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An Accidental Date with a Billionaire by Diane Alberts
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really liked it
bookshelves: netgalley-reads
Read 2 times. Last read March 6, 2019.

As probably one of the more 'original' storylines that I've read in this genre, (although of course there are elements from other tropes), I have to say that I loved this. From the 'never-ending dates', to both of their hearts for others (and for each other of course), to the arguably nuanced back stories and motivations, I really enjoyed it. As soon as I got the book, I couldn't stop reading it. Genuinely.

Overall:
Yes, this plays into the whole idea of a 'billionaire' and the life of wealth, privilege and luxury that they have, but I truly felt that Alberts played this well by balancing it with a genuine look at how sometimes money can come from (and often large fortunes come from) taking advantage of others. I loved that there was a theme (at the risk of sounding like I'm in English class) of helping others. I mean their first date did start off at Habitat for Humanity, so... I loved their relationship throughout the novel, even if at times I wanted to slam my head against a door - but I suppose isn't at that the proof of a true connection - the fact that you care about their relationship (regardless of a guaranteed HEA)?

Characters:
Okay, so I LOVED Sam and her heart for people (especially given all the crap that her family put others through) but most of all, I loved how she refused to take other peoples' crap, particularly Taylor's. Gotta love that. Her sass and wit was pretty fun to read and I do admit to laughing out loud at some points. I admired her drive and ambition to right the wrong's that her family made and her true passion for others.
Taylor. Now there's a man I appreciate. No matter how much of a douchebag he seemed in the beginning, throughout the novel, I really grew to like him. Smart, a heart (no matter how he seems in the beginning), hard working and sharp, a great candidate for a match for Sam/hero of the story. Of course, the fact that he's handsome, wealthy and has great chemistry with Sam helps too! If there was one complaint I had about his character, it probably would just be that I felt he changed too quickly from seeming douchebag to suddenly being this helpful and outgoing guy. I don't know, perhaps there just wasn't enough of a transition, it was almost like he was two different people (one might argue that he has a facade, but still).
Storyline:
As far as originality of the storyline, although I can't personally say that I've read a story with a similar storyline, I'm sure that there are elements in this one that are similar to others. But I don't mind that at all. The plotting, I appreciated, because it was the perfect pace for me. It wasn't too fast, where if you jumped a few pages you'd have no idea what was going on, but it wasn't so slow that nothing happened. It was Goldilocks -just perfect.

Overall, I truly did enjoy this novel, hence the 4 star rating and I'd definitely be interested in some of Alberts other works. Simply a fantastic read for a quiet night in.

Note: I was generously provided an ARC of this novel from the publisher in return for an honest review, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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Finished Reading
March 6, 2019 – Started Reading
March 6, 2019 – Finished Reading
April 18, 2019 – Shelved
May 29, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-reads

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