Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review: 'Billionaire's Game' by Summer Cooper

British author Summer Cooper writes her romance stories from her home in England. According to her resume, ‘she found her own happily ever after with a martial arts fighter who also happens to be an adorable IT geek! Now, she loves to write about hot alpha males that come with a pretty face and covered in tough-as-nails muscle... who are secretly looking for their true soul mate.’ Summer has penned and published at least 55 books to date and if they are all as strong as this one, she has a solid future in the US as well as in the UK!

Summer’s forte (well, one of them!) is her ability to launch a story with language that places the reader immediately in the core of the knot that the novel will unravel. She opens with the following – ‘“Lesli, do you want to take Mr. Boo?” “What?” I said, turning away from the suitcase I was attempting to pack. It was more like I was stuffing it with random articles of clothing because I wasn’t sure what I’d need. It was probably full to the brim with useless stuff, but I had no idea what people wore in South Florida. I would probably need my mom to sit on my suitcase just to get it closed, I thought as I turned toward her. Mom held up the toy in question—a stuffed bear with a grumpy little face—then looked down at it wistfully. I could tell from her expression that she was remembering when she’d first given him to me on my fifth birthday. Mr. Boo and I had been inseparable until I was about ten years old. And when I had gone off to college at fifteen, my mom had insisted that I take him with me. Of course, I’d hid him for years in the closets of my various dorm rooms. I’d already been considered a freak because I was at least three years younger than most other college freshmen. I hadn’t needed Mr. Boo to make me look even more of a child. For someone who wasn’t very sentimental, Mom was more attached to Mr. Boo than I was. “No, I think I’ll leave him. You can take him back home with you,” I said, turning back to stare at the pile of underwear I had failed to pack. They were all cotton, some threadbare and fading. My mom grimaced at the pile. “Those undies have seen better days. You should just toss them.” I shook my head, surprised by her suggestion. “That would be a waste of money.” I was probably the cheapest person I knew, aside from my mom, of course.’

So where does Summer take us? ‘Lesli is used to one thing: Being the youngest and smartest person in the room. But now college is over and she’s not sure who she is or what she wants from life. On a whim, she decides to move to Florida to work for her cousin’s nonprofit organization, Ophelia’s Angels. While there she meets Magnus Deacon, a hot, billionaire inventor with a fondness for sci-fi and helping those in need. Lesli is instantly attracted to him, but Magnus is so far out of her league…or so she thinks. When Ophelia’s Angels is invited to participate in a game show that could possibly award the organization a prize of a million dollars, Lesli and Magnus find themselves in the role of the contestants representing the organization. Lust, hilarity, and shenanigans ensue, but in the end, will Lesli and Magnus win not only the competition but also at love?

Far more than the usual professor/student romance - the story is told so well that it propels you along until the end – with many pauses for steamy erotica! The lady is a fine writer – with a refreshingly different twist. And there are some fine bonus stories included! Grady Harp, January 18
This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited

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