Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Book Review: The Forbidden Billionaire

I'm not going to beat around the bush. By the time you are reading this, I am in the middle of an endoscopy AND colonoscopy. I'll tell of my harrowing adventures of prep and procedure another time... probably Friday. Just know that while you're busy not working at your desk or letting your kids run wild through the house while you have some coffee, I am busy being probed from both ends at the same time. I don't need to tell you who is having a better day.

The Forbidden Billionaire (The Sinclaires #2) - J.S. Scott 

All of Jared Sinclair’s wealth still can’t ease the pain from his terrible childhood… or his guilt over a recent tragedy. Unable to forgive himself, the billionaire property investor buries his emotions, toughens his skin, and becomes a notorious womanizer, refusing to commit his heart to a woman when he’s convinced she wants only his wallet.

But ever since Jared arrived in Amesport, Maine, he’s been intrigued by Mara Ross, the petite and sexy shop owner who asks nothing of him. When Mara’s store is purchased without her knowledge, she stands on the brink of losing her home, her livelihood, and generations of family history. Then the irresistibly persuasive Jared proposes a business deal to Mara… and soon draws her into a steamy, sensual affair, convincing her that he’s anything but cold. However, when a revelation shakes Mara’s fragile trust to the core, Jared must finally confront the truth about his past.

I read the first one in this series and had to buy the rest of the series because I have an issue with not being able to quit a series and I have poor impulse control, so here we are. Thankfully though, this one didn't disappoint! It's not a hot, steamy romance read, but if you're a fan of a light romance with some drama tossed in, but also a fast read, this series just might be for you. 

In this book we have Mara, a single woman who owns a doll shop that has been passed down her family for generations. She lives above it, the place is a city code violation dream, but she isn't raking in the dough selling dolls to do anything about it. Jared is a billionaire who is dead set on the belief nobody could love him because of a choice he made YEARS ago that ended up getting two people killed (that's his opinion, not actual fact). But Jared has thing for old buildings and he's got a bit of a thing for Mara so he buys the building without her knowing it. Doesn't matter because the damn thing burns down and now Jared is helping Mara get back on her feet.

The drama, as you've guessed, is that Mara doesn't know that Jared was the buyer but also, he becomes a financial investor in her new business and she doesn't like the feeling she's taking advantage of him because that's what Jared expects from people. So while they struggle with that, there's all of this sexual tension, and it leads to some great moments.

Overall? This was a 3.5 for me. I really enjoyed Mara more than Jared, actually, and she's a pretty smart woman who has some self image issues, she's confident in her abilities to get through life. She's kind and logical, and when she meets Jared's brother Evan (he's a future book), even he seems to be taken aback by how good of a person she is. I had a good time reading this one, managed to get through it in one day and you might enjoy this if you're looking for a romance that won't make you blush at a kid's soccer game.

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