I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Billionaires by Calista Fox
Series: Lover's Triangle #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
FINAL DECISION: I liked this book, but I didn’t want to read more. It was enough to read it once. The story set up was good, but I didn’t think that the book truly developed and dealt the complexity of the relationship. I ended the book wondering if this relationship can last.
THE STORY: Jewel Catalano, Rogen Angelini and Vin D’Angelo were childhood friends. Rogen was Jewel’s first love until the two ended up in a Romeo and Juliet situation with feuding Wine country families. Jewel turned to Vin but that also went wrong. Now Jewel has returned and she still can’t seem to resist either man — and maybe she doesn’t want to.
OPINION: I wanted to like this book more. I liked the interaction between the characters and the complexity of menage relationship, but I thought that the story did not truly work through the issues with these characters. Instead, there was a lot of sexual scenes that did not advance the problems these characters have with their relationship.
I liked that there was real tension between these characters including jealously and worries about being the third wheel. At times those issues were addressed in this book…my complaint is that it wasn’t addressed to the extent that the problem demanded.
I really had a problem with the history of the relationship between Jewel and Vin because the two managed to lie by omission to Rogen. I just couldn’t respect Vin for taking up with his best friend’s girl when they were teenagers. The supposedly close friendship and relationship between the characters seems false in light of the lies in the past.
I did think that the actual plot of the book where Jewel is working toward getting a piece of property in order to build an inn was more successful. I liked how the three traveled around putting together the deal and also having sexy adventures.
WORTH MENTIONING: This is a true menage story with emotional connections between the parties.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE BILLIONAIRES is the first book in the Lover’s Triangle series.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.