Title: The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed
Author: Jessica Clare
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Billionaire Boys Club (Book 3)
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Format: ebook, 258 Pages
ISBN-10: 1101623551 (InterMix/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-1101623558 (InterMix/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Steph
The Billionaire Boys Club is a secret society of six men who have vowed success–at any cost. Not all of them are old money, but all of them are incredibly wealthy. They’re just not always as successful when it comes to love…
Audrey Petty’s always been the responsible one. The good twin.? Successful, dependable, and trustworthy–that’s Audrey. She’d be the perfect girlfriend for her childhood crush, billionaire Cade Archer…except that she’s pretty sure she’s not even on his radar. But when fate (and her chaotic twin) come together, Audrey finds out that she’ll be spending the next month with Cade at his remote cabin retreat. It’s a dream come true…
Until she meets her worst nightmare.
Billionaire playboy Reese Durham is used to seducing women to get what he wants. But when stiff, too-proper Audrey bursts into the private mountain lodge and scares his companion out the door, it’s time for a little revenge. It’s clear that Audrey’s in love with his buddy, Cade…and it’s clear to Reese that blackmailing Audrey with this information can get her to agree to just about anything. Like furtive kisses in the dark, or a secret rendezvous in the woods. Audrey may think she knows what she wants, but Reese is determined to show her what she needs.
And as Reese discovers the volatile minx behind the buttoned-up exterior, he starts to think maybe she’s just what he needs, too.
Quick & Dirty: Audrey loves Cade. Cade loves Audrey’s sister Daphne. Add in Cade’s friend Reese, who’s developing a powerful attraction to Audrey, and you have the ingredients for a very interesting stay at a remote cabin read.
Opening Sentence: The three teens sat on the end of the rickety wooden dock at the pond.
Initially, I was not looking forward to reading this book, as I was more in the mood for something with some action rather than a romance. To my surprise, I was hooked before I finished the first chapter. While there were some issues that kept it from being perfect, this was still a truly enjoyable read that every romance fan should take the time to try.
Audrey has loved Cade since she was a teenager. So when Cade offers to help her get her twin sister Daphne clean and sober by letting them stay at his remote cabin, Audrey sees it as the perfect opportunity to try and turn their friendship into something more. No one is more surprised than Audrey to find the cabin already occupied by Cade’s friend Reese and his girl of the moment. Said girl deserts Reese at the cabin, which completely throws a wrench into Audrey’s plans, as he doesn’t let her get a moment of peace, taking every opportunity to antagonize her. Things become more complicated when Reese and Audrey discover that despite their animosity, a powerful attraction exists between them. Soon, Audrey is left with a difficult choice: does she want to be with the man who drives her crazy, or with the man she’s loved since childhood?
I have to admit, I was not a huge fan of Audrey at first. The whole point for the trip to the cabin is supposed to be to help her sister Daphne in her time of need. Instead, Audrey spends most of her time doing other things, while Cade takes care of Daphne. At times, it seems like Audrey forgets that Daphne’s even there. This is a very unlikeable trait to me, and it made it very hard for me to like her. Reese, on the other hand, I loved right away. Sure, he’s cocky, which is something I usually hate, but he’s also incredibly charming and funny. I pretty much always had a smile on my face whenever he was in a scene. The chemistry between Reese and Audrey is incredible, both when they’re involved in a verbal sparring match or when they’re making love. Their amazing chemistry definitely made this a fun read.
The only other negative thing I want to mention is that there is some repetition. In some cases, this just occurs where we see one scene from Audrey’s point of view only to have Reese repeat a portion of it when we get to his point of view. That didn’t bother me as much as the repetition of facts and phrases. It really served to lessen my enjoyment of the first part of the book. Thankfully, the repetition seems to disappear by the halfway point.
Overall, this is a fun, light read that should make any romance fan happy. It’s full of very realistic characters who practically leap off the page. I’m very much looking forward to reading more of Jessica Clare’s work, including the first two books in this series.
“Well, well, well.” Reese’s voice thrummed in her ear. “Just look at you.”
She turned and scowled at him. “What?”
“You’re glowing.” His grin cut across his entire face. “You’re positively beaming now that Cade’s here. You’re lit up like a firecracker.”
The flush on her cheeks threatened to grow hotter. “I’m just thrilled to see an old friend.”
“Don’t think I didn’t notice how you weren’t exactly quick to let go of him.” Reese said. “And I’m pretty sure I saw you sniff his jacket.”
“I did not.”
“Yeah, you did.” He rubbed the scruffy goatee on his chin thoughtfully. “Does Cade know that you’re in love with him?”
Her irritation turned to panic. “What are you talking about?”
He made a silly, high pitched giggle that sounded shamefully like the one she’d burbled just moments ago. “You’re perfect, Cade,” he mimicked.
She smacked his arm. “You’re a horrible man. I wish you’d go drown in the lake.”
He waggled his eyebrows. “I see someone’s in a rush to try out her CPR skills. Baby, if you want to give me mouth to mouth, all you have to do is ask-“
“Please shut up!”
Billionaire Boys Club:
4. Once Upon a Billionaire (April 15, 2014)
FTC Advisory: InterMix/Penguin provided me with a copy of The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.