Saturday, December 31, 2016

Book Review: The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal by Victoria James @EntangledPub @VicJames101 #ContemporaryRomance

The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal by Victoria James

Book Information:

Kindle File Size: 986 KB
Print Length: 190 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence
Publication Date: November 16, 2015
Sold by: Macmillan

Goodreads Description of the Book:

She's everything he wants for Christmas…

Social worker Allison Barrington's home went up in smoke, literally, a month before Christmas. Now the guardian of her teenage sister and a crazy pup, she shows up on the doorstep of the only man in the city she can trust. Resisting Ethan Dane had never been easy, but luckily, Allie isn't into cutthroat playboy businessmen. And Ethan is as driven as they come.

Ethan Dane has wanted Allie since the moment he laid eyes on her at their best friends' wedding. Having her in his home is the perfect chance to prove to her that their chemistry can't be denied, but when he finds out that the biggest business coup of his career means destroying the youth center where Allie works, Ethan is forced to decide what kind of man he wants to be…



My Review:

Allison Barrington met Ethan Dane when her best friend married his best friend.  Their relationship has been strictly platonic because that's what she wants...doesn't she?  When the apartment building that she resides in with her sister Dani and dog Hook burns down, Ethan is the first, and only, person Allie wants to go to for help.  It's not because he's rich and can afford it, it's because she trusts him and knows he'll help her get back on her feet.  She has all intentions of paying him back for all of his help.  

Ethan Dane can't get Allie out of his head since meeting her at his best friend's wedding.  When she shows up at his place of employment there is absolutely no way he's turning her, Dani, and Hook away.  What better way to shift the nature of the relationship than underneath his roof.  The only problem?  He's been issued a challenge against his brother by his father for ownership of his father's company.  It involves acquiring the building that houses the youth center.  

Allie only wants temporary until she gets back on her feet but Ethan wants her to stay.  Will Ethan be able to convince Allie that platonic is not the type of relationship he wants with her.  Or will the buyout and destruction of the youth center that Allie is devoted to become a huge deal-breaker?

The sparks definitely fly when Allie and Ethan are in the same room.  Their chemistry is undeniable even though Allie keeps trying.  Living under his roof, even though it's temporary, is pulling her closer to him, however.   He's is a very generous man, despite the vibe of treachery that his family members emit.  I enjoyed Allie and Ethan as they navigate through the shake-up the apartment fire caused in their lives.  I also enjoy Dani's character.  She has no problem accepting the hospitality of Ethan in a typical teenager type of way.  Dani's character was written in a way, though, that is quirky and fun, despite the home that she and Allie came from.

Allie and Dani don't have bright, sunshiny childhoods.  They weren't born into money and Allie has worked very hard to get to where she is today.  The author wrote both Allie and Dani with strength but also vulnerability, and both characters are lifelike on the pages.  Ethan is also struck with a moral dilemma - pull off a deal that will destroy the youth center and possibly lose Allie in the process or figure out a way to win the deal and the girl.  

The Billionaire's Christmas Proposal is another fantastic book by Victoria James.  She is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her writing is realistic and her subject matter for each book is believable. Her heroines and her heroes are not perfect but they are perfect for one another.  She writes impassioned and realistic contemporary romances. To date, I've read most of her books (I have the ones I haven't yet and they will get read) and each one manages to evoke emotional responses from me. At the very least, I tear up during some part of the novel. Her characters are believable and realistically written. She touches on topics that are sensitive but she writes them with class and respect. 

Victoria's writing is phenomenal. Her characters, the plot, themes, drama, and passion pull the reader in and keeps them engaged. There is true emotion that can be felt by those readers that become one with the books they read. I am able to get lost in the novels and put myself right into the middle of them. I feel for the characters and drawing on my emotions is what makes a book worth 5 stars for me. If I hurt with them, cry with/for them, laugh, or get angry, then the author did a fantastic job and has written the perfect book (or in the case of Victoria...books) for me.

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