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    Love, love, love Derek!!!!

    This is the 3rd book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series and it is Derek West's story. Derek grew up living in the guesthouse of the Storms' family home where his father was their groundskeeper and his mother was their maid. Derek always had a crush on their daughter, Cassie but never acted on it thinking she was too above his class level. One evening while drinking a beer, just before Derek left for college, he got up the courage to go and talk to Cassie who was sitting outside by their pool in the dark. Offering her a sip of his beer, they began bonding and even shared a kissed and plans were made to meet the next night. The next day Derek overheard Cassie's rude, obnoxious friends making comments about his mom and when they noticed him they continued spewing rude comments about him. Even though Derek really liked Cassie, he wanted nothing to do with her and her friends ever again. Fast forward years later and Derek is a billionaire and part owner of a tech business. Imagine his surprise when Cassie Storms wants to meet with him. He knows she is working at her family's media company and figures she wants to interview him. Too bad he has no interest in helping her with that task! He just doesn't do interviews because he doesn't want his past revealed. Imagine his surprise when Cassie shows up and actually apologizes for her behavior all those years ago....oh, and she does want an interview! Now, Derek has decided he wants to seduce Cassie and get her in his bed, but he is still not going to do an interview, but she can try and change his mind by going out to dinner with him. Of course, sparks fly and he agrees to the interview when he hears the full story. I just loved the time they spent together really getting to know each other. They both realized there was a lot about the other that they really didn't know. Things moved pretty quickly between these two and I just LOVED the way Kaden and Lucas teased Derek! Of course, events from their past came back to haunt them and they had to find a way to deal with it. It was a great twist on the "real story" of the past. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Both of these characters were great and they both had issues from their past to deal with. I really enjoyed their happy ending too!
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    Awesome Romance

    As soon as a book by Carly Phillips hits my kindle, I know I'll stop reading any other books until I've devoured her new book. Going Down Hard was no different. I literally stopped reading everything else to read Cassie and Derek's story and I'm so glad I did. Derek and Cassie knew each other as teens, as Derek's parents worked for Cassie's parents. I'll be honest and say after an interaction between Cassie and her friends when she was in high school; I was a little worried about liking her. I didn't like how she acted when talking with her rich friends about Derek. However, my fears were quickly dispelled when Cassie was absolutely up front with Derek and apologized the very first time they saw each other again for how she acted. Her actions showed me Cassie was truly sorry for her actions all those years ago and gave me hope Derek and Cassie could have a real relationship. I did worry some about Derek letting go of some of the past regarding Cassie's parents and his parents. Honestly I completely understood his anger at Cassie's dad, but worried in the long run it would be too big of an obstacle for them to have in their relationship. I loved that there was amazing chemistry between Derek and Cassie from the moment they saw one another again. Seriously their lovemaking steamed up the screen on my kindle it was so hot. I found myself loving how protective Derek was of Cassie and actually felt like she was pretty protective of him as well as she continued to learn more and more about his past. I love that Derek stepped up to help Cassie out each time her dad and brother were totally tools. I seriously hated both Cassie's dad and her brother so much as I saw how they both treated Cassie much of the time. I will say I felt like her father finally stepped up for his daughter by the end of the book. Derek and Cassie both had to work to get past everything that had happened in the past. I loved that Cassie wasn't willing to accept the story she had always been told about Derek's parents leaving once she heard his side of the story. Honestly, I figured out what had really happened long before it was discovered, but have to say I loved how Cassie's parent responded to the truth. I think their response was part of why I knew that Derek and Cassie could make it despite their past. I found myself loving them more and more as a couple as they dealt with all that had happened in the past and move forward with their future. While I feel like Going Down Hard can completely be read as a stand alone book, as it focuses on Cassie and Derek's story, I did love we got to spend time with all the characters from the first two books. I believe you understand the dynamics of all the characters better by reading all the books in order. I love we will finally get Kendall and Julian's story with Going In Deep. I've loved the first 3 books in the series and have a feeling that Kendall and Julian's story will destroy me in the best way possible. Rating: 5 Stars (A)
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    LOVED IT!

    Ohhhhh Carly Phillips! This was my favorite yet in the Billionaire Bad Boys series!!!! What can I say about Derek West other than WOW!!!!!!!!! He rocked my socks. Totally and completely had me hooked on him. He was intense, sexy, alpha, sexy, awesome, did I say sexy? HOT! ;) And I adored Cassie. The fact that she didn't let her family shape her future self. She was independent, head strong, determined and loyal to her grandfather. I really loved all that about her. Their chemistry was totally off the charts. Their connection since they were just teenagers never diminished and in fact only got stronger after years of not seeing each other. This was a great, quick, sexy, intriguing read that will leave you feeling great! Happy reading!!!!
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    Hard to resist a good second chance!

    **Advanced copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review** Not often do I sit down and read a book in one sitting. With Going Down Hard, the third book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series, I did just that. I simply could not put this book down! Derek West is one of the co-founders of the uber popular app Blink and he has gone from virtual poverty as a child to having just about everything he could ever want as an adult. He made his way through college on scholarships and he learned the hard way that just because you have money doesn't mean that you don't treat people with the same respect and integrity that you would expect in return. When Derek receives a call out of the blue, it throws him back to a time in his life that he would prefer to leave exactly where it is - in the past. Cassie Storms has worked hard to work her way into a position where she can excel in her family's business and she hopes to be given the reigns of the company when her father finally decides to step aside. Unfortunately, while Cassie knows that women have always taken a backseat to the men in her family, she is completely blindsided by a decision her father makes and it spurs her on to accomplish what no one else has been able to do - land an interview with Derek West. The only problem is, will what happened years ago influence whether or not he even takes her call? This is a story of second chances and I felt for everyone involved as they all tried to navigate the turbulent waters that they found themselves in. I liked that in areas where I thought things could be obviously going in one direction, Carly Phillips went the exact opposite way, making the story that much richer. I enjoy any Carly Phillips book and I would highly recommend you pick this one up. I am really, really looking forward to the next book in this series based on the tease we got at the end of this one!
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    Falling for the Gardener's Son

    Going Down Hard is the third book in Carly Phillips newest series, the Billionaire Bad Boys. Derek West was the gardener and maid’s son growing up. His family lived in a cottage on the estate of the Storms family where his parents work. Cassie Storms was intrigued by Derek but allowed peer pressure to make her a rich snob toward him. Years later the two meet again when Cassie decides to interview Derek for the tech magazine she is in charge of for her family’s media empire. Cassie has once again suffered from her father’s patriarchy view, being passed over for director of the company, after years of working there, when her undeserving brother receives the position. As Cassie and Derek spend time together they discover the changes each other made, their attraction for each other, and the chemistry they share. I enjoyed the camaraderie Derek shares with his business partners and how well they included and accepted Cassie when Derek brought her into their inner circle. Ms. Phillips did an excellent job describing the sexual tension and love scenes between these two. Reading about Derek’s rise from poverty to become the billionaire he now is was enjoyable, especially knowing he was still the kind, loving son and brother he was beforehand. This book is definitely hot and sexy with loveable characters that you want to support and cheer on hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written, authentic and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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