DEAL BREAKER (Billionaire Bosses #2) by Tara Leigh-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release date November 14, 2017
Nixie Rowland is having a bad day. Rushing home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and reality television, she decides to take a shortcut to the subway where things take a turn for the worst. But Nixie’s bad luck doesn’t end there—the white knight who comes to her rescue is none other than the Dark Knight of Wall Street, a cocky Manhattan mogul whose ego barely fits inside his penthouse. To her horror, Nixie discovers the sizzling attraction between them is off the charts, and rising fast. Spending the night in his bed does nothing to lower the heat… And everything to set her heart on fire.
Nash Knight doesn’t have room in his life, or his heart, for anything beyond one-night stands or casual flings. And he certainly doesn’t make a habit of rescuing damsels in distress. Except that this particular damsel slips beneath his armor, the vulnerability she covers with a false show of bravado hitting him somewhere deep. Nixie is everything he never wanted… And exactly what he needs.
With Nixie on the run from a controlling ex, and Nash trying to salvage a business deal at risk because his conquests in the bedroom are overshadowing his wins in the boardroom, there’s one simple solution for them both: a marriage in name only. But when lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?
REVIEW: DEAL BREAKER is the second instalment in Tara Leigh’s contemporary, adult BILLIONAIRE BOSSES erotic, romance series. This is thirty two year old billionaire, venture capitalist Nash Knight, and twenty four year old Nixie Rowland’s story line. DEAL BREAKER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary.
Told from dual first person perspectives (Dash and Nixie) DEAL BREAKER follows the building relationship between billionaire venture capitalist Nash Knight, and Nixie Rowland, a young woman on the run whose past has caught up and wants revenge. Nash Knight is no knight in shining armor, and Nixie Rowland doesn’t want or need a protector but a fateful meeting in a dark alley finds Nixie the potential victim of an attempted rape, and Nash Knight will become her hero and guardian. What ensues is the building romance and love between Nixie and Nash, and the fall out when Nixie’s past demands more than she is willing to give,
Nixie Rowland knows heartbreak and loss; raised by her father’s former business partner following the death of her parents in 9/11, Nixie would fall in love with her foster-father’s son, a man whose demons are dark and addicting. On the run, in the hopes of evading the man who once stolen her heart, Nixie will reluctantly seek solace and help from the man known as the Dark Knight of Wall Street. Enter Nash Knight, a domineering, manwhoring, ruthless businessman who finds a kindred spirit in our story line heroine. Something about Nixie calls to his heart having lost his only brother a few years before. The $ex scenes are limited but passionate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.
There is a small cast of secondary and supporting characters including Nash’s right hand man Jay, his PA Katherine Simmons, and housekeeper Greta; Tristan and Reina (Penthouse Player #1), and Nash’s parents . We are also introduced to Nash’s sister in law Eva Knight and her children Madison and Parker, as well as Reina’s sister in law Celeste ; Nixie’s foster father Paul ‘Pappi Attwood, and Paul’s son and Nixie’s ex-boyfriend Derrick who is desperate to make amends with our story line heroine.
DEAL BREAKER begins with some amazing world building as we are in the mind of a man whose ruthless business transactions have built a reputation amongst those battling to keep afloat in a struggling economy but somewhere along the way the story line loses some of its’ momentum as we are witness to Nixie’s need to remain independent in the face of continuing threats and attacks; and a conflict resolution that fizzles with a questionable backstory-a backstory that if revealed earlier could have aided Nixie much sooner rather than later. There is a distinct lack of communication and honesty between several story line characters that adds fuel to an already simmering fire. The premise is intriguing; the characters are colorful and dynamic; the romance struggles with a lack of trust; a lack of communication; and a reluctant hero who has fallen for women struggling to move on from the past.
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Reviewed by Sandy