Lana Bloom, desperate to save her mom and with no other option in sight, is forced to sell the only thing she has of value…herself. Having a penchant for beautiful women and not above paying for them, her boss, takes Lana up on her offer as long as she complies with his deviant fantasies. Repulsed by her boss and with no other recourse, Lana resolves herself to go through with her plan…That is…. until she makes eye contact with a handsome stranger across the room.
Blake Law Barrington lives a life of wealth and privilege. Handsome, rich and future heir to the Barrington banking fortune, Blake is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it… right now he wants Lana… and he is willing to pay any price to have her.
I’ve long since sworn off reading any books with billionaire, millionaire, or any other type of “aire” in the title but it was something about this particular book that caught my eye. To be honest, I was fully expecting this to be a FSOG knock-off and while there were some similarities in the beginning, this book quickly took on a life of it’s own.
The writing style took some getting used to as I’m not a fan of third person, present tense narratives.(been known to totally ditch a book because of it) However, the more I read ‘The Billionaire Banker’, the more engrossed I became in the story and it’s progression and I really, REALLY ended up enjoying the book.
The story was well-written and the plot truly unique in this age of billionaire meets naive virgin, they have kinky sex, fall in love and well, you know the drill. With ‘The Billionaire Banker’, Carre managed to turn what could have been your usual, predictable billionaire story into a deliciously erotic and intriguing read, full of twists and turns on every page. Kudos to you Ms. Carre.
The characters were absolutely addictive. Fairly dynamic with a unique richness all their own. When I’m left wondering about even the supporting characters and asking myself “What’s their story?” I know that the author has done a fantastic job in thoroughly developing them.
while I liked Lana and admired her determination…I found her naiveté astounding. I loved her determination and her honesty…especially her honesty which I found to be very refreshing. I also loved the relationship that she had with her family, friends and the parents of her friends. They may have been brought up on the wrong side of the tracks but they had what mattered most, love, loyalty and respect.
Blake on the other hand was mysterious but likable. I was drawn to him immediately. The unemotional, aloof way in which Blake was characterized, along with the sense of entitlement held by the other characters of his social class lent an air of realness and authenticity to the character that we don’t normally see in a genre that is over-saturated with billionaire/virgin story lines. The author, with her descriptive words and vivid imagery was able to paint a picture in which the reader felt as if they were right there in the midst of the chaos as it was happening. Blake’s turmoil and inner struggle was palpable. Torn between his unexpected feelings for Lana and his loyalty to his family.. I could actually feel his conflict and confusion. Carre allowed us to witness Blake’s transition from a somewhat aloof (well for lack of a better word) azz to someone who not only comes to care about Lana but also is able to view commoners as people and not pawns.
Oooohhhh, the connection between Lana and Blake. *fans self* The connection between the two was explosive. They were literally drawn to one another like a drug addict looking for their next fix. They absolutely could not get enough. The sex was smoking hot…. simple, but hot! The scenes were well written and not too over the top, it’s depiction, exactly what one would expect in this type of arrangement.
The only negative I have concerning this story is the fact that there is a cliff hanger which I absolutely loathe. I’m lucky that I wasn’t aware of that fact before I started reading because quite honestly, I most likely wouldn’t have bothered with the book to begin with. Yes,I’m well aware of the fact that I would’ve missed out on an awesome tale because of it. Luckily, It seems as if I chose the right time to read it because the sequel was out the day after I finished which worked out rather well if I do say so myself.
Overall, The Billionaire Banker is a must read novel. If you are looking for a sexy, erotic tale full of intrigue that will take you on a whirlwind ride into the powerful world of the insanely rich, RUN, do not walk, and pick up ‘The Billionaire Banker ASAP.