The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement by Maya Rodale

The Bad Boy Billionaire’s Wicked Arrangement by Maya Rodale
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (132 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Hawthorn

Jane Sparks has accidentally announced her engagement on Facebook—to the infamous Bad Boy Billionaire, Duke Austen. As soon as it’s discovered that Jane and Duke barely know each other (One hot kiss at a party does not a relationship make), she’ll be humiliated. And then Duke does something Jane never expected. He plays along with her charade.

With his hard partying, playboy reputation jeopardizing a fifty million dollar investment deal, Duke realizes an engagement with the hot but oh-so-proper librarian could be just the thing to repair his reputation. This good girl tempts him to be very wicked…but just with her. It’s unprecedented. Inconceivable. Totally alluring.

As the unlikely match of librarian and tech entrepreneur set out to convince the world—and the internet—that their love is real, something unexpected happens: they start falling for each other. But Jane is secretly writing a historical romance novel that could expose their carefully constructed romance…unless two perfect strangers are content to be perfectly scandalous together.

Social media could ruin Jane Sparks, but instead it sets in motion her hot romance with a tech savvy bad boy.

Reading this novella, I was pretty much like Jane Sparks – I instantly fell for the tech entrepreneur Duke Austen. He’s super smart and hot and he knows it. He could easily come off as arrogant or too full of himself, but Rodale gives him just enough of his boyish charm and a tinge of insecurity that make him a very likeable person. She achieves something similar with Jane, who is a loveable control freak librarian. Or she used to be until she met Duke and kissed him at a wicked party in the library.

I loved how Rodale truly makes this a modern, Instagrammed, Twittered, and Facebooked romance; an affair that is at first invented in order for Duke and Jane to both reach their goals, but it then quickly develops into something deeper and unpredictable. The characters are all well-rounded, with the exception of Jane’s ex, I thought. What bothered me is that Jane is unwisely writing a historical romance using Duke and other people from her life for inspiration. That would’ve worked, hadn’t she copied the characters almost to the last detail. That makes it a bit unrealistic.

Another thing to bear in mind: this novella is part of a series and it therefore ends with a cliffhanger.

If you live on Facebook or Twitter and you’re dreaming of finding a charming and filthy rich computer geek, check out The Bad Boy Billionaire.

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