Oct 14 2013 1:00pm

First Look: Jessica Clare’s The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed (October 15, 2013)

The Wrong Billionaire's Bed by Jessica ClareJessica Clare
The Wrong Billionaire's Bed
InterMix / October 15, 2013 / $2.99 digital

Audrey Petty's always been the responsible one. The good twin.  Successful, dependable, and trustworthy—that's Audrey. She'd be the perfect girlfriend for her childhood crush, billionaire Cade Archer...except that she's pretty sure she's not even on his radar. But when fate (and her chaotic twin) come together, Audrey finds out that she'll be spending the next month with Cade at his remote cabin retreat. It's a dream come true...

Until she meets her worst nightmare.

Billionaire playboy Reese Durham is used to seducing women to get what he wants. But when stiff, too-proper Audrey bursts into the private mountain lodge and scares his companion out the door, it's time for a little revenge. It's clear that Audrey's in love with his buddy, Cade...and it's clear to Reese that blackmailing Audrey with this information can get her to agree to just about anything. Like furtive kisses in the dark, or a secret rendezvous in the woods. Audrey may think she knows what she wants, but Reese is determined to show her what she needs.

And as Reese discovers the volatile minx behind the buttoned-up exterior, he starts to think maybe she's just what he needs, too.

I really liked Jessica Clare's The Wrong Billionaire's Bed, but I had some issues with it, mostly because of how much I like Audrey, this book, and this series in general. The first three books of the Billionaire Boy's Club are Audrey-centric: she's Logan's assistant, and she provides a place for Bronwyn to stay (with her sister Gretchen), then Gretchen hooks up with Logan's best friend, Hunter...and now the third book is Audrey plus not-Cade, and Reese. (And then Audrey's sister Daphne is there...)

Daphne is the character everyone loves to hate, but I am okay with her, other than that she took too much attention away from Audrey's story (I spent most of the book being afraid Clare would write Daphne and Cade together.) The whole “trapped in a cabin in the woods” thing changed the dynamics of the little group. Audrey is wound so tight, but she does that through effort, and it's not really her. She can be entirely perfect and put together, but she has to work for it.

The Wrong Billionaire's Bed has a lot of humor, and fun, especially when Reese tempts Audrey to be bad, which results in a lot of sexy banter. Audrey has hidden depths, and blows the bad boy billionaire's mind. She brings Reese to his knees, and it's fun to see him being possessive and having to work for it.  Reese isn't the white knight, like Cade is, but if he cares enough to make the effort—like he does with Audrey—he is a good person.

One of Clare's gifts as a writer is her characterization and humor (and she writes really great sex); the characters are fun and madcap, and people that you want to be, or be friends with. They're well developed, with their own distinct interests, and beyond that, sometimes they're just unapologetically bad. It's refreshing. For example, Reese does what he has to in order to get ahead. He doesn't care about being all noble and perfect. What's nice though, is that he changes in believable ways. Both Reese and Audrey become more comfortable with themselves, and others. Audrey puts her foot down with her sisters, and Reese opens up to his friends. The growth and development enriches the story and gives it greater substance.

I was so very invested in Audrey, and wanted everything to be perfect for her, so I was jealous on her behalf, and felt that Daphne stole the spotlight too much. (Of course, the entire premise of the book was that the Petty sisters go to Cade's cabin to try to get Daphne cleaned up.) Eventually, that thread was addressed in an entirely satisfactory manner. And of course, the ending was perfect. Just thinking about it puts a smile on my face, and makes me want to re-read the book.

In short, this is a really fun, entertaining, engaging book, and I can't wait to read (and re-read) the other billionaire's stories.

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