Sorry for how late this is being posted but life got away from me today.
I am so happy to have had the chance to review Going Down Easy because Carly Phillips was my introduction into the wonderful world of romance 🙂 If I had not discovered Sealed with a Kiss, I probably would not be the romance lover I am today.
I highly recommend you not only check out Going Down Easy but also Carly Phillips’s other books because they are equally as entertaining and adorable.
Going Down Easy
Billionaire Bad Boys Book One
July 19, 2016
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.
Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.
As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control the explosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he’s calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.
About the Author:
After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find out more about Carly at http://www.carlyphillips.com.
Tech billionaires have become one of my new favorite characters in romance lately and that might be partly because I have a thing for guys who are geeks. It is definitely one of the reason why I was super excited when reading Going Down Easy especially since Kaden is not only a geek but was also being portrayed as being a bad boy as well. Geek + Bad boy + Billionaire = perfection.
Kaden’s quirks and reputation for being difficult has always been an issue in the past when it comes to his personal assistants but that all changes when Lexie is hired. Not only does she learn his quirks and anticipate his needs but she has no problem standing up to Kaden when he gets in one of his particular moods. Their first meeting is evidence enough that Lexie can handle herself when it comes to working for Kaden, allowing Kaden to fully recognize Lexie not only for her ability to complete his tasks but also in other ways ;).
Lexie’s resilience and ambition is what I loved about her character because not only did she hold her own when she first meets Kaden despite being super nervous but she ends up surprising him and throwing him for a loop a little bit. Lexie has had experience when dealing with someone who has certain moods and needs things done a certain way as she has been living with and helping her twin sister who is bipolar. This was my first time reading a romance where mental illness was been present in the storyline and I really liked that it was because it is something I have not seen before and it really allowed you to see just how hardworking and selfless Lexie is. Her love for her family and her sister is so strong that she does everything she can to help her sister, Kendall, have a normal life even if it means putting aside her dreams and what she want to do.
It is because of Lexie’s life, both living with her sister and growing up with her mother who suffers from severe depression that she is able to recognize that Kaden also has his own issues that he is dealing with, making her just the right girl for the job as his personal assistant and further on as the woman he falls in love with. Lexie is always there for him partly as his assistant and partly as something more and it is that loyalty that allows Kaden to see that Lexie is someone her can trust and, in the end, truly love.
While I loved Lexie and Kaden’s story, there were certainly things that I wished there was more of in the story. Overall, the book felt like it was too short to me and maybe thats because I read very quickly but I felt like there could have been more because I wanted more. I really liked that Kaden was a tech guy hence my thing for geeky guys but we didn’t really get to see too much into his company and app that he was launching other than the lawsuit that was happening between his ex-partner. I would have loved to see that added in because I think it would have stretched out the book a little bit more. On top of that, I also felt like Lexie and Kaden’s relationship progressed rather quickly. Of course, anticipating the happily ever after moment is key when reading a romance but I just think theirs was rushed. I would have loved to see it stretched out a little bit more throughout the book.
Overall, this was an adorable romance that was refreshingly realistic as it incorporated several characters dealing with mental health issues which I very much appreciated. If you are looking for your fill of a billionaire romance with a strong-minded heroine who stands up to her exacting, sometimes infuriating boss and in the process wins his heart, then check out Going Down Easy.