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How to Bang a Billionaire

(Arden St. Ives #1)

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Rules are made to be broken . . .

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." So far, I haven't. I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford, no idea what I'm going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful . . . oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It's impossible no
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 16th 2017 by Forever Yours
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

This book is the gay 50 Shades. Except I actually liked it. And I actually liked the characters. And there were no inner goddesses.

This was a book I requested on a whim, I love MM and am always curious to read more. I'm not one for billionaire romances, or BDSM but for some reason this book called to me.

How to Bang A Billionaire is about Arden, an Oxford student soon to graduate with a literature degree. He volunteers for an alumni fundraiser and ends up talking on the phone to bil
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

I'm not ashamed to admit I liked the 50 Shades the time. Would I like them now? Probably not. My tastes have changed considerably since my time with Anna and Christian.

But I like a good billionaire book as much as the next person....and that fact that it's an MM book, well even better.

I quite liked both Caspian and Arden. A lot. They had some great banter. I just wish we also got Caspian's POV. That little niggle aside, I can't complain much about this one at all.

Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio - 3.5 Stars
Story - 3.5 Stars

I mostly enjoyed this story, but there wasn't much couple time. And I'm not just talking about sex. Arden and Caspian spend more time apart than together, but I think that's intentional since this is book 1.

I loved Arden. He is hilarious and so full of life. Caspian is the opposite. He is the broody, tortured soul. No idea why since we only get Arden's pov, but I'm guessing (hoping) that will be revealed in the next book.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I think what the author did here was fantastic. I loved this. I think though that this book is going to be one of those that divides readers. You're either going to love this or you're going to hate it.

This is a m/m reimaging of Fifty Shades of Gray. The overall plotline is the same. Twenty year old college student meets emotionally detached billionaire and they enter into a contract type of relationship. Arden is the narrator for the story and he's charming and funny and self-deprecat
I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book. I'd seen a few reviews comparing it to Fifty Shades of Grey, which made me nervous.

But I had no need to worry. Alexis Hall delivers once again - complex and interesting characters, some comedy, hot sex, and a sweet romance.

I immediately fell for Arden. He's the cute funny twink who has a habit of getting into trouble. He charmed the socks off me.

Caspian is, to put it bluntly, a dick. He's cold and aloof for the vast majority o
True Loveislovereview
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second time it was again... awesomeness !!
5++ I don't know how to express this...this awesomeness

From the first sentence I was totally in and addicted. These are the sentences I crave for....every one.... read: e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e was captivating as hell...every line I absorbed and consumed like it was the best chocolate on earth.
For me it was an instant memorable experience. I'm not exaggerating, it really felt this was written in the best way possible...
It was funny so fuc
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

DNF @ 67%


It's only so much you can take! Goodness, I really tried. I tried Alisa, oh pudding pop I tried. LOL.

I literally want to take a bat to ARDEN'S head and shut him the hell up. It was TOO MUCH internal monologuing. I liked the premise of the story and the reversal of the FSOG saga, but it was too much for me. Honestly, I read up to 67% and put up with alot. I couldn't deal with a few sentences of dialogue between Caspian & Arden, and then 5 long pages of internal ya
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4,5 stars*

Read for the third time August 2019

I enjoyed this as much as on my second reread. I got a much stronger sense of Caspian’s struggles, his inability to commit emotionally to pretty much everything and my heart ached for him.
It equally went out to Arden who couldn’t try harder for Caspian to be happy. Making him smile and lose control just a little bit increasingly become minor triumphs when they are together.

I still marvel at Arden’s decision to go back to London with Caspian, even th
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
**** 3.5 ****

See this pic??

I'm the one in the middle.
Got mixed feelings here. I liked Arden in the same proportions as I disliked Caspian Hart.

Arden(20) is a down-to-earth person. He's happy, passionate and sassy. A free spirit, honest, generous and possesses a trait that I love: he has no filter.
The "no filter" makes him a really singular and special character because you never know what will come out of his mouth next.

