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Review: Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Title: Stranded with a Billionaire

Author: Jessica Clare

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Billionaire Boys Club (Book #1)

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Format: Paperback, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425269078 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425269077 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Steph

Synopsis:

The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who are incredibly wealthy—but not always so successful when it comes to love…

With a visit to a recent business acquisition—a private island resort in the Bahamas—billionaire Logan Hawkings has a chance to mend his recently broken heart. But a hurricane, a misplaced passport, and a stalled elevator lead to an encounter with an unusual woman.

Brontë Dawson is down-to-earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato. She also thinks Logan is simply the hotel’s domineering yet sexy manager. And after several steamy island nights in his arms, Brontë’s ready to give her heart—and her body—to the man in charge. There’s just more to Logan than he’s told her…a billion times more.

Quick & DirtySparks fly when a waitress ends up stranded on an island with a billionaire in this entertaining yet flawed romance.

Opening Sentence: Even though the bar was thumping with loud music and the crowd was shoulder to shoulder, no one approached Logan Hawkings.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Brontë makes her living as a waitress and is excited when a local radio station awards her a weekend vacation to a resort. Logan Hawkings is a jaded billionaire who believes every woman is out for his money. He just so happens to be buying the resort where Brontë is staying. Before Brontë’s vacation can really get started, a hurricane arrives on the island, forcing an evacuation. Through no fault of her own, Brontë ends up stuck in an elevator when the power goes out. Who is in that elevator with her? None other than Logan himself. Brontë assumes he is a manager of the hotel, and given his past history with women, Logan has no desire to relieve her of that assumption, instead choosing to enjoy time with a woman who has no idea how much money he has. While stranded on the island, the two grow close and begin to form a strong connection. But can that connection remain solid once the truth is revealed and reality intervenes?

I will preface this review by saying that I really did enjoy this book; however, a lot of what I say is going to be negative. I think, because I was enjoying the book so much, the faults of the book really stood out all the more, making it hard to ignore them. Even with its faults, the book is fast paced and enjoyable. I really wanted to give this one 4 stars, but with everything that bugged me, I had to bump it down to 3.

Let’s start with our leading man, Logan. His introductory chapter portrays him as arrogant and jaded. There honestly wasn’t much to like. Then, when he’s on the island, he starts to come across as thoughtful and romantic, which made me really start to like him. Imagine my surprise when, upon arriving back at home, he immediately reverts back to his arrogant self. The change felt very jarring, and I had a very hard time warming back up to him.

Now, for the most part, I really liked Brontë. She’s happy with her life and isn’t looking for anyone to rescue her from being “just a waitress.” The one problem I have with her is she’s a bit of a pushover. She’ll be mad at Logan one minute, and then two pages later, she’s hopping into bed with him, ready to forgive him. I just wish she would stand up for herself more throughout the story.

The other aspect of the book that bothered me is that sometimes the narration felt a bit off/unnatural. It’s third person narration, so we get chapters from both Logan and Brontë’s perspectives. Most of the time, everything they think flows very naturally and seems true to life. However, there are sometimes portions of narration that just felt jarring, more like the author was trying to bring a point across without bothering to make it flow well with the story. It would just serve to draw me out of the plot for a moment because it just felt unreal.

Like I said, I know this is basically a negative review, but I want to emphasize that I actually did enjoy the story. I think if I hadn’t felt so connected to the characters, the flaws wouldn’t have bothered me so much. It did feel like Brontë and Logan were real people, and I was always interested to see where the story was going to go from one chapter to another. The side characters were engaging and made me want to read their stories as well. So suffice to say, despite its flaws, the book did its job: it made me want to continue the series and see what happens next.

Notable Scene:

“Brontë,” a low voice murmured in her ear. “Move your hand.”

She sighed, licked her lips, and ignored the voice.

“Brontë,” it said again. “You’ve got a rather . . . personal grip at the moment.”

Still sleepy, she mentally took stock of where she was. Her butt hurt from sitting on the concrete stairs, and a blanket was pooled around her legs, which were stretched out next to a man’s warm leg. One hand was trapped against the man’s side, and the other was resting on a thick handlebar–

She snatched her hand away, mortified. “Oh, my God.” That was not a handlebar.

Billionaire Boys Club Series:

1. Stranded with a Billionaire

2. Beauty and the Billionaire

3. The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed

3.5 His Royal Princess

4. Once Upon a Billionaire

5. Romancing the Billionaire

6. One Night with a Billionaire

6.5 Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Stranded with a Billionaire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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