Author: Carly Phillips
Publisher: CP Publishing LLC February 21, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storms, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.
She’s desperate to save her family company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.
His plan? To seduce her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Derek is a wonderful, self-made man. He is confident and has overcome his childhood to be successful. He was the hot boy next door for Cassie, but he was also off limits. Not because he was a bad influence, but because he was beneath her. She was raised to see him as "the help", but she always saw something else in him. He knew she was out of his league, but he noticed how beautiful she was.
When his family faces hard times, Derek is forced to grow up and become the man of the house, but he never forgot Cassie and her family or the way they treated his family. He never forgot and used that anger as fuel to become the successful billionaire he'd be as an adult. He's got amazing friends and a solid group who support him regardless of the situation. Even if that situation involves confronting the girl from his past who isn't exactly as he remembered her.
Cassie, in an effort to save her family's company, must ask for a favor from the man she believes hates her. When she returned from a summer trip, his family was gone and she never thought she'd see them again. Now that she has to ask him for an interview, she realizes she is out of her league and might have to do some groveling to get him to agree to an honest interview. In order to get honesty out of him, she has to agree to sharing information with him as well, and this information might just break her. If it doesn't break her, it will at least reveal things about her family even she didn't know about.
While she learns things about her family she doesn't want to know, she and Derek build a relationship from the ground up. They compliment each other and Derek's friends, who we've met in Phillips's previous novels, are welcoming.... well, not exactly welcoming.... this part was a kick to read. His buddies are protective of him, but learn he is stubborn and not willing to walk away from Cassie.
Great characters and I love the way she weaves the other Billionaires into the story as well. Ties up some of the loose ends and keeps us in touch with the other stories. Some twists and turns I didn't expect kept me interested to the end!