Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Billionaire Next Door

Author: Jessica Lemmon 
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #2
On Sale: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD

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 . . .



“Why is it you look like you’re thinking something sinister?” he asked, that eyebrow arcing higher.

“And don’t lie to me, Dimples. I have a sixth sense.” She watched his slow smile, white teeth appearing as his trimmed beard parted. Her nether regions buzzed like she’d sat on a vibrating phone.

“I’m surprised . . .” she started, feeling daring. Must be the Kona coffee.


“Because I expected you to induct me into the Mile High Club by now. This is my first private flight.” She looked at him through her lashes, her coy smile in place.

Tag wore an all-out grin, which made her inordinately pleased. Where she was concerned, he wasn’t immune. And she liked that. A lot.

“Excuse me.” Smoothly, he shut his laptop, stood, and walked from cabin to cockpit.

Okay. That was interesting. She hadn’t expected him to leave. Maybe she didn’t have the same power over him as he had over her.

She turned to look out the window, but the nighttime landscape was nothing but blackness. She imagined a sea of clouds and blue skies once the sun rose, anticipating being someplace where the high was above freezing. She wondered what the temperature was on—

“Let’s go.” Her hand was snatched a moment later as Tag pulled her out of her seat and led her to the bedroom.

“Wait,” she said through her laughter as she hustled after him. “What are you doing?”

In the bedroom, he released her, closed the door, and whipped off his shirt. She gasped, her eyes eating up his tanned muscles and bulky arms.

“Making you a member.” He caught the back of her head in his hand and kissed her. She melted beneath his touch. She was hopelessly attracted to him. Just an absolute goner.

When she caught a breath of air, she said, “Where did you go?”

“Told the pilot to take the long way.”

“There’s a longer way to Hawaii?”

“There is now.”

I really wasn't sure how Jessica Lemmon was going to be able to write a Hero that could live up to Reese's hotness, but she did it! Tag was very different from his brother, but those differences made him just as hot as Reese was and had me loving him just as hard. Reese is still my favorite, but damn did Tag make me swoon. 

Taggart Crane is the partier of the family, the brother that doesn't take much seriously and lives his life free and uncaring. Being put in charge of the families hotel bars is just his thing, but he could still use help when it comes to the business side of things. So it's fate when the dog-sitter for his downstairs neighbor just happens to have a background in both marketing and bartending. Now if only her beauty wasn't such a distraction.

This book brought one of the best dialogues I've read this year. It was intriguing and humorous without trying too hard. There were many moments where I found myself laughing without even knowing the specific reason why because the humor was done in a subtle way. I liked that it wasn't an in-your-face kind of funny and it was a kind of hilarity that was in the background enough to make you laugh but not focus solely on the jokes. 

It was fun to read about these two and both of their hang-ups over relationships. Rachel and Tag had their own issues with commitment so it was interesting to see two commitmentphobes try their hand at a relationship that was more than just a hook-up - no matter how many times they tried to convince themselves it was nothing more than that. 

While I loved Tag in all his hottie glory, I liked Rachel's independence the best. Her ability to make Tag lose his mind because she refused to take his offers of help kept the book interesting and I enjoyed seeing them battle it out. I love heroines that are independent, and Rachel was definitely that, so I was very happy with her. And of course Tag too cause, you know, hotness and all that. 

Overall, I'm loving this series and I never want it to end! Next up is Eli's book and I will definitely need to prepare myself for that because I have a feeling it will make me very emotional. 


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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