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Summary

Rules are made to be broken....

If England had yearbooks, I'd probably be "Arden St. Ives: Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire." So far, I haven't. I've no idea what I'm doing at Oxford, no idea what I'm going to do next and, until a week ago, I had no idea who Caspian Hart was. Turns out, he's brilliant, beautiful...oh yeah, and a billionaire.

It's impossible not to be captivated by someone like that. But Caspian Hart makes his own rules. And he has a lot of them. About when I can be with him. What I can do with him. And when he'll be through with me.

I'm good at doing what I'm told in the bedroom. The rest of the time, not so much. And now that Caspian's shown me glimpses of the man behind the billionaire I know it's him I want. Not his wealth, not his status. Him. Except that might be the one thing he doesn't have the power to give me.

Arden and Caspian's love story continues in How to Blow It with a Billionaire, coming fall 2017.

©2017 Alexis Hall (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Really good book

Alexis Hall is a really good writer. Listened to a few of their books and I’m always so utterly drawn in and absorbed, and love how you become a part of the character’s world. They are always so real and you fall in love with them. This is a rare writing skill in all the books I have listen to (and I have listened to way over 1000 in many genres), but practically unheard of in the m/m romance genre. Listened to the whole book pretty much in one go, and eagerly about to start on the next book of the trilogy.

I’d say this book is similar to the 50 shades type trilogy romance, with a tortured love interest and gradually revealing more about them and developing the relationship. However, the big difference with this book is that it’s really good! And m/m, obviously. So many of those types of books are mediocre. It’s not really a BDSM book, but the urges are there and it could easily go that way in the other books in the trilogy - but if it does I imagine it will be pretty light stuff. It’s more about emotional, intimacy and control issues.

Although it’s all from one character’s point of view, you still feel like you are getting to know both of them and its done really well.

Joel Leslie is a fantastic narrator too and you can tell he really knows the story and is being the character as he speaks, and feels what they feel - rather than just reading the words with voices like so many other narrators.

Just realised that the final book won’t be out for a few months which is a great shame as I usually don’t get books until they’re all available. Will be keeping an eye out for that one for sure! In the meantime, on to book number 2...

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Aural perfection in both story and narration

So, I read and loved this book, but I'm a bit in love with the audio. Yes, it has parallels with 50 shades, but it is so much better - it focuses on Caspian and Arden and they are truly front and centre here. The story takes you through Arden's journey from his POV but we also get to see Caspian's struggles with wanting to both protect and love Arden and also see him suffer.

And that's where this narration really comes alive. This is a book you live through, not listen to - it felt like I 'was' Arden - when he suffered, I suffered. The audio added that realistic dimension so rarely achieved for other books, by bringing each character to life in their own unique and distinct way. Both Arden and Caspian were the voices in my head, and the people I imagined when I read the book.

I could rave about this all day, and any review would feel woefully inadequate - and honestly, this has kind of recalibrated my rating as 5 stars just doesn't seem enough.

The next book I listen to has big, big shoes to fill.

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Superb writing and superb narrating

I think what struck me most about this story was the authors deeply empathetic understanding of human nature. Alexis Hall is fast becoming one of my auto-buy authors.

He writes with humour, wit and emotion all of which had me laughing and crying in turn. I didn’t think it possible for him to top Glitterland (which I adored) but he may well have done - I’m not sure. In any case I’ve immediately downloaded the next in this series as I cannot wait to see how the delightful Arden redeems Caspian. A beautiful love story and one I highly recommend.

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Great story

loved the story, great narration by Joel Leslie as he alwsys gets into the character. The story was believable and kept you going with the plot.

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Set my imagination on fire

Even if Arden St Ives thinks he is the least likeliest person to set the world on fire Alexis Hall with Joel Leslie’s superb narration certainly have for me. I have a serious case of book hangover after finishing listening to this excellent story. It is so much more than 50 shades could ever hope to be. Roll on the next audiobook. Joel’s voice in my imagination as I read How to Blow it with a Billionaire is a poor substitute for the real thing.

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  • Mo Sytsma
  • 01-02-18

A stunning performance of an amazing book

How to Bang a Billionaire was a top read of 2017 for me, and while this was my first read from author Alexis Hall, he quickly became one of my favorite authors as I worked my way through his backlist. When I learned that this book would be coming to audio, I was excited but wary. While I have been quite impressed with all of Alexis’ audiobooks thus far, I have been let down by m/m novels with a single narrator in the past. Some performers don’t have a distinctive enough voice for each character, and I’ve been left confused as to whose perspective I’m listening to at any given time.

