The Billionaire Next Door (The O'Banyon Brothers, #1)
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The Billionaire Next Door (The O'Banyon Brothers, #1)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  1,512 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Take-no-prisoners deal-maker Sean O'Banyon ate Wall Street financiers for lunch. So why was he losing sleep over a fresh-scrubbed nurse in old jeans and a too-big T-shirt? Maybe it was those warm green eyes. Or the way she blushed when he got personal. There was no denying the serious chemistry between them. But sooner or later Lizzie would learn his deep, dark secrets: Fi...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Harlequin Enterprises (first published 2007)
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Dina
This was my first book by Jessica Bird, who is better known as J.R. Ward, the author of the bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. J.R. Ward's writing style is very characteristic and I was curious to see if her writing as Jessica Bird would be as "unique", so I decided to give this book a try.

So, what's my "verdict" after reading it? Well, there was definitely some similarities in the writing style of these "two" authors, especially when it comes to showing the hero's POV. That wasn't a b...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...
My Review:

Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down because it’s a story that hits very close to home. As usual, whether writing as Jessica Bird or J.R. Ward, this author knows how to take some of life’s most horrible experiences and then write them with a depth of compassion that always leaves me wondering how she could be so spot-on unless she’s had those same things happen herself. And I’m in no way implying she has, merely commenting on the accuracy of the levels and types of...more
Buggy
Opening line:"No, really I heard he was coming tonight."

THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR was written in 2007 and has a noticeably darker tone than Jessica Bird’s other contemporary romances (The Moorehouse Legacy) This could be because Bird was already writing as JR Ward and was 2 books into her Black Dagger Brotherhood series when she wrote this and it shows in a great way. Including a flashback moment where we’re given a squeal worthy glimpse of Butch O’Neil as a young boy. Without comparing the two...more
Karen
The Billionaire Next Door is the first book in the O'Banyon Brothers Series by Jessica Bird (aka J.R. Ward). Although this book was written in 2007, it's the only one of the series she has completed. I guess she's been a little busy... ;)

This is the only book I have read by Jessica Bird, but I'm going to judge it by what I know about J.R. Ward because I have read everything she has written.

Sean O'Banyon is a tortured hero who was abused for years as a child by his father. He meets Lizzy Bond wh...more
Splage
A touching and well written story that could have been closer to a 5 star read for me. I had a lump in my throat throughout the first half of the book because of the heroine, Lizzie. Her heart was so big, she was genuine treasure, and she gave and gave and gave; she really got to me. Sean was a jerk who distrusted everyone except his two brothers. He was a self made man in the finance world, a gazillionaire, but went dutch on his dates…really??? The “dutch” part did lead to a scene that brought...more
Adrienne
So I was really looking forward to this my last book,boo hoo, by Jessica Bird AKA J R Ward unitl Lover Mine which comes out next year. But you know what, I loved Lizzie and I loved Sean but this story felt like it was the first of a series ,which it is albeit unfinished, and it wasn't quite happening for me. I don't know why, but there you go. Seans story was sad and Lizzie was sweet, some parts even had me shedding a tear and they get together in the end for a solid HEA but it still didn't do i...more
Dee
5 Stars +

One of the best Harlequin books I have read in a long long time. We met sean in the Moorhouse series and he came across as a really nice guy in that and I wasn't disappointed to find out that he was a nice guy despite his tortured past.

It was obvious that Ms Bird/Ward had intended to write 2 more books in this series and tell us Mac and Billy's story. I really wish she had done them as I really would like to read them especially the one about the mysterious older brother Mac.
Rachel
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this since I have only read J.R. Ward's, a.k.a. Jessica Bird, paranormal novels but I found it to be an okay read. I am giving it 3 stars because while I did enjoy the story overall, I found the romance to be a bit lackluster. I do think the book itself was well written – Ward/Bird is a talented writer. She has a powerful way with words. For example, during a scene when the Hero, Sean O’Banyon, receives terrible news, Bird/Ward describes his reaction to the news...more
 Lady Jayne *~*The Beach Bandida*~*
(4 Stars)

This is my first Jessica Bird story. I really liked it. It was a fast and easy read. I’m a self-confessed addict of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, which is written under Jessica Bird’s pen name, J.R. Ward. I was not sure what to expect from her Jessica Bird books, but I enjoyed this story.

