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Book Review: The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

The Taming of the Billionaire
(Billionaires and Bridesmaids #2)
By Jessica Clare

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?

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Viviana's Review: 
The second book in the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series and it does not disappoint.  The author, Jessica Clare continues to bring a breath of fresh air to an otherwise saturated genre and trope.  This is truly the only “Billionaire” anything I read.  In this story our heroine is stated to be a “cat lady” while our hero is an actual gamer who, after selling a game becomes a billionaire.  Not your traditional trope.  Thank you Jessica!

Edie, the heroine is a cat behaviorist who gets along better with felines than with people.  I don’t blame her!  It seems she is constantly surrounded by individuals who are mean spirited or out for themselves and use her.  However, she doesn’t cower or allow others to walk all over her.  She calls them out on their stupidity or childish behavior  and during a particular scene it’s freaking priceless!  Though she is blinded to the way her sister is dependent on her and this is a major issue.

Magnus, our hero is smart and sexy.  He’s also sweet and a good brother.  So when his brother comes up with a scheme to get a girl, while Magnus hesitates he still helps him out.  So starts Edie and Magnus’s relationship.  However, he feels guilty about starting things with  false pretenses and hurting her feelings.  His brother, Levi, is whiny and childish.

Edie’s sister Bianca was a manipulative gold digger, looking out only for herself.  She puts on a good show but Edie’s BFF saw through the act.  Gretchen also calls her out on it and tries to get Edie to see things how they truly are.  Between Levi and Bianca you don’t know which one you want to smack first and then most.

I mentioned how Jessica brings a breath of fresh air to the saturated Billionaire trope.  She brings a sense of truth…  In the previous book in the series, the heroine was “too tall” according to society standards.  In the spinoff series “The Billionaire Boys Club” one of the billionaires was disfigured and one of the heroines was curvy.  In The Taming of the Billionaire, the heroine has a limp due to an injury.

Also, each of the billionaires actually work.  They do actual work.  Traditionally, in the Billionaire genre, the billionaire doesn’t seem to do any “work”.  It’s nice to see them actually having to do work and earn their living.

Magnus and Edie are a very cute couple.  However, I was waiting for him to come clean about how things got started.  It was going to be interesting to see how it’s all going to play out.  When everything does blow up Magnus does a wonderful job of groveling.  It was brilliant!

Overall a great continuation of the series.  Can’t wait for the next book.  

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It

I received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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