How To Blow It With A Billionaire
Author: Alexis Hall
What I’m Talking About:
Opening with a prologue tinted with such sinister and brutal (and potentially prophetic) avarice that my nerves were on edge for the entirety of the narrative, How to Blow It with a Billionaire was as wonderful and absolutely crushing as I’d hoped—and feared—it would be. In a fairly seamless a transition, it picks up where How to Bang a Billionaire left off, continuing Arden and Caspian’s story with all the potential their new, and hard-won understanding might bring.
Told entirely from Arden’s POV, How to Blow It with a Billionaire felt remarkably well-balanced and generous with regards to the other characters in Arden’s world. Arden is very easy to love, and I was instantly caught up in every hurt or happiness he experienced. Unguarded and generally hopeful, he views everything with an artist’s eye, always referencing various movies, music, novels, etc., to provide context for the situations he finds himself in. His awkward, often hilarious internal commentary provides most of the story’s humor, as well its heart.
As was the case in How to Bang a Billionaire, I found the cast of secondary characters to be yet another highlight of the story. Ellery—Caspian’s younger sister and an absolute favorite of mine—is back, and her presence was both welcome and far better than I expected. Bellerose has returned, as well, and is even more charming and prickly than before. Arden’s expanding post-Oxford life also includes several notable additions, specifically the staff at Milieu—George the photographer, most especially.
Never tidy nor easy, How to Blow It with a Billionaire is substantially darker than its predecessor, Arden’s increasing intimacy with Caspian exposing many of the latter’s secrets which were only hinted at before. Caspian is not at all what he appears to be, and Arden’s determination to make him at least accept the validity of Arden’s feelings and desires indicates a resilience that neither of them seemed to expect. As their relationship involves a particular kink, there is a significant emphasis on the difference between taking something unwillingly sacrificed and accepting something willingly given, and the inherent complications that must surely arise, allowing that a snapshot of either circumstance without proper perspective might look much the same.
If you haven’t read How to Bang a Billionaire yet, I strongly suggest doing so before starting How to Blow It with a Billionaire. If you’ve already read it, I believe a reread or at least keeping a copy handy would make this story even better. I kept jumping between the two to refresh my memory and double check things (but, I’m a nerd and find this to be an exercise I enjoy a great deal). There’s also an odd and disturbing strategy in play for certain characters, causing some of the newer details to affect both stories.
Once again, Mr. Hall has created an exceptional narrative with How to Blow It with a Billionaire. Clever, funny, gorgeously-detailed, and utterly heartbreaking, it left me both wrung dry and hopeful at the same time. Unsurprisingly, I ended up with nearly as many highlighted passages in the book as those without, and I’d like nothing more than to have the entire set displayed on my favorite bookshelf. No matter how difficult the truth can be, it’s good to be reminded that there are some things that can’t be bought—either with tears or flesh or even love. With one more story in the series still to go, I have every hope that Arden and Caspian will both find what their hearts need, and will wait with all the greedy impatience I can muster.
My Rating: A, Loved It
About the Book:
Be careful what you wish for…
Once upon a time there was a totally ordinary boy who fell for a cold, beautiful prince. Only it’s not a fairy tale, it’s my life. The prince is a billionaire called Caspian Hart. And we’re trying super hard to live happily ever after.
He’s everything I want, need, and can’t resist: a man who looks like a god and bangs like the devil. Except he’s still got his rules and he’s still got his secrets . . .
But if there’s one thing Caspian’s taught me it’s that you should never settle for less than you’re worth. And I’m worth his trust. I have to show him that I see him. That I’m not afraid of his passion, or his power, or his past. And that I won’t settle for less than everything.
Release Date: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Forever Yours
Series: Arden St. Ives #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, m/m, BDSM
Format(s): paperback (400 pages), e-book
Book Source: NetGalley
Reviews in the Series:
How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall (Arden St. Ives #1)