I am very excited to be participating in the tour for Jessica Lemmon’s book, The Billionaire Next Door. This is the first Jessica Lemmon book I have read but as soon as I finished, I purchased the first book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series, The Billionaire Bachelor.
Rachel Foster is not having the most pleasant of life lately. Her boyfriend cheated on her, she lost her job, and now, she is stuck pet-sitting a gigantic dog named Adonis. And while Adonis isn’t a huge problem, his barking is unfortunately. It has attracted the attention of the resident who lives above the apartment that Rachel is house-sitting. And Tag Crane is not happy with Adonis’s antics. But, he is a bit more forgiving when he meets Rachel. And it’s mostly because she’s gorgeous and Tag can’t resist a pretty woman.
Rachel has no time for romance right now. She is bartending to make ends meet while
simultaneously pet-sitting and job hunting. Tag is a distraction she does not want in her life but somehow, maybe it’s Tag charming personality, they become friends. To make matters even better, Tag discovers that Rachel is kind of a whiz in helping him plan out a new bar area for one of the many hotels he manages. Tag is rich. He’s a wealthy Crane and while it doesn’t go to his head exactly, there is no denying he is used to women falling for him very easily. Rachel presents a very tempting package. Brains, beauty, and a dynamic personality that matches wits with him every step along the way. Soon work turns into something more. Rachel and Tag both assume they can handle a fling. But it may not be as easy to walk away when it’s over as they imagined.
Rachel and Tag have a really fun relationship from the get-go. It starts off with a bit of misconstrued identities but it definitely gets better! I really liked Rachel. She is working hard to get her life back on track. She is doing all the right things. Taking a short-term gig as a bartender again, she has a roommate, and she is sending out her resume. And to top it all off, she has a great business sense. She takes charge in the club atmosphere and works hard. The author establishes quickly that Rachel is taking charge of her life to the best of her ability.
Tag is a distraction but a definite pleasant one. The great thing is though, he works hard too. He definitely matches Rachel when it comes to making the most of your work day. He is a smart guy and recognizes business acumen when he sees it. He also recognizes attraction and believe me, these two are plenty attracted to each other. The chemistry is very strong from their opening scene together. But even though Tag is incredibly wealthy, I still felt like theirs was an equal relationship. There was a lot of give and take on both their parts. Rachel is not a freeloader by any means.
I also really, really enjoyed their interactions outside of their relationship with each other. I love when characters have full lives. Rachel has a best friend, Bree, who she goes to for relationship advice. They are very close. Tag has his brothers who he relies on enormously. Their banter together is great! Jessica Lemmon definitely knows how to write brothers who like to give each other crap but yeah, also love and support each other.
Lemmon’s writing style is really great too. The story just flowed well for me. Before I knew it, the book was half way over and I was so sad because I really liked spending time with Rachel and Tag. I’m excited to dig into the first book now. And this is another great point about this series. You don’t actually have to read the first book before starting this one. The Billionaire Next Door stands really well on its own.
The Billionaire Next Door proved to be a great romance for me. I’m excited that I discovered a new author too. If you’re in the mood for a great love story where the main characters are matched wit for wit and have very strong chemistry, you will not go wrong with this story!
The Billionaire Next Door
Billionaire Bad Boys #2
By: Jessica Lemmon
Releasing October 25, 2016
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 . .
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.