Monday, January 20, 2014

The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement (Bad Boys & Wallflowers #1.5) by Maya Rodale

"Stop with the romantic compliments. I might swoon." - Jane Sparks

The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement
Bad Boys & Wallflowers #1.5

Author: Maya Rodale
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Published: December 31, 2013

The first installment of a sexy, whirlwind romance about a modern day heroine writing historical romance 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 humiliated. And then Duke does something Jane never expected. He plays along with her charade.

With his hard partying, playboy reputation jeopardizing a fifty million dollar investment deal, Duke realizes an engagement with the hot but oh-so-proper librarian could be just the thing to repair his reputation. This good girl tempts him to be very wicked…but just 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.

Confession time... When I first heard that Maya Rodale and Avon were publishing novellas to go along with her Bad Boys & Wallflowers series, my first thought was that they were going to be short, modern day versions of the full length books. I loved the first book in the series, The Wicked Wallflower, and I was a little iffy about reading a novella  based on it. Honestly, I really never paid much attention to the synopsis because I figured it was an Avon book and I loved The Wicked Wallflower so I knew I would at least enjoy the novellas. Last week, I really wanted to read something short and quick. I went to my TBR and without looking at the synopsis (again), I started reading The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement. Holy crap. I could not have been more wrong about the series of novellas in the Bad Boys & Wallflowers.

I would normally do a brief introduction to the story, but I do not want to give anything away. I had so much fun going into The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement without knowing a lot about it. My jaw dropped so much and I have never laughed so hard while reading a book. You must discover this little gem on your own.

Oh my god, I loved this novella! It was extremely funny and witty and now I wish more authors would do something like this. I saw it was a tongue in cheek parody of how Maya Rodale came up with the idea of her Bad Boys & Wallflowers series. The characters were hysterically adorable. Jane Sparks is a woman after my own heart. She's a librarian with a secret passion for romance books. She's a good girl and damn it, she doesn't want that anymore. There were a couple things about her that made me cringe. Totes adorbs really should not come out of the mouth of anyone over the age of eighteen. But I must say, Jane pulled it off well. Duke Austen played the part of hot as hell bad boy billionaire very well. Almost too well because I thought he was borderline asshole every time he disappeared. That's okay. One smoldering look from him and all is well in Jane's world. Roxanna rounds up the trio of characters - ahem, we'll just forget about Sam for now. I loved how the characters bounced off each other. Especially Jane and Roxanna. As different as they appear, they have each other's backs and can raise hell if the occasion called for it. 

I loved The Bad Boy Billionaire's Wicked Arrangement so much that I squealed when Avon sent us the 2nd novella. And yes, temptation got the better of me and I started it immediately. Yes, I also went into this one without reading the synopsis. And yes, I will review it on February 4th. I must wait for the 2nd book (coming in March) and the 3rd novella (May). *sigh*

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