Jenna Bailey-Burke always entertains me with her stories. The Billionaire’s Private Scandal gave us a sexy Billionaire and a woman who seriously didn’t deserve him. ~ Kitty, Guilty Pleasures
The Billionaire’s Private Scandal
by Jenna Bayley-Burke
Publication Date: July 10, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Indulgence, Contemporary, Romance
Megan Carlton’s secret affair with financier Brandon Knight ended when he pulled off a hostile takeover of her family’s hotel empire and then kissed another woman. Broke and alone, Megan starts a new life and learns to stand on her own, then Brandon finds her serving coffee and surviving on tips and tries to pull her back into her old life and his arms. She thought she was over him, and she certainly can’t ever trust him again. But what her head knows and her heart feels are two different things.
Brandon was used to always getting what he wanted, then the woman he loves disappeared without a word. When he finds her months later working as a barista, he wonders if she’s suffering from amnesia. Getting a scalding Americano to the chest proves she recognizes him, but she’s got the situation—and him—all wrong. Now all he has to do is prove it.
Jenna Bailey-Burke always entertains me with her stories. But, Megan and Brandon’s story took a while to grow on me.
Megan, her attitude and refusal to listen to anyone is what had me a little taken-aback with this book. I truly didn’t like her at all until about 90% into the story. Granted, she felt like ¬she was betrayed. But, there is only so much of the “woe is me” that can be written into a story before you want to slap her upside the head. She was one stubborn woman that really had no interest in learning the truth. She actually became really nasty before finally understanding exactly what happened with Brandon, her family and her life.
I gave Brandon a lot of credit for putting up with Megan. She used him, didn’t believe him, refused to hear anything that he had to say and he just kept pushing through, loving her, keeping a secret for a friend and trying to get her to see reason. He really didn’t do anything wrong, didn’t betray her … just played by her rules. Rules that ended up biting him in the ass. He tried to support her, help her and all he got was slapped in the face. Then, in the end, he wimps out and apologizes for playing the game.
So, I was a little disappointed with the way this story played out. I started feeling like Megan was acting out just to extend the story. I would have loved for her to have understood what was happening a little earlier in the story and, maybe, work with Brandon to get to the bottom of everything. I’m glad that Jenna Bailey-Burke finally got them on the same page and gave them an HEA but, I was really frustrated while she was getting them there.
Review copy provided for a voluntary review.
ABOUT JENNA BAYLEY-BURKE
By day, Jenna is faster than a speeding toddler, stronger than a stubborn husband, able to leap tall Lego structures in a single bound…but by night, while the family sleeps she writes romance novels where no one ever has to scoop up after the dog, change diapers, clip coupons, drive carpool, do laundry, mop floors, get silly putty out of hair, vacuum, empty the vacuum bag (gross!), exercise, count calories, apply bandaids, clean up puke…wait where was this going? Oh, Jenna writes romance because it is glamorous. Just ask the dog.