Published November 2015
Series: The Billionaire's Obsession #8
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Chloe Colter is finally able to fulfill her dream of getting married after over a decade of school to become an equine vet. But her dreams of a perfect life are shattered when her fiancé becomes abusive, forcing her to finally break away from a destructive relationship.
Life has always been simple for Gabe Walker…until the moment he kisses Chloe Colter at a New Year’s Eve party. He wants her, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Can he convince Chloe to accept a job at his horse ranch so he can see her every day and slowly watch her passion emerge as she learns to trust a man again?
The fire between Gabe and Chloe burns hot, but can Chloe finally let go of her horrifying life before Gabe and give him a chance?, Is she strong enough to reach out and take a man who wants her, doesn’t want to change her, and who cares about her exactly as she is? or will the emotional turmoil of how Gabe makes her feel make it even harder for her to heal, and force her to walk away?
Chloe Colter is back in Colorado Springs with her fiancé, and looking to settle as an equine vet. But being surrounded by friends and family, she suddenly notices that the relationship she has had with her fiancé over several years now is not what she should be expecting from life. He doesn’t treat her well, critisizes her figure, and dictates her life.
And since that slighlty drunken kiss with fellow billionaire Gabriel Walker on New Year’s Eve, she is slowly starting to wonder whether she should exit that vicious cycle she is currently in…
What I loved about this book:
- Not much to point out…
What I felt needed improvement:
- The rather moot plot
- The main characters’ lack of determination
- The rather cliché’d storyline
Billionaire Unbound is book number 8 in the Billionaire’s Obsession series by J.S. Scott. I really liked this series so far given the fact that all books provide for a nice romantic and sexy read. I was especially intrigued by Chloe’s story, as she had already been featured in the previous book as someone who was being aggressively treated by her boyfriend.
However, I found this book a lot less exciting than the previous ones. I did like the fact that the author brought up the subject of mental & physical abuse, and emotional blackmail – which is definitely an important one that needs awareness-raising. But I definitely disliked the fact that Chloe seemed way too helpless in her relationship with her fiancé, and Gabe way too alpha-male/knight-in-shining-armor. It turned to a damsel-in-distress plot rather than seeing a tough-cookie-girl-manning-up type of story. Indeed, Chloe really must have suffered from Stockholm Syndrome, because no one would have put up with the way she was being treated by her fiancé throughout several years.
I also had to look at this story from a realistic standpoint, and found that the domestic abuse issue here was kind of moot. Chloe’s family (and support group) consisted of helicopter-flying dirty-rich senators/scientists/CIA agents, which is so far removed from “usual” domestic abuse cases it hurts. Sorry, pun not intended. Because well, I doubt a typical housewife and victim of abuse has such a support system at hand, which can automatically roll out a huge search party for her as soon as she is missing. So obviously, the domestic abuse side of the story was an easy one to deal with here.
And last but not least, I felt the story was too flat. There wasn’t really a secondary intrigue (at least not one that isn’t a sneak peak into the next book) and the main intrigue is being resolved way to mo quickly and easily to my taste…
It was still a quick and nice read (with some nice sexual tension and steamy scenes) but overall it was unfortunately lower quality than the rest of the books, which was a bit of a disappointment…
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