The Billionaire’s Game (The Billionaire’s Obsession #4) by J.S. ScottThe Billionaire's Game by J.S. Scott
Published January 2014
Series: The Billionaire's Obsession #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
four-stars
Format: eBook
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With his professional football career over due to a tragic accident, billionaire Kade Harrison takes on the task of solving a mystery for his brother-in-law and friend, Max Hamilton. Without his former career to fill every minute of the day, Kade's looking for something to challenge him--now that he's lost the career that had meant everything to him. But what starts out as a simple favor soon becomes a whole lot more than he bargained for when the woman he's seeking slips away from him every time he gets close to finding her. When Kade does finally corner her, things start to get even more complicated. Asha Paritala is nothing like he expected, and the female he had tracked down as a favor for Max soon becomes a woman he wants for his very own, a woman who makes protective and highly predatory instincts he didn't know he had flare to life inside him. Kade soon discovers that he wants Asha's total surrender to the desire and passion that vibrates intensely between the two of them, but he also wants her trust, the one thing Asha's history makes it difficult for her to give. Can Kade convince her that some things are worth risking it all?

Caught between two worlds, Asha Paritala is homeless, broke and damaged from a life of abuse and neglect. Born of an American mother and an Indian immigrant father, Asha was raised as an Indian woman by a foster family after the death of her natural parents when she was little more than a baby. She's spent her entire life under the control of others until finally breaking free two years earlier, and she's determined to keep her freedom, even if it means she has to struggle to survive. But when she meets Kade Harrison, her resolve is tested. After Kade helps her through a bad situation, she finds herself beginning to trust Kade as she's never trusted a man before. Kade is everything she always thought a man should be, but can she lose herself in him completely when she knows she's damaged and confused. And is it really possible that she could be a lost sibling to two people like Max Hamilton and Maddie Hudson? Asha is tempted by the possibility of family, and the irresistible lure of a man like Kade Harrison. Can a woman caught between two cultures, so flawed and so backward, really reach out and take what she wants, or will the instinct to run from the pain of her past destroy the hope of happiness for her future?

Former quarterback Kade Harrison has been trying to track down Asha Paritala for months now. Once he finally finds the person who might very well be his brother-in-law’s half-sister, she is exhausted from all the running. Indeed, Asha just escaped her abusive husband and all that’s left of her is a homeless broken shell of herself.

While the mutual attraction between the two is more than apparent, Asha is still insecure and damaged due to her history, and she has issues comprehending how anyone could possibly ever want her. She keeps wondering if Kade’s caring and affectionate ways for the family’s sake only. And while Kade plays the alpha-role well, he also has to deal with issues that left him feeling like less of a man. Will the two of them piece each other back together?

What I loved about this book:

  • It’s sweet and steamy all at once (Kade is such a sweet alpha-male!)
  • It raises deeper cultural issues

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The plot might bore you
  • The female MC might annoy you

In Book #4 of The Billionaire’s Obession Series, we learn about Kade’s story. The more I get into this series, the more I think the books can’t be read individually anymore, since so many names are dropped. So In case you don’t know who Kade is anymore, then you will probably remember him when I tell you we’re talking about the billionaire who loves wearing weird shirts (with bananas, monkeys and hot dogs on them)…

Just like in any J.S. Scott romance novel, the male MC is completely obsessed with the female heroine and always acts like some kind of overbearing alpha-male. Kade didn’t feel like that from the previous books, but he certainly played this role well. His counterpart – the female heroine – generally comes from a broken family (or has been through difficult times) and needs “fixing”, which the billionaire alpha male is happy to do on an emotional and material level. Even though the plot itself remains about the same, J.S. Scott always manages to make every story unique. In this book in particular, I must say that I was impressed to read about domestic issues happening within the households of people of foreign origin, such as India.

Sure, there is a lot of eyerolling when you read this book because Kade is sooo alpha, and Asha lacks so much self-confidence it becomes annoying. She plainly did not see that Kade was completely crazy for her and instead of just letting him take care of her, she tries to get away from him. Sometimes she acts too stupid for her own good. And then you have to deal with all her guilt-tripping and her supposed cultural differences too. God and the end of the book was just so predictable, because it’s literally the same in every J.S. Scott novel.

But I’m happy to close an eye on those negatives and just let the author charm me with a sexy swoony carefree read with lots of quality steamy scenes. It’s simple: I just let the billionaire take charge of the swoon department – I mean the series is called The Billionaire’s Obsession, so there’s not much else to do or to expect! I really recommend this read at the rest of the series to anyone who wants to spend some quality time with their eReader. After all, the author’s writing is great as always (and in alternating 3rd Person POV), and the steamy scenes totally worth it.

All J.S. Scott books (or at least the ones in this series) are available for free if you have subscribed to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, so it’s really worth it.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
4 Stars
Overall: four-stars