Review: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall

Posted September 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall
How to Bang a Billionaire

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Series: Arden St. Ives #1
Genres: BDSM Romance, M/M Romance
Published by Forever Yours
Released on April 6, 2017
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway
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The Delight

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.


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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.

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2 years ago

Wow! As soon as I saw this in my feed, I had to pop over and get all the deets. This title is definitely an attention grabber and got me moving first thing this morning!(lol) Kudos to the author! Happy Thursday and Hugs…RO

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  RO

Haha! That title made my eyes google out a bit, too. I entered this big giveaway last Christmas and didn’t know which prize I would win if at all. This one was mine. I had a good time with it.
Glad we could get your blood pumping so early. 😉

2 years ago

Hmm intriguing and I would be curious to see what you think of ther others

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I haven’t decided if I’m going to keep going. While I loved this one- and maybe its because I did love this one- I’m not sure I want to see the mess-ups and misunderstandings that have to happen for us to have a book two and three. But, I do love this pair so maybe I’ll want more of them later. 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

I adore the adorkable ones!!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Arden is such a cheese. He just cracked me up so often. I love that humor was a big part of this and really balanced out the scorchy side of things.

Bookworm Brandee
2 years ago

I have to admit that the title caught my attention. 😉 I’m not much into the billionaire stories honestly but getting into your review and realizing this was M/M made me more curious. That the characters are so well developed and that there’s humor in the mix…well, it seems like the perfect combination for a great read despite the billionaire trope. I hadn’t heard of this author but I’ll be procuring this book. Thanks, Sophia. 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh fun, Brandee! Glad I could introduce you to one from the dreaded trope you can try. I definitely didn’t see myself liking one and there I was squirming over the kink and laughing with or at Arden. 🙂

2 years ago

Ok, seriously the first thing I noticed was that catchy title, haha. And reading your review, my, I guess I’ll be reading another BDSM in the very near future. Awesome review Sophia Rose 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Ha, yes! That title startled me, too, Vanessa. But the hot kinky stuff and humor ended up being an even bigger draw. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

Ok, that sounds really good. Definitely going in my wish list.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It was a surprise for me, Hope you enjoy it if you get the chance, Mary. This pair will have you squirming in a good way. 😉

2 years ago

Glad you enjoyed the humor in this one 😀 has me curious

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lily

Humor will pull me in every time. Especially when it comes with heat and kink like this. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yay for no cliffy. Not my genre, but I am glad it looks to be a promising trilogy 🙂

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yes, no kidding. I don’t have anything against cliffies in a trio like this. But I liked the option of getting this as a standalone if I didn’t want to invest in the story for the long haul and just wanted to read this part for now.

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I think I want this one for the title alone! =)

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, it sure does grab the attention. It did mine.