Title: Going Down Easy
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #1
Author: Carly Phillips
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 19 July 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Meet Kaden Barnes.
Alpha-licious in the most unexpected ways, Kaden Barnes always gets what he wants.
Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Until Lexie Parker arrives. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.
When their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, Kaden may think he’s calling the shots, but for this billionaire bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.
Going Down Easy shows there is the perfect person out here for everyone if they are willing to open themselves to the possibility. Adorably quirky characters and lots of twists ensure a fast-paced, addictive read.
Lexie is completely selfless, devoting herself to helping her bipolar twin sister, Kendall, to the point of losing herself in the process. Having lost her previous employment by putting her sister care first, Lexie finds herself working for none other than the gorgeous Kaden Barnes as his personal assistant.
Kaden has issues of his own, OCD, anxiety, and ADHD, he has struggled to come to terms with the way his issues affect his life. Especially as his own mother filled him with self-loathing as a child rather than taking the time to get the help Kaden needed earlier in his life instead of him struggling socially and academically. Somewhat of a genius, Kaden still struggles with his confidence especially under stressful situations, with a huge lawsuit hanging over him by a former friend; change in any form only adds to Kaden’s issues.
Lexie is unbelievably intuitive to Kaden’s issues, preempting his needs like none one else ever has. While the attraction between Kaden and Lexie is intense, Kaden finds that Lexie calms him in a way no-one ever has. The feeling of contentment and belonging is not something either Kaden or Lexie has ever experienced before even with their own families. It’s an addictive feeling when added to their chemistry, it isn’t something they can give up easily.
Unfortunately, there are forces conspiring against them making them confront the way in which they are conducting their lives. Both living under the shadow of others, whether it is siblings or former friends. Kaden and Lexie realise changes have to be made if there is any future happiness to be obtained.
Going Down Easy shows the ripple effect coping with someone with mental health issues has on families and friendships. Ultimately, it is the individual who needs to take control of their issues as opposed to relying on others to constantly shoulder the burden. There is a fine line between being a support system and being an enabler.
Although we don’t get to see a lot of Kaden’s best friends and business partners within Going Down Easy, from their brief appearance they appear to be loyal, supportive friends, I can’t wait to watch them fall 😍