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Review: Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

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Beauty and the Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Reviewer:
VampBard
Rating: A

What I’m Talking About:

One. Sitting. I read Beauty and the Billionaire in one sitting. You know those memes all over Facebook – ‘I decided staying up all night to finish my book was more important than being mentally present today,’ MmHmm. That’s me. Because the book was THAT good.

This is kind-of based on one of my Disney favorites, Beauty and the Beast. Um. WAY better adult version of the tale though. We all know the trope. Physically & emotionally damaged dude falls for the girl. Doesn’t think he worthy (may actually have people taunting that he’s not worthy), doesn’t think he’s loveable, and doesn’t think someone like her would fall for someone like him. Hunter is our Beast, and OMFG – I seriously LOVE me some tortured heroes. And Hunter definitely qualifies. Your heart will break for him. Tears, people. Actual. Tears. What the heck IS that?!?! I was mad on his behalf. Seriously ticked off (in hindsight, I often get upset on the behalf of characters…). And over-all simply adoring Hunter. I’m not even going to try to imagine what someone that has perceived himself a social outcast because of the way he was treated when younger. I want to cry when I think about that kind of stuff.

This is the opening of the book: “Hunter Buchanan didn’t believe in love at first sight. Hell, he didn’t much believe in love at all.” I think that is when I fell for Hunter.

Gretchen is strong-willed, outspoken, and pretty much reminded me of myself at so many points throughout the novel. Like, all the things. Well, not ALL all. Suffice it to say, I believe Gretchen is a likable and relatable character for anyone that has inhaled a breath. Ever. I would totally be her best friend. She’s a writer, and she’s undertaking a new project BEFORE THE PREVIOUS ONE IS FINISHED. My compulsion for seeing something to completion went a bit nutzoid over this, but that’s a ‘me’ thing. The free-spiritedness of Gretchen is what makes her endearing. Oh, and the way she pokes fun at her ghost writing gig. I can practically see her eyes rolling as she thinks about that plot.

Readers learn at the beginning of the book that Hunter manipulates the situation so he can meet Gretchen. With all the sass that Gretchen has, Hunter never thought he’d have a chance to keep her from being repulsed by him. One of the most important messages in this book is that beauty isn’t skin-deep. It’s much, much more. It’s the little things that someone does —selflessly—that make them beautiful to us. Knowing someone will take a leap WITH you. That makes them beautiful. And the bone-deep connection—makes them beautiful. We learn that carefully unwrapping a fragile tissue paper can make reaching the gift beneath all that more precious.

Watching their break-up was painful. Heart-wrenching. Seeing how hard Hunter worked to win back Gretchen was intense. And, I think the one think that makes me completely adore this story is that Hunter is into roses. As in gardening. The dichotomy between Hunter the hard-ass that doesn’t let anyone in and softness he portrays while working with his roses is nothing short of brilliant. Well, that and reminding me of working with my grandmother in her garden doing some similar things. Any time you can get that warm & fuzzy feeling from a book, it’s a good book. I’m ready for my next Billionaire Boys Club book, please!

My Rating: A, Loved It

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About the Book:

Real-estate tycoon Hunter Buchanan has a dark past that’s left him scarred and living as a recluse on his family’s palatial estate. Hunter is ready to give up on love—until he spots an enigmatic red-haired beauty and comes up with an elaborate scheme to meet her.

Gretchen Petty is in need of a paycheck—and a change. So when a job opportunity in an upstate New York mansion pops up she accepts. And while she can overlook the oddities of her new job, she can’t ignore her new boss’s delectable body—or his barely leashed temper.

Hunter’s afraid his plan might be unraveling before it’s truly begun, but Gretchen is about to show him that life can be full of surprises…

Release Date: October 7, 2014 (ebook July 16, 2013)
Publisher:
Berkley
Series:
Billionaire Boys Club #2
ISBN: 978-0425269145
Genre:
Contemporary Erotic Romance
Format(s):
paperback (304 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Beauty and the Billionaire (Billionaire Boys Club #2)

Reviews in the Series:
Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare (Billionaire Boys Club #1)

 

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