Going Down Hard
Book 3, Billionaire Bad Boys
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Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.
She’s desperate to save her family’s company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.
His plan? To seduce her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.
Fell hard for third in the series
This is the third book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series from Carly Phillips. This is Derek West and Cassandra (Cassie) Storms book and they are made for each other. Reading how they fought their pasts and others around them was a great story to read, it is one of the best books because you see all of the partners and there significant others in the book but if you haven't read those books you won't be lost. This also set up for the next book in the series. Carly Phillips again makes you want more and makes it hard to put a book down.
Loved Derek and Cassie's story!!!!!
This is the 3rd book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series and it is Derek West's story. Derek grew up living in the guesthouse of the Storms' family home where his father was their groundskeeper and his mother was their maid. Derek always had a crush on their daughter, Cassie but never acted on it thinking she was too above his class level. One evening while drinking a beer, just before Derek left for college, he got up the courage to go and talk to Cassie who was sitting outside by their pool in the dark. Offering her a sip of his beer, they began bonding and even shared a kissed and plans were made to meet the next night. The next day Derek overheard Cassie's rude, obnoxious friends making comments about his mom and when they noticed him they continued spewing rude comments about him. Even though Derek really liked Cassie, he wanted nothing to do with her and her friends ever again.
Fast forward years later and Derek is a billionaire and part owner of a tech business. Imagine his surprise when Cassie Storms wants to meet with him. He knows she is working at her family's media company and figures she wants to interview him. Too bad he has no interest in helping her with that task! He just doesn't do interviews because he doesn't want his past revealed. Imagine his surprise when Cassie shows up and actually apologizes for her behavior all those years ago....oh, and she does want an interview! Now, Derek has decided he wants to seduce Cassie and get her in his bed, but he is still not going to do an interview, but she can try and change his mind by going out to dinner with him. Of course, sparks fly and he agrees to the interview when he hears the full story. I just loved the time they spent together really getting to know each other. They both realized there was a lot about the other that they really didn't know. Things moved pretty quickly between these two and I just LOVED the way Kaden and Lucas teased Derek! Of course, events from their past came back to haunt them and they had to find a way to deal with it. It was a great twist on the "real story" of the past.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Both of these characters were great and they both had issues from their past to deal with. I really enjoyed their happy ending too!
As soon as a book by Carly Phillips hits my kindle, I know I'll stop reading any other books until I've devoured her new book. Going Down Hard was no different. I literally stopped reading everything else to read Cassie and Derek's story and I'm so glad I did.
Derek and Cassie knew each other as teens, as Derek's parents worked for Cassie's parents. I'll be honest and say after an interaction between Cassie and her friends when she was in high school; I was a little worried about liking her. I didn't like how she acted when talking with her rich friends about Derek. However, my fears were quickly dispelled when Cassie was absolutely up front with Derek and apologized the very first time they saw each other again for how she acted. Her actions showed me Cassie was truly sorry for her actions all those years ago and gave me hope Derek and Cassie could have a real relationship. I did worry some about Derek letting go of some of the past regarding Cassie's parents and his parents. Honestly I completely understood his anger at Cassie's dad, but worried in the long run it would be too big of an obstacle for them to have in their relationship.
I loved that there was amazing chemistry between Derek and Cassie from the moment they saw one another again. Seriously their lovemaking steamed up the screen on my kindle it was so hot. I found myself loving how protective Derek was of Cassie and actually felt like she was pretty protective of him as well as she continued to learn more and more about his past. I love that Derek stepped up to help Cassie out each time her dad and brother were totally tools. I seriously hated both Cassie's dad and her brother so much as I saw how they both treated Cassie much of the time. I will say I felt like her father finally stepped up for his daughter by the end of the book.
Derek and Cassie both had to work to get past everything that had happened in the past. I loved that Cassie wasn't willing to accept the story she had always been told about Derek's parents leaving once she heard his side of the story. Honestly, I figured out what had really happened long before it was discovered, but have to say I loved how Cassie's parent responded to the truth. I think their response was part of why I knew that Derek and Cassie could make it despite their past. I found myself loving them more and more as a couple as they dealt with all that had happened in the past and move forward with their future.
While I feel like Going Down Hard can completely be read as a stand alone book, as it focuses on Cassie and Derek's story, I did love we got to spend time with all the characters from the first two books. I believe you understand the dynamics of all the characters better by reading all the books in order. I love we will finally get Kendall and Julian's story with Going In Deep. I've loved the first 3 books in the series and have a feeling that Kendall and Julian's story will destroy me in the best way possible.
Rating: 5 Stars (A)
Review copy provided by publisher