I never finish a project late. Ever. So, when sassy, stilettoed Vivian Vandemark swaggers in with a roll of red tape to shut down my construction site, you can imagine my reaction. Although, it involves a sledgehammer and perfectly good drywall, so maybe you can't.
She doesn't look or act like any government employee I've met and I'm determined to uncover her secrets. When I lean in, I lean in hard. But so does Vivian. Now that we're incinerating the bedsheets, we're in way over our heads.
What started out as physical infatuation quickly morphs into more. Vivian is staying at my place and I'm helping bury her father. She's meeting my adoptive family and I'm hiring her fresh-out-of-rehab brother. With our checkered pasts, trust doesn't come easily, but hell if I let that stop me from living happily ever after…
Much More Than A Simple Romance
If you’re looking for a typical romance, this isn’t it. Jessica Lemmon has written a wonderful book that is so much more than “guy meets girl.” She’s created a rich and vibrant world, filled with flawed characters that you want to get to know better. Vivian is hiding from her past, but a memorable first meeting with Nate makes her re-think her self-imposed isolation. And what starts out as a simple mutual attraction quickly moves on to so much more. I loved Vivian, though I agreed with Nate that she was being just a bit too concerned with what others thought of her. And Nate took a little while to warm up to, I must admit. That “memorable first meeting” showed a bit more temper and lack of impulse control than I could appreciate. But it didn’t take too long to see he was a good guy and that his initial reaction wasn’t really who he was deep down. And I just loved the way Viv dealt with him. She gave as good as she got. These two really worked their way into my heart. I can’t wait to read about Nate’s two brothers. I highly recommend this book.
Note: I was provided a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
It’s rare for me to read a book and immediately be taken with both the hero and the heroine. In Once Upon A Billionaire I found that as soon as Vivian and Nate were introduced, I was quickly enamored by both. They are such likable characters, each struggling to overcome something from their past.
This book isn’t a simple fall head over heels, at first site type of story, which was nice. Each character is guarded in their own way, both clinging to something from their past, not wanting to give up control. The walls built up by Vivian are much higher and tougher than Nate anticipates but he is not a man who gives up easily. I loved that Vivian is an incredibly strong, independent, fighter, even if that may not be how she always feels on the inside. She’s had her life turned completely upside down due to her secret and it’s kept her from getting close to anyone and everyone. Enter Nathaniel Owen, a smart, thoughtful, hardworking, hands-on type of man who, despite his dark past, has persevered. He’s decided he won’t stop until he finds out just what Vivian Vandemark is hiding. The way he is with Vivian is honestly swoon worthy and I loved all of it. It was wonderful to see these two characters find each other while working through long guarded secrets and pain.
This was a fantastic book by Jessica Lemmon, I loved everything about it! The pace was flawless, the characters were well developed and felt relatable. The surrounding characters were fantastic and perfect in helping to expand our main characters story developments past, present and future.
This is definitely worth the read. I can’t wait to see what Jessica has in store for us next in this series! I’m so ready!
I received an ARC of this book from the author and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
Where to start....I guess first, you’ll want to read this. And probably end up doing I what I did- sneaking moments in to read at work or standing in line (spaced out of course) to check out, or even during a meeting. So many layers for Viv and Nate, and each layer is the exposed little by little as the story develops. My poor dog gave up on getting the popcorn I had while reading because I stopped tossing it to him as I got more and more into the story. So many parts I screenshot and sent to another book lover, making her want to read it when released. In a world that is struggling to find good things right now, do yourself a favor and read this book- and then you’ll want the author’s other books too.