Monday, June 2, 2014

Double Review: The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement and The Bad Boy Billionaire's Girl Gone Wild by Maya Rodale

I loved this series by Maya Rodale.  I was really impatient waiting for each installment and I was hoping for a fourth installment when Maya informed me at RT that as of right now, there would only be three.  Since I couldn't get a firm answer from her regarding the future of Jane and Duke, she did give me a maybe regarding future books featuring the two, making me happy.  To see the review for the third installment, check out this post:

The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement

Rating: ★★★★ stars
Date Published:December 31st, 2013
Publisher:Avon Impulse
Synopsis: Jane Sparks has accidentally announced her engagement on Facebook—to the infamous Bad Boy Billionaire, Duke Austen. As soon as it’s discovered that Jane and Duke barely know each other (One hot kiss at a party does not a relationship make), she’ll be humiliated. And then Duke does something Jane never expected. He plays along with her charade.

With his hard partying, playboy reputation jeopardizing a fifty million dollar investment deal, Duke realizes an engagement with the hot but oh-so-proper librarian could be just the thing to repair his reputation. This good girl tempts him to be very wicked…but just with her. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Totally alluring.

As the unlikely match of librarian and tech entrepreneur set out to convince the world—and the internet—that their love is real, something unexpected happens: they start falling for each other. But Jane is secretly writing a historical romance novel that could expose their carefully constructed romance…unless two perfect strangers are content to be perfectly scandalous together
What I Thought:

There isn't a trope I don't love.  I mean who doesn't love a story involving a "bad boy" and a "good girl" or the "engagement/marriage of convenience"? I know I do.  Except for maybe the one that involves cheating, but I digress.  My initial thoughts on reading the blurb for this installment were, "I've got to read this!" I immediately put the book on my wishlists and and happened to win a paperback copy in a contest.  I devoured it the moment it arrived. I also re-read it a second time when I was approved a copy for review for the blog tour for the third installment, "The Bad Boy Billionaire: What a Girl Wants."

I really loved the book.  I liked Jane and could really relate to her trying to deal with her long term life plan being derailed with no hope of revival.  She made me smile and laugh.  Every one needs a friend like Roxanna; some one who will help pick you up when you're down and get you into the stickiest of situations making you want to hurt them.  Duke was really mysterious.  I couldn't tell if he was really into Jane or not, even after their hot impromptu make out session.  I did like him for trying to be serious about what he was trying to accomplish.  

The installment flew by really quickly and I was left wanting more.  I do love how Maya has sort of combined two series into one.  If you aren't aware, Jane is a budding novelist who writes historical romance.  Those books have been published and even though I haven't read them yet, have gotten really good reviews.

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The Bad Boy Billionaire's Girl Gone Wild

Rating: ★★★★
Date published: February 4th, 2014 
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Synopsis: The second installment of a sexy, whirlwind romance about a modern-day heroine writing historical novels based on her romantic misadventures with the Bad Boy Billionaire.

Being good hasn't exactly worked out well for Jane Sparks. Her ex-boyfriend dumped her for being too predictable, and her fake fiancé, Duke Austen, is counting on her good-girl image to repair his bad-boy reputation. But everything changes with the publication of the historical romance novel she wrote based on her fauxmance with the Bad Boy Billionaire. Suddenly she's notorious, scandalous, and causing lots of trouble.

Duke Austen always admired Jane's poise and perfectly demure behavior … qualities that seemed to have vanished once she helped him land a big investment deal. But now that his company is on the verge of a 20-billion-dollar IPO, the stakes have never been higher—and Jane has never been more shocking, provocative, or wickedly irresistible. She's not at all the woman he bargained for, yet she's the only one he wants.

Duke is determined to woo his girl gone wild. She's determined to keep him guessing. But Jane is discovering that there's nothing so appealing as a billionaire who's mad, bad, and dangerously seductive …

The contemporary love story connected to Wallflower Gone Wild.

What I Thought:

Jane is happy with Duke and their real/fake relationship.  She's managed to fulfill one of her dreams and publish one of her books.  All is well until the knowledge she's written a "trashy novel" comes to light and sales take off.  Not to mention the flak Duke faces when it seems like their engagement was fake and his primary investors look like they're going to balk.  

This second installment was just as great as the first.  It had all the heat and steam of the first with added complications.  Jane's ex made a re-appearance and Duke wasn't being clear about whether or not they were together.  Not to mention all the turmoil with his own deal.  I loved the conflict in this part of the series.  I mean everything was settled and up-in-the-air at the same time.  The story was so dynamic and gripping.  

It's funny, when I initially read this part, I remember thinking, "Well that was great but it doesn't feel like a lot happened." Now that I'm writing this review, I'm remembering bits and pieces that really do stand out and totally make this installment amazing.  That's a good sign it's a great story.  

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About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and a co-founder of Lady Jane’s Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

*Review copies were provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any manner for them.*

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