Duke of Manhattan by Louise Bay

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a series, but all the books are connected because characters from the other books do make cameos. Either way, I really did enjoy these books. This happens to be the last one in the set of standalones.

Synopsis

I was born into British aristocracy, but I’ve made my fortune in Manhattan. New York is now my kingdom.

Back in Britain my family are fighting over who’s the next Duke of Fairfax. The rules say it’s me–if I’m married. It’s not a trade-off worth making. I could never limit myself to just one woman.

Or so I thought until my world is turned upside down. Now, the only way I can save the empire I built is to inherit the title I’ve never wanted– so I need a wife.

To take my mind off business I need a night that’s all pleasure. I need to bury myself in a stranger.

The skim of Scarlett King’s hair over my body as she bends over . . .

The scrape of her nails across my chest as she screams my name . . .

The bite of her teeth on my shoulder just as we both reach the edge . . .

It all helps me forget.

I just didn’t bargain on finding my one night stand across the boardroom table the next day.

She might be my latest conquest but I have a feeling Scarlett King might just conquer me.

A sexy, standalone romance.

-via Goodreads

Review

Okay, so they obviously had great chemistry. And by them, I mean Scarlett and Ryder. Seriously, it was super obvious from the moment they met. But I actually kind of thought Ryder was a jerk when he’s first introduced.

Then there’s the sexy scenes where they are literally just wild and loose. Those scenes were definitely a little sexier than they were in Park Avenue Prince or King of Wall Street.

We saw the single Scarlett through Harper and Grace’s, as well as Max’s, point of view, but it was great getting to read her POV. She’s actually hilarious, and super vulnerable just like the rest of us. She was an extremely relatable character.  And her situation isn’t all that different from what thousands of people are doing. Yes, some people marry the first time because it’s convenient or they truly believe they’re in love.  If it’s the first, the second (or third) time around is actually for love. And if it’s the second, they just fall out of love.

Well I could go into detail about Scarlett and Ryder’s relationship, but that would be cheating. You’d have to read if you want specifics. It was actually really great to read. And it was a treat to read the evolution of a relationship.

And there was also the rivalry within families. That was actually an extreme version, at least in my experience. I don’t really know what else to say about this without giving spoilers. But it was very enjoyable

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Park Avenue Prince by Louise Bay

While this technically is a standalone, it still follows one of the characters from King of Wall Street. Let’s get started.

Synopsis

THE PRINCE OF PARK AVENUE FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH IN A FEISTY MANHATTAN PRINCESS.

I’ve made every one of my billions of dollars myself—I’m calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships.

But don’t get me wrong, I’m not a monk.

I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They’re the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I’m not the guy who sends flowers. I’m not the guy who calls the next day.

Or so I thought before an impatient, smart-talking, beyond beautiful heiress bursts into my world.

When Grace Astor rolls her eyes at me—I want to hold her against me and show her what she’s been missing.

When she makes a joke at my expense—I want to silence her sassy mouth with my tongue.

And when she leaves straight after we f*ck with barely a goodbye—it makes me want to pin her down and remind her of the three orgasms she just had.

She might be a princess but I’m going to show her who rules in this Park Avenue bedroom.

A sexy, standalone, contemporary romance.

-via Goodreads

Review

While King of Wall Street was absolutely hilarious, this one was about following your dreams. After all, that’s what we should all do and not worry about finding romance.

Yes, this is a romance novel, but what I love about these stories is that most of the time it’s unexpected for the characters, not so much for us.

This novel follows both Grace, Harper’s best friend, and Sam. Both obviously have issues and are called out on them by several of the characters, including one another. There were so many heart-to-heart moments, it was all really very sweet.

But nothing makes me happier than characters overcoming their issues because they want to, not because their partner made them, those types of relationships don’t really work out anyway.

Sam has experienced some tragedy in his life, but he accepts it after what seems like forever because he realizes that that was no way to live his life. These books that Lousie Bay has written are definitely a work of art, and I freaking love it.

Really this all started because of art, it was fitting that it ended in such a way. You know how they say art and literature reflect what is happening in society? Well it’s definitely true. Between single fathers, someone being orphaned at a young age, and marriage after kids, we see a lot of our society in these books.

And there’s going to be another standalone… um YAY!!!!!!!!!! We get to see more of these characters. A post on that book will probably be up tomorrow. Hope you enjoy

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King of Wall Street by Louise Bay

This book was super hilarious, I honestly couldn’t stop laughing.

Synopsis

THE KING OF WALL STREET IS BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES BY AN AMBITIOUS BOMBSHELL.

I keep my two worlds separate.

At work, I’m King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I’m always right. I’m shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless.

At home, I’m a single dad trying to keep his fourteen year old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there’s a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.

When Harper Jayne starts as a junior researcher at my firm, the barriers between my worlds begin to dissolve. She’s the most infuriating woman I’ve ever worked with.

I don’t like the way she bends over the photocopier—it makes my mouth water.

I hate the way she’s so eager to do a good job—it makes my dick twitch.

And I can’t stand the way she wears her hair up exposing her long neck. It makes me want to strip her naked, bend her over my desk and trail my tongue all over her body.

If my two worlds are going to collide, Harper Jayne will have to learn that I don’t just rule the boardroom. I’m in charge of the bedroom, too.

via Goodreads

Review

In the beginning Harper and Max clearly have their issues with one another. But they also seem to be very attracted to one another, that much is clear. So who calls them out on their denial, well her hilarious best friend, Grace, and his secretary, Donna. He was kind of an a**hole to her when he is first introduced. But because the P.o.V bounces from Harper to Max, we get to see a different side of him.

“Oh my gosh, who is Amanda,” is the question that went through my mind every time she was mentioned for the first few chapters. But the more I read about her in this book, the funnier she became, and she’s only fourteen! Well at least her parents are civil, unlike some people I know. I’m pretty sure her dad and mine agree on their daughters being their world.

Harper and Max’s reactions to one another are absolutely hilarious because, as much as they insist they don’t like one another, their chemistry is very, very obvious and off the charts. And Harper becomes even wittier than normal when she’s dealing with Max’s BS. It’s hilarious.

My gosh, now I’m starting to wonder if I sounded like Amanda when I was fourteen. Amanda just had me cracking up the entire time.

Well I’m glad that, even though he was an a**hole around Harper, he also defends her. OMG, I guess that old saying is true, that the line between love and hate is very thin.

So yeah, Harper has some serious daddy-issues. Unfortunately, that also clouds her judgement when it comes to Max and an account she’s been working on. Sure both Harper and Max make excellent points, but they’re both also wrong. At least in this matter. My question is, what’s the time span of this book??? I honestly don’t know, there’s mention of a few weeks as well as three months, so I honestly don’t really know.

Thank goodness for Grace, we all need someone, particularly a best friend, to tell us what we don’t want to hear but need to hear nonetheless. And someone starts to deal with her issues. Thank god for that.

Overall, I thought it was a hilarious story. The characters are very witty and a lot hilarious. I honestly wanted more, even after that epilogue.

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