Going Down Fast is the second book in Carly Phillips newest series, the Billionaire Bad Boys. Lucas was a nerd growing up. He was bored in school and bullied by other kids, especially his older brother Keith. He ended up dropping out of college only to become a multi-billion in the tech world. Keith was the popular kid, into playing sports, and besting everyone else, including his Lucas. Keith even manipulated the girl Lucas cared for by lying to her, telling her Lucas was engaged, and getting her to marry him. Maxie Sullivan cannot believe all the lies her husband, Keith, told before he died. He was unfaithful, gambled, embezzled money from his law firm, stopped paying the life insurance policy, and took out a second mortgage without telling her any of this. It is only after his death that sure learns of all of this. Icing on the cake is losing her job at his law firm because of his sins. Lucas has been her best friend since they were kids. Maxie always thought Lucas was her future and regrets marrying the wrong brother. Lucas offered Maxie a place to live until she is able to support herself. He has never stopped loving Maxie and struggled with the way his brother treated her. Now these two have a chance to rewrite their future. This book is definitely hot and sexy with loveable characters that you want to support and cheer on hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written, authentic and complex. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I highly recommend this book to other readers.
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***4.5 Stars*** And we have another winner! Which is a beautiful thing, but now I’m torn between Kade and Lucas *heavy sigh and shrug* I’ll just take both *BSEG* It was a sweet, sexy, funny and heartbreaking read and I was hooked from the start and had a difficult time putting it down (I didn’t even bother trying to hide and use the app on my phone). I adored Lucas. Here’s a guy who was a geek, got bullied and yet came out on the other side of all that crap not only being a billionaire, but a sweet, caring, charismatic and sexy beast. He knows he’s smart. He knows he can basically get anything he wants and yet there isn’t an arrogant bone in his body. Is he confident? Hell yeah, but he hasn’t crossed that line into being an a$$hat. He’s taken his own experiences and is using them help others who are like him. Maxie. God, I feel for the woman. She’s been through hell and is trying to pick up the pieces of her life and find the woman she was always supposed to be before things went down the drain. I loved her strength and sweetness and while her need to stand on her own two feet sometimes frustrated me, okay irritated me, I understood why she needed to draw the lines that she did. At it’s heart, their relationship is very much a friends to lovers story, but there is soooo much more to it. Like, “Are you serious?” level of so much more going (doncha love spoiler free reviews??) it made my head spin and heartbreak for both of them. But I loved them together, even when things got a little awkward, they still felt right and the sexual tension between them was sizzling. The ease of their interactions and the trust that was there, even when it didn’t seem that was, made it fun, and frustrating, to watch as they worked things out between them. I have to say that Ms. Phillips kept me on my toes with this one from start to finish. I swear my eyes almost popped out of my head as I read the prologue and first chapter because it wasn’t at all what I was expecting after reading the blurb, but it hooked me and I had to see how everything played out. I loved getting to hang out with Kade, Lexie and even Kendall and getting to know Derek a little more. Derek’s book is the next one up and my curiosity is definitely peaked because I’m wondering if a situation that arose in this book is the catalyst to his own HEA. Also, there appears to be another possible story in the works, so we’ll see if my gut is correct or I’m just trying to ensure I get to spend more time with these characters. ~ Copy received from RockStar PR and voluntarily reviewed ~
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When I finished the first book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series, I was already anticipating how much I was going to enjoy the next book and Carly Phillips did not let me down! Lucas Monroe and Maxie Sullivan have been friends since they were kids. Lucas has always carried a torch for Maxie, but back when they were kids, he was the skinny nerd that never got the girl and especially the one he wanted most - Maxie. Fast forward several years and he has bulked up, started a company with his best friends, that made him a billionaire, and oh yeah, that girl that he's always wanted? She was married to his brother, making her completely off limits. Maxie has always leaned on Lucas, it's just part of how their relationship has worked. He helped her the night her world fell apart the first time and following the death of her husband, and his brother, she turned to him again when she learned more about the deceit her husband left behind - the fact that she was now homeless after being foreclosed on. As she moves in, she knows that this may be a difficult situation for her because of the feelings she's always fought for her brother-in-law. When another threat is levied against Maxie, Lucas promises to stand by her; to help her get to the bottom of the situation. The sparks also begin to fly and these two realize that they are fighting a losing battle trying to stay away from one another. The chemistry is off the charts and all of the years of friendship only contribute to making the foundation of the new relationship that much stronger. The question is, can these two take what they both need, and want, and not worry about what others are going to think about it? Carly Phillips does a wonderful job of giving us steamy, hot and emotional along with a dose of suspense and intrigue. Carly is one of my "go-to" authors and she did not disappoint with this new book and I can't wait to get my hands on the next one in this series!
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