Thursday, 27 October 2016

New Release Spotlight & Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Author: Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #2
On Sale: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $5.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD

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 . . .

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I loved Reece's story is The Billionaire Bachelor, so I dived into this book wondering how little brother Tag Crane would match up..!

Taggart 'Tag' Crane oversees the Guest and Restaurants Services within the Crane Hotels. A Role he takes seriously in his own laid back way. When the board members all but dismiss their previous concerns over losses within the hotel bars, Tag's determined to put right the discrepancies because he cares. When his neighbour's Great Dane starts uncharacteristically barking every evening and late into the night, he's forced to investigate because he can't work in such distracting conditions. So gets more than he bargained when he the person who answers the door isn't who he thinks it is.

When a regular customer at the Andromeda Club asks Rachel Foster to house sit his dog, she jumps at the opportunity because she needs the extra cash to look for a new place to live when the owner returns. What she didn't bargain for was a drop-dead gorgeous neighbour who isn't happy that the dog barks when she's not there. So when she answers the door, she's surprised to learn he isn't the dog's walker!

I admit that tattooed, long-haired men are not my type YET, Ms. Lemmon brought Tag to life in such a believable way that left me swooning. The muse she used as her 'Tag' (Brock O'Hurn) is a wonderful visual when thinking about this wild, rich giant of a man! Tag has an infectious 'joie de vivre' which he encourages others to go along with, aware that the women he hooks up with are more than happy to exploit his generosity. That's until he meets Rachel...a woman who isn't interested in his wealth. She's an independent, proud woman who's grateful for the opportunity Tag has given her. Only, she wants a piece of him that money can't buy:
"She wants your heart."

The Billionaire Next Door is such an enjoyable read as the highly entertaining dialogue keeps the sparks flying between the two gorgeous protagonists as they navigate their way to happy future together. We are treated to a fun update about Reece and Merina's which doesn't require you to have read their book (but I heartily recommend you do) And lastly, we're introduced to Eli Crane, and I can't wait to read his story in The Billionaire Bastard because he's definitely a man with a story to tell!

5 stars

***arc received courtesy of Forever Publishing via NetGalley***

 “Why is it you look like you’re thinking something sinister?” he asked, that eyebrow arcing higher. “And don’t lie to me, Dimples. I have a sixth sense.” She watched his slow smile, white teeth appearing as his trimmed beard parted. Her nether regions buzzed like she’d sat on a vibrating phone.
I’m surprised . . .” she started, feeling daring. Must be the Kona coffee.
Because I expected you to induct me into the Mile High Club by now. This is my first private flight.” She looked at him through her lashes, her coy smile in place.
Tag wore an all-out grin, which made her inordinately pleased. Where she was concerned, he wasn’t immune. And she liked that. A lot.
Excuse me.” Smoothly, he shut his laptop, stood, and walked from cabin to cockpit.
Okay. That was interesting. She hadn’t expected him to leave. Maybe she didn’t have the same power over him as he had over her.
She turned to look out the window, but the nighttime landscape was nothing but blackness. She imagined a sea of clouds and blue skies once the sun rose, anticipating being someplace where the high was above freezing. She wondered what the temperature was on—
Let’s go.” Her hand was snatched a moment later as Tag pulled her out of her seat and led her to the bedroom.
Wait,” she said through her laughter as she hustled after him. “What are you doing?”
In the bedroom, he released her, closed the door, and whipped off his shirt. She gasped, her eyes eating up his tanned muscles and bulky arms.
Making you a member.” He caught the back of her head in his hand and kissed her. She melted beneath his touch. She was hopelessly attracted to him. Just an absolute goner.
When she caught a breath of air, she said, “Where did you go?”
Told the pilot to take the long way.”
There’s a longer way to Hawaii?”
There is now.”

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.

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