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Tempting the Billionaire (Love in the Balance #1)

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Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she’s determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Despite her growing attraction to her boss, she vows to keep things strictly professional. No flirt...more
ebook, 260 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Forever Yours
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3.5 stars


Crickitt Day, once successfully self-employed and happily married is now reeling from the loss of both her career and her marriage. Out with her friend Sadie one evening at a local club, she catches the eye of Shane August. Shane, unbeknown to Crickitt is a billionaire entrepreneur and president of August Industries, an organisation that helps smaller businesses to expand. After interviewing for weeks and desperate for a new personal assistant, he offers the position to Crickitt.

Gabriella *is awesome*
5.5 left-me-smiling stars !

This book is the defination of fluffy ! LOL really sweet and fun book :)
Loved both Shane and Crickett..they made an adorable couple ♥

espically Shane ! loved his down-to-earth attitude and Crickett's no whining policy ! will definatly be reading more from this author and her Love in the balance.... series :)

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This book got on my nerves!

First of all, Shane first sees Crickitt in a bar, crying her eyes out. Sounds attractive right? Well Shane certainly thinks so. He's immediately drawn to her so because his buddy likes Crickitt's friend, he decides to be a good wingman and dry her tears while his friend does his pick up bit. Somehow through her tears, Crickitt comes off as someone who would be a good assistant so Shane offers her a job. Crickitt needs a job, but she thinks his offer is too good to be (...more
Nancy Kelley
Tempting the Billionaire was escapist romance at its best. We all know that we're not going to bump into a billionaire who will, in the space of ten minutes, realize he has the perfect six-figure job for us. And in real life, even if that did happen he wouldn't be a hot, Greek god of a man--he'd be overweight because he doesn't have time to exercise while running his Fortune 500 company.

Oh, but to read about things we know will never happen is half the reason we pick up books in the first place...more
Lori Foster
I enjoyed the journey of Shane and Crickett's romance. Jessica Lemmon is a terrific writer that draws you in to the emotional conflict.
I'd read in a blog that Henry Cavil was the author's inspiration for Shane, and so that's how I saw him throughout.
Pretty yummy!
Patty Blount
At first glance, this sounds like your typical romance novel – hot not-so-rich girl manages to crack through the tough veneer of the hot, oh-so-rich guy. But a few pages in, you’ll find Jessica Lemmon’s debut novel, Tempting the Billioniare, isn’t typical at all. Hero Shane August is hot and rich, but he’s not the kind of tough, cold, aggressive alpha male that tends to define the genre. Instead, he’s a big ol’ softie who bakes his own cookies, leaves a month’s rent as a tip for a breakfast bill...more
Melody May
Originally posted on What I'm Reading

Yesterday I finished Tempting the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon. First off, I probably could have finished this book in a day, but alas life always get the better of me at times. Seriously, I really wanted to sit down and finished the book. I mean I loved the story. Here's why:

We meet Shane August, who happens to be a hot billionaire. Who wouldn't want to meet him? However, he tends to put up a wall when it comes to women. It's always best to be prepared for...more
'This isn't typically how I find employees, but' -- he shrugged -- 'I need a personal assistant. And someone with your background and experience is hard to come by.'

Crickitt is no stranger to heartache. After nearly a decade of marriage, her husband declared that he no longer found her lovable or desirable, leaving her heartbroken and confused about herself and her future. That one night, when she was crying at the bar, she never expected to be approached by the tall, mysterious stranger. When...more
I really liked how the story started. The first chapter sucked me in. I continued to enjoy the story, but then toward the end it lost me and I love these stories.

My problem and this is a problem I have with all books that do this. I really liked Shane. I loved that he was rich and successive, but yet he was modest and very generous not only to Cricket but to others. However, the ending where he kept running from Cricket claiming that he needed to work out his issues. When he ran, I hated how Cri...more
if you like Christian Grey or Gideon Cross prepare yourself for Shane August. Great book!!! super cute. No BDSM or weird stuff. very romantic and sweet. I really enjoyed this book. moving onto book 2 now!
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
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Notes: I read the eARC of this book and will need to verify quotes against the final version.

