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Most Eligible Bastard

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He’s a powerful billionaire CEO who built the family business into an empire. The money doesn’t matter to him, but the company is his life. And then his eccentric mother wills it all to her tiny dog.

I’m Vicky, the dog whisperer. (Not really, but that’s what my elderly neighbor always says.) When she dies, she surprises everybody by leaving a corporation worth billions to h
Paperback, 330 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Annika Martin
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2! Most Eligible Bastard (stand-alone). A dog inheriting the family empire sets a vindictive, petty and sexually charged game in motion!

“The loop on the L looks like a C. You have to at least admit that.”
“Well… Cock Worldwide, huh” He seems to ponder. “If the name fits…”

Most Eligible Bastard (stand-alone) follows Etsy store owner Vicky Nelson aka Vonda O’Neil upon learning she has inherited a dog, Smuckers and as the role of its dog whisperer total control over a multi-billion-dollar
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review and Excerpt at Of Pens and Pages.

Let me tell you a story about a girl who underestimated a book. She took a certain book at face value and saw it as a mere romantic comedy. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The girl absolutely loves romantic comedies. But then she read it and got so much more than what she expected. The story had amazing characters, fantastic banter, and sizzling sexual tension, but there was also angst and drama in the mix. The girl fell in love.

When Vic
Alex ♈
4.5 ‘never again’ stars

Very interesting and well-written book with absolutely bizarre plot.
First 10% of the story didn’t make much sense to me.
this book has an absolutely incredible, complex, strong and amazing heroine.

Floved this woman. Not always badass warrior on the outside; a vulnerable, but very strong woman with a steel backbone. Very smart and sassy; closed, but still warm and friendly; sarcastic and self-confident, maybe a bit shy sometimes. This woman was full of contradictions, b
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: ➳ ❤Most Eligible Bastard
Author: ➳ Annika Martin

ღ . Vicky Nelson; is still running from the secrets of her past, but that wouldn’t stop her from what she needs to do when it comes to her Lil sister, Carly.

►Vicky has been supported her Lil sister, Carly ever since she was nine years old & Carly is now sixteen

►Three years ago when Vicky was helping her friend do a charity drive to help the animal shelter she ended up pretending to be a Dog Whisper. That is where she meet Bernadette Locke
Dilek VT
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very sweet book with both fun and emotional moments in it. It is more than "a billionaire & average girl" love story. It is more than what its title and cover promise. There is a good but dramatic background story in it blended with a weird but very funny present situation.


A very rich woman dies and in her will, she leaves %51 of her assets to her dog, with whom she spent her last years. And Vicky, who was there for her in her last years, trying to help her in some way will b
Kate's Corner
Oct 28, 2017 marked it as lost-interest
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Mandi Schreiner
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed Annika Martin's (aka Carolyn Crane) voice for some time - her books usually involve zany bad guys and are erotic. This one doesn't have a bad guy - just a hero who starts off a little....bastardy. But he is actually a great guy - it just takes some time for that side to be noticed. Henry Locke is the CEO of a very large construction/poperty company. He treats his many employees with respect and like family. He isn't sleazy - everything is done on the right side of the law. So what's ...more
Book-Bosomed  blog
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars

This is a love story between a wealthy businessman, Henry Locke; a jewelry designer, Vicky Nelson; and Smuckers, a toy Maltese.

“So. Fucking. Romantic.”

Okay, so it’s not really a three way love story between man, woman, and dog. Although there is that Smuckers incident. Hmm... With a name like Smuckers it has to be good. *wink*

It’s really a heartfelt romance with touches of humor. (Like Smuckers has to pee.) Anyways, Henry’s been estranged from his mother who’s bequeathed her stake in
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

*So an eccentric mother wills the company to her dog, instead of her son. And the heroine is the dog's spokesperson. -----Now that's what made me grab this book.

