Oct 16, 2013

The Billionaire Bankers

When Lana Bloom learns the devastating news that her mother is dying, she is faced with a terrible dilemma. The one thing that can save her is the one thing she does not have. For young and Innocent Lana, The unthinkable is her only choice.When she walks through the door of that exclusive restaurant she has no idea of the seismic shift her life is about to take, for the highest bidder will not be the rich man she has accompanied.
Fate drops her at the feet of the deeply mysterious and dazzlingly gorgeous American banker, Blake Law Barrington. Throbbing with raw masculinity and arrogance, this is a man who owns all that he pursues.And now he wants her.Lana cannot deny she is both intrigued and intoxicated by the world Blake inhabits and the smouldering passion he stirs in her body, but she is also fearful for this man is addictive and right now she is very vulnerable. She knows she should focus only on the arrangement, but how can she?When he has opened a door that cannot be closed…

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and Lana Bloom is so far past desperate she would need binoculars just to see it over her shoulder. Lana needs a large sum of cash quickly but she’s just another young woman from the impoverished council flats in England. The only things of value in her possession are her virginity and the rights to her body.

Blake Law Barrington is a privileged son of the Barrington banking dynasty, a family synonymous with power, prestige, and wealth. The Barrington’s wield power across continents, influencing royalty and world events, while still managing to keep the details of their comings and goings hidden in the shadows. What Blake wants he gets and when he catches Lana bartering with a brute of a man he knows that if anyone is going to own her, it’s going to be him.

“His breath is punched out of his body, and he is seized by an unthinking, irresistible call to hunt. To possess. To own her.”
When Blake doubles Lana’s asking price there is no hesitation before she signs on the dotted line. For three months Blake will have exclusive rights to her. Lana will abide by Blake’s rigorous rules and never speak of the relationship once it is done. By day Blake will introduce Lana to a glamorous and glossy world full of Aston Martin’s, champagne, and exclusive restaurants. By night he’ll use her body however he wishes.

“She turns her face away from him and shuts her eyes in despair. She understands what he is doing. Always, she must be reduced to an orifice.”
Ownership turns to interest and interest turns into something close to love. But as the days tick by Blake and Luna face challenges not only from the confines of their arrangement but also Blake’s powerful family, a jealous rival and an act of God. Tears fall and - WARNING – “The Billionaire Banker” ends with a frustrating (at least to me) cliffhanger.

Girl in financial need stories are not new. Where “The Billionaire Banker” succeeds is in emphasizing the dignity that Lana carries throughout the story. Her motives are pure and as an innocent in this situation her growing attraction to Blake seems realistic. For every time he hurts her he shows her a kindness and he is the only man she’s ever known.

Where the story falls short for me was in the romantic/sexual connection between Blake and Lana. Spark, heat, friction – those are things I needed to feel from a male and female character in this type of situation and I just wasn’t feeling it. Blake comes across as very cold and mechanical. I never developed a solid read on his character. He’s rich. His family is powerful, controlling, and has expectations. He doesn't do emotions. In the bedroom he’s there to get what he wants and he’s gone. As a hero or even anti-hero, I was missing some sort of redemptive trait or characteristic and I just couldn't find it. When Blake starts to show that he cares for Lana I couldn't fully commit to it.

Though a little bumpy, “The Billionaire Banker”  has enough hook that I would suggest giving it a try.  A follow-up to “The Billionaire Banker” is scheduled for this coming January and I will be checking it out to see what’s next for Lana and Blake.

Happy reading.

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