Once Upon A Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Once upon a Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club, #4)
Hotness Level-Inferno
Kink Level-No Kink
Series-Billionaire Boys Club #4
Reviewed by Kay
261 pages

I had such high hopes for this book when I first started it. I love Jessica Clare books. It had a billionaire, a down on her luck but strong heroine, great sexual tension and a decent, if not far fetched premise. These are great things in a romance story but at sixty percent in it all fell apart for me.

Griffin, the hero, is a billionaire who belongs to a secret society of friends and a Viscount in his native country. He has to go home to his homeland for a family wedding. A royal family wedding. He would rather do anything other than that but family is family. His assistant comes down with the chicken pox and can’t go with him. One of his friends’ wives, who he doesn’t get along with, offers him her husband’s assistant for the trip. He’s desperate, so he agrees.

Maylee is from Arkansas and the first person in her family to go to college and get a degree. She sends part of her paychecks back home to her family to give them a somewhat better life. She lives in an unsecured building in a hovel of an apartment. She doesn’t have much but she’s content with her life. When she gets the chance not only to earn doubletime but to travel, she’s so very excited.

When these two meet, Griffin is a total asshat. He insults her at every turn even knowing that he desperately needs her help. To make matters even worse, he becomes attracted to her and still continues to belittle her. This happens through most of the book. At about sixty percent, I’d made my mind up that there would be no redemption for him in my eyes. Not even Jessica Clare’s writing could make him likeable. Maylee was a precious heroine and I cried for her several times while reading this book. She was the one bright spot in this story. If you can stand a constantly cruel hero, give it a try.

Book Funk by Kay

I have been having a very difficult time lately with my reading. I just can not engage. I mean, not at all! I lose interest in what I’m currently reading and then I’m not certain if the book sucked or it’s my mood at the time I read it. Ugh. It’s very frustrating. I have a huge TBR list and it feels like work when I read. I’ve tried every genre lately and nothing is working. I usually hit a historical romance for a palette cleansing but that isn’t cutting it this time.

I have even stopped watching four of my current TV series so I can have more time to read. Then, what do I do? That’s right, I live on Candy Crush. Don’t even say it, I’m not giving up my Candy Crush! I totally immersed in my book funk and I hate it! It wouldn’t be so bad but this funk is coming in on the heels of Kate and Anne’s recent book funks.

Anyone out there have a suggestion to bust me out of this funk? Anyone?

Miserably yours,
Kay (former reader extraordinaire, now a sucky loser)

When You Don’t Get What You’re Expecting

So, I just finished all 38 pages of Cara McKenna’s Brazen.
There.  Enjoy that cover goodness!  For about 37 pages I was in love with this short story.  It’s different.  It’s really hot.   Caroline and Sean are awesome together.  And Caroline put together an honest to goodness harem of young men who are on a schedule to come and hang out with her each evening.  (Or should I say hang out and come with her???)  But on that last page…  it’s not a happy ending.  They each go their own way.  I just didn’t see it coming and it really caught me off guard!  (Note to self: check tags on goodreads reviews to look for HEA before reading.)  I think I still would have read it if I’d known it was just about a short affair.  I think I would have liked it better for knowing what I was getting into, actually.  Which brings me to my point…

I hate it when I don’t get what I’m expecting!  I read to escape my real life.  I expect a HEA, and I appreciate some hot sex along the way.  But I’m picky about that, too.  I like to know what kind of heat level to expect before I read.  I’m generally ok if a book is hotter than I expected, but if I’m expecting explicit love scenes and I don’t get them, it leaves me disappointed.

Most of the time, reading for escape, I’m reading for an HEA.  The new 50 Shades trend of trilogies where you only get the HEA after all three books?  Drives me CRAZY.  I don’t want to wait that long!  But it makes me horribly mad to read and find a cliffhanger ending when I’m not expecting it!  That’s rare now, as I’m reading more reviews and on the lookout for such manipulations!  I’d rather think of the trilogy as one big book, and I don’t want to read them unless I can read them all.

There are excpetions, of course, because I totally love Dallas and Roarke (J.D. Robb) and I think I’ll read anything in the Kate Daniels world (though I’m a book behind!) and these are both series that stay with the same couple all the way through.  Oh, and the Adrian English series by Josh Lanyon goes on that same couple series list.  In each of these cases, the book itself comes to a pretty satisfactory ending, it just leaves you wanting more – not teetering at the edge of a cliffhanger.

So I know what I want.  And I’ll read reviews and snoop around to make sure I’m getting what I want.  And if I’m goign to step out of my usual, I like to know it going in.  (Ummm, yeah, people have mentioned that i might have some control issues.  It’s ok, I’ve got it under control.)  How about you?  Do you enjoy a surprise?  Are you ok with a cliffhanger?  What do you think?  ~Anne