*This starts the love-hate kind of game between the hero and the heroine. He tries to bribe her, trick her, seduce her. But she is quite adamant. -----I don't know why but I did felt that why was she being such a stubborn ass as she can herself see that its the hero's company and his hardwork.(view spoiler)
Carolyn Reilly
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this book! Cute, original, hilarious, and hot! Loved every page. Especially the dog whisperer moments with adorable Smuckers🐶
Maria Rose
Annika Martin has a backlist that spans multiple romance genres. Under the pen name of Carolyn Crane, she’s written a taut and exciting romantic suspense series, The Associates, as well as an urban fantasy series The Disillusionists. As Annika, she’s gotten to explore a more erotic style, with Taken Hostage by Kinky Bank Robbers (which is exactly what it sounds like) and a darker, edgy mafia style series, Dangerous Royals Romance as well as some standalone romances. Most Eligible Bastard is bill ...more
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The synopsis of Most Eligible Bastard instantly grabbed me, and I knew I needed to read this one. Everything about it screamed ‘read me’. Laughter was promised. Romance I could ship was promised. A wonderful story was promised. Plus, it would finally give me my introduction to Annika Martin. A few times I have looked at Annika Martin books and thought ‘this sound interesting’ but I never did pick them up – after this, things are about to change. I’ll certainly be reading more Annika Martin books ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I REALLY enjoyed reading this book. It's an enemies to lovers story you are going to love!! The story is interesting from beginning to end and for those people that feel it's important for an HEA, this is the book for you!! The slow burn drove me crazy but I enjoyed every moment of it!! I laughed out loud and there was tension that made me catch my breath and my heart beat faster, not to mention the very hot, pulse pounding sex!! I definitely recommend this book and I have to say, even with the ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Annika Martin Fans, Romance
4.5 A Surprise Win Stars
* * * * Spoiler Free
I love being surprised by a new to me author. I had not read Annika Martin before and this experience had me smiling and laughing during my work break many, many times. Love when that happens.

This story starts out with us understanding Vicky Nelson had been roped into "Dog Whispering" for an old cranky manipulative woman who's only connection seems to be her dog. This woman starts to badger and practically stalk Vicky, demanding she "Dog Whisper" for
This book is adorably hot and cute.
The plot line is a bit predictable, but still... I had a lot of fun reading it. :)
I loved Henry and Vicky. I hated Vicky at times but given the circumstances maybe it was alright.
I would have loved it if the ending was done a little better. It was too abrupt for my liking. But I love what Henry did for Vicky. And it was still a great read.
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Most Eligible Bastard By Annika Martin is the story of Vicky Nelson and Henry Locke. Vicky has been struggling to raise her sister Carly since she was little. When Vicky was helping her friend do a charity drive to help the animal shelter she ended up pretending to be a Dog Whisper. That is were she meet Bernadette Locke and her dog, Smuckers. Bernadette wanted Vicky to read Smuckers and tell her what he was thinking. Slowly this lead Bernadette to use Vicky as a Dog Whisper. Vicky saw the women ...more
Jessica Alcazar
OH WHAT FUN you guys will have with this one!

Standby for details!
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it

“You like my hands,’ he says, undoing another button, revealing the top of my camisole. ‘You’re going to like them even better when they’re between your legs.”

I enjoyed the banter between the main characters. It was cute, the heroine was cute, the whole story screemed cute.

BUT the dog thing... sadly I didn't like it. It felt over the top.

Lori ~ BF Bookies
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! This was fun, it was sexy, and I didn’t want to put it down.

Henry is thee most perfect asshole-ish bastard. Handsome, wealthy, powerful, and... caring? CEO of the family business, he’s used to getting his way. And he’s not at all happy about the newest board member.

