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Author: E.B. Walters - http://www.author-ebwalters.com/
Format: Kindle eBook (free at the time on amazon)
Did it feel like a full novel: yes
Dates Read: July 31-Aug 3, 2015
Official Blurb: Lex Fitzgerald is not your average billionaire. He leads a double life as the conscientious head of his family and the pleasure-seeking rogue who parties hard and pushes the limits in and out of the bedroom. His two worlds are about to collide because of one woman, Jillian Finnegan.
Lex needs a secret weapon to defeat a competitor and finds it in Jillian Finnegan. He has no intention of letting her potty mouth, her crazy lifestyle, or her eccentric family get in his way. So when he makes her an offer, he expects her to accept. However, sparks start to fly when Jillian gives him a counteroffer and dares him to refuse. Has Lex finally met his match?
Good gravy this was such a good romance! Jillian intrigued me from the beginning, seeming so strong that I worried that it’d go over the top. But nope, never did! She was a BAMF when it came to her stunts and sports, yet she never gets bitter about how independent she is. I’m sure many of you know how some writers can’t do strong without bitchy. But Walters handles Jillian well!
Then there’s Lex. Based on the blurb and the way most billionaire books go, I thought he’d be more than a little bit overbearing and possessive. Nope, not exactly. He’s perseverant and infatuated, which I just LOVED. Lex is an awesome boyfriend and lover, strong and sexy while pretty much being a feminist how men can realistically be. He wanted to protect Jill not because she was a woman, but because he loved her and didn’t want her to be hurt.
The other characters were great--please tell me there’s a Chris & Greg book in this author’s works!--to include Douglas, Matthews, the other Fitzgeralds, the rest of the Infinitus members, even actor Keith. Speaking of Keith, I liked that Jill tells him she has someone special when he’s trying to flirt, and he doesn’t act like a jerk, pulling out that friendzone BS or anything like that. He respects her and pretty much drops his hitting on her for the rest of his scenes.
Anyway, the relationship between the two is great. They’re playful and like 90-95% honest with each other. The drama comes from outside, stressful sources, not annoying hidden grudges (though they do see their relationship from slightly different viewpoints). Well yeah, and “the secret”, but it’s not a dramatic type like “I saw him kiss someone else but didn’t ask about it.” There’s a good plot to this that develops with them, which gets deeper and has a nifty twist later on.
I was also very impressed with the sex. Just enough detail to be sexy without being raunchy. Often enough you can see how much they want each other without it overtaking the story. And they weren’t repetitive. The two went great together, pleasing each other and being at each other’s mercies in turn. I’m not cool with only one partner being used for the other’s pleasure (unless it’s a game or being shown as a Bad Thing), and you can feel how hot these two are for each other, but not just that. They honestly care for each other, and it’s enjoyable to read about.
My only real complaint (and it’s something that isn’t really that big) is that Jill is considered a “potty mouth”. I mean, seriously? Working Hollywood? I think that was a stretch to believe. She barely curses, and they’re short things, not the long drawn out combinations of someone who REALLY likes to swear. But I guess it was an attempt to make her sound more of a ‘bad girl’ than she really is. It wasn’t very big, it just bugged me.
So as you can see, I really enjoyed reading this book and having time to lull on it even several days later. The ending cuts off like an average book, but apparently leads way to the next which I really need to get soon! Plus, I want to DEVOUR everything else Walters has written, because she is a very impressive storyteller.
Rating: 5 stars