This was not at all the case when it came to the performance of Joel Leslie. Joel did not merely narrate this book; he brought these characters to life. He portrayed Arden so well, his humor, his quirkiness that I love so much came through so beautifully. Arden is brave and bold and not afraid to be vulnerable, and Joel captured everything I love about Arden and somehow elevated his character to new heights for me.

Likewise, his portrayal of Caspian is eloquent and striking. I felt like he was letting the listener in on a secret, revealing Caspian to us chapter by chapter. The secondary characters are so distinctive, you’d be hard-pressed to even tell that they were all voiced by the same person. Joel is incredibly expressive and really shone in emotional scenes, at times he even evoked a physical reaction from me. I had already read this book twice before listening to the audio, but this version opened up new facets of this story for me and made me love it all the more. Joel doesn’t just tell you a story; he makes you feel it.

My fangirl switch has been flipped, and I’ve added Joel Leslie to my personal Narrator Hall of Fame. (It’s a very prestigious honor, I assure you). I’ve since listened to a few of his other books and purchased several more. My preorder for the sequel, How to Blow It with a Billionaire, is already in, and I’m counting the days until that release.

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  • Leigh
  • 09-02-18

Funnest Listen EVER!

This was so much fun I truly did NOT want it to end. The story is funny and interesting, nothing is predictable. Oh, and I love the main character, Arden, so much. He was a breath of fresh air. I never knew what he was going to say or do next, which is wonderful. I want more!

And Joel Leslie, as always, did a great job. He said something once about not being an actor. I think he is one. Better, even, because he only has his voice to work with and he always comes through. I stayed up way too late listening to it. I think this might be my favorite of his narrations. At least until the next one comes out!

Truly, listen to this one. It made me go to Hall's other books. I bought another one and it was completely wonderful in a completely different way. Which is what I want in a writer. Something different every time.

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  • Sandra
  • 13-02-18

WOW

What made the experience of listening to How to Bang a Billionaire the most enjoyable?

Let me just say Joel Leslie can read the phonebook and I would buy the audiobook. Arden is is a emotion hurricane and Capian is controlled simmer. I literally laughed loudly at some bits. Looking forward to the continuation of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Bang a Billionaire?

Probably the phone call at the beginning. It sets the tone of the story to me.

Which character – as performed by Joel Leslie – was your favorite?

CASPIAN of course.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I can't think of one at this moment.

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  • Patricia
  • 14-02-18

'Fifty Shades' remake

OK so the author changed the name & the MCs are gay but this book followed the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' storyline so closely that I wondered about the legality of it!! However, I loved the 'Fifty Shades Trilogy' & didn't mind this spin on the story. Sometimes I got turned off by the whininess & immaturity of the "object of the billionaires attention." But then Thought about how immature I was at that age & kept listening. This book ends nice but I gather that the next one ends in a cliffhanger. I started to listen to it & decided I'll wait until this summer when the final book comes out. I just don't like hanging in angst.

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  • Belen
  • 28-01-18

Funny with Great Narration

This is the story of funny but flailing Oxford student, Arden St. Ives, and the enigmatic billionaire he falls in love with...but will closed off Caspian Hart be able to return Arden's love? With some (I think) tongue in cheek nods to Fifty Shades of Grey, although thankfully much better written, this has plenty of laughs, mostly at Arden's expense, without becoming silly about it.

While I found it funny, certainly witty, and I appreciated even though Arden was head over heels with Caspian he didn't just let Caspian walk all over him, I struggled to get through the story. Because it's told entirely from Arden's POV it unfortunately provided little insight into Caspian's mind or motivations. Also, the tentative HFN ending about killed me.

The real gem I found here is Joel Leslie's narration. He perfectly captures how out-of-his-depth Arden is, how Arden grows, and conveys the brilliant-yet-tragic tones of Caspian beautifully. Leslie's voice was so rife with humor and emotion...he just keeps getting better in his character voices and performances.

Truthfully, the story wasn't for me but the audio kept me going throughout and I found it to be a delightful listen.

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  • 20-02-18

I can't wait for book 2!!!!!!!!!!!

Would you listen to How to Bang a Billionaire again? Why?

Yes, because it was awesome!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh more than I expected.

Any additional comments?

A complimentary copy of the audio was provided in exchange for an honest review.

