Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Taken By Him (The Billionaire's Club #2) by Red Garnier

Taken by Him (The Billionaire's Club #2)
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ebook, 112 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN:  1466833459 (ISBN13: 9781466833456)                                
Series: The Billionaire's Club

Summary from Goodreads:
   The Billionaire’s Club: The wealthiest, most powerful men, not only in Chicago, but in the world.  They are used to having whatever they want, whenever they want it.
   Luke Preston is the ultimate playboy among his billionaire friends.  Every bad girl in Chicago has surrendered in his bed.  Some good girls, too.  But when he ends up in the hospital after an assassination attempt, his friends suggest he take a long vacation to recoup, regroup and lay off the women until the man is caught.  However, when Luke lays eyes on the stunning brunette across the beach, she inspires every dark, erotic thought his mind can conjure.
   Peyton Lane has always been serious and responsible and she’s determined to have some fun for once in her life.  And that means a deliciously, sexy affair with a stranger while she’s on vacation.  So when a blond Adonis named Luke crosses her path at the Cancun resort, she’s determined that he will be the one. But Peyton gets more than she bargained for when Luke introduces her to a passion unlike any she has ever experienced and she discovers that behind that charming smile are secrets and a beautiful, damaged soul.
   Red Garnier takes readers deep into a world of incredible emotion and undeniable power and possession.
   Also, don’t miss CLAIMED BY HIM, the first unforgettable story in The Billionaire’s Club, available now.

 My Thoughts:
First off, this is a hot, erotic quick read.
Luke Preston is a billionaire from Chicago who is smart, charming, and quite the playboy. He was shot while sleeping with a woman. After recovering, his friends think he needs to lay off on and manage to talk him into going out of town for a while because they are afraid the shooter will try again. It would give the police a chance to find the guy.
Peyton Lane is a businesswoman who hasn't had many relationships. Her personal life is non-existent. She takes pride in being a perfectionist but realizes she needs some time away from the office. She decides to go to the beach for a break.
Peyton gets her first glance at Luke when he is tossing a football with a young boy on the beach. Of course, the ball ends up flying in her direction and Luke runs over. Peyton realizes that being here is the perfect time for a one-night fling and this guy would be perfect.
They end up spending the next few days together and know that it has to come to an end when she leaves. The fling is supposed to be just that, a fling. A one time thing and then move on. But, it doesn't happen like that. They begin talking about their lives back home, only he keeps his info pretty vague.
The time comes when she must go back home and return to the real world. Later, Peyton finds out who Luke really is and agrees to go to a party with her coworker who happens to be neighbors with Luke.
Luke just can't get into the party he is throwing to help him get over her...and then she walks in.
I really liked the story. In the beginning I hated Luke's arrogance, but as I got further into the story, I found myself liking him. Some of the dialogue had me giggling and threatening to wake up my hubby. In the end, I do think Luke could have done a better job explaining himself and his actions after lying to her. The reader gets to see both of their points-of-view along the way. I think this story shows that love can be based on something other than money. Especially if you are a hot billionaire. This is a stand-alone book that can be read separately or as part of the series. It is quick, so a short afternoon reading in a hammock would be the perfect setting. I can't wait to read more from Red Garnier. I also plan to pick up book #1 of the series soon.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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