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review 2017-05-27 16:58
A fun concept and a strong voice undermined by the lack of conflict and tension.
Personal Delivery (Billionaire Secrets) ... Personal Delivery (Billionaire Secrets) (Volume 1) - Ainsley Booth

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This one is super unfortunate, because Booth has a strong, fun voice and can write a hot scene...but a strong voice couldn't overcome the absolute lack of tension and conflict, so it ended up feeling about 100 pages too long.

 

So here's the setup: Billionaire hero goes Undercover Boss as a delivery driver. That's a concept that promises all kinds of awesome conflict. There are secrets! What happens when she discovers the truth? Will she feel betrayed, hurt? What obstacles will lie in the path of their happy ending?

 

The answer is ... nothing happens.

 

Remember those plot charts from literature class that show the rising tension created by internal and external conflict? The key, of course, is RISING -- and the chart for this book is flat.

 

He's a billionaire undercover. She finds out before he tells her and is perfectly fine with it. Accepts it easily.

 

And that's all that happens. But the story goes on for another one hundred pages as the heroine and hero continue to have sex and move in together and go to a gala and have hot sex...

 

Never once dealing with any tension at all. Never arguing. Never having any significant conflict come up between them or in their outside lives (except some easily solved work conflicts.) Nothing to keep them apart. I kept waiting for something to happen. I kept waiting for the book to end because I wasn't sure why it continued. She'd found out about his real identity, and he was great, and she was a little uncertain but overall fine with everything, a real trooper. 

 

So there was no character arc. They never had to overcome anything so they never had to grow emotionally. They just easily fell in love and had hot sex and there was absolutely no reason to make him a secret billionaire because that conflict never mattered. They didn't have to fight for anything. There were no stakes, no threat of losing anything.

 

Which all adds up to no conflict, no tension ... no plot.

 

A pity. The actual prose is good enough that this story could have been great. Instead it's a lot of nothing. 

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review 2017-05-24 11:35
REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby by Lauren Gallagher
The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby - Lauren Gallagher
The Virgin Cowboy Billionaire's Secret Baby has GOT to be one of the longest book titles I've ever seen! And it does, in fact, give you the synopsis of the whole book. Matt and Dara were best friends, but things changed when they grew up. They ended up going their separate ways, and for ten years, they never spoke. Now, Dara's life is in mayhem, so she has returned home to be near her parents. Matt has also returned home, to be near to his family and for health reasons. So you just know that these two will bump into each other very soon.
 
The chemistry between these two sparks once they actually make a move. It is easy to see that without that first move being made, neither of them would have thought of the other in that particular way. Which makes this a very interesting read as their feelings start to change. I was also glad to see 'the mothers' put into their places by both Matt and Dara as a united front. That was definitely overdue!
 
This is an easy read, with low angst. Well written, with no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, I would recommend this to anyone wanting an easy Sunday afternoon read.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/05/review-tour-giveaway-virgin-cowboy.html
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review 2017-05-24 00:00
Somehow, Some Way: A Billionaire Builders Novella
Somehow, Some Way: A Billionaire Builders Novella - Jennifer Probst

I guess there's feminism running through my veins. It makes my heart glad to watch a woman go toe to toe with the big boys. Charlie does not back down from a challenge. She speaks her mind, follows her heart and has the confidence that most people wish they had. Underneath all the bravado lies a scared little girl, craving acceptance in a male dominated field. Brady is both nemesis and anchor. He pushes her, steadies her and shows her it's okay to be vulnerable. Brady and Charlie are a sassy mix of heart, heat and frenemy that makes for some sticky situations but dishes out some fun times as well.

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review 2017-05-23 11:58
Book Review For: In the Heir by Ruth Cardello
In the Heir (Westerly Billionaire Series) - Ruth Cardello

'In the Heir' by Ruth Cardello is book One in the "Westerly Billionaire" series. This is the story of Brett Westerly and Alisha Coventry.
Alisha is trying to help her best friend's brother who both feel like family to her. Spencer Westerly asked her to marry him and she agrees to it...so that she can help him out. The Westerly Grandmother has decided that for the Grandchild that marries first and invites the family can have their inheritance.
Brett Westerly is the oldest child and one chosen to continue his father business. But this has kept in chained to his office and avoiding emotional issues of the family. There family has been divided but Brett doesn't want his younger brother marrying and have that marriage turn out like their parents. But sparks fly when Brett and Alisha meet!
This was such an good romance story...I so enjoyed. I can't wait to see more of the other family members with their stories!
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review 2017-05-23 08:05
Blog Tour w/Review - Going In Deep

Going in Deep (Billionaire Bad Boys, Book 4)

by Carly Phillips

Date of Publication: May 9, 2017

 

 

Blurb:

 

He isn't Mr. Nice Guy…

 

Julian Dane thought he'd hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn't that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way.

 

Kendall Parker's unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her.

 

Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall's heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks.

 

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and Sexy as hell.

 

All Billionaire Bad Boys Novels stand alone!

 

 

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Going in Deep (Billionaire Bad Boys, #4)Going in Deep by Carly Phillips
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is book #4, in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading series books in order.

Julian is recovering from hitting the absolute bottom. He takes the steps to getting better seriously now. He is trying to make amends where he can.

Kendall has her own issues. While health is important, the heart wants what it wants. Can she go back to loving the man who makes her heart melt? Or was the past too much for the new her to handle?

These characters are obviously meant to be together. What is even better, they both have taken the time to get their own personal selves better. I think this story shows how important it is to take care of your own business before worrying about someone else. Then you are free to love as you like.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

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About Carly Phillips:

 

After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at www.carlyphillips.com.
 

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