by Rachel Lyndhurst
Published by Macmillan
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Blackmailed by the Billionaire Brewer is a romance in which our heroine Piper Reilly is, you guessed it, blackmailed by a billionaire brewer. I requested this book for the title alone! Piper has a flaming-hot one-night-stand in Florida. Little does she know that her no-strings tattooed drifter is secretly not just a billionaire, but a billionaire from her home town, where she has a small business crafting items from seashells and coral. Matt DeLeo is kinda a dick, he knows he’s kinda a dick, and after Piper stuffs up at her temp job in his firm he manoeuvres her into working for him as arm candy (ew) for his new pink beer launch.
From this terrible start, the author somehow largely recues this relationship – despite how much I generally hate arsehole-to-lover stories. This tale was actually kinda hilarious and adorable in parts. I especially liked it that Piper called Matt on his worst behaviour and that Matt took the calling-out in good stead; and that the financial rescue fantasy didn’t have the heroine dependent on the hero as a result.
Please, though, please, romance authors, stop throwing in random sexual violence just so that the hero can rescue the heroine and save the day? It’s come to the point that if I’m three-quarters through the book and it hasn’t happened yet, I keep turning the pages waiting for it. I am so, so sick of this trope. Make it mean something, make it different from the other books, or just leave it out. </petpeeve>
I received an egalley of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.