Monday, July 10, 2017

Book Review: The Dangerous Billionaire (Tate Brothers #1) by Jackie Ashenden

Navy SEAL Sullivan "Van" Tate has been called home to reluctantly inherit an empire and finds himself facing the most difficult mission of all: love.

Nothing about Sullivan "Van" Tate is what it seems. A Navy SEAL raised among the New York City elite, Van prefers heart-pounding action over a Wall Street corner office. But when his adoptive father dies and his business rivals move in to overtake his empire, Van must suit up to save the company and protect the one woman most forbidden to him...and the object of Van's most dangerous desires.

Chloe Tate is as ambitious as she is gorgeous. With a newfound independence, Chloe is no longer a prisoner on her father's ranch. But everything changes when losing her father may also mean losing her life. Even with her survival on the line, Chloe can't deny the burning attraction she feels the moment she locks eyes with Van, her rich, rough and ready, foster brother and the new head of her father's company. Tall, dark, and muscled, he's the one man who she has no business being with. But how can she resist a Navy Seal Warrior when he'll do anything to protect her?

This book. This. Book. This book and I had an extremely ... tempestuous ... relationship. It's not that I didn't like it. I did. But there is this one little splinter that worked its way into every single thought about this book and it just kept festering and festering and poking and poking until I was so irritated that I couldn't even enjoy the last however many chapters of the darn book. 

Let's do the nice stuff first because if I start talking about this splinter, I'll lose my focus and who knows where we'll end up. I liked the story. I really thought it was an interesting idea and for the most part, the plot was pretty flawless. There were quite a few little surprises that knocked me off guard and kept the book entertaining. Except for the splinter that shall not be named. Yet.

I also enjoyed getting to know the Tate brothers ... Van is pretty badass and I don't know how this dude could be topped or even measured up to with the other brothers. He's so stubborn that he could win a gold medal at the Olympics for digging his heels in. Chloe was also a great character - her tenacity was almost endearing. And these two together was just a great romance that kept me wanting more. 

But. That pesky splinter. Literally, my biggest issue with this book was one word. SEAL. SEAL!! Dude. If Van could have thrown himself parades each day to announce that he was a Navy SEAL, he probably would. It was over and over and over, ad nauseam (shout-out to my high school Latin teacher - those two years totally came in handy today). It got to the point where I started rolling my eyes every time I saw the word SEAL. Then I started getting mildly irritated. It finally came to a head when I shouted "JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL" and promptly put my Kindle down for two days. Two whole days. Me putting my Kindle down for two days - that is unheard of. But I was pissed! Just say that he's a SEAL a couple of times, then we've got it. The readers will pick up on the fact that he's a SEAL without saying he's a SEAL every time he takes a breath or sneezes or uses his eyes. It was in the book like 40 times. And no, I didn't count that shit ... my Kindle did ... so I'm not that damn crazy. But it ended up being like every 8 pages, Van was talking about being a SEAL or thinking about being a SEAL or dreaming about being a SEAL. Ugh. Over it. Now I'll never be able to listen to Kiss From A Rose ever again. I liked that song. But its dead to me now. Just like this book. Until I get un-mad at it and I don't know how long that will take. It's really too bad because everything else about this book was almost perfect. 

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

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