli is going through changes. As the youngest brother he never really wanted into the family business so the military was where he felt he was serving a purpose. When he was injured, lost his leg, saw his friends die, and is now dealing with survivor’s guilt – it changed the man he once was into the man who has survived. His family may think that pushing him to deal with business and life now is the right move, and it may be. But all Eli wants is to work on his nonprofit, and be left alone to deal in his own way. He may think he has the perfect solution by firing or causing every PA in sight to leave the position – but he’s about to meet his match.
Isabella and Eli worked. Both strong and stubborn. Both felt they were in the right. And the sexy chemistry between them was off the charts. I enjoyed seeing previous couples wander through this story, it’s always good to see the overall picture of a group of people who connect through the story line. In all, I enjoyed The Bastard Billionaire very much. It is a story that will touch you, maybe enlighten you and definitely get you believing in the chemistry of love. These two make an awesome couple, and I can only imagine what their life together would be like. Hot, that’s for certain.
Love Romance? Then The Bastard Billionaire and the Billionaire Bad Boys series should be on your reading list. Good solid stories, interesting characters and an underlying story that will draw you in and not let go.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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