The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
Overview by Publisher:
It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.
Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .
The minute I started reading this book, I was immediately connecting the lead character, Tag with the internet sensation-turned actor, Brock O’Hurn. I greatly enjoy following Brock on Instagram. He comes across as a genuinely nice guy who is leveraging his fantastic looks into an acting career. He is currently starring in Tyler Perry’s Too Close To Home tv show, so every week I can watch him in action, whether he is riding a motorcycle or kissing a cute lady or helping an elderly man. This guy has it going on and reading this book was like fan fiction of Brock O’Hurn.
Tag is described as 6’6, with long, flowing hair and a close cropped beard. Hello Brock! While the latter is just starting to make his mark, the character Tag is a billionaire and part of the established hotel dynasty Crane. He is in charge of guest services for the hotels and travels the world constantly. This suits his lifestyle, including his love ’em and leave ’em approach to the ladies.
While it would appear that I find Tag to be the star of the book, it was actually Rachel who was the most interesting. Rachel has a lot of baggage. Tag meets her when she is starting to rebuild her life after a betrayal that shook her to her core. Her spirit has been crushed and she is struggling to see her worth.
While it would be easy to assume that Tag sweeps in and solves all of Rachel’s problems, the story is a lot more complicated than that. Rachel is incredibly guarded and almost defeated in life. She resists putting her life in the hands of another man and I really respected that – although at times I was yelling at her for being able to resist the luscious manliness of Tag/Brock.
Like other Jessica Lemmon books, this one features great sex scenes. I found it thrilling how the author detailed their encounters and really built up the sexual tension between the two. While not gratuitous, the scenes have some great chemistry and action to further the plot!
The first book in the series, The Billionaire Bachelor, was a great read and the characters are featured in this book, as well as the other Crane brother Eli. The author has set up the plot for the final book which looks really interesting. While this is the second book in the series, it can definitely be read as a stand alone, although you will likely want to read the first as well!