Capian Hart is complicated. I'll give you him at his best:

"I like to a
*4.5 Stars*
Joel Leslie should seriously limit himself to narrating posh British MC's because he excels. Audiobook fans, don't hesitate.

The story of Arden, Oxford Student who catches the eye of Caspian, the enigmatic billionaire.

Caspian who doesn't do casual or relationship but finds himself drawn to Arden. Never agains turning into one more time. Consumed by desire for the very first time? At least consumed by something he's never felt before. The eccentric kinky billionaire who's afraid of hi
The most painful thing about Caspian Hart wasn't desiring him; it was liking him.

Which is basically what my experience with this book was. Except I neither desired nor liked it. But it was painful because I have just discovered this author and he has made me fall in love with his writing and his characters.. only to follow it up with this.

Part of me really hopes this whole series is like a big fuck you to FIFTY SHADES OF GREY in the sense that it's a polite but gently mocking homage done in a ga
Sam (AMNReader)
This book is so much like FSoG in that it's not at all like FSoG.

If you're an old friend you might realize that long ago, that series was what got me into romance and erotica. In my younger more astute years, what I read sat firmly in the literary fiction section. There were never 6 packs on the cover, or embracing overwrought couples in coordinated clothing. I read a lot. Then...I had a child. My idea of reading became parenting boards and blogs and books so that I could do everything so exactl
Audiobook September 2019: Joel Leslie ROCKS THE FUCK out of this book!! 5+++
I still want to slap Caspian upside the head. I still ADORE Arden, and I still want to hug Ellory! I waited on this audiobook until I could binge on the trilogy!!!

Original ebook review April 2017:

And now comes the dreadful wait for the next book. I'm seriously addicted to Alexis Hall and to the characters he created in this glorious book of his.

Here we meet the very likable and self-deprecating, 20 year
Review originally posted at Sinfully.

3.5 stars

This is one of those books that’s going to have a distinct divide between loved it and hated it. Alexis Hall’s take on the broody, kinky, emotionally stunted billionaire-dom who is suddenly taken with the awkward college student, starts off seeming like a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. The framework is there, with striking similarities to start, but after the first few chapters the parody feel was gone. It is still clearly a play on the familiar the
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
RTC maybe.
4.5 stars

A drop dead gorgeous billionaire who is a repressed Dom and after the whole damn book we still don't know anything about him beside being a repressed Dom? Oh yeah, sounds pretty familiar and pretty dark. But since this book had such a cheeky and blunt title call 'How To Bang a Billionaire', the little twist come in the form of wannabe submissive Arden St. Ives.

Arden is a English literature student volunteering to make cold calls to successful alumni hoping to get some generous donation.

I enjoyed this book a lot, and I’m a little obsessed with Arden and Caspian. High Key it’s very 50 shades of grey but less rapey ridiculous. On to book 2.
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm still not sure if this book is supposed to be taken seriously or if it's supposed to be judged and laughed at.
I've read other books from Alexis Hall so I know she is a good writer, I was utterly confused by this book which is basically the MM adaptation of 50 shades of grey.
This is the story of a quirky, happy, confused about his future, oxford student Arden and the disturbed, closed off but with a huge heart billionare Caspian.
First I need to clarify that the book is not a carbon copy of 5
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Just Love

4.5 stars

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was intrigued when it was announced that Alexis Hall had decided to tackle the most overused, overdone, and arguably, the most popular trope in romance – the bildom.

I mean, this is the person that made us believe that a successful doctor on the verge of 40 would gladly relinquish control of his body and his heart to a 19 year old short-order cook with problem skin in the award-winning For Real. He also the same author who made us
Em Wittmann
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
re-read 11/14.
I wasn't so rushed reading this a second time & I enjoyed every bit of it all over again. I love Arden's sense of humor and it's so easy to see why Caspian falls so hard for him. He's awesome.


Oh I never wanted this to end. So much still to learn about Caspian Hart!!!!!

