Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare

The Billionaire and the Virgin 
by Jessica Clare
Series:  Billionaires and Bridesmaids #1
Pub. Date:  Feb. 17, 2015
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Narrator:  Jillian Macie
Length:  8hrs 53min
Format:  Audiobook
Source:  Library / Overdrive

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Enter the illustrious world of Jessica Clare's billionaires and bridesmaids. Fans of Maya Banks, Melody Anne and J. Kenner will be dazzled by the scorching-hot chemistry of this New York Times bestseller.

You met the six bachelors of the Billionaire Boys Club... Now it's time to pair up some filthy-rich billionaires with lucky ladies in waiting and enjoy the spoils... 

Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naivete. A hardworking waitress raised by her grandmother, an evening playing bingo is her sort of socialising. But when she's invited to be a bridesmaid at her friend Bronte's wedding, she enters a whole new world. 

Whisked away to the billionaire groom's private island, Marjorie is awe-struck by the glitz and glamour. But what dazzles her most is notorious playboy and hot-shot TV producer Robert Cannon. 

After Marjorie saves Robert from drowning in the island's turquoise lagoon, she can't help but feel drawn to him. But she's not the only woman intrigued, and with his wild and womanising ways, they couldn't be more wrong for each other. With the blistering attraction between them becoming hard to ignore, and the idyllic, irresistibly romantic island as their playground - will opposites attract? 

Want more exquisite romance? Look out for the rest of the Billionaire and Bridesmaids series: The Taming Of The Billionaire and The Billionaire Takes A Bride or take a spin with the steamy Billionaire Boys Club starting with Stranded With A Billionaire. 

This was one of my weekend audiobook adventures, and it carried over into listening in the morning while I was getting ready and going to work. The bad thing about listening in short bursts like that (for me, anyway) is that I don't feel totally connected to the story because I am starting and stopping so much.

Our hero in this first installment of the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series is Rob Cannon. Rob owns a TV network known as the Man Channel where he produces a show similar to Girls Gone Wild. After learning all of this about Rob, the only person I could envision him as was Joe Francis. No matter what I did, I just could not get that picture out of my head. So that kinda ruined his character for me. He was a bit of a sleazeball, but I ended up liking him by the end. I just couldn't get into the romance b/c I had the wrong picture in my head.

Marjorie is an old lady in a 24 y/o virgin's body. She even has her friends call her "Marge." Yikes. She is also 6'1", stork-like and insecure. I loved how Rob treated her, helping to build her self-esteem and not intimated when she was 6" taller than him in her heels. I usually like to envision myself as the lead character of the story, but I did not have a single thing in common with Marjorie, so I could not do that here. She was an okay character, just not one I could relate to, and she got on my nerves a little bit.

So this was somewhat of a fluff read, just straight romance from the first meetcute, through the relationship building, then the drama, and a nice epilogue. This is a spinoff of the Billionaire Boys Club series, which I have not had the chance to read yet, so I kinda wish I would have started there. It seems that most of the secondary characters in this book were from that series, and I would have liked to know their backstory. So even though this was not my favorite by this author, I am a big enough fan and interested enough to continue reading the series.

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