Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Review: Bargaining for the Billionaire by JM Stewart

You know what they say: billionaires do it better . . .

Grayson Lockwood is every girl's fantasy. Fabulously wealthy? Check. Dangerous good looks, complete with a titillating tattoo on his rock-hard chest? Check. High-powered CEO? Check. Too bad none of that impressed the only woman he ever loved. Since she walked away from him three years ago, Grayson can't get her out of his mind. To win her back, he'll have to finally open up about the secrets he's been keeping. But first, he may have to use a little deception.

Tired of her comatose love life, Madison O'Reilly spices things up by chatting online with a sexy stranger. All she's really looking for is a hot fling-and BookNerd seems flirtatious and surprisingly attuned to her needs. As their chats become steamier, she begins to wonder just how long she can hold out before she has the real thing. But when he steps out from behind his avatar, Grayson can only hope that Maddie will finally see his true heart . . .

3 Stars
Review by Trinette Dungee

I just recently had a conversation with a friend regarding a couple in another book. The couple had been estranged for some years and was accidently reconnected. Her comment was “for the female character to have been so hurt in the past by the male character; she took him back or forgave him rather easily”. My response…”I’m thinking you’ve never really been in love before; because when you truly love someone, you don’t just stop loving them because they hurt you. Those feelings just don’t disappear, especially if there was really no closure.” This book pretty much summed up exactly what I was talking about. 

Madison O’Reilly’s true love hurt her to the core…knowing how vulnerable she was, he betrayed her with his dishonesty. Since then she hasn’t attempted to find a new love. However, she’s getting a little tired of her B.O.B and she’s ready for some hot steamy sex. So when her friend talks her into signing up for a bachelor auction, Madison figures this is her chance. It’s her chance to get back into the dating world but without any promises of a permanent relationship. But as Madison chats online with her auction date (who she has yet to meet) she finds that she likes him a little too much. She also finds that she’s comparing him to the man who broke her heart which tells her she’s nowhere near being over Grayson Lockwood. 
Grayson Lockwood is on a mission, he has to get his true love back and he’s willing to do whatever it takes. Even if it means doing the one thing that tore them apart in the first place…deceiving her. When Grayson is approached about participating in a bachelor auction he agrees but only on one condition, if a mutual friend ensures that Madison O’Reilly is his date.  He’s determined to make Maddie understand why he did what he did and that she is truly the only woman he loves and wants. 
I have a confession to make; when I was first given this book I thought it was a different Billionaire Series. When I realized it wasn’t what I thought it was, I was a little disappointed, until I found myself hooked on Maddie and Grayson.  I liked these two. I think what I liked more than anything was Grayson wasn’t your typical “man-whore” turned “one woman man”.  He’s a self-proclaimed nerd. As a matter of fact, his screenname is “book-nerd”, don’t you love it! What I liked about Maddie was that she took responsibility for her faults. When she and Grayson reconnected she acknowledged that she was the reason things were “hard” between them.
This is book three in the Seattle Bachelors Series and I wouldn’t say it’s a standalone. While I liked the book these were the things that didn’t work for me. The main thing, I felt like Grayson and Maddie’s backstory was so deep that I didn’t get enough of it to truly appreciate what they were currently going through, especially Maddie. I’m not sure how much of their past is revealed in the previous books but I couldn’t help feeling like I was missing a big chunk of their story. The other thing was references to Maddie’s friends who were the main characters in the previous books. I felt like the brief background provided for their stories had me constantly wondering what actually happened to them. This is a good and a bad thing. Good, because now I want to go back and read their stories; Bad, because I was totally pre-occupied with wondering about their stories. 
Another plus for this book, the mention of Grayson’s friend, Cassie; She gets the next book and her introduction was enough to make me want to read her story. 
For the most part I enjoyed this book and had it not been for the “missing pieces of the past” this may very well have been a four star read for me. I would definitely recommend it but only if you’ve read the previous books in the series. 

Did I mention, there’s some pretty steamy cyber-sex!

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About the Author
J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She's a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

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