I love Alexis Hall and when I saw How to Bang a Billionaire was going to be the latest title by this author, I immediately added it to my list of "want to read." First the cover, yes it's not a flashy in your face cover, but it spoke volumes for me. I like to see a man who can put himself together nicely and this cover shows me who Caspian Hart is. Or at least one side of him. The blurb; do I really need to read a blurb for an Alexis Hall book? Nope, but I did anyway because I like to torture myself by reading blurbs to books I don't own yet and dreaming of the day they become mine. ;) I was sold on the line: "Man Least Likely to Set the World on Fire."

Let me start with the narration because I am a BIG Joel Leslie fan, and have listened to so many books narrated by him. At first I was a little puzzled because the book is based in England, and Joel Leslie is not English. But then I started to listen to the narration and was like, duh!!! He is one of the most talented narrators I have found who can do so many accents! I never questioned it after that and in fact forgot who was narrating because I was just lost in the voice. Joel did an incredible job of brining these characters to life and I can't wait for the chance to listen to the rest of this series. I can't picture anyone else doing the narration now.

As for the story, I will admit it had heavy vibes of Fifty Shades of Grey, but there were a few differences as well. I didn't mind so much the parallel to Fifty, and in fact had been hoping an MM version would come out ever since I read the Fifty trilogy. At times it was a little off putting how similar the books were, but for the most part I was able to distance myself from it. Overall this was a very enjoyable story, and funny!! I did NOT expect to laugh so much reading this book. Arden St. Ives is a college student who doesn't know what he is going to do when he graduates, and he can panic with the best of them, over anything and everything. His antics kept me going and the talks he had with himself about killed me because he would go round and round in circles over a possible scenario and drive himself crazy.

His relationship with Caspian Hart is...complicated. I was entertained by how they "met" but their continued interactions were a little weird. I didn't see what Caspian saw in Arden, what drew them together. Caspian is a reserved man who is "HOT", but distant. Arden is immature and suffers from crying jags at the littlest things. I can definitely see where Alexis was going with these characters, but I wish Arden was a little more self assured and little less drama queen. There were so may times I wish Arden had been more assertive in what he wanted from Caspian, most specifically in bed. Arden is completely open to some kinky sex, but is afraid to come right out and say or demand this or Caspian. True, Caspian isn't even open to discussing being kinky and I can see how this would make Arden a little hesitant to broach this subject, yet at the same time, Arden isn't 100% happy with the situation as it is so... I felt he should have at least tried harder to make Caspian understand. There were a few other situations I felt Arden was too submissive about his own wants and desires, but they were minor things.

I can't wait to read the next book in this series because as a whole, I was totally and completely infatuated with this story. This ended on a higher relationship note between the two MCs and they actually talked about their feelings and wants and needs. It felt like a true beginning now between them, whereas the rest of the story felt like a hesitant prologue. I felt like they were more connected and in tune with each other and I was left with so much hope for them to finally find what they want and need.

Story 4 stars
Narration 5 stars

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  • Charo
  • 24-03-18

Amazing

Superb narration by Joel Leslie. An Engrossing delicious story and loveable beautifully flawed main characters. I thoroughly enjoyed and I can't wait for the next installment
Charo

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  • honu
  • 01-03-18

Brilliant

a LOL experience. The characters were exceptional and brought to life by a great storyteller!

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  • Mich
  • 23-02-18

Hall & Leslie are a Match Made in Heaven

Any additional comments?

Quick Summary: Boy (Arden) meets billionaire (Caspian) and a strange yet intriguing arrangement between the two of them ensues. (Insert funny friends, crazy siblings and a blatantly condescending beautiful Personal Assistant)

Yes, I got the FSoG references right away, and was honestly almost turned off by so many reviewers mentioning it. To be CLEAR for other people possibly looking to buy this book (or Audio): please know this book stands entirely on its own. I don’t find it a shadow of Fifty Shades or find it even remotely similar.

In fact, Arden’s constant reminders of how his life was beginning to slightly resemble Julia Roberts from the movie “Pretty Woman” are more in tune with the true nature of the book.

[Arden] …“He would be right at the top because the top was the best. I’d seen Pretty Woman. I knew how this stuff worked.”…

Plainly put, the narration was spot on.
I have enjoyed Joel Leslie’s narrations in the past, yet he took the characters in this book to a new level.
All the tiny nuances that make Arden this real 3 dimensional person were brought to life by Mr. Leslie. Honestly, I was blown away by all the work that was put into bringing this saucy and outrageous character into form. From Arden’s adorable genuine personality down to his rainbow toenails- I could totally envision him in all his clumsy and sticky sweet glory.

