Book Review: The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

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Title: The Taming of the Billionaire (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #2)
Author: Jessica Clare
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 297 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of The Billionaire and the Virgin returns with a tale of Shakespearean-style seduction…

Edie’s an overbearing cat behaviorist who’s not big on people. Magnus is a newly-rich game developer who likes to be in control. When the two of them meet at Gretchen and Hunter’s masquerade engagement party, the loathing is mutual. Unfortunately for them—and everyone else—they’re in the wedding party together and must deal with each other for the next few months.

But when Magnus’s younger brother falls for Edie’s sister, he begs for his brother’s help in concocting a plan to win her over. If Magnus can keep the prickly Edie occupied, his brother will have time to woo Edie’s sister. Of course, Magnus isn’t interested in the slightest, but Edie is…intriguing. And stubborn. And smart. And sexy. And they might have more in common than they thought.

Before long, it becomes a challenge between the two of them to see who will be tamed first. But how’s Edie going to react when she finds out that Magnus is using her? And how’s Magnus going to handle the fact that he’s fallen for a cat lady?

Ivy

Edie and Magnus have been enlisted to be part of the wedding party for their friends’ bridezilla wedding and sparks fly when they meet. Mostly of the angry hate kind. She’s a cat lady, he’s a gamer and …well, it’s a twist on Taming of the Shrew, and of course sweet, sweet romance happens.

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I’m a sucker for Shakespeare inspired tales: So Taming of the Shrew is a weakness of mine, so when I saw the blurb for this book, I was into the idea from the very beginning. There’s good banter throughout between all the characters, and I loved Edie’s friendship with Gretchen.

Gretchen :I know that I”m a GODDAMN GENIUS for sitting you two together. Name your first kid Gretchen for me, mmmkay? All right, Edie texted, But if it”s a boy, he”s gonna get picked on. Gretchen: Nah. I will buy my godchild the best kung-fu lessons possible.

They’re both abrasive in their own ways, but they absolutely click together and made it easy for me to connect with Edie.

Edie’s has claws, but I loved her: Edie’s had a hard go of it and after a horrible accident years ago, she has a limp to show for it. What I loved though is that the accident didn’t make her a raging bitch. She’s always been a raging bitch.

Gretchen: “Uh, you do not know Edie very well, do you? Her flawlessness was born to her. She can cut a basic bitch down to size from across a room.”

She does not suffer fools gladly and she says what she feels. But she’s not a one note character – too many times, the focus on a heroine’s hard edges for too long can make you not care once her soft underbelly shows through. In this case, Edie’s shines from the beginning, through her love of cats. I loved that she cares for those that are thrown away, and well, let’s just say I understood her love of cats, having at one point in my life owned four of them.  The accident did take her self-confidence and her ex took her trust, but she’s got a good core that makes her relatable, at least to me.

Magnus is a great match for her: He starts a bit dick-ish, and his intro to Edie was anything but love at first sight. As he explains to her later though,

“Let me share something with you, my little cat lady. Guys that get together? Talk shit about three things: sports, games, and chicks. None of it should be taken as gospel.” He thought for a moment, then added, “Except the sports.” After another moment, he added, “And maybe the gaming. But not the shit about the chicks. That”s just guys talking crap to other guys.”

I think it’s his story arc that’s my fave. He really gets Edie. He’s intrigued with her from the start, even if she’s prickly.  Their chemistry was good and the sex was fun with just enough raunch.

He leaned in, teeth bared. “Are you trying to piss me off so I”ll lose my temper and fuck you hard and dirty?” “Well, no,” Edie said in a shaky voice, pinned by those gorgeous eyes. “But now that you mention it, that sounds pretty damn good.”

As Magnus got to know her, I could see why he loves her, why he refuses to go along with their selfish siblings’ stupid plan and why he fights for her love. Which leads me to their mutual blind spot….

Their siblings? I have no love for them: They suck. No doubt. They are all about themselves  and when the big reveal happens I was happy that they both got what was coming to them.

Great, great grovel at the end: First of all, I have to commend the fact that Magnus mans up and does what needs doing when it counts. And when he has to prove his love for Edie? I’ll admit, I was completely touched by the gesture. It got to the heart of the story and really tied it all together. It gave me the happy fuzzy feels that I want in my romance and made me believe in their HEA.

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This is my favorite billionaire romance by Ms. Clare so far – I really connected with Edie, and Magnus really came through in the end. I’d definitely recommend for those who love a little prickly banter (and lots of cats) in their romances.

– Ivy

*An ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley for review.

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