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Tempting the Billionaire

(Love in the Balance #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,741 ratings  ·  161 reviews

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 flir
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
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 :)


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.

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Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 (
Nancy Kelley
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lori Foster
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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. W
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was close to giving it 5 stars, but the ending was a bit eh for me. Shane started to annoy me and (view spoiler) ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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
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
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2013
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
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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 ;)

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
Snigdha Prakash
Tempting the Billionaire is one of the sweetest reads that I've come across this year.
The story isn't something entirely new or novel but as I's sweet.
This book is simply about two people meeting on chance and then somehow they bond together almost instantly.
Their bond grows stronger and so do their feelings.
But since both of them are fighting some demons in their lives.. they resist it.
And in the end..they succumb to it and have a happily ever after.
That's it. Sweet and simple.
The situ
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humourous, hawt
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
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Meader
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute, funny, romantic...I could go on. This is such a fun book with great, rounded characters who should be getting it on a lot sooner than they do. That's the only complaint I can come up with, so I guess we're all good. Tortured hero, Shane has wads of cash, but he ain't one of your usual billionaire a**holes. He overtips his waitress - I mean, seriously overtips her - he bakes cookies, he plans romantic picnics (after the seriously long walk he puts her heroine through, he just about manages ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A brilliantly written book with extremely adorable characters; though I felt it was missing a certain touch of unique-ness. I felt like I'd read it in some areas. I'd still absolutely recommend this book to those that are a fan of the genre and are in the market for a quick, fun, interesting read. I loved the characters, particularly the leading male!

Despite the fault, I still LOVED reading this! I would 100% rec, particularly if you're new to the genre!

Full review to come!
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this story has a typical storyline of boss/employee forbidden love and one with a family history holding them back from having a relationship, writer did a good job not being too predictable in getting to the assumed ending. Characters had a good dynamic and I was kept interested page to page. Not a lot of steaminess, more of a classic story well written and an enjoyable light read.
Christy Newton
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crickitt is a relatable character and Shane is sweet as the chocolate in his homemade cookies. I found myself rooting for them to work as much as Crickett. Plenty of LOL moments. Can't wait for Jessica Lemmon's next book!
Macy Beckett
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Didn't hate it. Read it in a day. My first go at romance.
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
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was a long day, so I thought "Hey, let's relax with a beautiful billionaire we wish we had and take a bath." This book has in fact made my day worse, the plot if you could even call it one kept repeating in my head until I wanted to scream in horror. The bottom of this review will have a list of what made my wonder how this book got rated by five stars from some, because if your rating a book five stars it better damn make me want to read again, and again.

Jennifer Zorko
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jessica-lemmon
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
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
When billionaire Shane August goes to a club with his cousin he notice a woman crying at the bar. He start a conversation with her and when she tell him she needs a job, he offer her an interview. After an interview and a date, she become his personal assitant. Shane and Crickitt are determined to keep things professional despite their mutual attraction, but fate has others plans for them. Not to mention there's something in Shane's past that stop him from opening up completely.

We usually say d
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create th ...more

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