Of course Caspian, the confusing broody and mostly closed off handsome as fuck billionaire was voiced to perfection. I bristled at his attitude towards dear Arden on more than one occasion but could truly feel his pain that he was masking. I could see Arden chipping away at him little by little.

Dare I say, the best parts of this book are between Arden and the secondary characters? Yes, I love his on again, off again saga with Caspian- but Arden and Nick’s relationship is just classic. Can we say that they are the most adorable besties ever? Silliness of only the best friend kind ensue when Nick comes to visit Arden at 1 Hyde Park. The conversation between them regarding the insanely expensive bottle(s) of champagne they were pounding had me hysterically laughing.

“This,” said Nik, “is like…if there was a unicorn made out of vanilla and sparkles, and it was running through a field of primroses on a spring morning to meet its best unicorn friend for honey cakes…like…if that was champagne.”

[Arden] I nodded. “Or like… if you had a pear, right, that had lived a life of absolute virtue and had reached a higher state of pear…and if that pear was nestled into the bosom of a nymph, with flowers in her hair, and bathing in a crystalline spring in the Elysium fields.”

So many laughs. God, does Alexis Hall know how to write.
The conversations between Arden and every other character were truly intellectual, entertaining and thought provoking. I had to re-read or re-listen so many times. Not because I missed something, or misunderstood. I needed to re-listen because the way Alexis puts words together and makes them fit just right into the context is pretty impressive.
At times I did feel like I required a strong knowledge of history and literature. (thank you English minor) Though I did have to look up quite a few references myself.

One of my favorite parts of the book is when Ellery, Caspian’s wayward sister, takes Arden on what turns out to be a whirlwind adventure. The time he spends with her from eating oysters to his cab ride back to 1 Hyde Park, (where Arden is coming down from a possible hit of E) is almost written- and certainly feels like, one big dream sequence
Ellery is damaged, perhaps even more so than her brother. And Arden, goes along with her , almost no questions asked. Sitting atop a building on a construction site, Ellery tells Arden of her failed suicide attempts and in pure Arden fashion he recites ‘Resumé’ a short dark poem by Dorothy Parker while they sit overlooking the whole city. This scene and the following one where they attend a rave together are just so well written and moving.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some yummy and smexy scenes between Arden and Caspian, but they were not the soul of the story. The team of Alexis and Joel on this book was a match made in heaven.

Arden’s story is one that needs to be read or listened too. If you put one book on your TBR shelf in 2018 let it be this one. I haven’t laughed so hard alone in my car at the antics of a character since I listened to “The Lightning-Struck Heart” by TJ Klune.
AND BONUS- There is a book 2, and looks to be a book 3 this year!!

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 19-01-18

okay wow OMG just wow!!!!

seriously ,when I heard about this book... I wasn't that flared, but I was so damn wrong!!!
I won't even suggest, to compare this book to Fifty Shades.. it's much more better, much more everything!!! I don't even know how to explain this!! it's like you know the story, because you read the books (the original books I mean) but you don't know ....because the characters are the same but not!!! I can't even describe how I enjoyed this book !!! and how in shock I was !! and that I even did!! I know what will happened! I know what will be the next move ...or maybe I don't anymore ...because I was expecting a kind of copy of the original book... but it wasn't a copy!!!!!
so much feelings!!! so much hurt!!! everything I expected from the original books and I didn't get I got here!! and much more !!!!
the understanding of Arden!! he knows that Caspian is struggling.. he wants to understand . it's much more than the s*x for him, he wants to understand but he doesn't know he wants it himself ....I don't even know who I'm right now!!!!!
I'm serious!!! and let's talk about Joel!!! oh! my! God!!! this man!!!!
I don't even know how to describe he's perfect and absolutely incredible narration!!! he's absolutely one of the best narrators I have ever heard!! (nevermind the genre) his special voice, his special introduction, the moaning ,the suffering, the joking, everything! is alive in your head!!! and you can see Caspian ,you can see Arden, and it's incredible ..absolutely fascinating!!!
I really think everybody should listen to this book...
and I'm sorry for Fifty Shades of Grey but this book was better!( as a book not as a copy it's not a copy not at all) I can't wait enough to the second book I have it in Kindle but I won't read it I will never manage to make those voices in my own imogenation it will never be like this...

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