The Millionaire's Gamble by Sarah Ballance
Series: The Mad Bad Hamiltons #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on July 11, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Wealth has a price. Everyone wants something from you. For one woman, that something was my DNA. One minute, she was kissing me like we were going to strip it down and goat it. And the next, she was ripping out my hair for a paternity test—andthreatening to torpedo my latest deal. I don't play these kind of games. And that damnably sexy woman with the alluring eyes and mistaken agenda is about to learn that the hard way…
Millionaire scion Jagger Hamilton didn't father Kennedy Price's nephew.That doesn't mean he can't use the situation to his advantage. She wantshim to take a paternity test. He wants her in his bed.
She's blackmailing him, and she's playing dirty. He could try to use thefamous Hamilton charm to turn her into a powerful ally… But she makes him feel… Way. Too. Much.
Kennedy Price isn't asking much. Just for the powerful, sinfully hot, andnotorious playboy to be a decent human being. But he's used to using thatfilthy, sensual mouth for getting what he wants.
And he wants her.
She’s determined not to fall for him. But there's no avoiding his charisma,or his bed, where she threatens to lose more than the standoff between them. She just might lose her heart.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
This is clearly one of those “It’s not you, it’s me” scenarios. While I loved the idea behind The Millionaire’s Gamble, the fact the characters spent 75% of the time lost in their own heads didn’t work for me at all
I’m not saying this wasn’t a good book, it just didn’t entertain “me”. I can’t relate to a person who is constantly changing their minds on whether they should or should not sleep with someone. It just didn’t make sense to me which meant I skimmed so much I probably missed some of the good parts.
Kennedy was hard-working, loyal and devoted to helping her sister and nephew get the life they deserved. She believed Jagger was the irresponsible git who had knocked her sister up and then refused to be held accountable.
Jagger can’t believe he’s being played by the PA of the guy he’s trying to finish up a business deal with. Not only is it inconvenient, but now she has information that could kill the deal, plus he has the hots for her.
Jagger had a clear case of self-fulfilling-prophecy-itis. Raised in a less than stellar environment, he was completely closed off to any kind of relationship. He was all business all the time because everyone always wanted something from him and he could never trust anyone to want him for himself.
The characters spent more time denying their feelings and convincing themselves they didn’t want to get involved than actually interacting with one another, well, except for when they were getting it on.
I’ve come to the conclusion that long paragraphs of inner monologue is a writing style that’s just not my thing. I don’t hate inner musings per se, but if the majority of the story is spent inside the characters heads, especially if it’s not even the funny kind of inner musings, I get bored out of my mind.
The overall plot of the story was interesting, I actually liked both Kennedy and Jagger, and the ending was really sweet but the execution just didn’t work for me. If you don’t mind lots of mental musings, you will probably love The Millionaire’s Gamble.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3 “it was me, not the book” Stars
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