Series: Bad Boys & Wallflowers #1.5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Avon Impulse on 2013-12-31
Source: Personal Copy
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The first installment of a sexy series about a modern-day heroine writing historical novels based on her romantic misadventures with the Bad Boy Billionaire.
Jane Sparks has accidentally announced her engagement on Facebook—to the infamous Bad Boy Billionaire, Duke Austen. As soon as it's discovered that Jane and Duke barely know each other (one hot kiss at a party does not a relationship make), she'll be completely humiliated. And then Duke does something Jane never expected: He plays along with her charade.
With his hard-partying playboy reputation jeopardizing a 150-million-dollar investment deal, Duke realizes an engagement with the sexy but oh-so-proper librarian could be just the thing to repair his reputation. This good girl tempts him to be very wicked … but only with her. It's unprecedented. Inconceivable. Totally alluring.
As the unlikely match of librarian and tech entrepreneur set out to convince the world—and the internet—that their love is real, something unexpected happens: They start falling for each other. But Jane is secretly writing a historical romance novel that could expose their carefully constructed romance … unless two perfect strangers are content to be perfectly scandalous together.
Reviewed by: Sherri
Why I Choose this Book: Everyone kept telling me that I had to read a Maya Rodale novel, so when this was a freebie I grabbed it off Amazon.
Short and Sweet Summary: Good girl Jane meet bad boy Duke at a party. A joke social media posting by Jane’s friend leads to a faux engagement so that Duke, who has suffered two previous business failures; can get funding for his current venture.
The Courtship: Hey if it’s posted on Facebook and Twitter it has to be true, right??
What I Liked: The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement is a well written, funny novella. I’m a sucker for when the plain, smart girl gets the superhot bad boy and Duke is definitely one of those. Jane is extremely likeable and the two characters balance each other perfectly. However, Duke is in the relationship for the short term and while Jane tells herself she is, you can tell her heart is falling for the long term plan.
What I Didn’t Like: The novella’s of Bad Boys & Wallflowers are all installment novels, which I didn’t know going into my reading. So although the story did “wrap up;” the happy ever after that I was wanting with a romance novel just wasn’t there.
The Recap: The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement is a well written, funny novella and I can’t wait to read the next two installments which have a fun twist that I wasn’t anticipating in them.