‘I’ve always been yours’
I’ve really enjoyed the Seattle Bachelors series because they’ve been fun, quick, steamy reads with interesting characters and since it is based in Seattle, where I currently reside, I can visualize all the places that are mentioned in the book. So, it’s no surprise that I jumped to get my hands on Bargaining for the Billionaire, not only because it is the next in the series, but because after the little teaser excerpt at the end of Winning the Billionaire for it I needed to know more about Maddie and Grayson and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just as steamy, if not a little more, than the previous books and I was hooked from the first page and finished it in a matter of hours.
I adored Grayson. He had a tendency to go about things in a half ass backward manner where lying is involved, but his intentions are heartfelt and good. It was hard to be annoyed or even angry with him knowing why he did the things he did. But when he wasn’t hiding his true identity he was honest about what he wanted and how he felt about everything. He laid all his cards out on the table, even if it scared the hell out of him, and left it up to you to decide how sincere he was. His honesty, along with a dirty mind, was what had me falling for him even when I wanted to smack some sense into him.
Maddie I really liked, I did, but she drove me batshit crazy at times. She is a strong, intelligent woman who is a huge booknerd, something I loved, and her loyalty to her friends is undeniable, but Maddie has major trust issues. The reason behind it is horrific and heartbreaking, and though she has put herself back together, the experience changed her on a fundamental level that she’s never been able to come to terms with. This leads her to have knee jerk reactions that drove me nuts. I understood, and empathized, with why she got so keyed up, but there were a few that had me snarling at her as well.
Maddie and Grayson’s story is a second chance at love that involves painful pasts, deceptions not meant to deceived and leaving things that need to be said unsaid. And yet it’s also filled with sweet, tender, honest and steamy moments that make all of the angst worthwhile. And Gray because he was awesome. When their walls are down and they actually communicate it’s easy to see why they are attracted to each other, outside of physical, so it’s hard to not want them to work past their issues and get their HEA.
There are issues that come to light about both Maddie and Gray’s past that could be triggers for some readers, but I thought they were represented and dealt with well based on the characters own personalities. I loved catching up with Cade, Hannah, Tina and Baz and am looking forward to the next, and last, book in the series!
~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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 . . .
JM is a multi-published author of passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy 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.