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Black Tie Billionaire

(Blackout Billionaires #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  48 reviews
He’s everything she wants… and shouldn’t have.

His smile was slow, deliberate… sinful.
Has she just made a deal with the devil?

During a blackout at a black-tie gala, Shay Neal says yes to one night with billionaire Gideon Knight…not knowing he’s her brother’s enemy with plans for payback! Now, to save her brother, Shay must pretend to be in love with Gideon. But playing his
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Harlequin Desire
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Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
I finished Black Tie Billionaire by Naima Simone during breakfast in bed this morning and it was pretty much the perfect way to start my weekend!
A quick sexy read wrapped in secrets, lies and deception. A one night stand, mistaken identity, insta-lust, family revenge... Need I say more?
The drama was completely over the top but I wouldn't have expected any less from the premise, it totally fit the theme.
I love my Naima Simone reads!

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Maria Rose
Black Tie Billionaire by Naima Simone is a sexy, passionate, and drama filled ‘revenge’ romance. It’s the second story in the author’s Blackout Billionaire series, where thing that happen in the dark change futures forever.

Heiress Shay Neal is doing a favour for her friend Bridgette, helping out with her catering business (in disguise) when handsome, sexy, billionaire and tech entrepreneur Gideon Knight approaches her at a gala event. He’s interested in getting to know her better if she gives
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
yo ... wtf? honestly .. this isn't my thing. I recorded my reaction to this book, so I'll come back and link that.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

Black Tie Billionaire is amazing. There's revenge, an enemies to lovers vibe, betrayal, sisterhood and some hot and sensual sexy times. I thoroughly enjoyed Shay and Gideon's journey. There love was just so swoony. I highly recommend this book and series.

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Sherilee Gray
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Naima's books and Black Tie Billionaire was no exception. Insanely sexy, fabulous characters, and a story that kept me up late because there was no way I was putting this book down until I reached the end. And good lord Gideon is HOT. The ultimate sexy alpha hero! *sigh* I loved it!
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
4 stars

Naima Simone is an auto-buy author for me. I know I'm in for a nice read whenever her name is attached to a book. With that said, I didn't read the blurb for Black Tie Billionaire. All I knew about the story was that it was the second book in her Blackout Billionaire Series, where the couple meet during a citywide Chicago blackout.

Black Tie Billionaire was full of surprises. I loved that this was a multicultural romance. I loved that the hero and heroine weren’t portrayed using cultural
Lubnaa (Romance Library)
3.75 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Black Tie Billionaire is the second installment in Naima Simone's Blackout Billionaires series and it can definitely be read as a standalone. There are a lot of intetesting tropes in this book: insta-lust, enemies to lovers, mistaken identity, and fake relationship.

During a blackout at a gala, heiress Shay Neal hooks up with self-made billionaire Gideon Knight, but she has no idea that he is out to ruin her brother. Things happen and
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arc generously provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Revenge, secrets, lies, family loyalty tested, these are the themes of this book. Gideon Knight, self-made billionaire, is out to destroy Trevor Neal for devastating his little sister. In an effort to exact his revenge, he manipulates Trevor’s sister, Shay to help him and what begins as a game of revenge soon turns to passion and then love. I liked the two characters, I thought they were true to themselves, I did have a problem
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-character
That cover alone should get five stars. Gorgeous.

And another bunch of stars should go to the author for not fetishizing or dumbing down Gideon's ethnicity. Kudos for describing him without having to rely on cliched terms like "exotic" or "almond eyes":
With the beautiful eyes, the sharp slant of cheekbones, the arrogant nose, the wide, sensual, almost cruel curve of his mouth and the rock-hard jut of his jaw, he reminded her of a long-ago king from a mysterious Asian country. standing on a
Hannah Hearts Romance
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this for what it is: a Harlequin Desires title, by necessity cut down and slightly unbelievable. But who cares? In the hands of one of today's best authors it's a fun, quick, sexy romp filled with all the tropes.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. I cannot tell you how much I loved Shay/"Camille"..... she's a strong, intelligent, and yet gentle and quiet Black woman. She has presence and elegance, even in a servers uniform. And that is exactly what drives Billionaire and tech giant, Gideon Knight across the room to engage with her...... her presence. He calls her his "Moonbeam".

The deception by omission is innocent enough, the desire, lust, and chemistry between these two characters is ALL THAT........ Yet
Dee's Reading Zone
Harlequin is really changing its romance format and I'm so glad author, Naima Simone is leading the charge !


5 gripping stars
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m starting to love enemies to lovers books more every time I read one. This book had all of that and more.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author consistently impresses me, and I loved this book even more than book 1. 4.5 Stars.

Shay Neal is from a prominent Chicago family and she's felt the weight of her family's expectations her whole life. All she wants is to run her own business, without interference, and not have to continue to hold what's basically a ceremonial position at the family company. Now that her parents are both gone, it's just her and her brother, Trevor. Sadly, he's taken after their father in the way he
Jessica (the naptime writer)
**I was given a complimentary ARC of the book by the author but all opinions provided are my own.

Black Tie Billionaire by Naima Simone was a fast read for me, a dramatic, over-the-top piece of romance that’s sweet and hot.

Billionaire Gideon Knight is intense, determined, and sexy, and he meets Shay “Camille” Neal the night she’s filling in for her sick friend as a catering server—and in a physical disguise. Shay is actually rich herself and the sister of Gideon’s arch-enemy Trevor, who has
3.5 stars!

I always find satisfaction in a Naima Simone book and Black Tie Billionaire was no exception.

