The Bastard Billionaire
Book 3, Billionaire Bad Boys
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A BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS NOVEL
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 . . .
The third Crane
In the Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon we meet he third of the Crane brothers, Eli. Eli has been the most enigmatic of the brothers, the Marine off fighting for his country. When he returns home it is after the death of his friends and missing a limb. “Beastly” Mr. Crane meets his match in the owner of Sable Concierge. Just like his family, Isa refuses to let him wallow and takes him head on. Lemmon treats the very real issue of soldiers acclimating to life at home after war, especially after losing a limb, with great care and reverence. Eli and Isa’s story is so much more powerful because Lemmon tackles those issues head on. This is as much Eli learning to live as it is them reaching for their HEA. Bonus, we get to catch up with all the other Cranes as they refuse to let Eli wallow, too. If you haven’t read this series start at the beginning. It isn’t required, but you will thank me for the advice. If you like wounded heroes this book is definitely for you.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
This is the 3rd book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order.
Elijah AKA Eli meets Isabella AKA Isa (or Sable) when she comes to work for him as his assistant. He has fired and sent away all the others she has tried to get him to work with. A battle torn veteran, he has lost more than his leg.
Isa puts up with a lot of attitude from Eli so she can build up her business. She decides to put herself in as the temporary employee. The sparks star flying from the moment they meet.
This series is always full of heat, hot men, and surprises. This story fits in very well. We get to see more of our favorite characters from previous books as also. Such a fun read.
***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.
I've been waiting for Eli's book!
I've been waiting for Eli's book from the beginning of this series; I just knew I was going to love it and I wasn't wrong. The books standalone so don't worry if you haven't read the others first. Each of the Crane men are unique, and so are their stories, but Eli's been to war and come back a different man.
Isabella Sawyer's company, Sable Concierge, depends on references from high-profile clients. She has been hired by Crane Hotels to provide someone to help Eli get organized and transition back into the family business and take his place as COO of Crane Hotels. After Eli fires 10 PAs sent from her company she decides to tackle the beast head-on herself.
This story grabbed right from the beginning. I'm a sucker for a man suffering the way that Eli is and the story is all the sweeter when that man meets his match in a strong woman like Isabella. Jessica Lemmon's attention to detail regarding Eli's injury and the pain he feels makes this story so believable. I know it's fiction but the story and characters seem very real to me and all of my emotions were engaged. I wanted to hold and cuddle Eli and at the same time smack him and tell him to wake up so he doesn't lose Isabella. The path to their HEA is not smooth or without pain for both of them but Jessica delivers as she always does.
It was great to once again visit with the other members of the Crane family in this book. The only thing I can think of that would make this series better is another story to catch us up with the lives of all the Cranes a year or two down the road.
A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book.
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- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Feb 28, 2017
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, Billionaire Bad Boys