Afternoon Delight: The Billionaire Biker by Jackie Ashenden

Afternoon Delight: The Billionaire Biker by Jackie AshendenThe Billionaire Biker by Jackie Ashenden

Series: #3 Billionaire Club
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 15, 2014
Pages: 100
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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I was curious when I saw the title.  A billionaire and a biker?  Do tell!  This was the third book in a series, but I had no trouble reading it as a standalone.  It’s both a reunion romance and a prodigal’s return.  While the story didn’t wow me, it had some entertaining features.

The story opens with ex-MC enforcer, Sean Morrow, returning home at the summons of his brothers because his dad is ill and because they want him back in the family fold.  Sean has been adrift for some time, but that doesn’t mean that he wants to return to what he ran away from.  His family rejected him as the unwanted half-brother and step-son before and he isn’t inclined to let them have at him again.  But Jax and Donovan seem to really want him back and have a different sort of job they want him to do in the family business and then they sideswipe him with, Abby, the girl he left behind.

Abby convinces herself that she can do the job of changing Sean’s image and promoting the new Morrow building opening with no feelings whatsoever.  She has moved on.  She is moving on after this last job.  Okay so she is still angry and hurt and has to lie even to herself that she’s over Sean.  He left her and then refused to contact her right when she needed him.  This older, edgier Sean is more tempting than ever, but she’ll scratch that itch and move on.

Sean feels he owes penance to Abby so he agrees to cooperate with Abby over whatever she thinks and he agrees to a one week trial to his brother’s job proposal.  The new confident, angry and sexually strong Abby turns him around so that he suddenly has thoughts of something more permanent even if he’s terrified that he’ll screw up and get rejected yet again.

Okay, yep, I admit I had certain expectations and the story didn’t go there.  It was like reading a therapy session more than a romance.  Not that it was a bad thing, just not what I was expecting.  I would have been content with this direction if the story would have felt complete.  I wanted more of a well-rounded plot that addressed all the things the beginning of the story promised.  The family situation with the dad and with the brothers was shoved aside for the most part leaving that hanging.  Seeing his dad, the reason Sean came back, never even happened.  He had a few scenes with his brothers, but it was swept into a quick resolve instead of some brother healing time.  I get that this was a novella, but it probably was an issue of biting off more than it could chew in the short page count.

Sean and Abby had a lot of anger and past to deal with.  They circled each other with words, denials, avoidances, angry sex- and wow did it get intense a few times- and accusations.  It was two people doing a lot of bluffing and pretending though why I don’t know since they weren’t fooling each other.  I really wasn’t given a chance to get to know them when they weren’t in that mode so it just left me with only a slight connection to the characters.  I’m glad they worked stuff out and I’m romantic enough to want them to be happy together, but I wasn’t swept off my feet with the end.

In the end, it was okay.  It’s quick and it’s hot.  Those who are looking for that along with a tough reunion romance might want to try this one.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • hmmm…I think i wouldn’t be too happy with this one. it sounds like the story was all over the place for my taste.

    • That’s a good way to put it. It was all over the place and it never really settled down before the resolve.

  • Yikes! Sounds angsty and I don’t like angst

    • It was a lot of that and so repetitive at times that it got old fast. She kept saying she understood and she wasn’t angry anymore, but then she would do a freak out yelling and getting rough. Nope, not angry at all. 😉

  • See I think I could totally get into this one if it was a full length and had the pacing of one. Novellas are just so hard and like you said it really sounds like it tried to do too much with that short amount of time. A shame to see that happen.

    • Yep! The potential was there, but the execution needed more time. He really screwed up big and she had big secrets. Plus there were the strong side issues within the family and concerning his own personal growth. It’s totally a novel. Good call on that!