The Billionaire Next DoorSeries: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
by Jessica Lemmon
Published by Hachette, Forever on October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Can't Buy Me Love
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 . . .
A long-haired, mountain-of-a-man billionaire? You say he’s made his own money because he’s smart. Well now, that’s something different….
Tag Crane is the third Crane son and heir to the Crane Hotels “empire”. But he’s made his money on his own without having gone to college. So now he sort of bides his time running the Guest and Restaurant Services Division of the family’s hotel chain. He’s not the kind of guy who’s happy sitting behind a desk pushing reports around. He’d much rather be out in the trenches solving problems and making things work.
That’s why Tag is the perfect match for Rachel Foster.
Rachel is a marketing professional but she recently left her job after her live-in boyfriend took credit on a project she worked on and received a promotion out of it. After losing a boyfriend and a job, she’s lying to her parents about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, her job (she’s a bartender now), and where she lives (it’s with her best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend). Basically, Rachel is down but she’s not out. She’s got spunk and wit, which makes her an awesome bartender.
When one of Rachel’s regular customers asks her to dog sit for him, she is more than happy to enjoy his beautiful loft apartment for a few weeks. She just had no idea dog sitting for a large, pampered dog named Adonis would be so much work.
And THAT’S where Tag comes to the rescue.
I always, ALWAYS love stories where the totally awesome guy meets a great girl, helps her out with a problem (in this case, it’s an incessantly barking dog), he makes the moves on her, but she brushes him off…. at least that’s the way it appears to Tag in this story. Rachel is completely intimidated by Tag. He’s a big guy with a big personality. And she doesn’t even know about his money!!! Ooooo, this will get good, right??
Oh, yes, it does!!
What I really appreciated in this story is the care Tag took with Rachel to work her through an issue or two she was having. Rachel has a lot of self-esteem issues and luckily for her, Tag is most certainly up for the task. But when it REALLY counts, will he be there for Rachel??? Hmmm… you’ll just have to find out for yourself, won’t you?
This is a fun, fantasy filled story that let’s you play “what if”. I know I imagined myself in Rachel’s shoes a time or three while reading. At 385 pages, it sounds like a long story but it really reads fast. Especially once you get to the ending. Oh boy did I rush through that exciting ending!! Way to make me wait, Ms. Lemmon!!! Grrrrr…