My Synopsis:
“I think I’m doing this all wrong. To tell the truth, I saw you crying and I wondered if I could do anything to help. If you’ll let me.”

“She turned to him, her eyes softening into what might have been gratitude, before a harder glint returned. Tossing her head, she met his eye. “Help? Sure. Know anyone who’d like to hire a previously self-employed person for a position for which she has littl
This is a great debut from Jessica. I expected going in to find the typical billionaire with a houseful of servants, maybe he'd buy the heroine a car or two, but no... Nothing more than a driver because Shane is so down to Earth.

I have to disagree with the comments saying Crickett is a doormat. She was intelligent enough to realize anything going on with Shane was personal and deep and had nothing to do with her. Only the strongest woman can wait a man out like that. It took a lot of bravery fo...more
Mandi Schreiner
Eh - this one was just ok. The beginning is cute but I lost interest in the second half. The billionaire hero doesn't really come across as a billionaire to me. He could have easily been a millionaire ;)

Macy Beckett
This book was so much fun! I love Jessica's voice and found myself smiling throughout the story. Looking forward to the next in this series!
I came into this book thinking it was another Fifty Shades style romance filled with dominance and kinky scenes, but Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire is anything but a Fifty Shades book. I was expecting this to be your typical romantic fluff and I was surprised by the humor and wit that makes up this fantastic book.
Crickitt Day is dealing with the emotions left by the end of her nine year marriage. She is jobless and heartbroken, when her friend talks her into a night on the town. Tire...more
The romance genre is oversaturated with billionaire plots and even though I had my doubts, Jessica Lemmon's Tempting the Billionaire was a pleasant surprise.

Crickitt Day is down on her luck and needs a job. Hoping to chase the blues away she agrees to a night out with her best friend Sadie. While at the bar Crickitt breaks down into tears as she takes stock of her life and what she's lost. Across from Crickitt is Shane August and his cousin Aiden. Shane reluctantly agrees to go out with Aiden to...more
Okay, here's the deal. I agree with a previous reviewer that there are way to many romance novels involving billionaire's right now flooding the romance market.

That being said, that is where the similarities end and this romance story begins. Shane August is the quintessential hero. Rich, hot, sweet, hot, nice, hot, oh and did I mention hot. But said hotness is not from looks alone. Does he rock the three piece suit? You betcha. But Shane had another layer I found endearingly more realistic than...more
Firstly, I thought this book is going to be about a dominant alpha and his girl since many books have this theme now. Even the title will lead you to believe that that is the case. BUT it's nothing like this. It's a sweet story that features the sexy and swoony Shane Augusts (the president of August Industries and was featured on the Forbes magazine :)) and our girl, Crickitt Day, who resently divorced her husband (he is a jerk btw!). These two met on a bar and the rest is history. Shane has a d...more
Nicole Marie
Oh man. That was one hell of a painful read. So many pages with clunky sentences riddled with over the top metaphors.

I don't know. Maybe I am a cynic but if I am at a club/bar/what-have-you and I am a man and there's a girl at a bar crying her eyes out, I wouldn't think of her as a prime target for seduction or anything other than a tissue.

This book is boring as hell. Nothing happens. There is no discernible conflict other than they both know that they want each other but they shouldn't be toge...more
I usually prefer romances with more "everyday" people, and honestly, I may not even have picked up a romance about a billionaire on my own. I am pleasantly surprised and very glad that I read this one. I really enjoyed sassy, independent Crickitt and the down-to-earth, hottie billionaire, Shane. Crickitt is unsure of herself after her marriage of 10 years fell apart. Shane is in control in all other aspects of his life but distant with relationships because he is scared to fall in too deep. The...more
Leave your assumptions at the Lamborghini when you pick up Tempting the Billionaire. It’s tempting to assume that any billionaire in a romance will be domineering verging on autocratic with even a little slippage into dictatorial but Shane August is a team player. Perhaps it’s the nature of August Industries, a company that partners with budding entrepreneurs to ensure that they succeed instead of fail. It’s worth noting that the failure rate of new companies in their first year ranges between 3...more
Lisa Hines
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Tempting the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon is NOT what I expected and I was very pleasantly surprised. I expected light-hearted and fluffy and it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, it's not a sobbing, emotional wreck causing book, it is witty and touching, but there are some really intense scenes that will have your heart in a vice grip.

