Genres: BDSM Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Forever Yours
Released on April 6, 2017
Normally, I shy away from this romance storyline dynamic- rich, handsome broken but hiding it billionaire dom and the average joe sunny type submissive who saves him. However, I don’t hate the scenario so much as I just needed a break from the improbable and impossible dark modern fairytales that this feels like to me. I guess it was a mood thing because I got into the book from the get go and it read fast for me.
How to Bang a Billionaire is the beginning of a trilogy so I knew going in that there was the possibility of a longer commitment to get the full story. First off, for those who hate cliffhangers, rest easy. This ends on a high note though there are obvious ominous clouds in the distance. Secondly, this one takes the overplayed plot and breathes a little freshness into it with both characters ending up more developed and engaging.
I got some insight into why I went stale on this trope (beyond reading entirely too many and most being only so-so in the writing). I found that this all hinged on what I thought of the person in the submissive role, namely Arden. Because I loved Arden from the beginning. He is such an adorkable guy. He’s a bit of a loser, but he’s charming, too. He tells the story and his mind and mouth are so busy with off the cuff thoughts and he blurts things out. He’s genuine and has some larceny in him. He’s not some innocent wholesome virgin, but a guy who enjoys submitting in the bedroom and gets off on pain and kinky activities. But, he’s not that way outside the bedroom and he cracked me up so many times.
And, then there’s Caspian who is much like other billionaire doms with broody natures behind cold masks and plenty of secrets, but, again, the author gave him personality and charm. He gets a kick out of Arden from the beginning over the phone for their first encounter. The reader gets to see his longing and hunger and secret smiles that are just for Arden even if he has a long way to go before he’s good relationship material. He’s not a jerk or self-absorbed, but he is flawed and cringes over his own sadistic, controlling needs for the younger Arden who seems to be the light to his darkness.
It was the little things with this one, but especially the humor that won me over. I like that if I want to I can be satisfied with this book. It has a complete arc even if its obvious that there is more on tap for readers who want to press forward. So, yes, for those who are looking for an engaging M/M BDSM Romance, I would hold this one up as a good choice.