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The Billionaire Bachelor (Billionaire Bad Boys #1)

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Indecent Proposal

Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll giv
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2016 by Forever (first published June 28th 2016)
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    The billionaire needs a sham marriage to get something he wants. This trope has been done many times in the Contemporary world. Which means it takes a special author to come in and take a cliche storyline and turn it into something you don't want to put down. Well move over authors because Jessica Lemmon came into this trope and kicked some billionaire ass. I can't even pinpoint where exactly this went from being the normal billionaire story to an extraordinary one because her writing was that f ...more
    This is exactly the kind of book I wanted to read, sweet yet sexy, fun, smooth flowing and easy to read, and with lots of heart. I found it really hard to put it down.
    “Without you, I have nothing. Without you, I am nothing.”

    He has something she’s wanted all her life. She’s the key for him to fulfill his legacy. The solution, a business proposal of the “I thee wed” kind.

    Reese Crane has worked tirelessly for years to prove himself and be appointed CEO of Crane Hotels once his father retire
    May 30, 2016 Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: Jessica Lemmon fans, Billionaire Romance
    3.5 First Fake.... But Then Not Stars
    * * *1/2
    It's Live!
    Oh these Billionaires and their problems...a cranky board of directors being so judgemental. This is the problem our deliciously handsome man has...His family has been running Crane Hotels and his father has decided it is time to step down. He wants his son to be the next CEO but the board has a stick up their collective asses... as they feel him being a bit of a playboy with a different woman on his arm at any given time is not what they
    Beatrice Masaluñga
    Jun 22, 2016 Beatrice Masaluñga rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, adult
    Thank you Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Billionaire romance combined with arrange marriages are guilty pleasure reads. I am settled to give this 3.5 stars but the last 5 chapters plus the epilogue changed my mind. The problem I had in this book was the pacing --It's too slow that it almost bored me. Despite of that, the story is promising and it's not an insta-love. Reese Crane and Merina Van Heusen pretend to be husband an
    5 "Doorknob" Stars!

    Jessica Lemmon has an impressive way of developing her characters, until you feel you are reading about people you know. Her characters are vibrant, and they definitely are the strength of this story.

    TBB 4

    Merina Van Heusen’s life is dedicated to her family's hotel, the “Van Heusen”. The building is a landmark and is part of Chicago history. But the hotel has been sold to the wealthy family Crane, to avoid bankruptcy. Reese Crane is the COO of his family’s hotel company. His vision
    Jessica Gadziala
    Aug 31, 2016 Jessica Gadziala rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: romance
    Okay so this came to me in my Fresh Fiction Not To Miss subscription box. Normally, I see "billionaire" in the title and I roll my eyes and move on to the next. BUT because this came to me in the box, I gave it a shot. And, well, I'm really glad I did actually.

    Convenience marriage stories are faves of mine and I was drawn into this one right away. Plotwise, not a whole hell of a lot happens here. But I never felt bored. I was rooting for them through and through. There was a small amount of dram
    .Under the pages
    Mar 07, 2017 .Under the pages rated it it was amazing
    Merina can't believe her ears when her mother tells her that the thing in her life she loved the most, her family's hotel, was sold to Alexander Crane. Better yet, she couldn't believe when they said that the hotel was now in Alexander's son's hands, Reese Crane. Now she sees hers and her parent’s spots at the hotel threatened as well as good name of the hotel and is willing to do anything to get her hotel back even marry her competitor!

    Alexander Crane is retiring in six months and although all
    Lyndy Ann ♫
    The Billionaire Bachelor is my first book by Jessica Lemmon and I will certainly be reading more from her especially this series The Billionaire Bad Boys I need to get to know the younger Crane brothers.

    This story is backwards they get married, they get to know each other, they get passionate and then their hearts get involved.

    Reese Crane lives to work and the board won't make him CEO of Cranes Hotels because of his reputation with women he is a manwhore when Merina Van Heusen barges into his of
    Jessica Lemmon
    Oct 16, 2015 Jessica Lemmon marked it as my-books  ·  (Review from the author)

    Dear Reader,

    A modern-day arranged marriage between a man looking to clean up his playboy reputation and a woman who will do anything to keep her family's boutique hotel agree to marry on paper, but find there are more fringe benefits than they expected.

    My first married couple! I was so excited to tackle these two--and it was fun to watch them tackle each other. In the midst of making an all-business arrangement, Reese and Merina can't deny the palpable attraction they have for each othe
    May 10, 2016 Irene rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars

    The Billionaire Bachelor was a good read.

    Jessica Lemmon has done a great job bringing freshness to a storyline that's been told before with great writing, characters that you want to love one min and slap the next.


    My attention was drawn in from the first chapter and even though Reese frustrated me at times I couldn't put it down.


