Hi all! Well I am now officially 40 years old! Where has the time flown? I have been reading up a storm lately. I am currently re-reading the Rescue Me Series by Kallypso Masters in preparation of reading the newest in the series, Someboy’s Angel.
But last week I read the entire Bad Boy Billionaires Series by Judy Angelo. Currently there is 14 books in the series, actually more like 14.5.
The newest book from this New York Times/USA Today Best-Selling Author is Rome for Always. This is a sequel to the novella, Rome for the Holidays, in the collection, ‘Hot, Sexy & Bad’. Here is the blurb from this book.
“SHE HAD ROME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, BUT WILL SHE HAVE HIM FOR ALWAYS? Arie Angelis is on top of the world. She’s engaged to the man of her dreams, the super-handsome and successful CEO of Belitalia, Rome Milano. She could not believe it when he proposed on Christmas Day. Of course, she said yes! But then, only a month into their engagement there’s a turn of events that threatens to steal her newfound happiness. In the past she’d made a life-altering choice. Now it’s time to stand by that decision. The only question is, will Rome stand with her or will it send him running?
Rome Milano knows a good thing when he sees it and when he meets Arie he has no doubt that she’s the one for him. He falls so swiftly in love with her that within weeks of meeting her he’s proposing. He can’t be any happier when she accepts. But there’s just one problem – how to convince the important people in his life that this is for real. Now that he’s found happiness will he be forced to choose between love and loyalty?
It’s decision time on both sides. Through it all, will love prevail?”
I have to say that of all the books in the series, this is my favorite one so far. Arie is just a character one can relate to. Other than her best friend, Arie has no family but wants one desperately. She made something of herself with no one else’s help. When Rome proposes, Arie finally will get the family she yearns for….or will she. Rome is the billionaire all women dream would rescue them from their life. An italian Prince Charming. He makes mistakes but more than makes up for them in the end. He has a huge heart and a wonderful family who is not without fault.
Some reviewers and critic’s have said in the past that they are tired of the rich boy who swoops in to say the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. They want characters more like themselves. I see their point, however, I love it. The fantasy of it. Who doesn’t dream at least at some point in their life about being swept away by some wealthy guy and be spoiled to death by him. I want to get lost in a book no matter the financials a character may or may not have. The fact that Rome was rich really had no weight in this story. Rome could have been a layman changing a light bulb at a party Arie was catering and I could still see the sparks between them fly!
There is more I could say, but I don’t want to give too much away. I give Rome for Always :
Here is the reading order of the Series. They are all stand alone books except Rome for the Holidays and Rome for Always, they must be read in order.
TAMED BY THE BILLIONAIRE – Vol. 1
Roman Steele – The business tycoon who has the daunting task of taming the spoiled princess.
MAID IN THE U.S.A. – Vol. 2
Pierce D’Amato – The software billionaire who thinks he’s in control but instead finds himself at the mercy of an angelic four year old and a dark-eyed French beauty who steals his heart.
BILLIONAIRE’S ISLAND BRIDE – Vol. 3
Dare DeSouza – The owner of a line of Caribbean resorts who tries to teach our beloved heroine a lesson she’ll never forget…but then ends up learning the greatest lesson of his life.
DANGEROUS DECEPTION – Vol. 4
Storm Hunter – He loves motorcycles, fast cars and now he’s got to add one more item to his list of loves: Danielle Swift. Dani has a charm he tries to resist but this committed bachelor is no match for this fiercely independent woman who’s like none he’s met before.
TO TAME A TYCOON – Vol. 5
Enrico Megalos – A shipping tycoon with a big problem but one which ‘lion tamer’, Asia Miller, is determined to fix.
SWEET SEDUCTION – Vol. 6
Jake McKoy – Billionaire author, philanthropist and recluse – a man with a past that is tearing him apart. Will Samantha Fox be the woman to pull him out of his shell?
DADDY BY DECEMBER – Vol. 7
Drake Duncan – Billionaire investor, and a man determined to win the love of his life: a woman who is just as determined…to stay the heck out of his way.
TO CATCH A MAN (IN 30 DAYS OR LESS) – Vol. 8
Stone Hudson – Owner of Hudson Broadcasting Corporation, Stone is thrown for a loop when he meets a woman gutsy enough to laugh at him. And then she turns into a temptress. How can he resist?
BEDDING HER BILLIONAIRE BOSS – Vol. 9
Rockford St. Stephens – The owner of a newly acquired luxury vacation business who finds himself boss to an executive assistant who can’t stand him…but who he finds impossible to resist.
HER INDECENT PROPOSAL -Vol. 10
Sloane Quest – The media mogul who’s rocked back on his heels when his top competitor, the lovely Melanie Parker, makes him an offer he can’t refuse.
SO MUCH TROUBLE WHEN SHE WALKED IN – Vol. 11
Maximillian Davidoff – The cosmetics giant turned NASCAR entrepeneur who’s bowled over by the most ornery woman he’s ever met.
MARRIED BY MIDNIGHT – Vol. 12
Reed Davidoff – The fashion mogul who gets caught up in a fairy tale romance that makes him wish he could reverse his past. After the mistakes he’s made, can he win the hand of the princess?
THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR – Vol. 13
Soledad Felix doesn’t take guff from anyone, not even if that someone is the tall, dark and gorgeous hunk who moves in next door. Since the day he moves in he’s a royal pain in the rear, going out of his way to make himself a nuisance. But then, as fate would have it, her big, bad and bossy neighbor falls right into her hands. And with him at her mercy, it’s time to make him pay…
Ransom Kent likes to mind his own business and lead a quiet life but tell that to his crazy neighbor next door. From the first day they meet it’s like she’s got this thing against him, a crazy vendetta of her own making. And it doesn’t help that she’s both beautiful and bewitching, with a whole lot of hot sauce on top. It’s an alluring combination that he just can’t resist. But when he gives in to the temptation and hands her his heart on a platter, that’s when he realizes she’s nothing like the woman he thought she was.
ROME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – Vol. 13.5
(A novella, Rome for the Holidays, in the collection, ‘Hot, Sexy & Bad’) When Rome Milano meets the hot and heavenly Arie Angelis he learns that he can’t always have his way. He’s used to calling the shots, but not this time…
I cannot wait for book 15 in the Bad Boy Billionaire Series, Billionaire’s Blackmail Bride.