The Billionaire Next Door
Book 2, Billionaire Bad Boys
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Can't Buy Me Love
It's Tag Crane's job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn't perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he's ever seen.
Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It's not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it's a fantasy come true. What's the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can't be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .
Simple Yet Impressive
After Rachel's ex Shaun not only took credit for the work she'd done, but then stole the promotion she'd worked her rump off for, she quit the job she'd left the small town in Ohio for, but then dumped him. Now she's working as a bartender with her friend and roommate Bree, except now Bree has a new fiancé so she knows it's time to not only get some of her independence back, but learn to stand on her own two feet again. She gets some of her independence back when Oliver, one of her regular weekly customers asks her to stay in his penthouse to dog sit his Great Dane Adonis for a month while he has to travel for work. While there she meets Tag, the bad boy who lives on the next floor up. Who turns out to not only own the building, but be the youngest son to billionaire Alexander ‘Big’ Crane. Tag runs the restaurant side of Crane Hotels nationwide or “Guest and Restaurant Services,” as he describes it. Rachel thought of Tag as her long-haired, bearded neighbor, who closely resembles Tarzan, or maybe Thor instead. But he's a billionaire hotel magnate, he'd been intimidating physically, but now he's also monetarily intimidating, but oh so hot!
Tag was sure Rachel liked him, but now he's not so sure. What's up with her, but maybe it's him? He's never been off kilter with any woman before, they always flock to him and although they only occupied his mind to a certain extent, he's never been one to fantasize, zone out, or lose sleep over any woman. But with Rachel he cannot shake the feeling of her fingers on his body, he just can't stop thinking about what her touch did to him, no other touch has ever been as welcome as hers had been. She has him so wrapped up, he doesn't know what to do and indecision isn't typically him. Usually if a woman gave the impression she didn't want to be around him or want him around he didn't care, he'd just walk away, there were plenty of women who wanted him. But he wanted the blonde, cute, dimple cheeked Rachel. She intrigued him, and he wasn’t going to give up or back away from what he wanted. She wouldn't be staying at Oliver's place much longer. So he came up with a plan to involve her in his bar-rehab project in Hawaii. Since she used to work for Winshop Luxury Hotels as their bar manager, who are one of Crane Hotels' major competitors. As well as currently bartending she had major in site for what was needed to help revamp the hotel bar, but it also gave him a chance to spend more time with her.
What happens in Hawaii between Tag and Rachel? Does she stick with her plan of "just having fun", and come back to Chicago to start fresh, or do things become a permanent love story between them? You'll have to read THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR to find out. But it's worth the time to sit back and enjoy reading their spunky back and forth banter. Although this is Book 2 of the Billionaire Bad Boys series, it can be read as a standalone story, as I read it. I will however go back and read THE BILLIONAIRE BACHELOR (Book 1), just to read Reese's story! This is my first Jessica Lemmon book, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed her writing style and the heroine who stands up to the hot and sexy billionaire who thinks all women will just fall at their feet, awesome storyline! I received an ARC via Tasty Book Tours through NetGalley in exchange for a blog tour review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 18 and older!
FAVORITE PASSAGES ~
~ then walked toward her. No, stalked. Stalked toward her like a lion. Or a panther. Or some big, muscled cat. Definitely a lion. Because he has a mane.
~ the girl for you will challenge everything you think you know about yourself. That’s how you know she’s a keeper.
Tag is not your average billionaire.
I absolutely loved The Billionaire Bachelor (the first book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series) but The Billionaire Next Door didn’t grab me in quite the same way. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it a lot but it just didn’t affect my emotions the same way The Billionaire Bachelor did.
Tag is a different sort of hero. He has long hair and dresses very casually. When our heroine, Rachel, first meets him she thinks he’s the dog walker who’s come to walk Adonis, the dog she is taking care of for a month.
Rachel has been hurt badly by her ex. He took credit for her work and then got the promotion that should have been hers. She is not looking for another serious relationship.
Tag isn’t really a love ‘em and leave ‘em guy; every one of his previous girl-friends is still his friend; no one can seem to stay mad at him.
The relationship between Tag and Rachel develops slowly which is good for readers who don’t like insta-love type stories.
I can’t find any fault with the writing of this story; the dialogue was witty and engaging. I really can’t put my finger on the reason that I wasn’t more captivated by it. One of the best parts for me was meeting Eli, the third Crane brother. I won’t give away any details but I’m betting that his story will push all of my emotional hot buttons and I can’t wait to read it.
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley but my review was voluntary and not required.
Irresistible free-spirited gentle giant
Jessica Lemmon's penchant for writing sweet, swoony, sexy-as-sin heroes is never more apparent than it is in her latest book, The Billionaire Next Door. Taggart -- Tag -- Crane has to be one of, if not the most endearing of Lemmon's book boyfriends. A free-spirited gentle giant with a heart bigger than his bank account, Tag Crane is as irresistible to Rachel Foster as he is to readers.
While this book absolutely can stand alone, the tone of this book and temperament of these characters are different, lighter and more playful, than Lemmon's first installment in the series, The Billionaire Bachelor. Tag is far more laid back than Reese, and Rachel is timid in contrast to Merina, but Tag and Rachel challenge each other nonetheless; the crux of Tag and Rachel's conflict stems from her desire to exert her independence while he battles an overwhelming -- and unexpected -- drive to care and provide for her. And Lemmon's trademark humor and wit dance across the pages, giving life to these endearing, engaging, ebullient characters.
The Billionaire Next Door certainly isn't skimping on the heat either. Whether they're cuddling in cold Chicago or seducing each other in the sand and surf in sunny Hawaii, Tag and Rachel's chemistry sizzles. The relationship Lemmon crafts between the two is enticing, exciting, and erotic in the best way possible. In fact, there's a shower scene so steamy that it will more than likely require readers to take a cold shower immediately after reading it. But more than that, the relationship that develops between Tag and Rachel is real, honest, heartfelt, and grounded in acts of love that are indicative of the foundation being laid. There's a real joy evident in the evolution of Tag and Rachel's romance.
Lemmon again fills her fictional world with a colorful cast of secondary characters -- like Luc and Gena, who are unapologetically brash and irrevocably AWESOME -- and introduces Eli, the lost Crane brother and soon-to-be protagonist next in line for a happily ever after of his own. Tag has to be, hands down, one of my favorite book boyfriends; he's a paradox and a pleasure. The Billionaire Next Door is a fantastic installment in Lemmon's newest series, and I cannot wait to see more of Tag and Reese in Eli's book.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Oct 25, 2016
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, Billionaire Bad Boys