    Watching Reese and Merina together was very entertaining.
    Here was this workaholic, emotionally closed off man enjoying the time he spent with this smart, sav
    Give Me Books
    Jun 24, 2016 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
    Hot, alpha billionaire – Check
    Feisty, sassy, heroine – Check
    Forced marriage – Check
    Pretend turning to real – Check

    “I’m not going to let you bribe me into marrying you. I don’t even like you.”

    This is one of the first things Merina Van Huesen says to billionaire and fellow hotel owner, Reese Crane. But Reese made her an offer that she couldn’t refuse, especially if she wanted to keep her family’s hotel.

    “The marriage may be for show, but her reaction to him was very real. How could he taste this g
    Nikki ღ Navareus
    Sep 01, 2016 Nikki ღ Navareus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Nikki ღ Navareus by: Jessica Gadziala
    Sweet little love story, that made me happy. Reese and Merina were fun to experience going from annoyed at each other, to unable to keep themselves apart. The slow anticipation of these two finally having sex was perfection. And this story had just the right amount of angst to make me a very happy gal. I thoroughly enjoyed this story!! Looking forward to Reese's brother's stories when they come out.
    ***ARC Provided by the Publisher and NetGalley***


    I did not want this one to end. Jessica Lemmon wrote a story that was a pleasure to read from page one. It was immediately engaging, well written, and plotted in a way that kept your interest as the story progressed. The characters and the dialog were authentic and they didn’t fell like “characters” but rather actual people. They stayed consistent, there were no moments where I felt that one of them acted in
    Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    Feb 08, 2017 Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe) rated it really liked it
    Shelves: reviewed
    I was looking for something different to read when I came across The Billionaire Bachelor and figured I could give it a shot.

    Boy was I rewarded with a fun story, great characters and a romance that sizzles long after the pages are done.
    The Plot
    Two hotel owners collide when Merina Van Heusen discovers that her precious hotel has been sold off to Crane Hotels.

    Reese Crane is on track of making CEO, there is just one problem, the board of directors do not seem him fit to take over his father's pos
    Lisa Filipe
    May 31, 2016 Lisa Filipe rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorite-author
    Um....Can I just say how much I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Billionaire Bachelor. It might just be my favorite from Lemmon. It was all my favorite things about reading a marriage of convenience but add in some humor (ok...a lot of humor), and two lead characters that are EXPLOSIVE....Well....I can't express how much fun I had listening and reading TBB! I literally didn't want to work at all yesterday because I wanted to finish this book.

    Reese was stubborn and a bit of a big head in the beginning, but
    Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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    Jessica Lemmon is quickly rising as an author that I need to keep an eye out for. The Billionaire Bachelor is the second book that I have read from this author and in two hours of reading this book, I'm hooked.

    In all honesty, I enjoy reading billionaire's romance trope as they always seem to have the possessive dominated alpha heroes. And in this book, Ms. Lemmon does something a little unique than your standard billionaire romance stor
    Gretchen  (About That Story)
    This was so, so awesome! Loved every single second. It was everything I want in a story. I couldn't get enough! And Reese? Oh my! He melts my heart.

    This was so incredibly good and I am thrilled with how it all played out. Reese and Merina had that animosity and fight that I love in a couple. It's one of my favorite things when characters bicker and feelings develop but they're totally in denial and I thought this was done perfectly. I was really pulled in with the character development, rich de
    Jul 01, 2016 Fran rated it really liked it
    4.5 Stars

    Hmm, it seems I'm starting to enjoy stories like this again. Billionaire playboy? The woman who 'tames' him? This is the kind of book, I believe, you would either love or hate, depending on your current mood or disposition. It could also be really the meh-been-there-done-that type for those who've been reading the same old things over and over again.

    But I happen to actually love this one a lot! It gave me the "tug at your heartstrings" moments I've been missing. I guess it helps that th
    Ivy Deluca
    -Billionaires and arranged marriages, what could be wrong with that? Tropes can be fun and there are several here to serve your smutnip needs. Merina Van Heusen is upset. Her parents chose to sell their boutique hotel in Chicago to the Crane hotel empire. That empire that Reese Harrington Crane is trying desperately to be CEO of. When she decides to storm over to his offices to, I don’t know, yell at him for buying a hotel that needed saving, Reese gets a wild hair and says he wants Merina to ma
    I'm going to say from the onset that it's Jessica Lemmon's writing that brought me here, even though this particular trope isn't exactly what I typically go after. That much does good writing matter to me and my decidedly lackluster review in no way any reflection on the quality of it.

