Review: The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon

The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys (# 3)
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Pages:  384
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



Eli Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They’ve hired him ten personal assistants-and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

Isabella Sawyer’s employment agency can’t afford to lose Eli Crane’s business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won’t rest until she tames this wicked beast . . .


Review:  I originally read Ms. Lemmon’s Bad Boy book one, Bringing Home the Bad Boy, and I liked it. When I saw that one of her Billionaire books was up to review, I decided to request it, and boy has her writing gotten even better since her first series. The Bastard Billionaire is the third in the Billionaire series. Reading the other books isn’t imperative as each books stands on their own, but I know I want to read the other books.

This book was fast paced, it was funny, and it was just so darn good.

Eli was a wonderfully complex character. He’s had so much to deal with since coming home from war. Ms. Lemmon dealt with what he was going through with sensitivity, tact, and the reader could understand the Veteran’s viewpoint and how they most likely feel.

I’m glad that more and more authors are touching on Veterans and their struggles to fit back into civilian life after coming home from war. It isn’t easy to just get on with life after being overseas and I know I never understood what these brave men and women were struggling with, until authors started implementing their viewpoint into their stories and it made me have a better understanding.

Isa is his perfect counterpoint to deal with his stubborn bullheadedness, and boy, was it fun to watch the sparks fly across the page. She was smart, sassy, classy, and sexy too. She was not afraid to be feminine, but tough as nails as well. She didn’t put up with Eli’s games and didn’t tolerate Eli’s rudeness. I laughed and I laughed.

I loved Eli’s brothers, and their significant others, as they were funny and had to put up with Eli’s moodiness because they loved him and wanted to help.  I like that family and helping each other even when we’re not at our best is paramount to Ms. Lemmon’s stories. Family is important, and she thinks so too.

Give The Bastard Billionaire a look see, and I hope you read it and like it as well.