Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Betting the Billionaire by Avery Flynn (Entangled Indulgence Novella)

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If that man calls her one more time… 

So what if Gabe Campos is a model-dating billionaire who gets Keisha Jacobs hotter than a Ferrari’s engine on the straightaway? He keeps pushing her to sell her family’s furniture business, but she’ll never give in—not unless she wants to give her father a second heart attack.

All Gabe should be thinking about is how he’ll finally get revenge on the man who killed his father. But when he meets the man’s daughter, Keisha, instead of focusing on destroying Jacobs Fine Furnishings, he can’t get her warm-whisky voice out of his mind.

Forced by a snow storm to spend the night together, their passion ignites. The next day, however, it’s back to business. The only way Keisha can save her family is to win a bet with the billionaire. But neither realized their hearts are part of the bargain…(Synopsis Courtesy of:  Entangled Publishing).

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1021 KB
Print Length: 81 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (April 21, 2014)
Sold by: Macmillan

Sapphyria's Review:

I'll skip the normal play-by-play I give of the books I review since the novella's synopsis sums things right up.

Avery Flynn does a fantastic job drawing readers into her novella, Betting the Billionaire.  From the very first page readers will be enchanted by Keisha Jacobs.  She's an interior designer who helps run her family's furniture business, and she works on her own classic car.  She's a normal, everyday kind of girl that has dreams of leaving her town, and the furniture business, behind to build up her interior design business.  That day comes soon enough, but at the peak of her job hunt, the person that is supposed to take over controls of Jacobs Fine Furnishings puts a monkey wrench in her plans ~ as does the insufferable billionaire, Gabe Campos.

Gabe is a self made billionaire with an agenda.  Blinded by the need for revenge, Gabe harasses the Jacobs family incessantly, trying to convince them to sell the business to him by any means possible.  He pulls no punches as he pays off business after business to terminate contracts with the Jacobs' in hopes to run them into the ground.  On a dark and stormy night (I know, so cliche of me - which, for the record, the book is anything but) Gabe finds himself in need of help after his car gets stranded ~ and ends up in the apartment of his #1 enemy's daughter.  The sparks and chemistry are undeniable - The attraction strong and believable - The need builds up like a freshly shaken unopened can of pop (I'm from Michigan - we call it pop).

By the time Gabe clears his head and he realizes that there's a problem....there may not be enough time to correct anything and his world, Keisha's world, and the world around them may just be ripped apart.

Avery has some mad skills.  Writing a novel has to be some serious hard work (I wouldn't know first hand) but to take a subject and shrink it down into a nice, short, novella takes major talent.  Some novellas just don't pass muster and the content is rushed, lacking in development, or just plain nonsensical ~ Not this novella.  Betting the Billionaire gives enough background information about the characters involved to keep the reader in the know.  All of the characters are well developed and likable.  The novella is full of romance, sex, and misunderstandings.  Once you start reading Betting the Billionaire you won't put it down until you're done.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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