Any Time, Any Place (Billionaire Builders #2) by Jennifer Probst
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HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart- mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.
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Any Time, Any Place was a good read. It is the first I have read in this series, but I definitely want to go back and read the first book now. Dalton and Raven were meant to be together even though Raven tries to fight it. This book was great.
When she was young Raven's father was killed in a car accident. She had lost her mom already so he was the only parent she had. If that weren't bad enough her dad was with another woman and they were running away to Paris. He was leaving her and never coming back! Plus the lady's family was saying that her father seduced their mother and that is why she was there. It ruined her father's name and Raven vowed to get revenge on the Pierce family when she was able to. They can't get away with ruining her good father's name. They just can't.
The Pierce family was devastated when their mother died running away with another man. Dalton especially. He was the closest to her. They were like best friends and confidants and to see that she was leaving him and never coming back broke him. He lost faith in love and marriage. So now he loves women, but not long term. No commitment. Only a few times together and then move on to the next one. He loves everything about women. I really loved Dalton. He was upfront about who he was, but also wasn't that afraid to change for the right person. He also didn't have that male must protect my little woman thing going on. Raven is more than capable of taking care of herself and when she does he is so proud of her. I loved it.
When Raven moves back to town and opens a bar she doesn't expect to run into the Pierce brothers right away. Nor does she expect the crazy pull she has towards Dalton. He had run off to California to try and be his own man, but after his father's passing he was forced to move back home and be part of the family business. He is a woodworker and he loves it. He can see what a piece is or should be. Sometimes their clients ask for one thing, but he knows it should be another so he usually goes with what he knows and the clients end up happier. When he first meets Raven there is just something about her that draws him in. He wants to get to know her, to be there with her, yes to have sexy time with her but the more he is around her the more he just wants to be around her. I loved him. The issue? He knows she feels the connection as well, but she acts like she hates him most of the time. He can't figure it out. What did he do? Why does she hate him for no reason?
Of course Raven tries to stay away as he is one of the dreaded Pierce brothers. She will get her revenge. She is determined to prove that their mother seduced her father and led him astray. Oh, Raven. I understood her pain and heartache, but I hated that she instantly just wanted to prove that their mother was a horrible person. She never once considered that it could have just been they fell in love and neither of them had nefarious reasons. It was like she was determined to have them go through everything she went through whether it was correct or not. I hated that! But I still enjoyed the book.
Slowly these two start to get to know each other and Raven really struggles. She wants Dalton, but is she betraying her father if she gives in to him? So she tries to just use his interest to learn about his family. To find clues to what really happened. You know as they are growing closer and actually start to develop feelings for each other that it is not going to be good when Dalton finds out who she really is and what she was up to. I was waiting for the big blow up and man it was a doozy. I loved Dalton, but man. I get it. I mean he still hasn't forgiven his mother for leaving him so how would he react to finding out the guy's daughter, the guy he blames for his mother's death, is actually Raven? Oh, they have a lot to work through, but it was so fun to watch. I loved how everything worked itself out. These two were meant for each other, but that doesn't mean it was easy. My heart broke for Dalton so many times, but everything that happens makes them stronger. I really enjoyed this read. It was a lot of fun.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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About the Author:
Jennifer Probst - Bio: Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.