Vicky, who is hiding from her past, mistakenly gets labeled as a dog whisperer and thrown into a situation she’s not too thrilled about. Tired of being bullied and pushed around by rich, arrogant jerks, she de
Snigdha Prakash
This author has a new fan.
I loved it from start to finish.
I have no complaints whatsoever from this book.
Henry and Vicky both were utterly lovable even though they were fucked up bad in the beginning, they more than made up for it towards the end.
Loved how the story was predictable and yet so much fun.
The book slowed down nowhere and it kept me up the entire night.
Can't wait to read more from this author.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, no-thank-you
DNF after 35%

The blurb of the book makes this book sound way more interesting that I actually found it to be. I couldn't take the absurdity of keeping up with the whole dog whisperer charade and all the "drama" arising because of stupid decisions by the MC's. It got way too much for me to go on reading.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Vicky works hard to provide for her sister and keep their modest life running smoothly, even when it means pretending to be a dog whisperer for the unpleasant and lonely Bernadette Locke. However, when Bernadette passes away leaving her fortune to her dog Smuckers, and Vicky as his regent, Bernadette’s son Henry accuses Vicky of being a con artist. Although Vicky never asked for any of it, she’s not going to let this sexy, rich man push her around. Let the games begin…

Although billed as a romant
Tanaka K
I am not into romantic comedy books. I never get into them easily and I always find myself so distracted. But this year, I read some really good romantic comedies that made me smile and fall in love with. Most Eligible Bastard is definitely one of them. I loved this book so much. The storyline, the characters and dialogue just made me feel so good. Annika Martin is one of my favourite one click characters and she gave an enticing story that tingled me and just made me feel like I am on cloud 9. ...more
Read.Review.Repeat Blog
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"This story should be a movie! It played like a movie in my mind and to me, those are the best kind. The characters are so real to life, their stories are believable, yet heartbreaking. Vicky is strong, resourceful, cautious, talented, and witty. She cares for her 16 y/o sister and works hard to keep them safe. Henry is every bit the CEO you'd expect, but there's more to him that only Vicky can reach. He's caring, smart, talented, hot af, and the perfect counterpart to Vicky. The similarities be ...more
I was eagerly waiting for this book and it DID NOT disappoint.

First, let me say I am in love with Annika's books. The Kinky Bank Robbers are my all time favorite series. I think I reread them all the time.

This book, however, I went into not really knowing how I would feel. I love romantic comedies, but I didn't know how the author of KBR would be able to transition over... AND LET ME SAY: SHE DID NOT DISAPPOINT! I mean the very first chapter with the dog had me rolling!

I really loved how stro
Nov 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
So this book was a miss for me because of Vonda/Vicky!

If you don’t to be mistaken by a Wolf don’t put on the fur!

I got the “stand for yourself” part, but she act indeed like a gold digger!
- It was a normal reaction by Henry to think that she tried to trick his mother, (the part to leave it to the dog was crazy) and because we are talking of 51% of a company that worth billions, not some pocket change!!!
- Instead of reacted like a normal person and set the
Tracy- OMGReads
Most Eligible Bastard was a fun, playful read. It got deep at points, but the overall balance fell toward a lighter read.

Vicky is a woman who refuses to be put down. When unwillingly placed into that situation, as guardian to a dog, her strength cannot be denied. She is a fabulous heroine, she is strong, smart, and looks out for herself and her own. When Henry tries to bully her, Vicky uses that in a way to boost her courage. She will always fight for what's right. I loved her character, and wa
Courtenay Bennett
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read this book - the premise is so appealing and so different. It did not disappoint. I laughed pretty much from the get-go. Between Vicky’s smart remarks and Henry’s nastiness, plus the added hilarity that ensues when you have a little dog present all the time, this book kept a smile firmly fixed on my face right the way through.
I personally love a good enemies to lovers story, so I particularly enjoyed the conflict between the main characters. And as their relationship tur
I liked the heroine and how she stood up for herself. But adding in Smuckers the dog was just weird. I didn't understand the ending at all. Nor did I understand why there had to be a years worth of separation between the couple. What was the purpose of doing that? To make their reunion sweeter?? Well, for me, it felt convoluted and arbitrary. The rest of the story was... fine. Not the best by this author.
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I’m a NYT bestselling author, lover of sexy stories, hot heroes, and big drama. I live in Minnesota with my husband and two cats. I’ve been writing all my life while working various jobs, from waitress at a zillion different restaurants to advertising writer. I’m into running and yoga and helping animals, and coveting other people’s gardens. I also write as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.
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