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.The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
Published by Forever on October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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 . . .
We first met Tag in the first book in this series, The Billionaire Bachelor, and I really liked the little we saw of him. However, that in no way prepared me for how much I would like him in his own book. Tag is my favorite kind of hero – the playboy. These guys are so much fun to read. They’re never prepared for what’s about to hit them; love always comes out of nowhere and wallops them and it’s always so much fun to watch.
Rachel was an equally fun heroine. She’s gun-shy after a long-term relationship went bad. She never really thought of herself as a fling kind of girl, but her super-hot temporary neighbor could change her mind. Temporary neighbor because she’s taken a job dog-sitting for a month, in an apartment in Crane Tower. She loves the apartment, grows to love the dog, and in general is just grateful to find a place she can go when her life implodes. Her friend’s apartment is the perfect place for her to regroup and look for a new place to live while she gets her shit together. She just has no idea that her gorgeous “…long-haired bearded neighbor, who closely resembles Tarzan…” is actually Tag Crane, notorious billionaire playboy, and the owner of the building.
Tag and Rachel together are phenomenal. They’re both so determined not to fall for each other, so determined to avoid any romantic entanglements. Tag just isn’t ready for his playboy life to be over, and Rachel was burned by her ex badly enough that she’s insecure and not ready for a new relationship. But it’s a temporary setback for her; she has a fierce independent streak and she won’t be down for too long. She just needs to save up enough money to move out of the apartment she currently shares with a roommate, hence the dog-sitting side job. Their relationship is a slow burn, one that’s so satisfying in the end, but so hot in the journey.
This book was lighter than the first one, and is immensely lighter than I think the next book in the series will be. Eli’s story is almost guaranteed to inspire ugly crying, but I can’t wait to read it.