The New York Times bestselling author of The Billionaire and the Virgin returns with a tale of Shakespearean-style seduction…
Edie’s an overbearing cat behaviorist who’s not big on people. Magnus is a newly-rich game developer who likes to be in control. When the two of them meet at Gretchen and Hunter’s masquerade engagement party, the loathing is mutual. Unfortunately for them—and everyone else—they’re in the wedding party together and must deal with each other for the next few months.
But when Magnus’s younger brother falls for Edie’s sister, he begs for his brother’s help in concocting a plan to win her over. If Magnus can keep the prickly Edie occupied, his brother will have time to woo Edie’s sister. Of course, Magnus isn’t interested in the slightest, but Edie is…intriguing. And stubborn. And smart. And sexy. And they might have more in common than they thought.
Before long, it becomes a challenge between the two of them to see who will be tamed first. But how’s Edie going to react when she finds out that Magnus is using her? And how’s Magnus going to handle the fact that he’s fallen for a cat lady?
Source: ARC from the author
This is yet another sexy, fun read from Jessica Clare. I love her billionaire books because they are fun and fluff and sheer indulgence – this one is no different. Edie probably won’t appeal to everyone because she is pretty bitchy, but I really liked her. Sure, she’s has no patience with people and much prefers her cats, but underneath it all she has a soft and loyal heart, and she’s never afraid to speak her mind. She’s also very touchy when it comes to her damaged knee, but she has her reasons – some of which become more and more obvious as the book progresses. And I loved all the cats.
Which leads onto her hero, Magnus. It did take me a while to warm to him, I have to admit. Not just because of his bro behaviour at the start, but his quest for more money which he can splash and show off as much as possible didn’t really appeal to me. His reasons for why he bought his monstrosity of a house was probably the worst (the most expensive place he could find). However, as the story went on he definitely improved. Not just because of the way the cats won him over, but the way his attitude changed to Edie. By the end I adored him. Wow, does this guy know how to apologise! It’s a hard heart that wouldn’t be moved by that level of effort.
As this tale is loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew there needed to be a second romantic pair to launch the foolishness of Magnus/Petruchio and Edie/Kate’s courtship. Which leads us to Levi and Bianca, the less than wonderful younger siblings. What a horrible pair they proved to be. Levi was lazy and selfish, never sticking to deadlines or bothering to work because he’s too busy being a dreamer or in love. No, actually, he’s just freeloading.
As for Bianca… well, when a woman talks in overly sweet, babyish tones and perks up at the sight of a billionaire, let’s just say she won’t be joining my list of favourites. Selfish and narcissistic, she’s also clever in sly ways and works insidiously on Edie that makes it so hard for her older sister to really see what Bianca is up to. Even her redeeming moments are never as straightforward as they first seem. She’s thoroughly unlikeable and I loved when she and Gretchen clashed.
Of course the Shakespearean plot casts a cloud over the whole thing, constantly leaving me wondering just when Edie would find out about why Magnus first asked her out and whether or not he would be the one to tell her. It added a constant layer of tension to an otherwise adorable romance between Magnus and Edie. They might start off with very little in common, but I loved how they grew closer, how Edie opened up and how Magnus came to appreciate not only Edie’s good points – and those of the cats – but learnt to value his own strengths more. It’s sweet and lovely, and of course totally hot – this is a Jessica Clare book, after all – and that apology is one of the best I’ve ever read.
Another winner from these hot billionaires. It did take me a little time to get into it, waiting for Magnus to sort himself out and for everything else to unfold, but once it did I enjoyed this right up to the end. It’s fun and fluffy and hot and full of cats, with a prickly heroine and a gruff hero, (not to mention the foul-mouthed but awesome Gretchen, whose wedding everyone else is involved in), and I think it will prove even more enjoyable on a second read. If you’re looking for something with plenty of sex, a fun opposites-attract romance that also throws up a bit of gaming and a lot of felines on the way to a thoroughly satisfying ending, you should probably try this. Don’t worry if you’re new to the series, you should be able to follow on just fine. I can’t wait to see which of the bridesmaids and their, er, less than stellar groomsmen are up next!
The Taming of the Billionaire is out July 21st!
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