He's the perfect kind of trouble...
Zoe Davenport is on her way to a perfect, idyllic, private resort, where there's no ex-fiancé and definitely no public scandal involving said ex-fiancé. But one look at the exceptionally sexy resort owner, and Zoe wonders if she's escaped scandal just long enough to land herself in even hotter water...
Except that Ryder Nash isn't exactly a stranger. He and Zoe used to live next door to each other. She was the sweet little temptation who couldn't stand him-the bad boy with a loud car and a new girl every weekend. What Zoe doesn't know is that all those years ago, her father paid Ryder off...to keep him away from her.
And if Ryder gives into the fiery attraction that rages between them-even for a moment-he'll lose everything all over again...
Release Date: September 14, 2015
Review copy provided by the publisher
I love a good Billionaire romance. It's one of my favourite tropes! It's fun to escape with a fantasy of a hot, uber rich man. I was drawn to this book by the yummy cover. I couldn't wait to go away to a tropical island and watch a love story unfold.
Zoe Davenport is a princess. She's been raised with wealth and privilege and to take over her fathers prestigious law firm. She's on top of the world. Or at least she should be. Zoe's life is rocked by scandal when her fiancé is caught cheating. Needing to get away from the media frenzy, she heads to an exclusive tropical resort. And straight into the arms of the one person who she has never forgotten, her teenage crush, next door neighbour bad boy, Ryder Nash.
Ryder has dragged himself out of poverty and made billions. He has finally found some peace and solitude on a tropical island, running the resort he owns. His life is thrown off balance when the girl, the princess from next door, comes sauntering back into his life. But he can't have her. Her father paid him off when he was 18 to stay away from her, and made him sign a ridiculous contract that could ruin him.
The contract. This thing was so over the top ridiculous. I had a hard time taking that part of the plot seriously. Basically if Ryder hooks up with Zoe, her father can take away his entire fortune. See? Ridiculous! The entire first half of the book was them bickering and Ryder trying to keep his hands off of Zoe. I had a hard time getting a real feel for their attraction. Ryder seemed almost angry that he wanted her and man, he was a crazy tease. His constant back and forth and heavy flirting got old fast. I kept thinking, sink or swim buddy but just do something! Poor Zoe is constantly struggling with whiplash from Ryder's indecisiveness. I wanted to love these two but I also wanted to knock some sense into them. Both of them were flighty and it honestly drove me nuts.
I could have liked this book so much more if it just had more substance. A bit more girth to the plot. Everything happened quickly and the contract details just made it so unbelievable. I know you can't expect "real" all the time in fiction. But I had a hard time buying that a contract that stated if a guy hooks up with a girl that her daddy doesn't like, then he forfeits his entire empire. I couldn't swallow that. It was laughable actually.
If you are looking for a quick, easy/fluffy, beach read, then this book may be for you. But I like to be able to buy into the plot a bit more in the books I read.