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Most Eligible Bastard

(Billionaires of Manhattan #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  6,441 ratings  ·  865 reviews
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
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
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
Dilek VT
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 be th
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
❤️ Paulette's  Alphas Review
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 & h
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 whose only connection seems to be her dog.
This woman starts to badger and practically stalk Vicky, demanding she "Dog Whisper" for
Sam (AMNReader)
It's nice when you pick up a freebie, months later cruise through your Kobo and find a cute cover with a cute guy in a suit and think "this looks fun," and then lo and behold, it is fun...

Honestly, I really had low expectations. What I expected was a bunch of fluff. And it was fluff, but it wasn't just fluff either. The characters dealt with some real issues, from Vicky's prior incident in her youth (whoa, left field, I was surprised too), to both of them having mom issues that *takes a deep bre
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
Jacob Proffitt
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
The marketing on this is atrocious. Seriously, from cover to blurb to title, it all screams light rom-com with strong wish-fulfillment fantasy base. And while there is humor and lots of wish-fulfillment, there is nothing light about this story. And I was in the mood for something light. Fortunately, Martin pulls off characters I cared about with a strong plot that managed to draw me in despite my strong mood preference.

Henry's mother is a manipulative, probably evil woman who delights in making
3 stars ⭐⭐⭐


vicky, an etsy jewelry shop owner and single carer for her teenage sister, is left with the care of a dog named smuckers when his owner, bernadette locke passes away. bernadette (a very wealthy woman) believes that vicky is a dog whisperer and thus leaves 51% of her family business to smuckers, with vicky acting as his spokesperson during board meetings. this comes as a shock to henry, bernadette's estranged son, who believes that vicky is a scam artist. but the more time they s
⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰
3.5 Stars 🎧

This was a fun, light listen which is just what I needed. The narration was great, I look forward to listening to the rest of the series soon.
Oct 28, 2017 marked it as 06-lost-interest
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DNF a few chapters in - for now

This was an audiobook I found from the Hoopla COVID-19 free borrows, and while I found the story interesting, I just really didn't care for the female voice actor. There wasn't anything wrong with the way she read it, I just personally didn't like listening to her voice.
So, what I think I'll do is try to grab a physical copy or an ebook and read the story that way.

Read by Neva Nevarre
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... this book is hot. It has everything. Comedy, sexy banter, emotional/vulnerable moment, rhe twist/ plot makes everything interesting.

The chemistry between Vicky and Henry is explosive. Both of them have quirky side. A bit dorky too. The whole plot of leaving the inheritence to the dog, seems ridicilous but it works in this book.

I love the banter the most of all. The sexy scenes are also hot and seductive.

4 stars
Stacey is Sassy
Dog lovers will enjoy this story...

Not the best and not the worst book I've ever read. I liked the beginning and I liked the end, but there were a few bits in the middle that had me rolling my eyes. I'm not a true believer in the *I forget he is a douchewaffle because he's HOT* love story. In this case, the heroine had a lot of reasons to not fall for the billionaire. And, to be honest, the hero didn't really have a lot of reason to fall for the heroine.

I don't normally, but in this instance, I
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
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
Wil Loves Books!
I loved this so much! This book was not only hilarious with the out of this world plot, but it was super romantic and heartwarming! The blurb is pretty self explanatory and the title is a little fluffy but I strongly recommend you give it a chance because it’s pretty good. Vicky, the heroine was such a great character, funny, driven, strong. Her backstory is a little sad but she came up on top. I also loved how she made Henry work hard for it. Henry was also a great character, funny and a sweeth ...more
Umaiya ❄️Ramblings of a Scattered Mind❄️
I wanted this to be so funny I'd end up on the floor, holding my stomach and screaming uncle.

It wasn't.

So I'm kinda disappointed. But only cause it was more serious then I had anticipated. Usually that's a good thing, just not today.

(Except for that one scene with Smuckers and Henry featuring the couch and some licking)
Loaded words, no?

Read it and find out. Believe you me, that scene makes everything worth it. xD
Susan Z
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
A light fun, albeit predictable, Rom-Com. But really, aren't all Rom-Coms predictable?

Henry is the heir to a multi billion dollar company, run by his mother. His future is in jeopardy when his mom passes away and leaves her fortune to her dog, with Vicky, the dog whisperer, acting as his proxy.

Henry assumes Vicky manipulated his mother and goes all out to prove her incompetence until he finds himself having a change of heart.

This is a classic enemies to lovers story with plenty of tension and
Tianna✸loves books✸
*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)
The basic storyline is the hero’s estranged mother has died, and has left her fortune to her dog - dictating our heroine is the spokesman for this dog. The hero thinks the heroine manipulated his mother when she wasn’t in sound mind.

“Rumor has it Henry’s a business genius who’s as talented in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom.”

That line is part of the synopsis. As it stands, I don’t understand why women like knowing or even pursue men who have a reputation as such. I doubt a man would chase
Bookphenomena (Micky)
3.5-4 stars

This was a decent, easy reading experience, perfect for my vacation. I’d seen this as being similar to THG and certainly, the hate is strong between the main characters. I didn’t think I’d quite rate this 4 stars but it does deserve it for not prolonging angst when I know many writers would in these particular circumstances. Also the banter and chemistry were well written. I would definitely try this author again.
Well, that was unexpected to say the least; with a blurb like, I was expecting this to be a teeny bit, well, tacky but actually I absolutely loved it. Sweet, witty, romantic and unusual, my mind kept thinking about the characters long after I'd put the book down.

Complete story, standalone but featuring recurring characters.
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🐶
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay first of the title is terrible. Second the book isn't. The heroine of this book was amazing, she was so strong despite of all that she had been through and I liked how she took no prisoners. She was amazing with her sister, her friends and to the hero. She didn't become one of those simpering women quick to forgive instead she made the hero work for it. LOVED it! ...more
Ambriehl Khalil
⭐️ [4.25/Stars] ⭐️

I didn’t know where this was going at first, to be honest. I thought it was a kind of bizarre introduction but in no time at all I was sucked in. The characters were entertaining and I liked that Vicky/Vonda was such a strong headed heroine. She’d do anything to protect her sister and herself and the way she stands up to Henry and the rest of the company takes some damn balls, I’ll give her that much. As entertaining as this was, I feel like there’s a big gap missing with Berna
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.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, smuty-smut
This started out fun, with the crabby old woman, a cute dog and an innocent hard working woman. When she is left with control of a mega company as the dog whisperer the antics are hilarious. I really enjoyed the banter and all the supporting characters. Then they had sex, fine but it took over the story for too long, before getting back to the characters. It just didn't fit in the mood of the story for me, it felt like comic romance to erotica to romance. ...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
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