Contemporary Element: 9
This is an Official
Review by a Contemporary Romance Writer Official
Review for Bastard Billionaire, The
Date of Review: 03/01/17
Reviewer Comments: I really enjoyed this book by Jessica Lemmon. There is a lot that happens, but it all fits together seamlessly and serves to further the plot. Her book is full of romance and possibility as well as the very real difficulties members of the military have when returning home with disabilities. Elijah Crane is a former Marine. He was discharged after losing his lower leg in combat. Eli might have come home, but he is still figuring out what to do. After his injury, his girlfriend left him and he had to grieve for the two men who saved his life while losing theirs. His brothers and his father want him to take over as COO of Crane Hotels, but Eli just can’t seem to find the enthusiasm for that job. Instead, he terrorizes the assistants his brother sends and tries to figure out who he is and what he should be doing. Isabella Sawyer left her family’s successful business to start Sable Concierge. She takes great pride in being able to find the perfect people to place in your business. She loves making the right fit. After Eli scares off ten of her employees, Isa decides to take things into her own hands. She won’t tell Eli that she is the boss, but will just work as his assistant. As she gets to know him, Isa finds herself more and more attracted to this unattainable, closed off man. Watching these two strong willed people fight their attraction makes for quite a story. Adding in the trauma of Eli’s injury and his guilt along with the issues that Isa has with her family and Ms. Lemmon has created quite the story. She shows the realities of what happens when injured military men and women come home and then has Eli start a foundation to address some of the needs. There is a lot of heart in her portrayal of the difficulties of being an amputee-- not only physically but also mentally. I also liked seeing how Eli’s family treated him. Yes, they wanted him to join the business, but they also understood who he was and what he needed. They refused to let him be a loner while still giving him space. They are quite the group of people. I haven’t read the other books in this series and found that it didn’t matter. While the other stories might be interesting and might provide some background, this book can stand on its own and delight new readers.