Thursday, January 25, 2018

Book Review: 'Billionaire Neighbor' by Lulu Pratt

Lulu Pratt has successfully launched her career as an author of Chick Lit and BILLIONAIRE NEIGHTBOR is her latest contribution to that ever-popular genre. Her other novels are IN DEEP, MAKING HIS BABY, OVERLOOKED, NEVER, RELENTLESS PRSUIT and DEAR SANTA: A BAD BOY CHRISTMAS ROMANCE.

Lulu has a running start on her competition with the cover of this particular book – an Adonis gratefully not smeared with grotesque tattoos. She opens her story innocently enough in her description of Jade – ‘I crouch down and quickly swipe the feather duster over all the little odds and ends on the living room table. I know for a fact everything is already clean, but I have a routine, and prefer to keep the place in pristine condition. A smile creeps across my face as I glance around the room. At times, I’m still surprised I live in such an expensive home in the most prestigious part of West Hollywood. Never in all my dreams did I think I would even walk through such a place, let alone actually live here. Luckily Rachel, my old roommate from college, introduced me to Magdalene Martez and suggested I apply for the nanny position she had available. Being a nanny wasn’t my first career choice, but I was out of options at the time. Fresh out of college with my English degree in tow, the job market was scarce. If only I could have known that before racking up all those student loans. But once I met Jacob, Magdalene’s son, I fell completely in love with the little boy. After three months of caring for him full-time, there’s no place I’d rather be. In fact, I’m with him more than his actual parents are. It’s to the point where people often ask if he’s my son. I’m lucky we have such a close bond. As if living in such a swanky place and caring for an adorable little boy isn’t enough, I’m able to fully dedicate myself to my real passion… cooking. The love I have for food runs deep and I have dreams of owning my own restaurant one day.’

Now add an intro to the man of the tale – Asher – I walk around the apartment, pausing to look up at the vaulted ceilings and exposed rustic beams. Under normal circumstances it doesn’t get better than a penthouse apartment, but nothing about this situation is normal, and this place is a dump. To be fair, I’m sure this is considered upscale to someone with average taste and a few millions in the bank, but it’s nothing compared to my mansion. This place pales in comparison to my house with its eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, tennis court and pool. I love open space with lots of fresh air and manicured lawns. This condo is none of those things, but I know for a fact it will be well worth the investment in the long run, even though I’m positive my master bedroom is larger than this entire apartment. Thankfully I’m only here for a month. I don’t think I can slum it any longer than that. My partners all think I’m crazy, but there’s a method to my madness. I like to dig in and get a first-hand feel for every business and piece of real estate I purchase. I didn’t land on the Forbes list by making stupid investments, and I won’t start now. Despite my short stay in a place below my typical standards, I wanted to make the place as homey as possible by bringing a few of my favorite items over. I only wish that included my fully equipped gym. There’s no way I’m using a shared facility like the one offered here. Besides, there is barely enough equipment and space for two people to work out in that tiny room they have the nerve to label a ‘Fitness Center.’ Now, put the ingredients together and watch what happens –‘ I spy with my lustful eye...My feisty neighbor confronts me on the street, accusing me of spying on her with my telescope. If only I'd known I could've been watching her in her bedroom, I hate a missed opportunity. But I'm not about to let this beauty past me now. Her curves are calling out to be touched by me. Turns out she's working for my ex and will try to stand between me and what's rightfully mine. She can try all she wants, I always take what I want. And right now I want her.’

And so it sizzles – a tale bound to satisfy erotica lovers. Grady Harp, January 18
This book is free to borrow form Kindle Unlimited

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