Published May 2014
Series: The Billionaire's Obsession #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Office Romance
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After four years of working for “the billionaire boss from hell” Ally Caldwell thinks she finally has her life on the right track. Her fiancé is out of dental school, ready to go to work at a thriving practice, and it would finally be her turn to go back and finish her college degree. Unfortunately, her carefully planned future crumbles when she finds out that her fiancé, the man she’d nearly killed herself to help get through school, has been cheating on her. With her wedding looming in the near future, Ally’s blindsided, realizing she’d never even knew the man she’d been planning to marry. Suddenly, her carefully organized life is turned upside down, and not one single thing is turning out the way it was supposed to happen. Even her boss, Travis the Tyrant, is beginning to act differently, throwing Ally into an even more confused and chaotic state of mind. Travis, the one man who she’d always counted on to be a jerk, was now the guy who actually steps up to try and help her straighten her life out again. Unfortunately, she doesn’t much care for his highhanded arrogance or his methods of “helping.” Ally wants to hate Travis. It makes her life so much simpler to fight with him than to admit to the combustible chemistry growing between the two of them. But as she begins to see more and more of the real Travis beneath his dark façade, she can’t seem to resist the dangerous lure of their unlikely attraction.
Billionaire Travis Harrison does everything he possibly can to repair the Harrison name after a scandal nearly destroyed his family years ago. He makes sure he keeps himself and his actions in check, his emotions buried under a thick layer of ice. Only his secretary and assistant, Alison Caldwell, makes him come close to losing his carefully constructed image. The obstinate female keeps shoving him closer and closer to the edge of sanity every single day. But when he finds out about her fiancé’s betrayal, his protective instincts roar to life inside him, making him want to ensure she’s never hurt again. The only problem is…Ally doesn’t want his help, and the infuriating woman does everything she can to push him away, even as the two of them are swept into an undeniable passion that neither of them can possibly ignore. Before long, Travis finds himself in ruthless pursuit of something much more important and elusive than just a business deal.
Can these two very different, very stubborn people actually be meant to be together? Find out if Travis and Ally can let down their defenses and surrender to a love so powerful it will rock them to the depths of their souls in Billionaire Undone, Book Five of The Billionaire’s Obsession series.
Travis Harrison is known as “Travis the Tyrant” – a ruthless businessman with strong values that no-one but his assistant Ally Caldwell can handle on a daily basis. But little does Ally know, her own boss is completely smitten with her and act like an a–hole around her just out of self-preservation – since he is too respectful of the fact that she is engaged to someone and soon to be married.
However, everything changes when Ally discovers her fiancé cheating on her in her own bed. Rick leaves her, leaving behind a shattered and indebted Ally, who has to make ends meet by working two jobs. Can you guess what Travis’ reaction will be when he finds out his favourite assistant is available and in need of help?
What I loved about this book:
- The fact that is was a steamy office romance
- The playful and enjoyable storyline
- The quite unusual twist in the plot
What I felt needed improvement:
- Some parts of the story feel a bit too unrealistic (like Travis not having had a women since hiring Ally given his infatuation for her.
I read Billionaire Undone as a natural follow-up to reading the previous The Billionaire’s Obsession books by J.S. Scott. So far, every book in this series has been as steamy alpha-male read-fest, and Billionaire Undone (Travis’ story) is not an exception.
This book is a standalone, but the many names that get dropped on a regular basis (basically some reminders of the previous books), can get a tad confusing, so if you want to get the full experience, I suggest you read the previous books, who always display a different storyline.
In Billionaire Undone, we get the full impact of a well-written office romance. Except that until Travis actually finds out his sexy secretary is available again, and separated from her douchebag fiancé, he doesn’t dare the slightest approach. This in turn makes his frustration grow as every day passes by, but since Ally is the best assistant he’s ever had, there’s no way he can fire her to make the frustration go away.
Travis represents the perfect suit-rocking moody alpha male that gave this book its over-the-top swoon factor. As soon as he finds out that Ally is available, he comes on to her – and maybe he even comes on too strong! You can literally feel his restraint snapping after all those years of longing for her.
Yet, this is nothing compared to his reaction when he finds out Ally’s true predicament. His assistant has only ever been with one man. The man she thought loved her, and the man she had sacrificed so many things for. This same person cheated on her and left her indebted. So when Travis comes on to her in an attempt to help her and also to woo her, she has difficulty comprehending his intentions. What’s more, Ally has always been feisty around his boss, and has no issues with telling him “no”, which is strange since we know her a real pushover from her past relationship.
Anyway, this story was extremely enjoyable, with great characters whose chemistry make for extremely steamy scenes throughout the book. Of course, you will have guessed that Travis is in charge for most of these, but truth be told, Ally also hides some aces up her sleeve!
There is also a really refreshing 3rd dimension to this book, because Travis hides something important from the rest of the world, and he fears that by spending all his time with Ally, this secret might be unveiled. I liked this little twist in the plot because it made the book a little more complex.
All in all, this was another great J.S. Scott read, with a really great writing (3rd person, but alternating POVs) that will suck you into the story right from the start – I highly recommend it!
|All the feels|