    But while I do like the marriage of convenience that Lemmon writes about here, I took issue with the Reese Crane, whom I thought was simply an unredeemable arse through and through. Cold, closed-off and unfeeling,
    Anna's Herding Cats

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

    Lemmon just writes the best billionaires! Whew! The Billionaire Bachelor was all kinds of sexy fun as Merina and Reese come to a little agreement--she'll marry him to help him improve his reputation so the hotel board of directors will name him CEO and in return he'll sign over her family's boutique hotel--which his company had just purchased-- to her free and clear. Six months. They just have to survive six months as hus
    Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    3.5 stars

    THE BILLIONAIRE BACHELOR is the first book in the new Billionaire Bad Boys series by Jessica Lemmon. I’ve read Lemmon before and enjoyed her books in the past so I wanted to see how I would fare with her billionaires.

    Reese Crane doesn’t steer far from your typical billionaire hero. He’s a rich playboy who has a little bit of a cocky side, but nothing to the point where he comes across as a douche. He has, however, pissed off the heroine, Merina Van Heusen when she finds out that her f
    Gwen (The Gwendolyn Reading Method)
    Alright, except a really odd non-sequitur into messed up submission theology (tho none of the rest of the book is in any way religious), this was a pretty good addition to the billionaire bad boy genre.
    May 18, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
    The Billionaire Bachelor quickly drew me in as Reese Crane is thrown off guard when Merina Van Heusen storms his office when she discovers he owns her hotel.. Reese is determined to be named CEO of Crane Hotels, but the board cannot see beyond his playboy lifestyle. After Merina leaves his office, he devises a plan to give them both what they want. If she agrees to a six month marriage he will turn the Van Heusen over to her. Reese draws up a simple business contract between two professionals. W ...more

    **The Billionaire Bachelor generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

    5 "Let them see it." Stars

    You've the heard the story before since it's a fairly common romance book trope. First there's a billionaire playboy who's in a bit of a pickle because of his reputation. Then there's the unassuming woman who's in quite the pickle herself a pickle not coincidentally the billionaire caused likewise not coincidentally the billionaire can help alleviate. I'm sur
    Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

    I really, reaaally wanted to love The Billionaire Bachelor – billionaire heroes are a guilty pleasure of mine, so this book seemed perfect to me. Plus, there’s the whole marriage-of-convenience trope. It’s not a trope I actively go looking for, but I do enjoy it, so I’m disappointed that didn’t really enjoy this book. I was bored most of the time, nearly hated the hero, and couldn’t connect with the writing or characters. This is my first Jessica Lemmon re


    Every time that I pick up a book by a new (to me) author and I really enjoy it, I just want to kick myself because of all the time I've wasted not knowing about them previously. All this time, I could have been reading books by Jessica Lemmon but NOOO. At least I've found her now. She's one that I know if I see her name on the cover that I will just absolutely love what's printed on the pages. A little extreme after just reading one book by her, right? Not really. When you know, you know.

    I actu
    Feb 06, 2017 Daphne rated it it was ok
    The main tropes of this book (fake marriage of convenience turns into real feelings, plus a dash of enemies-to-lovers) are some of my absolute favourites, but my enjoyment of this book steadily declined while I kept reading: We got our typical not-like-other-girls heroine, with occasional jabs at other women (the narrative even takes time to 'punish' the main 'antagonist' by having her go through public humiliation, being cheated on and divorced, in order to present her in the end as a reform
    Mar 13, 2017 Rejane marked it as not-interested
    2 different reviews with a complete different point of view. And both made me not want to read this book.
    1st: I can't stand annoying childish heroines
    2nd: I can't stand asshole manwhore hero without a "reasonable" (if there is such) for believing every woman is a conniving whore.

    Hold on a minute.


    I'm not having a baby!

    I'm just trying to steady my heartbeats and control my breathing cause I've been diving into a sweaty, steamy, panties wetting, breathtaking, hot as hell story.



    And I'm as serious as a heart attack about the panties wetting thing.

    After Emma Chase's Drew Evans, there wasn't a Hero that could have his way to my heart...

    Literally speaking!

    Yeah I'm that insane woman who falls in love with her Alpha Heros, miss them and chec
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    “We’d never miss Alex’s retirement. No matter how you feel about us being here.”

    Pompous prick. That was the exact reason Reese bounced his fist off Hayes’s face all those years ago. He flexed his hand with the temptation to do it now too. Smarmy dickweed.

    “Alex is a good man.” Merina stroked Reese’s arm, bringing his temper down a notch. “I’m sure he can see exactly what you are trying to accomplish by being here. If you’ll excuse us.” In a stage whisper, she added, “I’m going to sneak out of here for a moment with Reese. You remember how hard it was to keep your hands off him, I’m sure.”
    “Merina gave Gwyneth a saucy wink and snatched a cube of cheese off Gwyneth’s plate and ate it. She sucked on the tip of her thumb in what had to be the sexiest move Reese had ever seen. “Mmm. Thank you. I know that wasn’t mine, but I saw it and just had to have it. You know what that’s like. Try the crab bites. To die for.” 1 likes
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