Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

Does anyone remember Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare? I have to admit by memories of it are vague, but today's book takes the concept and updates it. This time with a pair of Billionaire video game inventors and a cat behaviorist.

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?

Elizabeth's Review

3.5 stars

Review Copy provided by Net Galley

This is a book that I started out not really liking and almost put down, but then decided I hadn’t really given it a fair shot. I’m glad I stuck around because it got so much better!
We meet Edie and Magnus while they are both attending a bridal party meet and greet dinner for mutual friends. Their first impressions of each other are not flattering to say the least. His brother (Levi) is attracted to her sister (Bianca), but for some reason that never really did make sense, Bianca refuses to see Levi unless Edie is distracted. Logic is again missing from the thought process that leads them to decide that having Magnus distract Edie by dating is the solution.
Once I got past the set-up, and it did bother me a little that both siblings could be so cold hearted, I enjoyed watching Magnus and Edie together.  She grew on him, he naturally did things that made him more attractive to her and a very sweet and spicy relationship developed.
Everything blew up when Edie’s jerk of an ex showed up and stirred the pot by letting Edie know something that Bianca had kept a secret for 6 years. Magnus took the high road, but of course that led to him having some explaining to do. I love that he was honest with her and that she meant enough for him to not keep the secret. I also loved his grand gesture that led to them getting the ending they deserved.
In the end, this was a fun, sexy book that also had a sweet side. I’d love to see what happens with the other Billionaires and Bridesmaids.

Where to buy Taming of the Billionaire
Barnes and Noble

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