Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Billionaire Takes a Bride by Jessica Clare

The Billionaire Takes a Bride 
by Jessica Clare
Series:  Billionaires & Bridesmaids #3
Pub. Date:  Oct. 20, 2015
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Narrator:  Jillian Macie
Length:  8 hrs 41 min
Format:  Audiobook
Source:  Hoopla

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Billionaire Sebastian Cabral loves his family, he just doesn't love their reality TV show, The Cabral Empire. So when his ex-girlfriend tries to rekindle their relationship on camera, Sebastian decides that drastic measures are in order.

By day, Chelsea Hall is a happy-go-lucky, rough and tumble roller derby skater. By night, she's still living in fear of her past. Most of all, she just doesn't want to be alone. And she really, really doesn't want to date. 
So when their mutual friends' upcoming wedding turns Chelsea and Sebastian into fast friends, they realize they can solve both of their problems with one life-changing lie: a quick trip down the aisle.

But with one kiss, Chelsea and Sebastian suddenly realize that their pretend relationship is more real than either of them expected...

In this third installment of the Billionaires and Bridesmaids series, we are dealing with a more serious subject matter than we have seen in the previous two books.

Our heroine in this book is Chelsea, who moonlights as a mean and sassy derby girl, Chesty La Rude. However this mean girl attitude is all an act, an outlet for Chelsea to take out her rage following a heartwrenching tragedy. In reality, Chelsea is afraid of the dark and strange men. She is insecure and needy to the extreme. Given what she suffered, I was able to forgive her those traits for the most part. I liked her well enough, but I didn't connect with her character to the extent that I could put myself in her place.

Our hero, Sebastian, is somewhat embroiled in the arena of reality TV (or at least his family is). He is independently wealthy, he doesn't work but instead rock climbs and dabbles in art. Sebastian was a very sweet beta male - the kind that will give you a toothache. Luckily he was able to temper that by being a decent dirty talker. I wish he would've been more ambitious with his time and money though.

To escape pressure from his ridiculous family and ex-girlfriend, Sebastian poses the idea of a marriage of convenience to Chelsea.  It was nice seeing the two grow closer together. However the plot conflict was predictable, and the serious subject matter didn't always mesh well with the light-hearted nature of the book.  The audiobook did keep my interest, but it's not my favorite of the series.

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