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(Silicon Valley Billionaires #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  261 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Two Headstrong, Driven CEOs. One Undeniable, Scorching Attraction.

Being a scientist gives Lauren Taylor a purpose in life. At twenty-five, she's the CEO of a billion-dollar biomedical company, Paragon Laboratories. On the brink of a major discovery, Lauren lets nothing interfere with her work. Until she meets Gabriel Betts, the gorgeous and brilliant CEO of another Silicon
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Jack's House Publishing, LLC
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Was a fairly good read. Two brilliant/intelligent CEO’s that fall for each other as they deal with enemies that are trying to steal and kill. Heroine invented something revolutionary, and someone will do anything to get there hands on it.

Gabe and Lauren are cute, sweet and definitely have chemistry!

Anne OK
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anne OK by: Marie Force
Shelves: 2016-reads

A new to me author recommended by a very favorite author whose books I can't put down. I didn't think I could lose on that recommendation.

This romantic suspense held my interest from start to finish. It was set in a different environment from what I am accustomed to reading and I really liked that variation. The suspense was well-written and the characters were multi-dimensional and a perfect match in my opinion. Each were strong and intelligent leaders in their fields and CEOs of their
In preparation for a blog tour stop for the third book in this series, I decided to binge read the entire series, starting with this installment. I had never read anything by this author prior, so I wasn't sure what to expect with it. Unfortunately, it didn't resonate with me as much as I'd hoped.

The book's action and suspense started right away, which left me a little confused, as some of the situation wasn't well explained. I felt like there was a prequel novella that I had missed, and in fact
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

From billionaire CEOs, scientists, and mercenaries, this story really does have it all, and more.

Lauren is full of corporate espionage and is set inside of a billion dollar biomedical company. Lauren is a 25 yr old brilliant scientist with a new and innovative biomedical prototype which could revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of patients but despite her brilliance, and her company’s security measures, her computer system is hacked and suddenly all that Lauren has been working
I was given an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.

As it is right now, I'm giving Lauren a 3.5 rating. It's a fast-paced romp in a fascinating setting that is atypical of romance novels. Leigh James did very well in introducing the readers to the biotech world. I liked that she made her H/H both equally strong and she did not put unnecessary obstacles in their way in terms of realizing their love for each other. I also liked that through all the events happening
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book. The story was good and kept you intrigued. I also enjoyed the writing. I did find it a little long. Story line stretched out a little too long,but was kept me interested.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
I wish we could give half Stars. I think this story is more 4.5 Stars!

The start of a great Billionaire story! I love how different this story is to most Billionaire books out there. You've got a couple who are on even footing, both CEO's of their own company, both brilliant and beautiful. While Gabe may not be so different, he's still certainly very sexy. It's Lauren that is not your typical heroine. She's a 25 year old scientist who has spent the last 6 years in her lab perfecting her invention
Diana Aragon
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book of the Silicon Valley Billionaires series by Leigh James ,a revamped version of the High Stakes Billionaires’ serial and what a treat it was. As a reader, it is a first to find a novel where both central characters are alpha billionaires. Lauren Taylor is a fierce, intelligent, noble, brilliant lady (a bit naïve, too) who is driven to do the right thing for her cutting edge technology company which has been her life for the last six yrs. Gabriel Betts, also a self made ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Taylor, CEO of Paragon Industries, has devoted her life to her work. Lauren is dedicated to developing a low cost diagnostic patch for use in healthcare. If trials are successful, the patch could possibly diagnose cancer, skin disease, genetic disorders, etc. Paragon Industries maintains the patch under trade secret status, so it is not trademark protected. Therefore, security is extremely important. When Lauren discovers the computers have been compromised by a disgruntled former ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Leigh James is a new to me author, but I will definitely be looking into more of her titles, as LAUREN hooked me from the get-go and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

This story takes place in Silicon Valley where Lauren Taylor has built her biomedical company. She is married to her work and has devoted the last six years to perfecting the device that could make her a household name in biomedical circles. Outside of her sister, Hannah, she doesn't let most people in because she is so
Jamie Salisbury
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was apprehensive about purchasing this book at first. The story line was so out of the norm compared to other "billionaire" books. White collar crime in the biotech industry? Why not, no industry is safe these days.
Once I started reading, I was not disappointed. Ms. James takes you into the biotech world of Silicon Valley giving you a very realistic look at the highly competitive world of this industry, and a sizzling hot relationship that is born.
The book is very well written. The hero and
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review

Welcome to Silicone Valley where every secret is important and could change mankind.

Lauren Taylor is a brilliant scientist and billionaire in her own right who has been working on a chip that could change the world of healthcare. She is a closely guarded person and only lets a few people into her life.

