Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Book Review: Billionaire Blackmail (Billionaire Blackmail #1) by Alison Aimes

After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Until the woman he's been casually dating turns out to be the biggest con artist of them all. Now, with pride, money, and his company's survival at stake, he won't rest until she's experienced his own brand of justice.

Sara Turner knows she's no angel, but a few deliberate omissions...well, compared to the rest of her family, that's choir girl behavior. But now the one man whose heart she'd hoped to steal is accusing her of embezzling from his company. Worse, he wants answers. And he's come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn't want to end up in jail.

Nik might be trying to save his company, but he has a tough time ignoring the way Sara makes him burn. The passion between them is all-consuming, and each time he peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to her than first meets the eye, but he can’t give in to his need. Nik will put everything on the line to find the truth...except his heart.


I have to say, this was a pretty good start to a series! I've not read anything by Aimes before but after looking at the books under her belt, I'm a bit intrigued by her sci-fi romance series. 

Romantic suspense is kind of my go-to genre. They are what I  enjoy reading the most and let me tell you, not all authors can handle both the intrigue AND the romance. Usually one or the other is an author's niche and then that part comes out shining while the other is lagging behind like a sad dog on a leash. But Aimes did pretty well with both! I was pleasantly surprised. New (to me) authors are always a crap-shoot when you first pick up a book by them.

I loved the story line, it grabs you from the very first sentence of the book. There were quite a few things going on at first and it did feel a bit weighty but the further you got into the book, the more everything started to fit together nicely. It was still a lot going on though. 

Thankfully, since the storyline was pretty busy, the characters were stout enough to pull everything together. I walked away from this book really knowing and understanding why each character was the way that it was and what their part in the story was and why they needed to be included. I'm kind of excited to see who would be the focus in the next story ... I have my top picks but we'll have to see.

Now the bad dude. I like not being able to pick out the villain but sometimes, it happens. I actually knew who it was pretty quickly this time. And that's okay ... it was fun seeing if I was going to be right but who are we kidding, I'm a mom. So I'm always right. Right? More often than not, being able to pick out the bad guy can just ruin a book because you already figured everything out in your head and there's no fun in that. This time, I was still able to really enjoy the book because there were so many other twists and turns and the bad dude was a lot worse than I had first anticipated. 

So ... great book, great new (to me) author and an interesting series. I can't wait to see what happens next! This one is a fast moving page-turner, so be ready to lose some hours in your day!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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