Blog Tour: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

Welcome to the The Bastard Billionaire blog tour post! This is the third book in Jessica Lemmon‘s awesome series Billionaire Bad Boys (where the title is pretty self-explanatory!) and I’m so excited to share this book with you guys! I’m a fan of this series and I’ve been loving seeing the Crane brothers fall in love!

My Reviews: The Bachelor Billionaire | The Billionaire Next Door

I’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, Top 5 Favourite “Beastly” Heroes by Jessica Lemmon, an excerpt, and a giveaway! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

Blog Tour: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica LemmonThe Bastard Billionaire (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #3
Published by Forever on February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars

A BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS NOVEL
Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . . Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They've hired him ten personal assistants-and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay. Isabella Sawyer's employment agency can't afford to lose Eli Crane's business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won't rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .

Review:

The last Crane brother finally succumbs to love! The Bastard Billionaire was such a fun read with a bit of “beauty and the beast” flair. I loved the “beastly” Eli and the feisty beauty Isabella. When Eli returns from the war one limb less and unsure of what he wants in life, his family can’t seem to stop pestering him. And that makes him a bit of a grouch. Isabella is trying to run her top-notch business of providing the best personal assistance, but with 10 assistance already fired by Eli, Isa is stepping in and stepping up to handle the situation.

I love the spark between Eli and Isa! They have a fantastic hate-to-love banter. There’s something about a grouchy hero that I can’t help but love and to boot, throw in a sassy heroine who doesn’t take any crap from him and you have irresistibly delicious tension. There was so many layers to their attraction, from unwanted, to sizzling sexual chemistry to real feelings! You can’t help but be invested in them every step in the way.

“Did you forget for a second I had a handicap? Is that why you kissed me back?”
“By handicap, I assume you mean your horrible attitude.”

I also really liked seeing Eli and Isa grow throughout the story. Eli is struggling to figure out the next steps are in his life, to deal with the guilt of losing his men, to how he can contribute now that he’s discharged from the marines. Isa is trying to prove to parents and the rich elite that she doesn’t need their money or status to be successful. They both show vulnerability and strength. I also loved that the Crane family and their loves are a part of the story, causing trouble and providing advice.

Overall this was a fun and sexy read and fantastic addition to the Billionaire Bad Boys series. I’m happy to see all the Crane boys get their happily ever after. If you love grumpy heroes and strong heroines and awesome chemsitry, this is the book for you.

{*Thanks to Forever & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Jessica Lemmon’s Top 5 Favourite “Beastly” Heroes 

5) Seth: George Clooney’s character from the movie From Dusk Til Dawn. He’s a bank robber who takes a family of three hostage before leading them, unbeknownst to him, to a den of vampires in Mexico. At the end, the body count is high, but Seth emerges as hero in a move that surprises him as much as the audience watching.

4) Jax Teller: from the television series, Sons of Anarchy. The ultimate bad boy anti-hero, am I right? Yet something about his sinister actions is so tempting. Charlie Hunnam’s gorgeous face helps.

3) Tate Jackson: from Kristen Ashley’s novel Sweet Dreams. I’ve never in my life read a romance hero who insulted the heroine quite the way Tate did Lauren. (She overheard him calling her fat! Gasp!) In a brilliant turn of events, Tate completely falls for Lauren during the course of the book, eating all of his early assumptions and falling helplessly in love with her. Watching him step seamlessly into the hero role was incredible.

2) Negan: from the television series, The Walking Dead. I know, I know… he’s not a hero. He’s the worst of the worst, but the way Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the baddest of them all makes a tiny, evil part of me root for him against my better judgment.

1) Beast: from Walt Disney’s animated cartoon, Beauty and the Beast. Not only is our hero literally a beast, but he also has a heart of solid gold. Like another hero I know, Eli Crane, Beast simply needs a strong heroine who will both stand up to him—and stand up for him.

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About Jessica Lemmon

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.

Jessica is a social media junkie who loves to hear from readers.

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Excerpt:

Standing, she smoothed her hands down her pants and flipped her hair. She had planned to quietly finish her work and leave without seeing him again. No such luck. And no hiding that she was heading his way when her heels clicked along the concrete floor.

Well.

The kiss had happened. The button incident had happened. There was no taking it back. Regardless of how either of them felt about it, she was going to continue working here. So. She would deal with the here and now.

Since the sun was shining, Eli’s lair was welcome instead of foreboding. No fire cracked in the hearth today. Also unlike his usual, he wasn’t at his desk. He was at the printer.

“This yours?” He offered a sheet of paper.

“Yes.” She couldn’t keep from explaining. “Pressed the Print button by accident.”

“Mi printer es su printer.”

Isa accepted the document and Eli sank his hands into his jeans pockets, his forearms flexing with the movement.

“I wasn’t—”

“I shouldn’t—” they said at the same time.

He pursed his lips and she looked at her shoes. “Go ahead.” She was going to say, I wasn’t offended when you kissed me, but now that she’d had a millisecond to think it through, maybe she should pretend the kiss hadn’t happened. Which was . . . impossible. Standing this close to him, it’s all she could think about.

“I shouldn’t have ruined your shirt,” he said.

“I dared you to.”

“Why?” His eyebrows compressed along with his lips.

“Because you have accepted the role of beast, but I don’t believe that’s who you are.” She let her gaze linger on his face before tracking down his body. “And because I like a challenge.”

“Do you?” He took a wide step toward her.

She matched his move and took one step closer to him. “Yes. I don’t wilt easily.”

He threaded her hair between his fingers, a look of longing and hurt mingling in his eyes. “I was about to lie and say I shouldn’t have kissed you.”

Shivers climbed her spine as she remembered how firm his lips felt against hers. “Maybe . . . you shouldn’t have stopped.”

four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

8 Comment

  1. I loved this series too. I always seem to enjoy her heroes. Thank for the chance to win 🙂

  2. This series has been on my radar since book one came out. I confess the beastly aspect of this one definitely hits just right for me. Love that this pair seems to have some good sizzle.

  3. I adore Lemmon’s writing but haven’t read this series yet. *Must* rectify that soon! 🙂 I love the sound of Eli and Isa’s story, the Beauty and the Beast element, but mostly the hate-to-love banter. Oh goodness do I love a crusty hero! LOL I also like that Lemmon took on creating a hero with a disability and seems to have done it so well. 🙂
    Loved seeing her list of favorite heroes…especially that Tate Jackson made the list. LOVE Tate!! <3

  4. They sure were a fun set of brothers. I loved his beastly side and the antagonistic bits. I really enjoyed their battle with each other 🙂

  5. Oh I need to check out this series!! It sounds like fun. Jax Teller is the best and a great Beastly hero!!

  6. I keep seeing this series around and everyone loves it. I like the sound of the male lead, a little beastly. Sounds fun!

  7. I do need to read Jessica Lemmon. This sounds like a fun series and the couple sound like they have some great chemistry together. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  8. For some reason I read the first book, loved it but then never continued the series. I really should, everyone seems to love them. Great review for this!

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