HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
I don’t know what it is about men that work with their hands, but damn a carpenter’s work is something else in the scale of sexy.
The second title in the Billionaire Builders series by Jennifer Probst is a damn fine example of that.
What do you get when you mix revenge with attraction?
Cal’s story in the first book had this “oh shit” vibe to it when he and Morgan were in each other’s face with their foreplay confrontations. But at that point we had very little information about the car accident that took the three brothers’ mother’s life.
Dalton suffered as a kid from the youngest child syndrome. He was teased and was at the receiving end of his older brother’s pranks. But he also enjoyed his mother’s attention. They had a special bond. Which is why her death was so devastating to him and why he never recovered emotionally.
When he sets his eyes on Raven, My Place’s owner (that bar where the brothers got drunk in on their mother’s anniversary), he’ll do anything in his power to get her.
The book actually starts with Raven’s side of things from 5 years ago, when her father died. And that’s when we realize her father was the man in the car with Diane Pierce. The hatred and need for revenge on the Pierce family and Dalton’s appeal clash for Raven. Her struggle is real, but she heals in such a beautiful way.
Dalton on his part is so damaged by his mother’s death, by her betrayal, that he convinces himself that long term isn’t for him. This is the truly heartbreaking part of this love story.
The story arc here is incredible. There’s a meticulous emotional growth for both characters. Probst was able to nail the development of Dalton and Raven’s character. Both have such emotional baggage that they battle each other and themselves in an effort to get what they yearn for.
Jennifer Probst did an excellent job proving there are things worth the struggle and effort that forgiveness requires. The pain in forgiving is worth it when such strong love is within reach.
I loved this one.
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future…
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.
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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at http://www.jenniferprobst.com.
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