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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tasty Book Tour: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

If you thought the first book was good, this one is even better with a long haired, fun in the sun guy named Tag Crane, Jessica Lemmon couldn’t go wrong!

About Jessica Lemmon:
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.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: October 25, 2016

It's Tag Crane's job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn't perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he's ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It's not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it's a fantasy come true. What's the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can't be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

Oh heavens I think I’m in love. No, scratch that, I KNOW I’m in love. I thought Reese Crane was my favorite but it is younger brother Tag who holds that title now. The easy going, fun loving, long haired giant was too irresistible and too lovable to resist.

So the set up is that billionaire businessman and “no strings attached” party guy Tag Crane spends his time flying from one exotic location to another as part of his job of running a family empire and having fun with the ladies on the side. But then he has to come up with a business strategy to help improve falling sales on some of the Crane hotel bars, the Great Dane barking in the apartment below his proves a distraction. So what does he do? He goes downstairs to confront the owner and instead meets dog sitter/bartender Rachel Foster who coincidentally, has experience when it comes to making businesses profitable. Tag hires Rachel to be a temporary consultant on the hotels and the two start getting to know each other and well, sparks. Lots and lots of sparks.

Tag was totally different from his intense, somewhat grumpy brother Reese. Where Reese was closed off, Tag was more open, definitely more friendly, and he just loved the ladies. He had an aura of power around him because duh, billionaire over here but he never used it to manipulate or control. He didn’t allow his money to define him either and I loved that the most about him. He had this almost boyish charm to him that you couldn’t help but love but at the same time he was one sexy devil and he knew it! I guess Tag stands out so much because he wasn’t the standard a-hole/controlling/manipulative billionaire. He was the guy women wanted but could still be friends with later.

But a hero is only as good as his heroine in my opinion so how did Rachel fair?

In a word? Fantastic. Here was this hard working, independent woman who was burned in the past by someone she trusted and now she was trying to make her own way using her own skills. She didn’t like the idea of anyone giving her something she didn’t earn and for the most part I totally understood that mindset and I liked that she was determined to stand on her own two feet. The thing is, Rachel did all that without being cruel towards Tag’s well meant intentions, nor was she ever condescending towards his innate generosity. She brought Tag out of his life of fun, women, and no-strings and made him think about his future and whether his lifestyle was still going to be enough for him when he was old and gray.

I noticed a significant difference in the relationship between Tag and Rachel that made the tone and pace of The Billionaire Next Door quite different from its predecessor. There was no antagonism between the characters. The sexual attraction was sizzling between Tag and Rachel but it was tempered by a sweet, and gentle consideration that Tag had for Rachel and her reservations. His insistence that she set the pace and make the decisions in their affair was what made their dynamic different, it gave the overall story the romance from the first moment they meet rather than later when they’ve gotten so involved they can’t be without each other. The whole book was basically Tag “courting” Rachel in an unconventional way and he didn’t even know it!

The Billionaire Next Door had its interesting supporting cast in Rachel’s friend Breanna and Tag’s family. But it also introduced the talked about but not yet seen Eli Crane in a heartbreaking way. I loved the scenes with all three Crane brothers in them because there was an obvious love between them as well as some good natured teasing. But those scenes also set the tone for Eli’s book which I feel won’t be an easy one.

Final Verdict: I had a lot of fun with this book. Tag was just too easy to fall in love with and Rachel was too delightful for words. Jessica Lemmon hits all the right notes with The Billionaire Next Door and it stands out as one of my favorite books this year. Also, I’m adding Tag Crane to my list of book boyfriends.

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