Title: The Billionaire Bachelor
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #1
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publisher: Forever Romance
Publication Date: 28 June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Manwhore. That’s what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn’t care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life’s legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that’s exactly what he’ll give them.
Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents’ funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It’s a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband . . .
The idea of a fake marriage in order to gain financial stability and career advancement may not be a new one but Jessica Lemmon has created characters so endearing you can’t help but become fully invested in their lives.
Merina and Reese have both grown up in the hotel industry, their legacy’s tied to their family’s hotels only Reese’s hotels are thriving, modern monstrosities and Merina’s is a slice of american history but financially sinking. They would both do anything in order to remain in control of the business they love. Including getting married.
Reese has a lot of emotional baggage, reveled little by little within the narrative and aiding the connection to his character. Believe me, you need the connection with his playboy, one night only ways. Having been so badly burned by a previous relationship he can’t even bring himself to consider embarking on another relationship where he could develop feelings and messy emotions for the other person.
Merina is not without her own baggage but unlike Reese, she develops the confidence to open herself to the possibility of finding happiness with another person.
Forced to spend time together and play a convincing role of husband and wife, it isn’t long before the chemistry between Reese and Merina combusts. Adding intimacy to the mix only fuels the emotions but while Merina hopes for more, Reese holds himself back from claiming the happiness within his grasp.
Reese and Merina are perfect for each other in every way. I loved their budding relationship and the character development within The Billionaire Bachelor.