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    Humor me

    This is the 3rd book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this series in order. Elijah AKA Eli meets Isabella AKA Isa (or Sable) when she comes to work for him as his assistant. He has fired and sent away all the others she has tried to get him to work with. A battle torn veteran, he has lost more than his leg. Isa puts up with a lot of attitude from Eli so she can build up her business. She decides to put herself in as the temporary employee. The sparks star flying from the moment they meet. This series is always full of heat, hot men, and surprises. This story fits in very well. We get to see more of our favorite characters from previous books as also. Such a fun read. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.
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    Great end to this series

    (I will be sharing a BIT of a spoiler about the ending later but I will be giving you fair warning so you can read some of the review if you want and then stop at the *s) I’m thinking that Isabella needs to hire some people with a little more backbone. What we see of Eli isn’t all that pleasant but he’s carrying a lot. He’s struggling to find his way again and unfortunately his family keeps pushing him to be what they want him to be. Granted he’s a TERRIBLE communicator and is keeping a lot to himself so they don’t know what is going on with him. I get why he’s not sharing but it might make his life a little easier if he’d just be a little more forthcoming with those that love him :) Buuuut, that would mean that he’d never have met Isabella. And she’s exactly what he needs. She’s not going to take his crap. Instead she’s working hard to make things work with the Crane company and, as she gets to know him better, for Eli himself. He’s sexy and troubled and all sorts of growly but what he really needs is someone to push him, stand up to him, and support him. It’s a fine line she has to dance on but she’s got the guts and smarts to do it. **I’m kinda giving away a little bit of a spoiler next so if you don’t want to know any more STOP HERE** Kinda like with The Billionaire Next Door I was a little confused toward the end. I think that if we’d be given a better look at Isabella’s relationship with her ex and why she would feel like she HAD to have a commitment right then (when I’m pretty sure they were only a few weeks into knowing each other) it might have been different. But really I just wanted to give Eli a hug and tell him that I’d give him the time that he needed. But once she gets her head out of a place it isn’t supposed to be then she definitely makes up for it well. **End Spoiler** As an ending to Lemmon’s series about the Crane brothers The Bastard Billionaire is a winner. Eli is deliciously gruff but redeemable and Isabella is a strong match for him. She helps him figure his new life out and learn to embrace the future. Bringing the fun, heat and tons of emotions, Lemmon proves once again that she’s a fabulously talented author! (I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s.)
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    Great story for Eli and Isabella!

    I really enjoyed this story, with its blend of sexy romance and heartwarming moments. At the start of the story Eli has some fairly predictable PTSD issues. Part of it is survivor guilt, especially because the two men who died placing themselves in harm's way to save him had partners, one of whom won't talk to him. It keeps him perpetually stuck emotionally, unable to forgive himself for their deaths even though he'd have done the same for these men if the situation was reversed. Physically he deals with the obvious difficulties of navigating with a prosthetic, making stairs a particularly daunting task. He deals with random bouts of phantom pain from his missing limb. Psychologically, these physical issues are reminders that he's not the confident, self assured man he was before, which may be the most difficult thing to accept. Always the ladies man, now he worries about how women will see him, especially since his last girlfriend broke up with him because she couldn't handle his injuries. At first he runs hot and cold with Isabella, not wanting her pity and believing her attraction won't last long because of his injury, but she soon dispels him of that notion. Still, he's wary to let himself feel anything more for her. I liked Isabella's character as a woman who could have fallen easily into the path her wealthy parents set out for her to work for their company (and marry a man of their choosing) but went her own way instead. She's very happy with her personal assistant company and is making a name for herself. Having the Crane family as clients will definitely help with her business. She's a good businesswoman, personable, friendly and smart. Her last boyfriend didn't value these things but Eli makes it clear that he respects her (once he gets over his annoyance at having yet another PA thrust upon him, this one not scared off like the others). Eli and Isabella have a definite spark between them right from when they first meet and this results in several steamy scenes as their relationship goes from wary adversaries to emotionally connected lovers. Besides the romance, the scenes with Eli and his family are a key part of the story and make for some lighthearted and comedic moments. Eli's brothers are not giving up on him being part of the family business and part of their lives and make an effort to include him in everything. I also really liked the charity that Eli is building to help make physical modifications to veterans homes to accommodate their injuries. The author has done a great job of taking the reality of the experience of an injured war veteran and making a story that is topical and relevant. With its combination of sexy romance, likable characters and an interesting plot, The Bastard Billionaire is an entertaining and enjoyable read.
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    Beyond the beast ...

    All of the Crane brothers have struggled with matters of the heart but Eli's phobias were more complex. A life in transition set him on a course of self recrimination and the life of a recluse. He acted the part of a beast but inside that blustering exterior lay the heart of a broken man. Loss, anger, pain pity and blame have become his constant friends. That is until a caring family and a determined beauty set out to shake up his world and wake up his heart. The Billionaire Bastard travels beyond the beast and delivers sensuality, redemption and inspiration while dealing with a heavy subject. It is one of Ms. Lemmon's crowning achievements in my opinion.
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