Recently, I’ve read contemporary romance novels that follow this pattern: boy wants girl, boy is rich and knows he can have what he wants, girl allows boy to treat her however he wants because he is “dark” and “brooding” and she is going to change him, etc. You know the pattern. Knowing this, I was hesitant to start reading a new contemporary romance series that follows a group of men known as the Billionaire Boys Club. Once I read the plot of Stranded with a Billionaire (book one), I was interested enough to give Jessica Clare a chance to show me that she didn’t follow the same played-out formula.
Logan Hawkings is a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world: the Billionaire Boys Club. Its six members obviously have a massive amount of money, but they also are very success driven and will do whatever it takes to protect their wealth. Unfortunately for Logan, however, the rest of his life isn’t falling into place so well, with the recent death of his father and betrayal by his fiancée casting a shadow over his life. He therefore decides to get his head back together with a trip to one of his new business ventures, a private island in the Bahamas. After settling in, a freak hurricane and broken elevator bring a woman named Brontë Dawson into his life. Brontë is just a waitress on vacation, but now she finds herself with the hotel manager to whom she is very attracted. Fast forward a few days and Brontë finds herself in a full-blown relationship with Logan, but she suddenly discovers that he is much more than just the manager of the hotel. Will this revelation threaten to tear their new relationship apart or can Brontë stay and help rebuild Logan’s life?
The first thought I had while reading this book was about how likable the characters were. Brontë and Logan hooked me from page one. Brontë is really funny; she’s full of snark, intelligence, and a burgeoning self-confidence. She’s also got a philosophical saying for everything, which became a running joke for the whole book. What I loved about her the most though was her sense of independence. Logan’s money means nothing to her. It doesn’t make her want to be with him. She wants Logan the man, not Logan the billionaire. Logan on the other hand is this strong, sexy man who oozes confidence and tranquility. He knows he has the power and means to get what he wants. What money can’t buy, he wins with his personality and genuine effort . I know that bundled together, these traits make him seem arrogant. At times he was, but it wasn’t an arrogance that turned me off. I’ve read other contemporary romance novels where the leading men are just disgustingly arrogant, expecting their female counterparts to accept their demeaning behavior. The amount of arrogant leading men in contemporary romance novels has skyrocketed in my opinion, and made me a bit hesitant to try new authors. I’m happy that I gave Clare the chance to wow me with Logan, and I will definitely read about the other five men in her Billionaire Boys Club series. If Clare’s witty and sexy writing in Stranded by a Billionaire is any indication of her talent, I’m going to enjoy each and every one of them.
4 out of 5 Stars
Stranded With A Billionaire by Jessica Clare
Penguin Group (2013)
eBook: 260 pages
Special thanks to Penguin Group for my review copy via Netgalley!