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Monday, July 20, 2015

Early Review: The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Title: The Taming of the Billionaire
Author: Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: InterMix – July 21st
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
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?
The Taming of the Billionaire is the second book in the Billionaires and Bridesmaids by Jessica Clare. This series is a spin-off series of her Billionaire Boys Club series, the only billionaire series I have read.

Even though I loved most of the books in the Billionaire Boys Club series I wasn’t sure about reading this book, but I only had to read the blurb and find that magical word, “cat” to decide I have to read this book.

Five years ago Edie had an accident that changed her life and left her with a bad knee. Since then she has dedicated her life as a cat behaviorist to save cats and made their lives better, especially to those cats that nobody wants, the ones with disabilities or illness.
Edie is not a social person, but when her best friend from college, Gretchen (the Billionaire Boys Club series) invites her to be one of her bridesmaids Edie can’t say no.
Gretchen organizes a friends’ meet up dinner for the wedding party. During that dinner Edie meets the groomsmen; one of them is billionaire game developer Magnus. Edie can’t stand Magnus after overhearing him say not so flattering things about the bridesmaids and the feeling seem to be mutual, but Edie is willing to be civil for Gretchen’s sake. She also knows she will only see him couple of times, so how hard can it be?
Magnus is in the middle of a big project and in dire need of his brother, Levi’s help. But Levi has fallen in love, again, and can’t work because his mind is occupied thinking about Bianca, who is not other than Edie’s sister.
Bianca works for Edie and also acts as her caretaker. Despite Edie being a capable woman Bianca has made herself necessary in Edie’s life. Bianca tells Levi that the only way for them to be together is if Edie is also engage somehow. With that in mind they concoct a plan. Magnus will keep Edie busy while Levi meets with Bianca, they will use a cat as an excuse to get Magnus and Edie together. Magnus doesn’t want to be part of their plan, but he needs Levi’s help. With no other option he accepts, but after meeting Edie couple of times he realizes how special Edie is and doesn’t want to be part of their deception. The problem is he is already to involve with Edie to back up.
Magnus is slowing breaking Edie’s walls and she’s falling for him, but what will happen when the truth comes to the light?

Edie has a strong personality and say the things the way she sees them. She can be a bit overbearing at times, but she has a good heart. She hasn’t let her disability stop her and is always doing her best to help her feline friends. Even giving home to many cats nobody wants. You could say she is the perfect cat lady and I couldn’t love her more for it.

On the beginning I wasn’t sure what to think about Magnus, but soon after I realized he was great. I loved how slowly he opened his heart and his house to furry-purry friends. Seeing him interact with the cats was a treat for me and I’m sure it will be to other cat lovers.

Edie and Magnus both suffered from bad siblings and despite the signs being clear they couldn’t see how they were being wrong by them. It took for them to be together to realize their respective siblings were not only using them, they were also suffering from an unhealthy codependency to them. I really liked how they dealt with them.

The more time Edie and Magnus spend together the more they realize they are perfect for each other. They see the best in the other and are perfect together because they understand and accept each other the way they are. Also, the chemistry between them is off the charts, the smexy times are hot as hell and their dirty talk will leave you in need of a cold shower.

One thing I loved a lot about in The Taming of the Billionaire was the gesture Magnus does to prove his love for Edie. I think it’s one of the best gestures I have ever read. It was completely swoon worthy and very appropriate for the circumstances and to win Edie’s heart… he also won my heart with his actions.

In The Taming of the Billionaire we also see some of the characters from the Billionaire Boys Club series like Gretchen and Hunter, and as always, they were great. Gretchen proved once again why she is one of my favorite characters from that series.

The Taming of the Billionaire has all the ingredients of what I would call a perfect summer read. It’s fun, sweet, hot, sexy and CATSilicious. I can’t recommend it enough, especially if you are a cat lover.
The Taming of the Billionaire is part of a series, but it can be easily read as a standalone.

My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
The Billionaire and the Virgin
The Taming of the Billionaire (July 21st)
The Billionaire Takes a Bride (October 20th)

Other reviews Goodreads

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