It’s been over a decade since I read a Harlequin Mills & Boon book. While J. Bird created a deliciously sexy and tormented hero in Sean O’Banyon, and a strong and compassionate heroine in Lizzie Bon...more
Melody
5 stars

What happened to Billy and Mac's books?? This series CANNOT go unfinished. Such a waste. :(

This was very good and reminded me once again what a talented writer Jessica Bird (aka JR Ward) is. She absolutely excels at writing raw emotional real characters with powerful back stories. This was more gritty and emotional than I was expecting it to be. I really loved Sean O'Banyon. His abusive history broke my heart, I wanted to give him and his brothers a big hug. With so little page count and...more
Manda Collins
Okay, so I almost never read categories. They are not my bag. Except for a Blaze sometimes. But I thought I'd try J.R. Ward's alter ego Jessica Bird (or is J.R. Ward Jessica Bird's alter ego?) and boy am I glad I did. She really packed a lot of emotion into a short page count. Sean O'Banyon's hangups were very real and very understandable. And Lizzie was a good match for him. Not a doormat and able to hold her own with him. Their romance was believable. Only jarring note was the beginning which...more
Lenore
This was my first Jessica Bird story, and although I'm a hardcore J.R. Ward fan and in my opinion nothing can compare to the woman's Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, I enjoyed this just as well.

The woman knows how to write a love story and create compelling characters. Especially male ones. I really loved Sean. Felt for him, understood him. Lizzie was a tad less compelling; maybe I would have liked her better if she had kept her financial problems more to herself. Even more than she did. I have...more
Rhapsody
Disappointing since I'm a big fan of the author, but I had trouble getting into it. Way too contrived; the first scene especially, which introduced the hero. He was so handsome, in control, rich, successful, intelligent, envied, nicely built, etc., that at no moment could I forget the fact that I was reading a romance novel. It was so obviously contrived by a female author for a female audience that it was kind of painful to read. And then you have the beautiful heroine who's a nurse and looks a...more
Emily
Sean O'Banyon put his sweat and tears into every dollar he has made, a successful money man now Sean is the best at what he does. Sean has learned long ago not to trust those around him, they ususally only want one thing, his money.

When Sean meets nurse Lizzie under unfortunate circumstances, he is taken with the innocence she exudes. Not sure whether to trust his instincts that she is as honest as she comes or if it is all an act and she is after something.

I thought this was a great story, th...more
Lara
Ah...even in Sihouette form...Jessica Bird - aka - JR Ward is still one of my favorite authors. I love her style, her voice. Her characters are flawed and real. You indentified with them and immediately want them to succeed in what ever they do. This book has a slight one or two line mention of one of her beloved characters - Butch O'Neal - from her Black Dagger Brotherhood series; which, for me, only made the book better. It was a quick read and a total guilty pleasure. Loved it. For a few hour...more
Linda
Oct 11, 2011 Linda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a wonderful romance, contemporary romance
When I read THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR I was charmed by how good it was. Jessica Bird, aka J.R. Ward, gives warmth to her characters. I started this late one evening and finished by early the next day. And yes, I did get some sleep. It has a troubled alpha male and a heroine who is thoughtful of others and cherishes Sean for who he is without all the glamor.

Sean O'Banyon is the go-to guy, a wonder among Wall Street, the man with the answers. He is about to complete a big deal when he gets a phon...more
Anja
This book is not without its flaws but I didn’t care and I would only be nitpicking if I mentioned them. I felt such an emotional connection to the story and between the characters that I read 85% of the book in one sitting. I only stopped there because my heart was aching in preparation for the Big Fight that was coming and I couldn’t bear to read it. Even when I did, I was pleased with how the characters behaved. I thought it would get nasty and cause me to hate them but I respected them even...more
Kay
4 Stars! ~ The day Sean O’Banyon received his scholarship to Harvard Business was the last day he had ever set foot in his father’s South Boston duplex. And not too long after his younger brother Billy was offered a football scholarship and then his older brother Mac felt it was time to join the Army. The O’Banyon brothers had escaped and they’d lived up to their vow of never looking back. Lizzie Bond had been renting the first floor apartment in Eddie O’Banyon’s duplex since she graduated from...more
Caty
Aggg!

