The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon | Review
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The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #3
Published by: Forever Romance on February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
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 thrilling conclusion to the Billionaire Bad Boy trilogy, The Bastard Billionaire is full of family, drama, and of course, romance. It’s not necessary to read the first two in the series to enjoy Eli and Isa’s story. If you’re into romance with two equally strong leads rather than one alpha, I would highly recommend picking this one up!
Eli Crane has come home from the war a different man than when he left. He lost two of his friends, as well as part of his right leg. His family wants him to step into the role of COO of Crane Hotels, but Eli simply isn’t ready to go back to the way things were. He chooses to work from home, on a project he hasn’t told his family anything about. When Eli chases away every assistant his brother sends him, the owner of Sable Concierge decides to take matters into her own hands.
Isabella Sawyer has built Sable Concierge from the ground up completely by herself. Groomed to take over her parents’ company, they weren’t thrilled when Isa decided to strike out on her own and start her own company. Her now ex-boyfriend wasn’t thrilled either. Still being a fairly new business, Isa is dependent on her networking skills to build her clientele, and the Cranes would be a great benefit to her company. So when Eli Crane scares off the last employee she has, she has no choice but to become his assistant herself.
What I loved about this book was that I really felt as though Isa and Eli were equals. Isa makes it clear from the get go that she won’t take any crap from Eli, and she won’t be as easily scared away as his past assistants. The two share an amusing banter throughout the book, and it only gets messy once hearts start getting involved. Eli had trouble going all in with relationships before he went off to war, and the things he saw didn’t help in the slightest. He deals with a lot of survivor’s guilt throughout the book, which is heartbreaking. The two friends he lost each had a wife, and one of his friends had two young children. It makes it hard for Eli to justify only losing a leg when two men had their entire futures ripped from them.
Isa, on the other hand, is ready to throw herself into a relationship after having put all of her time and energy on her business for so long. While she sympathizes with what Eli is going through, she needs someone who is ready for a commitment, not someone who can only give part of himself. She’s been burned in the past by her ex, who was only using her to climb the ladder in her family’s company. Now, she has no patience for people who can’t accept her for who she is, and who can’t support her dreams.
You’ll find yourself rooting for these two to get past their individual issues and finally be together like we know they should be. You’ll fall in love with Eli’s family, if you haven’t already from the previous two books. The book is well written, both funny and heartbreaking at times. I give The Bastard Billionaire 4 out of 5. An enjoyable read with wonderful characters.