Title: Billionaire on the Loose
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridegrooms #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Short novel
The New York Times bestselling author of the Billionaire Boys Club novels is back with a sexy, sweet romance that proves opposites definitely attract…
Taylor is a genius when it comes to computers, but understanding the opposite sex is beyond her. Because she always fumbles her flirtations, she needs help in finding her Prince Charming. So when her friend, Gretchen, sets her up as a tour guide for a new guy in town, she says yes despite her misgivings.
She just doesn’t expect Mr. Charming to actually be royalty…
A faction in his country wants him to be king, but Loch has no intention of taking the crown. To keep from being named as the next successor, he hatches a scheme to marry a totally unacceptable American woman. Quirky Taylor seems like the perfect person for the job, until Loch realizes he likes more about her than her ability to keep him off the throne.
When Loch’s secret schemes come out, his chance of happiness with Taylor are blown—unless he can find a way to get the nerdy object of his affection to believe she’s truly the queen of his heart…
Source: ARC from the author
In general terms this is a mostly light and fluffy, opposites attract novel, with the kind of hot sex that you’d expect from this author. Taylor is a beautiful geek who is completely oblivious to her effect on men as she bumbles her clumsy way through the world, while Loch is a sporting jock so rich he doesn’t know how much money he has, who is also a minor royal who has never had to look after himself in his life. These two collide and connect in mutual lust and the romance grows from there.
Except it doesn’t really. On the surface these two really are different, to the point where I can’t see how they’d truly connect, yet also quite similar in the way they drift through life. Loch is used to everything being done for him, while Taylor is lacking in any drive to do anything except survive long enough to play games. She’s nice and giving and gets taken advantage of far too easily, while Loch is spoiled and oblivious and blind to real world emotions and expectations.
They are cute together, and their chemistry is scorching, but outside of a quick fling I’m not particularly convinced by their romance. While it’s sweet that Loch takes such an interest in what Taylor likes, it’s clear that it doesn’t appeal to him, while Taylor is too busy to show even a paltry interest in what Loch likes. I could never quite get past the feeling that Taylor and her life are a novelty for him, but one that would probably pass with time, while she in turn might end up bored with him.
Both characters have a lot of growing up to do in this book, but neither quite do. Taylor makes all the right noises without any of the effort, while Loch doesn’t know what he wants. Then there’s the whole Sigmund issue, which… yeah. Taylor didn’t handle that at all well.
So overall this is okay. It’s fun and sexy throughout, as I’d expect from this series, but neither character managed to grow up quite enough to make the romance convincing for me. Steps are definitely made, but a little more was needed to move this on from fluffy geek/jock hook up to full romance. It’s still readable and enjoyable, but I just expected a little more from the characters.
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