Thursday, June 26, 2014

Bookish Thoughts: The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon

Landon Downey clutched the baby name book From Abba to Zed to his chest and knocked on his girlfriend's dorm room door. ~ Opening Sentence of The Millionaire Affair


The Millionaire Affair by Jessica Lemmon
Forever, 2014
Romance; 260 pgs

From the Publisher:
Millionaire ad executive Landon Downey has a policy: no romantic relationships allowed. So when he's saddled with his six-year-old nephew for a week, he doesn't think twice about asking Kimber Reynolds to act as live-in nanny. What he doesn't expect is the undeniable attraction to the woman he hasn't seen since they were kids. And not only does she like him back-she suggests they work their way down a list of extracurricular activities in the bedroom. How can he resist? 
Kimber wants to prove once and for all that she can love 'em and leave 'em with the best of them. All she has to do is keep her sixteen-year crush on Landon out of the equation. No problem . . . until she realizes she may not be the only one whose heart has gotten completely tangled up in their no-strings agreement.
I hate that in the description of this novel it describes Landon as being "saddled with his six-year-old nephew".  Landon may be a workaholic--he's a millionaire for a reason, after all.  However, he dearly loves his nephew, and I doubt he would consider himself saddled with the sweet boy.  Unfortunately, he's in the middle of an important ad campaign and cannot devote the time and attention to his nephew that he sorely wishes he could.  In steps his sister, Angel, who pushes her friend, Kimber, in Landon's direction.  Kimber isn't exactly a nanny.  Rather, she owns her own small business, alongside her ex who she would love to buy out.  The offer, however, is too good to pass up.  The money she'll make for a week of babysitting will make a huge dent in her effort to finally get rid of her ex-boyfriend.

Both Landon and Kimber have their own relationship issues.  A long ago betrayal has turned Landon off getting close to any woman.  His last girlfriend and he had a mutual business agreement to date--more a case of being each other's arm candy rather than being part of a more meaningful relationship.  Kimber, on the other hand, has always been quick to throw her entire heart into a relationship only to have it stomped on by the men she falls for.

When Landon offers Kimber the job, and Kimber moves in for the week, the sparks fly.  It's clear the two have the kind of chemistry that will be hard to ignore.  I admit I was put off at first by the lust that oozed from the two characters every time they saw each other, but either I got used to it or it leveled off once the two finally consummated their arrangement.  In an effort to prove that she could keep her heart out of it, that she could have a fling, a simple affair, Kimber comes up with the idea of creating a list of ten "bedroom" activities, that once they've worked through, means the end of their affair.  Landon is quick to agree.  After all, he doesn't want to give in to his heart.

I expected the life span of the list to last longer than it did, but to the author's credit, it was only the catalyst to an otherwise bigger story.  Kimber and Landon find themselves falling for each other, despite their best efforts not to.

I really enjoyed this book.  I appreciated the author taking her time getting the characters together, and especially the depth she put into their creation.  I liked both Landon and Kimber and found myself rooting for them from the start.  They seemed like (mostly) real people with real problems.  I also really liked the minor characters, including Landon's family.  Their interactions with both Kimber and Landon made the novel all the more enjoyable.

I thought Jessica Lemmon was able to show Kimber and Landon confronting their own issues in a mature way.  There was no quick fix or love will conquer all attitude.  The characters really had to work through their pain and reluctance.  The author didn't make it easy for them.  And yet, in true romance novel fashion, even from the start, I knew there would be a happy ending.

Note: This is the third book in the author's Love in Balance series, which I didn't realize when I began this book.  It is a stand alone, however, and knowledge of the other two books is not necessary.

Rating:  * (Very Good)

You can learn more about Jessica Lemmon and her books on the author's website.

Source: I received an e-copy of this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.


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12 comments:

  1. I like this kind of series better, than those that are absolutely dependent on previous knowledge. Each book can stand alone, but if you like the characters, you pursue the others in the series.

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    1. Jenclair - Me too. You can jump right in anywhere and it won't make any difference.

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  2. This is the book you thought I should read! I absolutely love the premise and it sounds interesting! I think I'm definitely going to have to try it out.

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    1. Katherine - Yes! I hope you like it if you do read it. There was one part I didn't dare mention in my review because it's a spoiler that might disappoint you, but I hope you like it anyway. :-)

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  3. 'Saddled' can work when the child is loved, but not really without the addition of a smile and tone of voice that indicates you're being silly in using the word. I was definitely not expecting to hear that Landon was happy to have the child once that was said.

    I really like the sound of this book, amount of lust aside (it does make you wonder if they truly love each other if it's the focus so much).

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    1. Charlie - I think one of the reasons I tend to favor friend to love interest stories more is because the love stories are more believable. I'm skeptical when characters fall in love right away in a book. But I know that tends to be expected in romance novels.

      Landon was gone an awful lot during his nephews stay, but still he really seemed happy when he could spend time with him. That didn't sound like someone who felt "saddled" to me either.

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  4. The people who write the descriptions don't always know what they're talking about! I like it when books in a series can stand alone. I usually jump into a series somewhere in the middle (unknowingly!).

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    1. A.M.B. It makes you wonder if they read the book. My least favorite descriptions though are the ones that give away major spoilers. Oh, how I hate those!

      I do that too, jump into the middle of a series without realizing it.

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  5. Sounds like you enjoyed this one. I do like it when the author takes their time in getting characters together. It feels more realistic that way.

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    1. Naida - Yes, it does. I suppose it really was a short amount of time when you really think about it, but it seemed to take longer than in other books I've read. :-)

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  6. I like the sound of this one! I hadn't heard of it before now but I am definitely interested after reading your thoughts on it. Sounds like a great summer read!

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    1. Samantha - It's perfect for this time of year. Something light and fun. :-)

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