Manwhore. That's what the board of directors - and the tabloids - think of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing - and no one - will keep him from his life's legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that's exactly what he'll give them.
Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents' funky boutique hotel back - even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract - six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again.
But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband....
©2016 Jessica Lemmon (P)2016 Hachette Audio
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"WHAT A GREAT STORY.. & PERFECTLY NARRATED TOO"
We all know that there are a lot of these types of storylines floating around... an arranged marriage of convenience with an end date which turns into the real thing - and they're usually quite predictable, easy-going, light and fun. And so was this listen... but there was so much more depth to the story which was expertly narrated by Sasha Dunbrooke who brought to life the cold-hearted sexy handsome Playboy Billionaire Reese who'd been hurt and devastated before so vowed he was never going to let a woman hurt him again.... until he got to know Merina. Sasha also breathed life into the strong-willed, feisty, independent and beautiful Merina as she fought for what she wanted.... which slowly changed from bricks and mortar to flesh and blood. Reese thought his only destiny was to become CEO but it turned out to be an empty lonely and cold place without love and without Merina.
An addictive can't stop listening to it story that started out being between rivals and enemies... but over shared time and kisses for the Share Holders and tabloids, slowly developed into the real thing. There were times when Reese forgot his promise and let the impenetrable walls around his heart fall for a time but unfortunately he was his own worst enemy because he just couldn't get past his past... and up went those walls again. Merina was unsuspecting and unaware of Reese's past... but slowly the secrets of his past were revealed and rather than run she clung on to the hope that somehow she would conquer his demons and have it all.... but unfortunately it wasn't going to be that easy.
A really entertaining listen, great banter, humor, passion, seismic chemistry and toe curling sex... however it wasn't without some heartache and pain. This was a good story, but I'm sure what notched it up a degree was the awesome narration. Dual POV's and of course there's a wonderful HEA eventually waiting for us romantics to sigh over.
Worth a credit? I love bad boy Billionaires and the strong women who infiltrate their lofty indulgent lives and tame them so I was expecting to enjoy an entertaining four star listen.... however the characters - especially the emotionally broken Reese, the situations this doomed couple found themselves caught up in and the awesome narration easily brought it into the five star very creditworthy rating.
"Hello unconventional love story!!!"
I really liked this narrator. I'd been in a funk where I was not liking many narrators. But this one brought the characters to life!
This book is a 5 star re listen any day any time. I finished it in 1 day!
loved it!!! Felt like chapter 19 was cut short but overall great and sweet story.
I simply loved this book. Can't wait for the billionaire next door to come out on audible. The library doesn't have it.
"Story and narration are both very good"
The story is well written, the characters are easy to connect with. The narrator did a really good job. However having both a male and female narrator is always better but I will definitely listen to another book narrated by Sasha Dunbrooke.
This is a wonderful story. I am looking forward in listening to the next one.
"Love the narrator and female protagonist BUT..."
Yes when the missing cut-off Chapter 19 becomes available I am most definitely going to re-read it
I liked the down-to-earth, funny, lovely Merina and listening to her was bliss. I am glad it is also in Crane's point of you too, or I don't think I would've liked him at all. I still didn't care for him, but he grew on me until the end when I hated his guts...character developed and then dropped and then rebounded.
The best scene in this audiobook is at the retirement party Merina was hilarious!
Yes, in fact I practically did. Went shopping engrossed in the book and fell asleep listening to it. I couldn't turn it off!
It was pretty good...it kept me entertained. However, there was something missing and Reese's character needed some work. I was really starting to like him until right before the ending where he made me mad, but I liked how it became full circle at the end. I want to continue the series when it becomes available. Mostly because Tag sounds like an awesome character from this story and I think I will like him more than Reese and the sneak peak kept me on my toes. I loved the narrator's voice. Audible please get it soon! The Billionaire Next Door. I also can't wait to meet the third brother...
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