The Bunny and The Billionaire, by Louisa Masters
Series: Dreamspun Desires, #43
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 1, 2017
Spending their fortunes and losing their hearts.
Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot—as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia—their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo’s world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.
As they make allowances for each other’s foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance and they’re not ready to say goodbye
If you are new to the Dreamspun Desires series, the books are basically tropey, Harlequin-esque gay romances that are short with happy endings. I rate them on a different scale than I would another romance novel because they aren’t supposed to be super detailed, and serious. They are fun and so my rating is based on the writing quality, characters, and how interesting the plot is. That being said it was a bit hard to write this review because I’m not super into this particular trope, but I also didn’t want to put it down because it could be someone else’s thing.
The book itself was well written with interesting characters. Was there a lot of super deep character development? No. Were the characters realistic and enjoyable? Yes. I thought Ben was too passive, but I think it was part of the powerful rich man/bumbling everyman dynamic that Masters was going for with this one.
Ben was totally ridiculously clutzy. There’s no other way to describe him and I’m not complaining because I can relate to that part of the book a lot. Léo and his friends were supposed to be the rich, suave guys but I was glad Masters made them a bit more relatable once we got to know them through Ben.
The bottom line is that this book was incredibly entertaining. I pretty much don’t know anything about the rich world that Léo lived in so I can’t comment on how realistic it was. However, I enjoyed reading about all the rich people things he roped Ben into. I was like, yeah sure yachts and stuff that seems like a thing rich people do. It was also fun to see that kind of “everyday” stuff that Ben could drag Léo into like the aquarium. I really enjoy when authors play around with the balance of power in a relationship (i.e., when the seemingly powerful one bends to the other person’s will because they like them).
I have never read anything by this author before but this book is so well written that I would check out her other books just based on it. If you are into the whole Rich/Cinderella trope, then I think this short, tropey book is for you!
Louisa Masters started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels.
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