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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Review: Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica Clare

This one was a little on the fluffy side but not a bad read.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Taylor is a genius when it comes to computers, but understanding the opposite sex is beyond her. Because she always fumbles her flirtations, she needs help in finding her Prince Charming. So when her friend, Gretchen, sets her up as a tour guide for a new guy in town, she says yes despite her misgivings. She just doesn't expect Mr. Charming to actually be royalty . . .

A faction in his country wants him to be king, but Loch has no intention of taking the crown. To keep from being named as the next successor, he hatches a scheme to marry a totally unacceptable American woman. Quirky Taylor seems like the perfect person for the job, until Loch realizes he likes more about her than her ability to keep him off the throne.

When Loch's secret schemes come out, his chance of happiness with Taylor are blown-unless he can find a way to get the nerdy object of his affection to believe she's truly the queen of his heart.

Computer genius Taylor has no problem in her professional life but her personal one is a different story. Then her friend Gretchen sets her up as a tour guide for the new guy in town and suddenly Taylor’s spending a lot of time with Loch, a guy who might end up being king of a small country overseas. Loch will do whatever it takes to keep from becoming king, including marrying a completely unsuitable American. But when Taylor finds out why he’s been paying so much attention to her, she leaves him high and dry. And missing her like crazy.

So, instead of a steamy billionaire romance between adults I got a light, fluffy read where the lead characters felt more like they were kids playing house.

That’s not what I was expecting from the author who thrilled me with her Bluebonnet series, not to mention the original billionaire series, The Billionaire Boys Club.

I’m not saying Billionaire on the Loose was a total loss; I’m just saying I didn’t feel, much less buy the romance between main characters Loch and Taylor. Instead I felt like I got a cute “I like you, like you” story between two people who didn’t quite know how to manage their own lives.

Loch was used to having everything done for him because duh, he was rich and had royal blood to boot. So yeah, he had to learn how to be a normal guy for the first time in his life which provided some of the humor in the story. And Loch wasn’t a bad guy. He was a little na├»ve on how life was for regular people but he never acted like he was better than anyone and when he had his “I Get It” moment and realized what life was like for some people it was really touching and really made his character stand out. I just wish that moment had come sooner in the book.

I was torn a bit on Taylor though. If the intention was to make her quirky it didn’t exactly work. I thought she was more like a child with no direction than a woman who was at a crossroads in her life. I liked her enough though. She had a gentle nature and a tender heart. I just didn’t see her as an adult character.

As far as the story goes it was well written and I liked the way that Jessica Clare made Loch and Taylor the real focus of Billionaire on the Loose. It wasn’t just a romance between two people who meet it was also a story about two people who aside from falling for each other had to find themselves and learn to stand independently of anyone else. While that was a good thing I do feel that the book spent a little too much time on that which added to the feeling that these characters where more childlike than adult. Maybe Loch and Taylor’s story would have been better as a novella than a novel?

Final Verdict: While still a fun read, Billionaire on the Loose didn’t quite feel like it was a part of the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series. The main characters are likable and enjoyable and the plot is well done and wraps up nicely by the end.

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