Title: The Billionaire & The Barfly
Author: Adrianne James
Published Date: March 29, 2014
Genre: New Age Contemporary Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Henry Maximus is a super-hero-loving geek and proud of it. He’s also a genius when it comes to business. It’s how he earned the title of CEO of Maximus Gaming … not to mention the billions of dollars in his bank account. Henry’s tried living the life of a bachelor, but a different girl every night has left him wanting more. Needing more.
Aubrey Vincent is in love with her job. She’ll love it even more if she lands the promotion that gets her out of her parent’s attic. She loves it so much that she has no time for relationships, not that she was ever very good at them to begin with. Aubrey is perfectly happy with the random, nameless men she picks up at the bar.
After a brief encounter with Aubrey on a business trip, Henry packs his bags and moves back to the small town where he grew up. Aubrey’s town. Aubrey attempts to find her way into Henry’s bed, while he tries everything to get into her heart. Will Henry’s plan to break down the walls Aubrey has built around her heart work or will his unbelievable million dollar offer scare her away?
I found myself enjoying this book more then I thought I would, the beginning was a little slow for me and I wasn’t finding any connections with the main character; however after reading for a little bit I quickly changed my mind. I loved that Aubrey didn’t have everything together, she didn’t have a messed up past, she just had regular everyday issues, like so many others have. I liked how real her character felt once we were able to get to know her some. I wasn’t sure that the title of the book did her any justice either as she is not a typical “barfly” but is selective and doesn’t go to the bar every night.
I think that the author needed to make her more likable and relatable earlier in the book and it would have been perfect. The romance between Henry and Aubrey flows nicely and there is some serious steamy heat to enjoy between these two, once they finally get their acts together. I wasn’t too sure about his obsession with comic book heroes, especially when he was rocking the ninja turtle belt buckle, but it all seemed to work within the story. Henry’s sweet and geek-chic and his persistence with the stubborn Aubrey makes him likable without any of the typical Alpha’s control issues. He understood how Aubrey felt and what he needed to do to make her want to be in a relationship with him.
The minor characters also played a role in everything that happened, but I would have liked to have seen a resolution to them as well. Do Ben and Mackenna make it? Who takes care of the baby? what is next for them? Perhaps another book about them as the primary characters?
Overall this book was a very good read. A few tweaks and it could’ve been a great one. The book is a quick read so if you are looking for an in depth, know everything about each character story, this isn’t quite that. It is more of a read for those looking for a quick, don’t have to think too much and rationalize the book read. I would have liked to see more of a character development and a resolution for all of the characters, but I did enjoy the book as it was. Add this one to your TBR list and spend the day (or a few) with some new friends and a story that you will enjoy.
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