Crickitt is still getting past her failed marriage and dealing with those wounds. Meanwhile, Shane has been on autopilot f...more
Charissa Weaks
I love romance. Love to watch people fall head over heels for each other. It's even better when it's not easy. If you agree, you'll adore this book.

Such a fantastic debut by Jessica. The writing is fresh and so down to earth it's addicting. I found myself giggling so many times, understanding EXACTLY how the characters felt.

On top of that, you have heroine Crickett Day, faced with real life problems that lead her to the good fortune of a kind-hearted billionaire by the name of Shane August, who...more
Tempting The Billionaire is a fun and sexy escape read that will hook you from beginning to end.

After the end of her almost ten year marriage, Crickitt Day had the lowest self-esteem imaginable. She quit her high paying job and doubted her every decision. Now after using most of her savings she needs to find another job, but with what she believes to be little to no useful skills she is having a hard time finding one that pays well.

Shane August is looking for a PA, but after he was featured on a...more
Karla Nellenbach
I'd actually give this a 2.5 (better than a 2 but not quite a 3)


Romances, by nature, are formulaic. Boy meets Girl in a meet-cute that either sets up the novel to be gang-busters or ho-hum. It can either get better or worse from there. One or both of them is damaged, almost beyond repair. In my opinion, it's always better if BOTH are broken toys, so to speak. They both feel an inexplicable pull, but for whatever reason, do not come together. There is conflict, emotional, physical, you nam...more
Crickitt day has just came out of a nine year marriage. Jobless and heart broken she is at a crossroads in her life. One night her best friend, Sadie takes her out to a club. Emotionally drained she finds herself crying at the bar. Meanwhile across the room is Shane August, owner of August Industries and his cousin Aiden. Shane is out on the town with his recently divorced cousin, whom is trying to get back in the dating seen. They both spot Crickitt crying. While Aiden believes she is an easy t...more
Romancing the Book
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Reviewed by JoAnne
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I recently started reading romances with billionaires as the main character and focus of the plot and Tempting the Billionaire didn’t disappoint. While a cute premise with the main characters of Shane and Crickitt fighting their chemistry and attraction every inch of the way I couldn’t help but root for them to finally connect after surrendering to what their hearts knew even if their heads didn’t always agr...more
Jennifer Zorko
I generally LOVE Billionaire books, so I figured that I would love Tempting the Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon too. For the most part I did like the book. This is the story of Shane Anderson, Billionaire. He runs a company that helps other people market their products and get their foot doors that would normally be closed. He is at a bar one night with his cousin Aiden and sees a woman across the bar crying, Crickitt Day. Crickitt’s husband has just divorced her and it seems like her life, both p...more
Uhm… let’s see. Not my favorite book, but totally a good read. I laughed a lot and love some moments. In general, it was an ok book. I find the story quite short and without much character development, but I like them though. I recommend the book to someone who is really bored and don’t have anything more to read.

The story of Shane August and Crickitt Day is not what I am used to, neither her name. I was wondering why named your daughter like a bug? Poor girl. Still, the life of Shane before Cri...more
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Jessica Lemmon writes sexy contemporary romances with a squeeze of humor for Grand Central (Tempting the Billionaire, Hard to Handle) and Entangled (If You Dare).

She is an artist, dreamer, former meateater, fun-loving, fast-talking wife, and a den mother to two dogs. She loves to hear from her fans.

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More about Jessica Lemmon...
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