I started this book thinking it was part of a series by J.R Ward, which it is, and it even help a little with my BDB withdrawal. The problem? this book is the first one of a series, the same series J.R won't bother to finish, apparently :(
Ok, I liked the book. A lot. But one of the things I really loved about it was the little glimpses we were given of the two other O'Banyon brothers. Brothers whose stories will never see the light, apparently.

All in all, this was a perfectly good book. Ent...more
Loralee
I really enjoyed it, it reminded me how much I used to love reading the series romances from years ago. I think Bird, who is also JRWard, did a great job connecting the reader with the Hero and Heroine, and immersing you into their story. The hero was a tough rebel, who gave his heart to no one and trusted no one but his brothers. The heroine was very sweet but very strong she didn't allow the hero to walk over her. My heart hurt for the O’Banyon brothers and how they grew up, I hope we get book...more
Jacqueline
This isn't a story we haven't heard before. Successful man who had a drunk abusive father now has trust issues in relationships. Healed by the love of a good woman. It's the quality of the writing that makes this book shine. Jessica Bird/JR Ward's writing is nearly always gripping. It's smooth and descriptive and the dialog is real and believable. Hero and heroine well developed and believable. Wish that she had actually followed through with the books about his brothers. I particularly wanted t...more
Robin *loves sexy books*
i read this for my jr ward challenge. i hadn't read anything by her as 'jessica bird' yet.

this was ok for me, i liked it. not great though. it took me a little while to warm up to the characters. i'm not sure why.

and it really bothers me when books wrap up really fast. lizzie forgave him and everything wrapped up in a nice little bow way too quickly. it's like they just mail it in at the ending.

anyway, i'm still going to read another of her 'jessica bird' books. and if she ever writes the sequel...more
Robin
Wall Street Financier Sean O'Banyon is a workaholic who has a reputation for making multi-million dollar deals. But when he gets a call telling him his father has died, he has to take a couple of days off work to make arrangements. That's when he meets Lizzie Bond, the tenant currently renting half of his father's duplex. Lizzie took care of Mr. O'Banyon when he got sick, and doesn't understand whey Sean never visited. But as she gets to know Sean, Lizzie realizes there is some serious chemistry...more
N.L. Riviezzo
I actually liked this book better than An Unforgettable Lady. One thing that Ward/Bird is really good at is the male MC with a tortured childhood and the female MC being the sweet savior who forgives him for his faults brought on by his childhood.
Maddux
Pretty good read.

Dude! This guy was friends with Butch O'Neal!
LOL.

Grenador
A good romance. Its worth the 4 hrs.
Chelsea
bonus star for a Butch reference!
Beauty and the Book
When i lear JR Ward has another elias as Jessica Bird i got excited. Normally silhouette books are good short and to the point so i looked forward to The Billionaire Next Door. SOB is a rich and powerful man who had a traumatic, emotionally and physically poor upbringing. In this book you learn about redemption and a persons ability to bring the mental scars of childhood throughout the rest of their life. Jessica was able to take a story that could have been mediocre and made it great. I love th...more
nurmawati
ini agak beda dengan hq2 biasa yang ceritanya datar....buku ini lebih bagus ...
ceritanya ttg 3 co bersaudara korban abuse bokap nya....after mereka semua dewasa mereka masih menyimpan luka hati yang besar evem after bokap nya yang pemabuk dan suka mukulin anak2 nya itu mati....
buku ini ttg sean o'banyon...anak ke 2 o'banyaon yang udah jadi billionaire dan suatu hari menerima telp dari seorg ce yang ngabarin ayah nya udah meninggal.....
si ce namanya lizzie, dia penyewa di rumah milik ayah seam da...more
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Jessica Rowley Pell Bird was born on 1969 in Massachusetts, USA. She is the daughter of Maxine F. and W. Gillette Bird, Jr. She began writing as a child, penning her thoughts in diaries as well as inventing short stories. She read her first Harlequin Presents novel in a rose garden when she was in her teens. She was hooked immediately. By the time she went to college, she had boxes and...more
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