Random review tangent:

I hesitate to link E. L. James with Alexis Hall, but I'm just going to go ahead and do it. As I read this story I kept thinking it reminde
Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 60%

I wanted to love this book so much. Based on the description, there was every indication that I was going to. But, once I got into it, I realized that there was one big thing that was wrong.

Caspian Hart is the biggest asshole "hero" I've ever read in any book. Ever.

I'm okay with the hero running hot and cold for a while. It gives the hero/ine a chance to prove that what they could have together is worth wading through all the bad stuff. But Caspian just runs cold all the time. There i
BWT (Belen)

This is the story of funny but flailing Oxford student, Arden St. Ives, and the enigmatic billionaire he falls in love with...but will closed off Caspian Hart be able to return Arden's love? With some (I think) tongue in cheek nods to Fifty Shades of Grey, although thankfully much better written, this has plenty of laughs, mostly at Arden's expense, without becoming silly about it.

While I found it funny, certainly witty, and I appreciated even though Arden was head over heels with Caspian he di
Joyfully Jay
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
Updated for audiobook review
Read Jay’s audio review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

How to Bang a Billionaire is the first book in Alexis Hall’s new Arden St. Ives series and I absolutely loved it. This one pretty much had me from “billionaire dom” to be honest. Interestingly, the dom/sub side of things doesn’t play prominently here in this first story. In fact, Caspian quite clearly is trying to keep that side of him at bay. Yet I was captivated nonetheless with this one
Aug 27 2019
Arden Saint Ives is one of my favourite heroes! He is my 21st century Lizzie Bennet.

Just as CS Pacat was the best from last year discoveries, Alexis Hall is by far the best author I've read in this one.

To all possible readers of this amazing story that are afraid of the Billdom romance stereotype, know that these books will immerse you in a world you'll first think you know to then be surprise with a very refreshing and open-minded view of this Classic Love Story.
To all the ones that
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Yowza baby! Billionaire romance with the quirky college kid?

Alexis Hall be like:

Yes, * cough *50 shades satire *cough*, this was EVERYTHING you want in a tortured-soul-billionaire-meets-fresh-faced-college-kid-with-kinky-inclinations romance.

First off, Arden. Dear me, that kid is in my bones now. I absolutely adored him. There’s something to be said about the bravery required in being yourself, especially when that might make you feel a little like an outsider. Arden has such a unique voice an
Ula'ndi Hart
UPDATE - 2018.01.17 - So I just heard a little bird chirp about an Audio version for this book! YEAH ME! But then, the little bird also told me who the narrator is..... I might be in one of my moods, but I’m not impressed about it at all.

Why would you get someone who sounds 60 and up to read a book where your MC’s are both UNDER 30???? I’m sorry if I’m being a B+*&% here people but really??

What exactly is the fascination with this narrator about? Yes, he reads really well but again! He has a
4.1 Stars

Not my favorite by Alexis Hall, but still enjoyable.

I was worried at first because I wasn't all that impressed with the narration (Joel Leslie is so hit-or-miss for me); he does amazing accents but I was blown away by the voice acting in both Glitterland & For Real...and JL's performance doesn't usually rise to that level for me. It still didn't in this instance BUT at some point I started to love his portrayal of Arden, if nothing else. He does that type of OTT dramatic character extre
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I think the core of the story was there for me - I just found it hard to deal with the constant analogies and references. It kept pulling me out of the story for the sheer volume of things that were compared to, referenced against, or kind of pithily joked about- it makes for a complicated read and I found it mentally exhausting instead of exhilarating. Sometimes I just wanted things to be. Instead to be like - if that makes any sense.

Arden's internal (OMG SAVE ME from a reader POV) struggle dro
4.5 stars rounded up

Hall's characteristically brilliant writing applied to the most clichéd of tropes (billionaire falls for "ordinary" person), both sending the cliché up and transforming it. The first of three books, so it has a HFN ending. I really enjoyed this: subtle writing, nuanced characters, tender and sexy scenes, terrific dialogue - it's all there.

The first of the riffs Hall plays on the billionaire theme is, of course, that it's m/m not m/f. The second is that the scene showing the
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