Blog Tour: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

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Welcome to the The Billionaire Next Door blog tour post! This is the second 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’ve got lots of fun things in this post, including a review, Top 5 Ways To Frustrate An Alpha Billionaire Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon, a Q&A, an excerpt, and a giveaway (and a bunch teasers throughout)! So scroll on down and check out all the fun stuff (:

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Blog Tour: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica LemmonThe Billionaire Next Door (Billionaire Bad Boys #2) by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
Published by Forever on October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars

Can't Buy Me Love
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 . . .

Review:

Like the title suggest, this is a neighbour romance kinda story, featuring our boy-next-door (though in this case upstairs penthouse) billionaire mountain-man of a hero, Tag and our bartending, dog-sitting heroine, Rachel.

Rachel, a marketing expert, was screwed over by her ex-boyfriend in both the love and work department. Now working as a bartender, she ends up house/dog sitting for a favourite customer. Who also happens to live under Tag, Crane Hotels’ Guest and Restaurant Services head honcho. And he’s in need of some help of redesigning the Maui hotel bar. Who better than the sassy girl downstairs?

I like the chemistry between Rachel and Tag. They balance each other out, what with Tag’s carefree nature and Rachel’s more reserve side. It’s a bit insta-attraction/lust but they do have a lot of cute moments that helped build a great friendship. Poor Rachel, kinda lost her groove and her confidence after her douche ex, so it was nice to see her regain her confidence and happiness. And I like that she stands up for her self. Seeing Tag, our resident jet-set Casanova, fall in love was pretty fun too. I like that it threw him for a loop when he realized he liked Rachel more than just a fling. There is a bit of an angst-y moment when Tag dun goof, but not too worry, it just means there’s grovelling and grand gestures!

Overall, this was cute and breezy read with lots of flirtation, some steamy moments, and a little bit of angst. Top it off with some awesome and hilarious best friends (on both sides!), and more Crane boys (oh man, what a set up for Eli, the middle Crane brother back from the war! I can’t wait for his story!) and you’ve got yourself a pretty enjoyable romance. Especially if you like charming mountain men falling in the name of love.

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

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Top 5 Ways To Frustrate An Alpha Billionaire Bad Boy By Jessica Lemmon

In my new release The Billionaire Bachelor, our hero Tag Crane is having one heck of a time getting heroine Rachel Foster to comply. His tried-and-true tricks simply don’t *quite* break down this particular woman’s defenses. Which means Tag shrugs and wanders off to find a new woman to tempt, right…?

WRONG!

You know when an alpha guy finds The One, even if he doesn’t know she’s it for him yet, he digs in and tries, tries, and tries again. Which brings me to the Top 5 ways to frustrate an alpha!

Many of these Rachel does without even trying…

5. Don’t let him pay your way. Alphas, especially rich ones, love to lavish gifts upon the object of their affection. If you want to frustrate him right down to his expensive shoes, insist on buying your own dinner. In Tag’s case, he won this battle, but it didn’t stop Rachel from arguing. Points: 1

4. Insist on working. Tag invites Rachel to Hawaii under the guise of consulting on his latest bar upgrade for a Crane hotel on Oahu. But when he gets her there he decides he’d rather play than work… Rachel makes sure she puts in her hours whether he likes it or not. Points: 2… but -1 because she definitely makes time for play!

3. Resist his advances. Playboy Tag Crane knows his way around a woman—and how to woo one. But whenever his cocky charm makes itself known, Rachel is sure to laugh it off. At one point, she lies and blurts, “I’m not the least bit attracted to… what you have going on.” Points: 3. Well played!

2. Don’t react the way he expects. When Rachel opens her front door one evening to find Tag standing outside of it, he lays a long, delicious kiss on her lips. When she doesn’t respond by climbing him like a cat on a curtain,

Tag is completely confused. He even thinks to himself “SURELY, she liked it?” Throwing him off-kilter comes naturally to our wily heroine. Points: 5

1. Don’t spell things out for him. Alphas think simply. In The Billionaire Next Door, Rachel uses the phrase “Me-Tarzan, You-Jane” to describe his techniques. The best way to frustrate an alpha? Keep him guessing… You won’t only frustrate him, you’ll fascinate him. And once he’s fallen head over money clip, he’ll come running and fight to win you. Points: 10.

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*GIVEAWAY

$25 Amazon gift card and a complete set of Love in the Balance e-books

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Q&A with Jessica Lemmon:

1. A la Twitter style, please describe your book in 140 characters or less.

An alpha billionaire playboy becomes hopelessly intrigued by his downstairs neighbor… but none of his typical moves are working.

2. Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

Tag Crane was directly inspired by Brock O’Hurn. When I stumbled upon his Instagram feed, I was hopelessly intrigued. I knew I had to come up with a story about a long-haired, hulk-like, bearded, kind, and fun man. The Brock of my imagination was my muse. He even earned an acknowledgement mention! If you’d like to browse my Pinterest board for this book, you can find it HERE.

3. Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?

I love my billionaires, but I’d absolutely love to go back to Evergreen Cove and write some more bad boy books. I receive questions about Evan and Charlie, Sofie’s sisters, Officer Brady Hutchins, and Asher’s ragtag misfit band all the time. I miss the whole gang!

4. Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Write and keep writing. It’s generic, but nonetheless true. I dedicate a portion of my website to a section I call “So You Wanna Write” and keep it stocked with tips, links to the blog I wrote while working toward becoming published, videos, and craft book recommendations. If you’d like to stop by and see it, you can click here to visit.

5. Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?

THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Because of you, I get to do what I love, which is let my imagination run wild. You allow me to entertain you and be funny, but also pull your heartstrings and make you cry. You gift me your time, and on this earth—in this life, there is nothing more precious than that commodity.

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:

“This is so much colder than a cab,” Rachel said through chattering teeth. The bar was probably fifteen blocks from the apartment. What was she thinking agreeing to walk? She couldn’t feel her nose.

“But cleaner,” Tag said. She was currently taking two steps for every one of his, given his gait was longer than hers, even at a leisurely pace.

“I do better when it’s a nice, even seventy degrees.” She buried her chin in her scarf as she watched her boots cut through the gathering snow. “I guess it’ll be a few more months until we see milder temps.”

God. She was hopeless. Walking down the sidewalk next to a gorgeous guy and talking about the weather. But Tag didn’t balk.

“I like extremes,” he said, as if this was perfectly acceptable conversation. “If it’s hot, I like it really hot. If it’s cold, there’d better be snow or it’s a waste. I like the ocean because you can’t see the end of it. If I’m in a forest, I prefer one filled with massive sequoias.”

“Because you can relate to them,” she teased. “Giant.”

He turned his head and smiled and she admired straight, white teeth surrounded by a golden brown beard. He’d pulled his hair down and the light brown waves fell haphazardly over his black coat. Which was so sexy she couldn’t think. Especially since there were snowflakes in the strands. Not that she could blame them. Nestled warmly in those locks wasn’t a bad place to imagine being.

Again, she wondered at her attraction to him. Though he did kind of look like Thor, and while she wasn’t a die-hard comic book fan, she could appreciate the actor in the movie.

“How tall are you?” she asked, mostly to stop her inane train of thought. The more she was around him, the less she understood her basal reaction to him.

“Just under six-six. You’re what? Five-five?”

“Yeah. How’d you do that?”

He shrugged and looked ahead, but she didn’t doubt how he’d done it. He’d likely honed his carnival skills and was stellar at guessing weight and height. It wasn’t hard to imagine him using his intuition to figure out a woman’s weak points so he could attack where she was most sensitive. He’d probably had a ton of practice.

Was that where her concern was coming from? That he’d find her weak spots and use them against her? That’s what Shaun had done, she thought with a token amount of bitterness.

“How’d I do what?” A puff of air came from his lips, buried in his beard. She’d never liked facial hair. Until now, apparently.

“How’d you guess my height?” she shot back, feeling peeved more with herself than him. Lack of sleep, or maybe too much, she wasn’t really sure what to blame her reaction on now. “How’d you know I was a businesswoman before? I’m a great bartender, by the way. I was a bartender for longer than I worked in marketing.” She pushed her hands deeper into her pockets, lamenting not bringing her gloves with her. Her hands were freezing.

“Just observant. I’m good with people,” he said.

She absorbed that for a few seconds.

“What exactly do you do in Guest and Restaurant Services?” She air-quoted those words, which brought her bare hands from her pockets. He noticed.

“Where are your gloves? Do you realize it’s February in Chicago?”

“I forgot them.”

Tag stopped walking, a deep sigh working its way from his wide chest as he tugged off his gloves.

“I’m fine.” But he wasn’t listening. Once he’d had his baseball-mitt sized gloves off, he lifted her smaller, freezing hands to his mouth, cupping them in his palms, and blew on them to warm her fingers. He did this the way he did everything else.

Slowly.

Intentionally.

And looking right at her.

He brushed his lips over her knuckles as a drove of chills shot down her spine and legs. She became fascinated by how soft his beard felt against her freezing skin, and then those chills were replaced with heat. Pooling in her belly, between her thighs, and infusing her face with color.

“Thanks,” she muttered when he let her go. She stuffed her hands into his gloves—they were warm, and after his personal attention, so was she. They finished their walk to Crane Tower, and once they were in the lobby, she put that together with Crane Hotels. “You’re pretty brand loyal aren’t you?”

“Honey, you have no idea.”

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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.

10 Comment

  1. I’ve seen this author’s name around quite a bit! I keep saying I might try one of her books, but I never seem to have the time when the promo sign-ups go out (like this one). :/ I’m glad this one was cute and flirty! The Casanova hero sounds great. 😉

    Wonderful review, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I think you would enjoy her books! She usually has awesome characters.
      Thanks, Alyssa!

  2. Aw yay! I love her books but haven’t had the chance with this one yet. Darn October and my slow reading phase! lol

    1. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it! It was a lovely read 🙂

  3. Crystal, Tasty Book Tours says: Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to review THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR today!

    1. No problem! Glad I could be part of the tour!

  4. I love all the quotes, it made me smile Yep, he was like a carnival ride 🙂

    1. Definitely lots of quotable moments 😉

  5. Fun review and interview. Just writing those tips down for next time I meet an alpha-millionaire bad boy 🙂
    #SaturdaySituation

    1. Haha, that’s definitely a good plan!

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