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Review: The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon + Top 5 and Teaser

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I can’t believe this series is over. It was SO good. I’m going to miss it and these awesome characters. It went out with a bang with The Bastard Billionaire!
 
 
The Bastard Billionaire
The Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon
 
 
synopsis
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 . . .
 
 
review

4 out of 5 stars

What a wonderful, sexy heartfelt story! I've wanted more Eli since I met him in book one, The Billionaire Bachelor, and I am so happy with the outcome. Excellent addition to the series!

 

Eli is just so wounded, and I don't mean from his missing leg. He's taken so much on his shoulders and has so many walls up. It made him super grumpy but somehow sweet at the same time. I couldn't wait to watch his barriers break down and for him to start to heal. I loved Isabella and her strength. She was such a strong, in charge character and I really loved how grounded she was. Eli and Isa together were awesome. I loved Eli and Isabella’s animosity and tension. They had a great chemistry happening and I loved watching it build and ignite.

 

Besides Eli and Isa’s building heat, there is a lot of underlying emotion happening as Eli works things out. I got choked up several times. Those walls though, they were killers and they made for some ups and downs in he and Isa's relationship. Even though I understood his pain and struggles, I didn't always like his actions and wanted to smack him on several occasions. I really enjoyed the build not only to their relationship, but to Eli's epiphany as well.

 

The Crane brothers are so fun and I love their good natured ribbing with one another and Merina and Rachel as well. When they got together it created some fun, light moments which where needed. I also love that there dad Alex, Big Crane, and the fact that he finally got some closure for his story that has been lightly talked about since book one.

 

Really great story with a good pace. I loved the details and the build. A nice amount of drama and a lot of emotion. While I did enjoy their push and pull for the most part, by the end I was more than ready for them both to get it together. The ending was sweet but wrapped up a little to nicely for me, it was still a great HEA though.

 

I love the feeling of peace I got after reading this and am so happy for the closure that Eli got. Isa is the perfect match for him. I love this series and I'm going to miss it. Great characters and a fantastic family, this series is a must read.

 

Complimentary copy received for honest review.

 

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#5~ Isabella Sawyer’s smart-aleck remark when Eli fires her for the umpteenth time:
 
“Apologies, Eli, but I’m not changing my shoes.” She came into his office, her hips swaying with each sure step she took toward him.
 
“Fine. Then you’re fired.”
 
“Oh, no, not again.”
 
 
#4~ Merina, the heroine from The Bastard Billionaire shows up as yet another feisty woman who refuses to bow to Eli’s gruffness.
 
“I can go out into public, you know,” he grumbled, setting the beer bottle next to his plate—on the table, no coaster, thank you very much. “You guys don’t have to come in here and serve me.”
 
He was skilled at his new role of miserable bastard, and since everyone expected it now, he was determined to excel.
 
“Oh but we do, Lord Crane.” Merina smiled demurely as she leaned over and handed him a glass.
 
 
#3~ I loved this line after Eli and Isa had sex—his honesty cracked me up!
 
“I like this.” She touched the corner of his mouth. “I’ve been trying to get you to smile since I started working here.”
 
“Well now you know how to do it.”
 
 
#2~ Bold Isabella knows how to ask for what she wants!
 
“Is kissing you in my marching orders for tomorrow night?” he asked, his eyes picking up a trace of heat.
 
She wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. No way. No how.
 
“Yes,” she answered. “Need to practice?”
 
 
#1~ Eli’s worry that he didn’t have what it took is my favorite line in the book.
 
He’d done what he needed to be a good soldier.
 
Now that he wasn’t a soldier, he wasn’t sure what it took to be a good man.


teaser
 
 
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.
 

links
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other-books-in-the-series
Billionaire Bad Boy Series
The Billionaire Bachelor (#1)Amazon | My ReviewTop Read of 2016
The Billionaire Next Door (#2)Amazon | My Review
 
 
giveaway
 
 
One of my favorite things about this series is the Crane brothers and their amazing relationship. I am a sucker for male bonding and good natured ribbing. What about you? Let Me Know!
 
 


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