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Length and medium: 180 pages, Kindle ebook
Published by Valentine Publishing, LLC (May 5, 2015)
I’m an easy person to please. I laugh at nearly everything and I’m so easily amused with much effort. I have a coworker that just randomly says words because he knows, no matter it is, I will laugh my head off at the randomness of it all.
All things to keep in mind when I say that there are a rare few books that upset me. Normally a book is long enough to have some redeeming qualities or bring me back around to really liking it. But there are others where I just don’t quite get what audience it was made for.
Billionaire Bride is one of those books.
My main complaint about Jane Austen is that it doesn’t get to the point. After speaking with a friend, I may have written Austen off too quickly but as a teenager, having to read Mansfield Park for an English class, I was annoyed. Most of it was just drab conversation and then everything went completely crazy in the last ten pages. I felt like I wasted time reading the whole first half.
In comparison, there are some books that just jump right into things. These books intrigue me because when you get action from the very beginning, it’s all escalation from there. Maybe a few scenes of explanation or times when you think the storm has passed but it all picks up again. I love books like that. Billionaire Bride, though, didn’t have the right timing for me.
It opens with Kate Von Lichenstein realizing that she recently inherited billions of dollars and expects men to chase after her wealth once the press learns about it. So automatically, I’m interested. It’s clearly going to be a story of mutual satisfaction by marriage.
Kate bumps into Noah Sawyer at the wedding of one of her former crushes. What gets me is that there past is explained so briefly and not really brought up again. She and Noah met at another wedding of mutual acquaintances and hit it off. Nothing happened but they felt an immediate connection. It’s because of this connection and sadness at not marrying her childhood crush that she decides to propose to Noah. Well, offer a proposal. She offers to give him money for his company if he marries her and keeps the fortune hunters away.
To me, the illogical part came when discussing the terms of the relationship. He never explains to her that he would never want to divorce and she never says that her family doesn’t believe in divorce. They never even talk about how long this commitment should be but she goes into it thinking he will solve her problem. He’ll keep men away that are only after her money but what if she genuinely falls in love with someone? How is she supposed to find someone that will love her for her if she’s already married? The thought never crossed either of their minds.
And this is a woman he had only seen twice but felt a strange need to protect and suddenly he thinks to himself that he wants to marry her and protect her because her security detail is awful. He’s immediately in love and actually wants to marry her but she has no idea and he doesn’t take many steps to make her see it differently.
On top of feeling like things were just sort of shoved along to further the plot, it was a very short book. More attention fell on the sex scenes than the personalities of the characters.
I found Kate to be very two dimensional and not too likable. She has all this money but no hobbies. She goes to charity galas and other events because she has to. She doesn’t have any friends and takes very small passive aggressive steps away from her parents’ grasp.
Noah was not as irritating. He was very focused on his business and entered into the marriage in hopes of saving his business. He also liked Kate from the beginning so the infuriating part came from him not being open. Which is to be expected in this type of book. There’s always someone that feels the connection as something more but is too afraid to express it.
If I continue with this rant, I’m afraid I’ll give away the ending. All I’m trying to say is this book was short. It didn’t feel completely thought out. And I would have liked to see some personality from the two main characters.
This book is free on Amazon, not sure for how much longer though.