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The Billionaire and the Virgin (Billionaires & Bridesmaids, #1) by Jessica Clare

The Billionaire and the Virgin (Billionaires and Bridesmaids, #1)The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Title: The Billionaire and the Virgin
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires & Bridesmaids, #1 (spinoff of Billionaires Boys Club)
Publisher: Intermix
Date: February 17, 2015

This book was supplied to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naivete. A hardworking waitress raised by her grandmother, an evening playing bingo is her sort of socialising. But when she’s invited to be a bridesmaid at her friend Bronte’s wedding, she enters a whole new world.

Whisked away to the billionaire groom’s private island, Marjorie is awe-struck by the glitz and glamour. But what dazzles her most is notorious playboy and hot-shot TV producer Robert Cannon.

After Marjorie saves Robert from drowning in the island’s turquoise lagoon, she can’t help but feel drawn to him. But she’s not the only woman intrigued, and with his wild and womanising ways, they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. With the blistering attraction between them becoming hard to ignore, and the idyllic, irresistibly romantic island as their playground – will opposites attract?

Rating: 2 out of 5

I have to say this is the lowest rating I have ever given a book that I actually finished. The writing was not bad and the plot could have been interesting. The main problem was I hated Robert, the main male character. His personality is completely obnoxious. Yes, there are extenuating circumstances. Yes, he tries to become a better person for the woman he falls in love with . . ., but it wasn’t enough to save the book.

Having Marjorie being totally inexperienced and living in a world far from the norm made it even worse. She is more comfortable with the elderly than she is with her own generation. She talks like them, has the same values as they do (which is not necessarily a bad thing) , and, for Pete’s Sake, she plays shuffleboard!

So, of course, she ends up with Robert who makes Hugh Hefner look good.

Most of the time, I purchase the books I have reviewed. Even though I have received free copies, I like to support the authors. That will not be the case with this book. It’s not terrible and I wish I had read the books in the original series (Billionaire Boys Club) before this one. Now my opinion of the series will always be colored by a very unlikeable character.

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Bear Attraction (Shifters Unbound, #6.5) by Jennifer Ashley

Bear Attraction (Shifters Unbound, #6.5)Bear Attraction by Jennifer Ashley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Bear Attraction
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound, #6.5
Publisher: Intermix
Date: February 17, 2015

This book was supplied to me through NetGalley for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

This is a great series, although it is darker than some shifter books I read. Shifters are treated as second class citizens and required to wear shock collars to keep their “animal” instincts under control. The human Shifter Bureau is responsible for ensuring that all shifters stay under human control and obey the laws set out for them by humans.

Walker is the human liaison between the Bureau and Shiftertown and because of that none of the shifters trust him. So, of course, Rebecca runs afoul of the Bureau and Rebecca becomes Walker’s responsibility.

Oh yeah, and she also starts to feel the mating instinct with Walker.

This book was a good addition to the Shifters Unbound series. It is definitely an in between book, but still adds to the overall storyline. We get to revisit some of the characters from previous books as well as get hints about future relationships.

The only thing I had a problem with (and this is a personal issue, nothing against the story) is the fact that Rebecca is so much more powerful than Walker. This is only to be expected since she is a bear shifter, but I still had a problem adjusting to that aspect of the story. The author handles the issue by making Walker the more dominant personality.

As I said before, this is an in between book. I don’t recommend reading it as a stand alone, but I highly recommend the entire series. Book seven, Mate Bond, is due out on April 7th, 2015, so you won’t have long to wait.
In other words, you better get reading!

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