Anyone But the Billionaire (Anyone But You #1) by Sara L. Hudson
ABOUT THE BOOK
What happens when a New York City playboy, a Southern spitfire, and a hairless cat walk into a coffee shop?
Self-made mogul Chase Moore is a charming hound dog with a hairless cat and a family business to save. He was fine being the spare to the heir until the family’s billion-dollar business threatens to go belly-up. Now Chase will need more than his rakish good looks to fight his father for control.
Powerhouse marketing guru Campbell King returns to Texas and launches her own company after being chewed up and spat out by the city that never sleeps, One phone call makes all the difference when a sauve and sexy male voice offers her the chance to redeem herself and help him save his swanky Manhattan store. When the sexy redhead finally runs into her new billionaire boss, they’re both in for a shock. But there’s no way Campbell is dating the boss. In fact, anyone but the billionaire would be better…
Previously published as A Little Moore Action by Sara L Hudson.
Holy moly! One needs to sit back and savor the mouthwatering chemistry rolling off Chase and Bell as they begin the dance of seduction even if they only have two days. I can’t get enough of this author. I didn’t want this book to end.
Campbell “Bell” King is a quirky, Elvis-humming marketing CEO who speaks her thoughts out loud and keeps her personal life to herself. Watching Bell charm most of Chase’s solemn and unapproachable family and composed employees is delightful. In fact, I love how she makes it her mission to cheer Chase up when he’s having a bad day. Bell is trying to keep it professional with her client after what happened to her eight years ago to get her blackballed and made her change her name. But the more time she spends with the captivating Chase Moore, especially their deal of two whole days and nights, the more her heart is at risk. She may want to stay. But he is her client and she needs to go.
Chase Moore is a charming, cat-loving, hand-holding, billionaire who is extremely kind and is prone to public displays of affection and panty-melting winks. Chase, the family outcast, is just trying to hold his family business together after his douchebag of a father threatens to take everything away, including his loving sister’s future if he can’t turn the company around. Chase is the most friendly and approachable billionaire with his love of his family company and his sister, Liz. It’s also his respect for his employees and how he knows each of their names and makes time for each of them. Don’t forget his regard and tolerance for Mike Hunt, his cock blocking hairless cat. Yep, that one had me ROTFL. Miss Campbell Bell brightens his day with her smart business savvy, her unconscious humming, and her sexy unintentional cheekiness. They only have two days to explore their growing attraction to each other and get it out of their system, but it didn’t go as he planned. She’s ghosting him and keeping it professional. Why isn’t he enough?
The playful banter and instant attraction between Bell and Chase are enchanting and extremely addicting. Between Bell’s frequent eye rolls and Chase’s winks, I don’t know who I love the best. It’s a no-brainer that these two deserve each other. They fight it at first, but when Chase finally let’s Bell take the reins in the elevator, not to mention in the car, they are some of the hottest written scenes I’ve ever read. Yummy! Maybe it’s the vulnerability of the characters, and it wasn’t over the top. What I love is that Chase isn’t a dick. He wants to feel accepted and loved. And Bell has a hard time trusting people because everyone she has loved has left her alone. Favorite heart-melting lines: “Love me, Bell. Please. I’ll be worth it. I promise.” “You’re worth everything, Chase.”
Supporting characters include Chase’s cute artistic sister, Liz who is on his side no matter what her family does. Their sibling love for each other is strong despite their unaffectionate parents. One character who stands out to me is Raymond the front manager of the Moore family business and respected mentor to Chase. I would pay to see the memorable photo that sits on Chase’s desk of Raymond and young Chase. Chase’s uptight brother Thomas and his unaffectionate mother Emily are unlikeable at first, but they reveal some truths and make amends. The nastiest character award goes to Chase’s vile father, Stan, and he and Bell’s bitchy nemesis, Denise, get their just desserts.
Ms. Hudson’s provocative and witty prose grabbed me from the beginning and hooked me until the lovely ending. This book has everything: romance, laughter, family drama, angst, secrets, insults with flair, a jealous hairless cat, and two grand gestures. Hands down, my favorite book of the year!
Thank you to Ms. Hudson for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara L Hudson is a bestselling romantic comedy author of several books including the out-of-this-world Space Series featuring the men and women of NASA and their hilarious and panty-melting happily-ever-afters.
She lives in Houston with her two kids and NASA engineer husband and spends most of her time laughing at inappropriate jokes and making social situations awkward.
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