I really, reaaally wanted to love The Billionaire Bachelor – billionaire heroes are a guilty pleasure of mine, so this book seemed perfect to me. Plus, there’s the whole marriage-of-convenience trope. It’s not a trope I actively go looking for, but I do enjoy it, so I’m disappointed that didn’t really enjoy this book. I was bored most of the time, nearly hated the hero, and couldn’t connect with the writing or characters. This is my first Jessica Lemmon read, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to read any more of her books.
Merina Van Heusen’s family legacy is their boutique hotel – until Merina finds out that her parents are in debt and they decided to sell the hotel without her knowledge. The worst part of it is that they sold it to Reese Crane, upcoming CEO of Crane Hotels, a hotel chain that would get rid of all the uniqueness of Merina’s hotel and turn it into every other sleek, boring hotel. So what does Merina do to protect what she loves? She marches right into Reese’s office and demands that he give her back her hotel.
In this first meeting scene, I was a bit taken aback by Merina. She literally marches into a stranger’s office and starts yelling at him for doing something she can’t really blame him for. It was way over the top and didn’t paint Merina in a good light, and for the rest of the book, I didn’t really warm up to her at all, unfortunately.
Reese Crane didn’t become the rich and powerful man he is by capitulating to others, and he’s not about to start now with a gorgeous woman like Merina. Unfortunately, his bachelor lifestyle paints him in a bad light, making the company board hesitant to name him CEO – so Reese needs to find a wife quick, and who better than a woman who wants something from him? So Reese and Merina strike a deal – they become husband and wife for a short while, and Merina will be given the hotel at the end of their marriage. But what happens when feelings start to grow, and husband and wife start to fall for one another?
The thing that really brought this book down for me was Reese and his attitude towards Merina. I’m getting less and less tolerant of whiny heroes who treat heroines like shit, and that’s basically what Reese is. He’s a complete ass to his wife and his whole “I’ll never fall in love because I’ve been hurt before by caring about someone else” grew annoying after a while. I really wanted him to man up and realize what he and Merina grew to have much more quickly than he did.
I tried to like this one, but I just didn’t have a good experience with it. It’s pretty boring and not at all memorable compared to the many, many billionaire reads out there. I might give the other books in the series a try, since Reese’s brothers intrigued me, but I probably won’t go in with too many expectations.
Reading Order: Billionaire Bad Boys series
#1 ~ The Billionaire Bachelor: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ The Billionaire Next Door: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (Oct. 25, 2016)
#3 ~ The Bastard Billionaire: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads (Feb. 28, 2017)