ARC Review: The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

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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?

This is one of those books that made me go, “Hmm…” I enjoyed it quite well enough. The dialogue between the hero and heroine was on point. It had a lot of sexy times and there were laugh out loud moments which made this a joy to read. Yet somehow something is keeping me from giving this a full 4 stars.

My problem for one is Edie. To say that Edie is a bitch is putting it mildly. I liked that she wasn’t your usually sweet heroine and that she was bitchy but it also made me dislike her. Yeah, I know. Confusing isn’t it? To say that Edie has a giant chip on her shoulder would be an understatement. Edie figured in a skiing accident which busted her knee leaving her to walk with a limp. One of her friends in the book said that it wasn’t the accident or the limp which made her bitchy, that was her attitude long before she had an accident. She can cut down anyone to size and doesn’t tolerate stupidity. I wish I had seen this side of Edie because as it stands in the book, her accident made her out to be a bitter person. And while it might be justified to some extent, it wasn’t a good look on her.

But like I said, despite that, I quite like her take-no-prisoners attitude. She was upfront about it and the other characters around react accordingly to her and didn’t treat her like a saint.

Magnus was a wonderful hero. He started out befriending Edie under less than honorable circumstances but he quickly grew on me. Despite his successes, he showed vulnerability and of course, once he decided he couldn’t live without Edie, he was into it 101%. One thing I also liked about Jessica Clare and her billionaires is that her billionaires actually show the type of work ethic that makes you believe that they are indeed billionaires–you know, the long hours, projects that needed finishing, etc. There’s nothing more annoying than reading about a billionaire hero that does squat but follow the heroine all day like a love sick puppy.

The only other obvious negative aside from my feelings for Edie are feelings for the rest of the secondary characters especially Edie’s beautiful but manipulative sister Bianca and Magnus lazy, whiny brother Levi. Yeah, I’m not even going there. I felt like too much of the story revolved around those two. It was annoying because both annoying. That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Despite those little annoyances, I liked this one very much.


You can pre-order The Taming of the Billionaire on Amazon & iBooks now.

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