by Jennifer Probst
Billionaire Builders, #1, #1
Published by Gallery Books on May 31st, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Hot on the heels of her beloved Marriage to a Billionaire novels, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst nails it with the first in an all-new sexy romance series featuring red-hot contractor siblings who give the Property Brothers a run for their money!
Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.
Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.
But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?
This is my sixth Jennifer Probst book, and once again, she did not disappoint. It’s only the first book but it already sets up the other story lines in the series perfectly.
Everywhere and Every Way follows the oldest Pierce brother, Caleb. Reeling after the death of his controlling father, Caleb gets a rude awakening after his father changed the conditions of his will. Betrayed and hurt, Caleb has no choice but follow the conditions his father had set: work and live with his estranged brothers (they hate his guts) for a year and turn out a profit for the company or lose everything he’s worked for.
Morgan, design consultant to the stars, is hell bent on hiring the Pierce Brothers to build her client’s dream house and doesn’t take no for an answer. She plotted and schemed to get Cal and his brothers to say yes. This immediately put Cal and Morgan at odds with each other, which created some really delicious sexual tension throughout the book.
But aside from the simmering chemistry between Morgan and Cal, Everywhere and Every Way packs quite an emotional punch, which I did not expect. Morgan, despite the icy demeanor she projects, hides a vulnerable side to her due to some pretty devastating events she went through when she was younger. I was instantly drawn to her character. Some readers might object to what she did to Caleb at the very beginning but I actually loved that bit. Finally, a heroine who isn’t afraid to play dirty to get what she wants.
Caleb is the perfect Probst hero; gruff, a little aloof and no nonsense. He carried a lot of guilt at the way he handled his brothers. I hated how his father treated him after all the work he’s done for him. One of my favorite elements in the book is the way Probst didn’t shy away from showing the tenuous and often volatile relationship Cal has with his brothers. But at the same time, she makes it clear to readers know that yes, these guys still love each other but can’t stand to be in the same room together yet.
Through Morgan and Caleb’s POV, we get introduced to some interesting secondary characters, which I believe would play a huge role in the upcoming series. I’m already excited to read Dalton and Tristan’s book. There is also an overarching plot line that I feel would be present in all the brothers’ books, which I can’t wait to see resolved.
I truly enjoyed this book and I’m so excited to move forward and read the upcoming stories from this series. Jennifer Probst has dropped subtle and not-so-subtle hints here and there as to who might be paired up with who, and I can’t wait to read them.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.