The Bastard Billionaire

About the Book

Lemmon’s easy-going, contemporary storytelling is infused with humor, and her plot is filled with warm, relatable, well-defined characters. Lemmon’s delightful brand of sexy, urban romance will have fans devouring this book. ~RT Book Reviews

 

DEAR READER,

The elusive third billionaire brother appears! 

Eli, the middle brother, is one tough customer. He knows how to be a good soldier, but now that he’s home for good, he’s not confident he can be a good man. His go-to of running people off works on everyone except his family…and his 11th assistant. Surely she’ll be the last, right? Not as long as Isabella has a say in the matter. She’s unflappable, and as stubborn as Eli. At one point, Reese tells her she and his younger brother are “an exact match.” But this tale is not without its challenges. When two hard-headed, sexually attracted people are forced to spend time together… well… I’m sure you have a pretty good idea how things turn out. Eli isn’t sure he knows what love is, and to Isabella, Eli is the ultimate no-go: an emotionally unavailable Marine. 

Happy reading!
xoxo
Jessica

 

THE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION

A BILLIONAIRE BAD BOYS NOVEL

Beauty and the Beastly Billionaire . . .

 

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li Crane is one tough bastard. After an explosion left him injured and honorably discharged from the Marines, all he wants is to be left alone. Yet his brothers insist he take a greater role in the family business. They’ve hired him ten personal assistants—and Eli sent each one packing as fast as possible. But when beautiful number eleven walks through the door, Eli will do anything to make her stay.

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sabella Sawyer’s employment agency can’t afford to lose Eli Crane’s business. Her plan: to personally take on the role of his PA, and secure her reputation with the wealthy elite in Chicago. But this beauty and her hot billionaire bad boy soon find themselves mixing business with pleasure in the most delicious ways. And passionate, stubborn Isabella won’t rest until she tames this wicked beast…

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Release day is a great excuse to mention the cover model, Jonathan Canneaux again, don’t you think?

See more photos from the shoot HERE.

 

Q&A

This question originally appeared in the February issue of the Lemmon 15.

***Possible spoiler?***
Details on Eli’s injury are divulged in the Billionaire Next Door, so if you haven’t read it yet and don’t want to know, skip this section.

This week’s question comes from Laura F, who is 
a member of the Lemmondrops Superfans. She asks:  

Question:

What made you want to write about a military amputee in The Bastard Billionaire? 

Answer:
What a great question–thank you Laura! For those of you who have read The Billionaire Next Door, you know that Tag goes into the hospital room to see his brother not knowing his injuries. Once he gets there and sees the flattened bit of sheet he realizes his brother has lost his leg below the knee.

The idea to feature a realistic hero with this sort of injury came about when I spotted a photo by Michael Stokes of B.T. Urrela. I was floored by the composition and utter beauty of the photo. Michael often features men home from war missing limbs in his work, and I realized as I perused his Facebook page that this has become the norm rather than the exception. This is how our boys come home now, and they are expected to acclimate to life in a way they hadn’t planned on.

I shelved that idea in a corner of my mind and later stumbled onto a magazine article about amputees and the damage done from roadside bombs. I devoured the article, that fictional hero in the back of my mind stirring to life yet again. But I didn’t have a home for him planned. Was he going to be in my Second Chance (aka, Bad Boy) series? I had a sideline hero named Ant, and I actually made the decision to have him wear pants instead of shorts in case I was ever given the opportunity to write the amputee hero in my head.

Then the bad boy series ended, and my publisher asked for Billionaire Bad Boys. I had been brainstorming bad boy characters for an all new series, and I wanted to write them so badly, I simply swapped out their torn jeans for suits. Reese, Tag, and my ex-military amputee solider, Eli, were born.

As soon as my editor approved my proposals, I immediately became afraid I would fail Eli in a huge way. I made sure to do my research–calling a man who designed prosthetic limbs for a living and peppering him with questions. I read article after article written by soldiers who had returned home without a leg. I read message boards and Q&As written and answered by soldiers. Once I understood the timeline of healing from the injury, I shook off my fears and dove in. I wrote Eli the same way I did any of my other heroes. I dug around in his head until he told me what frightened him, what moved him, and what he needed to heal–not his leg, but his heart.

I’m fiercely proud and optimistic for Eli’s book. My goal in writing it was to not focus on his missing leg so much as Eli navigating through what he calls “the new normal.” (Shoutout to my BIL, David for the priceless phrase!) I balanced out Eli’s super-crabby attitude with a take-charge fiery heroine who never balked when he growled. Isabella is one of my favorite heroines.

 

EXCERPT

 

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on’t get comfortable,” came a low, male warning from behind the wall that must be hiding Eli’s office.

Heels clicking, then muting when she stepped onto the rug, Isa made her way into the bowels of Eli’s sanctuary, her heart hammering. She wasn’t typically the nervous type, but the dim light inside the warehouse and somber rain pecking the windows gave the space an eerie quality. As she paced closer to the room where the voice had come from, she heard the distinct crackle of a fire.

In the air there was a different kind of crackle entirely, a low buzz of premonition in her bones.

She’d owned her confidence on the phone with Reese, but now that the air in Eli’s home was pressing down on her, she was less sure of her promise to reform the middle Crane brother. Standing in Eli’s hallway felt more like hovering at the mouth of a cave where a hibernating grizzly bear hid. And she was unarmed.

But you are armed, she reminded herself. She hadn’t been lying when she’d told Reese she could handle this situation. As a woman who had walked away from her family’s money, expectations, and the man they’d chosen for her, Isabella Sawyer was nothing if not capable of overcoming challenge.

She was a woman who’d branched out on her own and had taken control of her life, without her family’s blessing. One surly ex-military solider with a chip on his shoulder wasn’t going to scare her away.

Squaring her shoulders, she stepped around the wall to find no door separating her from Eli’s office space. The dark-haired man in question jotted notes on a paper, his head down, a lamp on his desk lighting his way. In the dim glow, she made out the edge of a beard and a trail of tattoos decorating one arm. Squinting didn’t help her discern the inky images.

Without looking up, he spoke again. “You can leave.”

 

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THE TEASERS

 

 

THE BASTARD BILLIONAIRE is hot yet sweet, with sympathetic, unforgettable characters you root for. I was so invested in Eli and Isa’s story that I was disappointed when I reached the end! ~TOP PICK! The Romance Reviews

 

 

 

 

 

 

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