In the tradition of E.L. James and Sylvia Day comes a sultry new series
starring women who want to live out their wildest dreams . . .
WINNING THE BILLIONAIRE
Seattle Bachelors #2
Releasing June 14th, 2016
In the tradition of E.L. James and Sylvia Day comes a sultry new series starring women who want to live out their wildest dreams . . .
When it comes to love, this billionaire is all business . . .
Software mogul Christina McKenzie has loved billionaire Sebastian Blake since they were kids. So when Seattle's most famous bachelor-and perennial playboy-finally asks Christina out, her fantasies kick into overdrive. Things become hot and heavy . . . but what's she supposed to do when she starts to fall for him?
Sebastian's never been one to settle down, and Christina knows she's just another notch in his bedpost. Sebastian knows that smart, kind Christina deserves better than him. But after the mind-blowing night they just shared, he's ready to turn a sexy fling into the real deal. Keeping his freedom is one thing, yet keeping Christina in his bed-and in his life-is all Sebastian can think about . . .
After reading and falling for Caden and Hannah in the first book of this series, I was excited to finally get to Caden's sister Christina and her long-time crush and Caden's best friend Sebastian and their road to a possible HEA. And for the most part this book is a good read, but I didn't love it quite as much as I did the first book.
Sebastian has spent the majority of his life trying to gain his father's approval, but unfortunately that never happened. To add more salt to the wound, his father's will has an outrageous stipulation that if Sebastian doesn't accomplish, the company that Sebastian himself built up to the Fortune 500 company it is, will be signed over to Sebastian's stepmother (who is wife #5). We know that Sebastian's parents frequently argued when he was a child and that one argument was the catalyst that caused his mother to leave, but we don't learn any more than that. We don't know exactly what was said that made her leave, or whatever happened to her.
Christina has been in love with Sebastian since they were in high school, but has settled for being in the friend zone, or even worse, wearing the label "his best friend's sister". Things change one night between them, but Christina is determined to not expect anything more from Sebastian. He, however, finally acknowledges his true feelings for Christina, but realizes that he's going to have to work to get her to see that he wants more with her than just a good time between the sheets.
They get their HEA, but I just didn't feel the emotional impact with either Christina or Sebastian like I did with Hannah and Caden. I realize I keep trying to compare this book with the first book and that's not fair since each story will be different, but this is a series I would recommend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, I have a feeling that one might be a bit more comedic, since Maddie (Hannah's best friend) seems to be the carefree type.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
“Damn it, Christina.” He pivoted and stalked across the space between them, backed her against the counter behind her, and set his hands on either side of her. His eyes narrowed, his gaze hot and confrontational. “Go. Home.”
More than a little surprised by his sudden nearness, she swallowed hard, her heart hammering a mile a minute. He was so close, his every breath whispered over her lips, warm, with a slight hint of mint that made her yearn to discover the flavor on his tongue. She ignored the intense desire to close the remaining inches between them and held her ground. This wasn’t about her desire. He needed her, whether he wanted to admit it or not.
She angled her chin higher. “Or what? I’m not afraid of you. You can’t boss me around.”
If he wanted a fight, though, she’d give him one, because she knew him enough to know he would attempt to intimidate her. No doubt in order to get her to leave him alone to his misery. If a subject had anything to do with emotion, he avoided it as if it were a highly contagious disease. She’d never let the tactic work before, and she wouldn’t now.
This time, though, he didn’t do what she expected him to. Rather, his right hand slid into her hair, and before she could blink, he pulled her mouth to his. He didn’t give her a chance to back away, to approve or deny his assault. His kiss wasn’t fleeting, either, or soft and seductive, the way she’d always envisioned. His lips plied hers, tugging and demanding. His tongue stroked the seam of her mouth, a hot slide that had her gasping and opening for him. He took full advantage and swept in, his tongue restless in her mouth.
She whimpered. What she needed to do was push him away. He wasn’t thinking clearly. He was lost in grief. Her body, however, didn’t seem to be listening. His mouth was warm and luscious, and her arms wound themselves around his neck. How many times over the years had she imagined this moment? How many times had she stroked herself to orgasm fantasizing about his hands and his mouth on her body? Yet the reality far exceeded the fantasy, and God help her, she didn’t have the strength to deny him.
Unfortunately, the fantasy didn’t last long. As abruptly as he’d grabbed her, he released her. His breaths came harsh and shallow, his chest heaving in time with the fierce pounding of her heart.
“That’s what. It’s been a shitty day, Tina, and I’m feeling very ornery and very needy.” As if to prove his point, he set his hands on the counter on either side of her and leaned into her, rocking his hips against hers.
The full press of his lean body against her had any thought of protest flitting away like wisps on a breeze. Sebastian was aroused, and his erection pressed into the softness of her stomach. He didn’t feel like a small boy, either. She itched to reach down and stroke the length of his cock. She longed to put an end to the wondering and finally discover exactly how big he really was, yearned to know the soft, intimate heat of his skin.
The intensity of his stare held her trapped. Sapphires. He had eyes the colors of deep, brilliant sapphires. They were usually intense and focused. Right then, they were in full seduction mode. Never in a million years would she have thought to find herself on the receiving end of that captivating stare. She’d never been the kind of girl who went all tongue-tied over a man, who giggled and sighed. She was a woman in a male-dominated industry; she could hold her own with most men. But right then? God help her, she wanted to do exactly that: giggle like a giddy schoolgirl and beg him to fuck her senseless.
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J.M. Stewart is a coffee and chocolate addict who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons and two very spoiled dogs. She's a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily ever after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.