Her sister and PR person convinces to meet Gabe Betts who is also a Silicone Valley billionaire. He wants to help Lauren with her product
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
When a young female researcher and CEO of her own company holds a ground-breaking bio-medical invention that is sure to rule the global healthcare market and change the lives of people as they know it, everyone wants a piece. Lauren has devoted the last 6 years of her life to her research and protecting it with her very living and she is not ready to share, not with just anyone, but at what cost. When the competition won’t take no for an answer and your world is threatened, what and who you ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Techies win

Lauren is a biomedical engineer, driven to produce a patch that could benefit healthcare. She is fiercely pricing and protective. At 25 years of age, she has lived and breathed solely for her goal, and her sister, Hannah. Enter Gabriel Betts, an equally driven CEO, who wants to partner his company and his life with Lauren. Solving a threat of corporate espionage moves the two closer, to a HEA for now. There is a teaser for additional stories.
I recommend this book.
Andrea Akers
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Lauren Taylor is married to her work. She is a CEO and has technology that can make a difference in how medical care will be cared for in the future. Gabriel Betts is a self made billionaire in his own right but wants to partner with Lauren's company to take on the international market. Together they find a partnership both personal and professional. Will the competition beat Lauren to market with her new technology or will they lose everything including their lives to get her product to
Tammy Cody
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s hard to describe how I felt about this book. It was ok and I didn’t have too much trouble finishing it but it seemed “uptight” and just didn’t flow I guess. It was hard to relate to the characters for the first 1/2-2/3 of the book which I think hurt my overall care for the book. This trope is a hard one for me to really get behind anyway because most are just SO far out there and this one is no exception.
Jennifer Grunbeck
Feb 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Susan Zabell
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good book for me is a book that the sex does not over shadow the story. That the story would be a good read even if the sex wasn't there. This was a very good story with love and mystery. I give it a 4.5 stars. I would like to know when the next book comes out!
Danette N. Sparks
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Looking forward to others in the series.
Alison L
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved Lauren as well as Gabe and Hannah the other books in this series. Such a smart, sexy, suspenseful series set in the world of medical technology!!
Sara Aston
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First book I've read by Leigh James and I really enjoyed it. Great story line along side the romance side of it a real page turner and I can't wait for the next one
Kimberly Hohberg
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good book. Really intense. It one of three. I’m on the 3rd one now. Can’t wait to see how it ends.
Linda Dossett
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excitement and steam are all inclusive in this first book in this series. This is my first experience reading this author and certainly will not be my last. Good read, well worth the time spent.
Mary Smith
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding Book

Once you start reading this book you wont put it down. It has lots of intrigue, sex and hot alpha men. Lauren is one strong intelligent woman on the edge of a huge discovery. Gabe is a billionaire also very successful. Wait until you see how good they are together.
I will tell no more. You just need to grab this book and find a comfortable chair.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book hangover

Lauren and Gabe grabbed my attention from the start. Throw in some international intrigue's 4 AM. Can't wait for Gabe's story later this year.
Julia Diaz
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

This book was very good. I loved Gabe and Lauren but I don't really care too much for cliffhangers. I would recommend it though because when Marie Force says you should give a book a try then you should. I have already ordered another book from her Escort Series (free 1st in series book) and look forward to Gabe when it comes out.
Rach (A Chick, Her Dog and A Blog.)
First off let me tell you this book was absolutely AH-MAZING. Have you ever read a book that forever left you hanging?! That left you in a major book hangover.
Well thanks a lot Ms. James you have left me in the BIGGEST book hangover, EVER!! :-)

Lauren tells the story of Lauren (ha, see the title) a fiercely independent, extremely driven and smart woman. She would do anything for her company and does.
She doesn't think she needs anything other than her baby, her company.

In comes Gabe. The sexy,
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

I'm not sure if it's the mood I've been in lately or what, but romantic suspense novels haven't really been my thing. Unless they're super fast-paced and have a storyline that really pulls me in, they all end just being okay.

I had that experience with Lauren. It was fast-paced and eventful, but I wasn't into the danger Lauren faced. I felt like it was lacking a little suspense. I'm not
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was guidebook this book as an ARC in exchange for my review. To be honest, i just didn't find it intriguing. I had to push my way through it to finish it off. The storyline was just ridiculous given the heroines age, her character and the scope of the story.
I may have just been hyper critical when reading this because I did have to give a review, but I didn't like it. I just couldn't get a proper feel for the time line, sometimes days would pass without Lauren making contact with her beau,
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I won a free copy of this book for my honest review. This is the first book in the Silicon Valley Billionaires series. Lauren is a brilliant scientist who knows what she wants and does it. She has come up with a brilliant invention that will change the world, but her competitors are trying to steal it before it comes out to the world. Gabriel Betts is a scientist as well. They are the perfect match but there is danger lurking around the corner. Gabriel and Laurens attraction to each other is ...more
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Leigh James is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She's always been a writer. She started young (at six or seven), with a mystery about a socialite who drowned in a pool. (She'd probably been watching too much General Hospital with her Grammy!)

List of Leigh's Books:
Silicon Valley Billionaires Series:
Silicon Valley Billionaires: LAUREN
Silicon Valley Billionaires: GABE

Other books in the series

Silicon Valley Billionaires (3 books)
  • GABE (Silicon Valley Billionaires, #2)
  • HANNAH (Silicon Valley Billionaires, #3)