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Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #3
Also in this series: The Billionaire and the Virgin, The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction
Also by this author: His Royal Princess, Stranded with a Billionaire, The Billionaire and the Virgin, The Billionaire's Favorite Mistake
Billionaire Sebastian Cabral loves his family, he just doesn’t love their reality TV show, The Cabral Empire. So when his ex-girlfriend tries to rekindle their relationship on camera, Sebastian decides that drastic measures are in order.
By day, Chelsea Hall is a happy-go-lucky, rough and tumble roller derby skater. By night, she’s still living in fear of her past. Most of all, she just doesn’t want to be alone. And she really, really doesn’t want to date.
So when their mutual friends’ upcoming wedding turns Chelsea and Sebastian into fast friends, they realize they can solve both of their problems with one life-changing lie: a quick trip down the aisle.
But with one kiss, Chelsea and Sebastian suddenly realize that their pretend relationship is more real than either of them expected…
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.
I’m going to start this by confessing that I clicked this book by mistake. It wasn’t one that I had planned to request and I wasn’t too happy about it, honestly. To quote Bob Ross, “We don’t make mistakes. We just have happy accidents.” That is exactly what this was, a happy accident. The Billionaire Takes a Bride by Jessica Clare is a refreshingly romantic friends to lovers story.
Chesty LaRude is one of the toughest roller derby chicks in her league — a real force to be reckoned with — when she dons her skates she is full of confidence and badassery. When the skates come off and she goes back to being just Chelsea, her confidence is shattered and she is practically suffocated by her fears.
Sebastian Cabral comes from family money. He’s charming, smart, and sexy as sin. His family stars in a reality tv show, The Cabral Empire — think Housewives, but with one crazy lady and her family instead of multiple crazy ladies. I felt bad for Sebastian, he wanted to stay as far from the insanity as possible and his mom just kept dragging him into the fray.
When Sebastian and Chelsea meet at their friends’ engagement party they have an instant chemistry. Neither of them wanted to get hit on by other people at the upcoming wedding events so they decide to be each others ‘safety dates’. Loved it. He quickly became protective of Chelsea and even though he didn’t understand her quirks, he rolled with it and gave her what she needed.
The character development in this book is phenomenal and the relationship development didn’t disappoint. Chelsea has so many sides to her personality, it was really easy to connect with her and impossible not to root for her. Sebastian? That man is half saint, I swear. He took on a practical stranger in an unconventional relationship and instead of bailing when he found out she wasn’t as happy-go-lucky as she seemed, he stuck around. Swoon worthy for sure.
The Billionaire Takes a Bride is an emotional rollercoaster that gives you all the feels. Four Sexy-Sweet Stars for storyline and Four Wet Panties for smut factor.