Thursday, January 22, 2015

Release Day... Lila Monroe's The Billionaire Bargain

It’s Release Day!!! The Billionaire Bargain is HERE!!!

Title: The Billionaire Bargain
Author: Lila Monroe
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 22, 2015

^^ Synopsis ^^
Sexy Australian billionaire Grant Devlin is ruining my life. He exercises shirtless in his office, is notorious for his lunchtime nooners, he even yawns sexily. If I didn't need this job so bad, I'd take his black Amex and tell him where to swipe it.
He doesn't even know I exist, but why would he? He jets off to Paris with supermodels, I spend Friday nights with Netflix and a chunk of Pepperidge Farm frozen cake—waiting for his call. Because every time he crashes his yacht, or blows $500k on a single roulette spin in Monte Carlo, I’m the PR girl who has to clean up his mess.
But this time, it’s going to take more than just a fat charity donation. This time, the whole company is on the line. He needs to show investors that he’s settling down, and Step #1 is pretending to date a nice, stable girl until people forget about what happened with the Playboy Bunnies backstage at the Oscars.
My plan is perfect, except for one thing:
He picks me.
^^ Excerpt ^^
You might think I’m exaggerating his attractiveness. I’m not. Picture a handsome man. No, more handsome than that. Square that jawline, brush those brown curls with gold, darken those blue eyes till they’re almost black, deep sapphire pools made for mooning over. Deepen that voice till it’s like dark chocolate, and thread it through with a  sexy chameleon accent—one second so crisp and upper class it might almost be British, the second relaxing into long lazy vowels that conjured up visions of him kicking back beers on a sunny Australian beach, surfboard planted in the sand as he contemplated the rolling waves with a practiced eye. Strip away any hint of fat over that lean, muscular sailor’s physique; evenly tan his smooth skin until he’s a bronzed Adonis.
For intrigue, add just a few scars on his powerful arms—sometimes a wide-eyed young intern might ask where he got them, and he’d flex his arms and tell a completely different story than he had the last time, each more improbable than the last. And whether it featured great white sharks, modern-day pirates, or a knife-throwing bet, that wide-eyed intern would swoon right into those arms, disappear at the end of the day into his limo, and moon around the office for a couple of weeks, constantly checking their phones for texts that never came, until they quit or until security had to boot them from the building for trying to ambush him outside of his office with pleading love notes and recriminations.
But I’ve gotten off-topic. Back to your mental picture of a handsome man. Now picture that an entire team of crack tailors working night and day to create the perfect suit, cut to hang just right on his body, tight across shoulders you could build a house on and an ass that belonged in an underwear commercial. Imagine the world’s greatest stylists converging upon him with mousse and hair dryers until not a hair was out of place except the ones he intended to be, each chestnut lock artfully tousled for maximum effect.
And then he smirks.
Now freeze that perfect, sexy, infuriating bastard at that exact moment in time so that nothing ever musses him or ruffles his feathers or causes a single blip on the horizon of his life, and you’ve got Grant Devlin.

^^ Barb’s Review ^^
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First, let me thank Lila Monroe for allowing me an ARC of The Billionaire Bargain in exchange for an honest review. This is a new author for me and it is always a thrill to get a new author on my list as well as a new book in this genre.

Lacey Newman  and Grant Devlin are on two different levels of the everyday life. Grant is the sole heir to the Devlin fortune and Lacey is the girl who cleans up his messes. Grant is tall, dark handsome and has a voice that will melt butter. Lacey is a not so average, strong willed and vocal girl. But the two are pushed together in a way no one saw coming. Well at least Lacey didn't see it coming.

While out on a craptastic date she is paged by work its a “911” call so she has to bust ass to get to the Devlin Media Corp building and to her boss Jacinda. (I’d say she is a mix of the wicked witch and a wolverine.. bark and bite with a bitchatude to boot.) Jacinda has called them all in to review the paper about to hit the streets. Grant Devlin, yet again has cause a ruckus. Not only was their a boating incident but there was drinking and woman in skimpy clothes. Does he seem to care? Erm, no. He is a playboy, they don't really give a damn about what they do.. and the man has more money than the national reserve so what does he care. He is arrogant, infuriating and drop dead gorgeous. Every girls wet dream.

After the meeting he offers Lacey a ride home. That ride ends with Lacey yelling at him and then storming from the car and into her building. The next day starts off just as crazy. Her boss is up her ass like a bear in heat and not cutting her any breaks. But things look up. Grant Devlin asks her out to lunch, though Lacey is hesitant she finally agrees. As with last night Lacey’s ‘speak first, think last’ moments are memorable. But when she realizes how long they have been gone she freaks. Completely. An hour and a half, Jacinda was going to kill her. And yes she described it to Grant in full detail.

Grant gets her back to work and before she is in the office good Jacinda goes off on her like a dog on a bone. RAWR! Before Lacey can lose face Grant steps around her and tells Jacinda she is fired. Spot on. Boom. Big man has spoken. Once the bitch, I mean Jacinda is gone Grant tells Lacey -after she inquires about who will take Jacinda’s work on- that she has been promoted. (Laughs) After much time to freak out Lacey decides to give this job all she can. She will make a difference. And the next day she puts Mr. Devlin in his place and the ball is rolling. He is basically on house arrest until his image is fixed.

Poor Grant is not one to just sit still. So being bored he calls Lacey after 11pm to entertain him. When she hangs up on him you’d think that settled it but nope… Grant sends his driver over to pick her up. She finally agrees and goes out the door in her pink ducky pj’s. (The girl is the shit!!) Grant had dinner waiting on her. They talked, played video games and then… he tries to kiss her. Of course she freaks out and tries to escape but he catches her and lays on on her. After days of staying away from him she has to go to his office. But she thinks he is still out.. nope not out. He is in his office with Mr. Jennings -the owner of a company Grant wants to buy- and Lacey ruins into Mr. Jennings. After the man invites them to the big gala he leaves. Grant kisses Lacey and she all but swoons, even if she doesn't think Grant is doing this for her. Her mind replays all of the bad experiences she has had. Not letting herself actually enjoy what Grant does to and for her.

But what happens next is… well a bit mind blowing and a bit surreal at the same time. N, I can’t say, read and see for yourself trust me it was a O.O moment or ten there.. These two.. god, they are making it hard to not love and hate them both with this back and forth. I want to shake them, say get a grip and set them loose on each other. They can’t deny this attraction for long. If they do they may both combust. The dynamic here is strained but bearable if they would give in. Personally I think there is a whole helluva lot we haven’t seen yet and I warn you it is addictive. I am so glad part 2 is out in a few long days.. (laughs) I am patiently not so patiently waiting for it.

^^ End Review ^^

About The Author
Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.

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