This is book two in Simone's Blackout Billionaires series, and as such, this couple is also a victim of the city-wide blackout that happens in Chicago at a gala. This time, it's Gideon Knight--self-made tech start-up Billionaire, and Shay Neal--a businesswoman and socialite who is undercover as a waitress. And succinctly, Shay is also the younger sister of Gideon's long-time enemy, Trevor Neal.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Tie Billionaire was a great follow up to the first Blackout book. Shay and Gideon meet under odd circumstances, have a hot night and then meet again....when she is not pretending to be someone else. Gideon has a vendetta going on with her brother and Shay is used as an willing and unwilling pawn. Eventually they realize their connection, acknowledge their previous meeting and have some steamy sex scenes in between. Although I know the books are limited, I really wish they would have ...more
Laverne Brewster
1.50 Stars. (BW/WM). This is a kindle edition e-book and despite it having only 225 pages, I “DNF’d” about half way through...I would take no more. The storyline is ridiculous, absurd and totally unbelievable. The heroine, Shay Neal, lives an upper class lifestyle and is the owner and CEO of a fledgling business; yet, she dons a wig and contacts and masquerades as a waitress busing tables at a black tie gala, the hero, Gideon Knight, a multi-billion dollar businessman, is in attendance. Gideon ...more
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naima Simone's Black Tie Billionaire is a standout stand-alone story in the loosely connected Blackout Billionaires series. This story features billionaire Gideon Knight and Shay Neal, the sister of his greatest enemy. It's a revenge/blackmail story and will leave you deeply satisfied and eager for more by Ms Simone.

Gideon Knight and Shay Neal spend one incendiary evening during an unexpected blackout at a Chicago black-tie gala. While Shay is aware who Gideon is--he and her brother have been
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naima aces forbidden attraction and hot consent

Shay is smart, loyal, sexy, confident, loving. She needs someone who appreciates and worships everything she has to give, and sees her for what she truly is - not the assumed dumb, wealthy socialite pushover.
She finds the right man for her only to end up being blackmailed by him. And this is how this enemies to lovers romance with beautiful diverse characters is set up, that ends with a massive groveling scene for the hero as he tries to make his
The Pink Heart Society
Rated: 4.5 Pink Hearts Reviewed by: Ali

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but whoever said that had clearly never seen the cover of Naima Simone's Black Tie Billionaire. I will admit I am delighted to see the effort Harlequin have been putting into their former Kimani authors' covers recently, and this one is no different.

The book itself is deliciously tropey. Enemies to lovers. Mistaken identity. Fake relationship. But each of these is cultivated and drawn deftly and cleverly.
Lynn Brooks
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BLACK TIE BILLIONAIRE is book two in Naima Simone's Blackout Billionaires series and centers around a billionaire and a socialite in a twist on an enemies to lovers story.

Shay is a complex character. She wants to keep peace and harmony, but she wants to be her own person as well. She's in disguise when she meets a sexy man in the middle of a city-wide blackout that she can't resist. The light of day and the return to the real world brings about the revelation that he's willing to do anything to
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

I picked this up solely because of the gorgeous humans on the cover. I mean, just look at them! This is a quick and super steamy read. The sex is 11 outta 10, leg-crossing inducing, goodness. Our leading male is very big on consent, and our leading lady doesn’t take any shit. However, I can’t even count how many times the super cornball moments made me snicker and role my eyes. I also cannot freakin stand the Hannah Montana trope - when someone doesn’t recognize a person just because
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is lots of tension, drama, emotional turmoil and steam in this entertaining romance. To say that things are complicated between Gideon and Shay would be a huge understatement. Both business and personal family issues hang over and stand between this couple. Gideon was intense, shockingly blunt and fierce. Shay was smart, strong, classy and caring. I really liked these two together. I thought that Shay brought out a bit of sweetness and softness to Gideon and I felt that Gideon help ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m conflicted. While I liked the story it was evident that the author used some characters as plot devices to move it along. Good example is the supposed best friend that we never really read about expect when she wants a favour from the main character and she has to go to her aid. I just find that lazy. Another thing that prompted this star rating is the fact that all her books that I’ve read so far follow the same formula and it’s tired. The couple meet, things happen, the girl declares her ...more
Mae Dixon
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect blend of revenge, hot sex and sweet love. This is a strangers - lovers - enemies - HEA romance. For all the wrenches thrown at this relationship (mostly from the excess of hatred and avarice between Gideon and Shay's brother, Trevor) Gideon eventually sees the light (or should I say "moonbeam"). I love reading the characters and stories Naima Simone creates. Looking forward to the next installment!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has something for everyone. Billionaire (Gideon) that wants revenge for a wrong done to his sister, the innocent sister (Shay) of his enemy, and a blackout that starts the chain of events that lead to the growth of both Gideon and Shay. This book has all the feels hate, love and forgiveness. Please do yourself a favor and get this book you won't be sorry.
Nicole ReadingBetweenTheSheets
What a wonderful second book to the Blackout Billionaires series! Gideon Knight is a self-made billionaire and Shay Neal is the sister to Trevor Neal…the one Gideon is determined to get revenge on. This was a fun, quick, read full of secrets, revenge, heat, and a HEA. Author Naima Simone is great at keeping the storyline flowing, and writes great characters! Enjoyable Read! 4 Stars!
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Naima

Any Naima Simone book is a great read I really liked this book, more than I liked the first in the series! Gideon and Shae were both pretty rad. The tropes in this book were *chefs kiss* and perfectly executed!! I do think I might prefer her longer books ever so slightly, but like I said, any Naima is
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USA Today Bestselling author Naima Simone’s love of romance was first stirred by Johanna Lindsey, Sandra Brown and Linda Howard many years ago. Well not that many. She is only eighteen…ish. Though her first attempt at a romance novel starring Ralph Tresvant from New Edition never saw the light of day, her love of romance, reading and writing has endured. Published since 2009, she spends her days— ...more

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