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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday Review: Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Excuse me while I wail about not having this entire series in my hands right now *wails*

Throwback Thursday Reviews is dedicated to those books that have been around for years but you’ve only recently discovered. They’re the “New but Old” reads that are just too good NOT to talk about! Why not share them anyway? They may end up being a “New Read” for someone else too! After all, there’s no such thing as “Too Many Books!”

This Week’s Throwback Thursday Book is:Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Intermix
Release Date: April 16, 2013

Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation.

He’s had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—he has a chance to mend his broken heart.

When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She’s unlike anyone he’s ever met—down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato.

She also has no clue that he’s rich…

Bronte Dawson, a waitress from the Midwest, is stranded with the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager Logan. What’s the harm in a little fling when it’s just the two of them, alone in paradise? But after several steamy island nights in Logan’s arms, Bronte’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge.

But she soon discovers there’s more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more. Now, Bronte’s caught in a whirlwind affair with one of the world’s most powerful men. But can their love endure their differences or will it all just blow over?

Betrayed by his fiancée and losing his father has made Logan Hawkins more closed off than ever before but while on a business trip to the Bahamas he ends up trapped in an elevator during a hurricane with an odd woman with an odd name: Bronte Dawson.

After winning a less than ideal vacation, getting stuck in the middle of a hurricane with a total stranger is the icing on an already crappy cake but Bronte tries to make the best of it. Indulging in a fling while they’re stranded on an island turns into something more on Bronte’s part until she finds out that Logan isn’t the hotel manager, he’s a billionaire.

Not gonna lie, I was very apprehensive about reading a billionaire romance since for the most part there’s a huge amount of power given to the billionaire hero. BUT Jessica Clare clearly understands the need for a heroine with power of her own, who can meet the hero head on in a confrontation and walk away with her pride in tact and who can, on occasion, leave the hero speechless and powerless.

Logan had all the swagger, arrogance and appeal a billionaire hero needed but what made him more than a money figure was that sense that if he ever let himself be just a man that he was just as vulnerable and weak as everyone else. Logan didn’t like being weak, vulnerable or in someone else’s power so it was interesting to watch him go from thinking he was in control of his situation with Bronte to realizing he never did have control. I do love a hero who can be humbled in a big way.

Even when Bronte was dependent on Logan she made sure she still had the last word when it came to her needs. He insisted on purchasing clothes for her? Fine but she was going to pick them or she was walking away from him. She wasn’t a stupid woman blinded by a rich, handsome man. Bronte made mistakes when it came to Logan but I liked that she went into the relationship realistically and not like some idiot with a princess complex. My favorite thing about Bronte was that she had such a strong sense of who she was and didn’t let Logan change her with his money, his influence or his high handed behavior. She called things like they were and genuinely confused Logan at times which when you’re dealing with a billionaire businessman, is a good thing.

It was like a battle of wills between Logan and Bronte but for me that makes a romance way more interesting because they were evenly matched in that they both had individual personalities that weren’t going to go away just because they’d met someone special. Logan may have had everything he could possibly want to buy but through Bronte he realized he had so much growing up to do and Bronte really learned how strong she was through the mistakes she made. I loved the progression and power shift in their relationship.

As far as supporting cast goes, Logan’s brothers in billionaire arms were interesting since they were all as different from each other as humanly possible and I can’t possibly pick a favorite among those men since they only played minor roles and like I said, they were all so different that it made them interesting. However, I will say that Gretchen Petty was hands down the liveliest of the supporting cast. Her dry, caustic humor just tickled me and though she only appeared towards the end, she made a lasting impression.

Final Verdict: I loved Stranded with a Billionaire. The characters, the plot, the humor and of course the romance were just what I needed to get away for awhile. I’m putting this book on my very small list of good billionaire romances.

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