Title: THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #3
On Sale: February 28, 2017
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $6.99 USD
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 . . .
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EXCERPTStanding, 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 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.”
Eli Crane is the last brother to find love, and the one that has the toughest time with it. Back home from war, Eli can't let go of the past and losing his friends overseas, which he blames himself for. He doesn't think he's good enough for anyone, not even his family, so he tries to push everyone away.
When Isabella comes into his life as his assistant he tries the same thing with her, but she's not one to allow a man to push her around and she stands her ground. For Isabella there's more at stake then a job as an assistant, her whole business could fail without the Cranes. But once she meets the illusive billionaire she realizes her heart is also on the line.
I stayed up all night reading this because once I started there was no way I could put this book down. I found Eli to be a very complex and interesting character and I fell in love with him from the beginning. His character had a lot of development throughout the story and it really drew me to him since we got to see so much of his emotion. My heart physically hurt for him when it became clear how tortured he was with his past and all I wanted to do was hold him.
Isabella was a great heroine for Eli because she didn't take any of his shit. When he was an ass to her and tried to push her away she just pushed right back and didn't let him win. It was great to see their back and forth bickering and it really added some intrigue to the story since I just couldn't wait to see who would win each of their battles.
There's no overly dramatic moments in this story and I really liked that the author kept the majority of the focus solely on Isabella and Eli. Overall it was a very captivating and heartbreaking story that I think many will like. It could possibly be read as a standalone but I would recommend reading the series in order so you get to meet all the brothers as they get their girls.
The Bastard Billionaire Playlist:
Welcome Home, Son - Radical Face
Hurt Like Hell - The Heydaze
Earned It - Jamsine Thompson
If You Ever Want To Be In Love - James Bay
Save My Life - ZZ Ward
Free - Broods
James Dean & Aubrey Hepburn(acoustic) - Sleeping With Sirens
THE BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS SERIES
The Billionaire Bachelor, #1
The Billionaire Next Door, #2
The Bastard Billionaire, #3
TOP 5 FAVORITE “BEASTLY” HEROES
(CAN BE FROM BOOKS, MOVIES, TV, ETC)
#5 ~ Seth, George Clooney's character from the movie From Dusk Til Dawn. He’s a bank robber who takes a family of three hostage before leading them, unbeknownst to him, to a den of vampires in Mexico. At the end, the body count is high, but Seth emerges as hero in a move that surprises him as much as the audience watching.
#4 ~ Jax Teller from the television series, Sons of Anarchy. The ultimate bad boy anti-hero, am I right? Yet something about his sinister actions is so tempting. Charlie Hunnam’s gorgeous face helps.
#3 ~ Tate Jackson from Kristen Ashley’s novel Sweet Dreams. I’ve never in my life read a romance hero who insulted the heroine quite the way Tate did Lauren. (She overheard him calling her fat! Gasp!) In a brilliant turn of events, Tate completely falls for Lauren during the course of the book, eating all of his early assumptions and falling helplessly in love with her. Watching him step seamlessly into the hero role was incredible.
#2 ~ Negan from the television series, The Walking Dead. I know, I know… he’s not a hero. He’s the worst of the worst, but the way Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the baddest of them all makes a tiny, evil part of me root for him against my better judgment.
#1 ~ Beast, from Walt Disney’s animated cartoon, Beauty and the Beast. Not only is our hero litearlly a beast, but he also has a heart of solid gold. Like another hero I know, Eli Crane, Beast simply needs a strong heroine who will both stand up to him—and stand up for him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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