Certifiable genius Mari Hart has spent her life focusing on school and getting ahead. Freshly out of school at age twenty, with two doctorates in hand and no idea what to do next, Mari decides to allow herself one night to be young, something she’s never done before. She’s smart, and she’s responsible—what could go wrong?
But at Florida’s hot, kinky new nightclub she sees something that she shouldn’t, and even her incredible intelligence can’t save her—but billionaire Alexios Kosta can. One of the world’s richest men—one with dark secrets of his own—Alexi has the power to make all of Mari’s problems go away.
The catch? To obtain full protection, Mari must become Alexi’s wife. And it isn’t long before their public displays of affection spark something far hotter than either could ever have imagined…
This is book two of the A Virgin, A Billionaire and a Marriage series. It is a category length novel that stands alone- no cliffhangers!
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This book popped my billionaire mafia cherry and fuck, I liked it. I don’t know why I’m surprised: an alpha billionaire whose focus is on distancing himself from his mafia family meets a virgin genius who is too smart for her own good. This set up is exactly my cup of tea – that I have dumped lots of sugar into and I could give two fucks whether it’s healthy or not. Sorry not sorry, Mari.
Mari’s actually a genius. Like a real, live, genius. She also has probably the oddest background of any heroine I have ever read: her mother picked out her donor sperm father with the specific intent of creating a genius child. Mari was then groomed from birth to be the genius that is going to change the world. Sadly, that also made her pretty fucking socially awkward. She finally decides to break out of the mold for just one night…and well, shit doesn’t go quite to plan. Suddenly she’s trying to outrun a bullet (she doesn’t have magical powers. sorry) and the mafia.
Is Mari going to annoy the fuck out of you when she reminds you every five seconds that she’s smart? Yes. Is she going to do really stupid things that will cause you to wonder if she actually IS intelligent? Fuck, yes. But let’s remember here: all of her terrible decisions surround social situations, so cut the girl a break. Her awkwardness is true to character and hell, she actually grew on me.
I really liked Alexi. He’s alpha and complex without being overly gruff. He feels a strange connection to Mari that’s unlike any he’s ever felt before, which causes him to make possessive declarations; yet, he still takes things (physically) slow. I loved his intuition and his good heart. There is actually a sweet love story that’s mixed in with the strange yet enjoyable plot as Mari tries to figure out who she really is while Alexi tries to find a way to keep her alive.
Mafia danger, virgin wife & a billionaire….this book is a pleasure you shouldn’t feel guilty about. 3.75 stars!
[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]
About the Author
Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.
Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!