5 the emotional roller coaster ride stars!!
As anyone can tell by now I am OBSESSED with Jessica Lemmon’s books. Each book seems to surpass the last. This book, oh my.. it is the perfect mix of romance, sass, angst, and true feelings from both characters. Have you ever just had that perfect morning cup of coffee that you never wanted to end? It was the same for me with this book… It was my perfect cup of coffee.
Before I start my review I have to say that while this is the third book in the Billionaire Bad Boys trilogy it can be read as a stand alone. You do NOT need to read the previous two books before this one. HOWEVER as a huge Jessica Lemmon fan… I will highly suggest that you do. The first book with brother Reese (The Billionaire Bachelor) has a big Mr. Darcy feel to it, and the second book with Tag (The Billionaire Next Door) has a very big Tarzan feel. While I didn’t notice it until the end and now that it’s over I now see why Eli is my favorite, he reminds me of Beast in Beauty and the Beast. No these are not promoted this way, this is honestly just my thoughts and feelings. Onto the review…
Eli was talked about a lot in the Reese’s book, then we finally got a glimpse of the third Crane brother in Tag’s book. However that glimpse did not do Eli justice, he is an amazingly complicated character. Eli is back from overseas having suffered an injury as a marine. His family seems to be suffocating him with kindness and love, the two things Eli doesn’t think he should have. Eli is suffering from some major survivors guilt amongst some other things. There are so many layers to Eli’s character I’m not even sure by the end of the book we got through them all. In the beginning you find out that Eli has been going through personal assistants like nobody’s business. When it comes down to it he’s been a right mighty beast towards these poor assistants. However this last assistant doesn’t seem to take his firings to heart, and just keeps on working. I think that Eli really needed to be challenged back. No one was really a challenge back for him everyone just kept on appeasing him or backing down. Isa met him challenge for challenge, I really enjoyed that. Eli had emotional baggage before signing up for the Marines then he brought more home after serving in the Marines. Is he to far gone for Isa to save him? Or can he save himself before he looses her forever.
Isa is an amazing strong female character, and we all know by now how I feel about these ladies. Isa as a character is determined, smart, witty, and wears her heart on her sleeve. She is running her own company, she has left the family fold and fortune behind to start her own company. Of course her family doesn’t see it that way, they see it as a step down in the “class” system of society and want her to step back into the fold. When her company’s reputation is threatened by the one and only Eli Crane she does the only thing she can think of, she becomes his personal PA. While Isa is determined to not let Eli get under her skin by being a demanding, macho, idiot, she starts to see some of the real Eli parts of Eli breaking through. While their relationship may turn into more than PA and boss, Eli is still holding back. Isa tells herself she is okay with this, that she can handle only a 1/4 of a relationship if you can call it that. She is a strong independant woman who doesn’t need a man to make herself whole. However as time passes you can see how Isa becomes more vulnerable to her feelings towards Eli and how he doesn’t think he can reciprocate those feelings.
The family/friendship relationships in these books make it worth it to me, much more than the romance aspect of it. Don’t get me wrong the romance part is amazing, but these family parts and friendship sides are so strong it makes the stories so much more relate-able. You not only have Eli being backed up by his brothers in this book but you have his dad Alex in his corner. I feel like we all need Alex in our corner… Isa’s relationship with her BFF was just what a girl needs. Someone to hold her up when needed, to be frank when she’s being dumb, but also say okay I’ll do it even though you are being dumb. Oh and the doorknob was brought up again!!! It was my favorite part of book one The Billionaire Bachelor and when it was mentioned in this book I literally sighed. I also don’t think I will ever look at sand in a jar, or a red dress the same again either. Those three things will always remind me of the Crane brothers.
Do I suggest these books, yes, yes I do. To everyone! Romance fan or not… go buy them now!
Thank you to Netgalley, Jessica Lemmon, and Forever Romance for a copy in lieu of my honest review.
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