***4 ‘I’ve always been yours’ Stars*** I’ve really enjoyed the Seattle Bachelors series because they’ve been fun, quick, steamy reads with interesting characters and since it is based in Seattle, where I currently reside, I can visualize all the places that are mentioned in the book. So, it’s no surprise that I jumped to get my hands on Bargaining for the Billionaire, not only because it is the next in the series, but because after the little teaser excerpt at the end of Winning the Billionaire for it I needed to know more about Maggie and Grayson and I wasn’t disappointed. It was just as steamy, if not a little more, than the previous books and I was hooked from the first page and finished it in a matter of hours. I adored Grayson. He had a tendency to go about things in a half ass backward manner where lying is involved, but his intentions are heartfelt and good. It was hard to be annoyed or even angry with him knowing why he did the things he did. But when he wasn’t hiding his true identity he was honest about what he wanted and how he felt about everything. He laid all his cards out on the table, even if it scared the hell out of him, and left it up to you to decide how sincere he was. His honesty, along with a dirty mind, was what had me falling for him even when I wanted to smack some sense into him. Maddie I really liked, I did, but she drove me batshit crazy at times. She is a strong, intelligent woman who is a huge booknerd, something I loved, and her loyalty to her friends is undeniable, but Maddie has major trust issues. The reason behind it is horrific and heartbreaking, and though she has put herself back together, the experience changed her on a fundamental level that she’s never been able to come to terms with. This leads her to have knee jerk reactions that drove me nuts. I understood, and empathized, with why she got so keyed up, but there were a few that had me snarling at her as well. Maddie and Grayson’s story is a second chance at love that involves painful pasts, deceptions not meant to deceived and leaving things that need to be said unsaid. And yet it’s also filled with sweet, tender, honest and steamy moments that make all of the angst worthwhile. And Gray because he was awesome. When their walls are down and they actually communicate it’s easy to see why they are attracted to each other, outside of physical, so it’s hard to not want them to work past their issues and get their HEA. There are issues that come to light about both Maddie and Gray’s past that could be triggers for some readers, but I thought they were represented and dealt with well based on the characters own personalities. I loved catching up with Cade, Hannah, Tina and Baz and am looking forward to the next, and last, book in the series! ~ ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
What makes a family is simple. LOVE! Therein lies the beauty of JM Stewart's Seattle Bachelors series. Maddie, Hannah, Christina, Cade, Sebastian and Grayson have experienced some of the most tragic and ugly moments in their lives. Fate brought these people together at a time when they needed each other most but love was the glue that united these lost souls. Past experiences have broken Gray and Mad's trust in themselves and each other but with a little push from friends these two just may get a chance to mend fences and join hearts. Ms. Stewart combines emotion with lust and creates a ray of sunshine from a cloud of darkness.