A Billionaire's Club Story #2
Author: Mallery Malone
Published: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Source: publisher for review (NetGalley)
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Raphael Jerroult a.k.a. the Crescent City Casanova, has fought his whole life—both in and out of the boxing ring. Watching his father suffer for years after his mother’s death, he’s resolved to envelop himself in a shell made of money, MMA matches, and a different woman every day. But when an old flame, and the only woman he’s ever truly let in, comes back in his life, Raphael can’t stop being distracted by the red-headed beauty with the curves that go on for days…
Macy Lovelace has no desire to start things up again with Raphael. Memories of the sweetest torture she’s ever known can’t make her forget that he’s not cut out for long-term love. But Macy’s the only girl who Raphael ever let in, the only girl who really knows his sexy, dangerous side. And with the Crescent City Casanova, the only way to keep up, is to be tied down…
The moment MMA fighter Raphael Jerroult let the only woman he's ever loved slip through his fingers, he knows he made the biggest mistake of his life. It was for the best. He watched his father suffer after his mother's death and he resolved to never fall in love. He buries himself in money, fighting, and an endless string of nameless women until the moment Macy Lovelace steps back into his life. He doesn't know what to expect, but it is her anger that takes him aback. Raphael isn't so sure if he deserves her love and forgiveness, but he'll be damned if she tries to walk away before he has the chance to win her love again.
I loved every moment of this novella. It is a fun, very quick story that is so damn lovable. It is a perfect summer story of a second chance romance with a hero that'll do everything in his power to win back the only woman he ever loved. Raphael built a strong, impenetrable wall around his heart. He watched his father slowly wither away after the death of his wife before doing the unthinkable. Rather than being there for his only child, Raphael's father left him alone in the world until Macy's family stepped in and gave him a second home. Macy Lovelace worshiped the ground Raphael walked on. She loved him with all her heart and knew that her future. Raphael broke her heart by pushing her to France. I fell in love with both Raphael and Macy the moment they appeared on my Kindle. Both are so deeply wounded and afraid to lose their hearts again. I loved how Raphael couldn't get Macy out his soul. When he sets out to woo her again, he goes all out. Macy is a very strong willed woman. Not long after Raphael pushed her away, her heart shatters after enduring an incredibly sad moment by herself. She's not afraid to put Raphael in his place. She pushes him and fights him. She doesn't make it easy for him to win her heart, but once he does, she's in it for the long run. If there were ever two characters that deserved their happy ending, it was Raphael and Macy.
Power Play is a quick paced novella. Things move quickly, but I felt it was the perfect length for the story. Sure, I would have loved to get to know Raphael and Macy more, especially as they begin to fall in love again, but I didn't feel like anything was missing from the story. I need to pick up the first novella in this series while I patiently wait for the next book.
Until then, I think I'll just sit here and look at the cover... Sigh... *wink*
Mallery Malone is the author of contemporary and historical romance of all heat levels. An avid reader, she loves to discover new worlds and characters that strike a deep emotional connection.
Mallery lives on the outskirts of Atlanta with her guitar hero husband, several cannibal fish, and two standard poodles who think they are lapdogs. When not working the day job, she spends her time hanging out with friends, people watching, and working on her next writing project.
Her current work is the upcoming Billionaire’s Club: New Orleans. The Billionaire’s Club: New Orleans novellas, by Mallery Malone, are steamy contemporary romance stories centered around the Billionaire’s Club: The wealthiest, most powerful men in New Orleans. They are used to having whatever they want, whenever they want it.
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