This is a review of The Billionaire by J.R. Ward. It is published before the famous Fifty Shades series by E.L. James. Surprisingly, this is not your typical billionaire romance but definitely a must-read with an almost 5-star rating from Book Estuary. If you are into billionaire romance tropes, The Billionaire by J.R. Ward is definitely a must-read.
This billionaire’s got it bad, and that’s not good… The first O’Banyon Brothers novel from New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward writing as Jessica Bird.
Take-no-prisoners deal-maker Sean O’Banyon (aka SOB) eats Wall Street financiers for lunch. So why is he losing sleep over a sweet-faced nurse in old jeans and a too-big T-shirt? Maybe it’s those warm green eyes. Or the way she blushes when he gets personal. Maybe it’s the way she challenges everything he’s believed about himself for so long.
There’s no denying they have serious chemistry. But sooner or later Lizzie will learn his deep, dark secrets. First, he has trust issues. Second, the whole family thing is not for him. And, last, he doesn’t do relationships—even if there’s something about Lizzie that makes him want everything he can’t have…
A reader-favorite story previously published as The Billionaire Next Door.
Book Estuary Review
The Billionaire, Sean
This book was previously published as The Billionaire Next Door. It tells the story of Sean and Lizzie. Sean is known to hold immense power at Wall Street district and is known with many names including idol or god among many others. He has trust issues coming from an abusive home and from having ex-girlfriends who are all after his money.
The Nurse, Lizzie
Lizzie, on the other hand, is a nurse who is struggling to make ends meet. She is staying on the first floor of Sean’s family home. Lizzie is friends with Sean’s father until he died of a heart attack. Lizzie was the one who took care of Sean’s father and was the only person his father talked to during the days following his death.
Lizzie was also supporting her mother in her hobby as an artist.
The Instant Attraction
Lizzie and Sean met after Sean’s father died. Attraction sparked immediately after they met and they were able to spend some quality time with each other when Sean was arranging the estate of his father. However, Sean’s issues got in the way.
Overall and Final Thoughts on The Billionaire by J.R. Ward
At first, I don’t know what to feel about the story especially on Sean’s issues. I thought it was shallow. However, as the story progresses, it became convincing and truthful. Also, I find Lizzie too nice at first making the story unrealistic. But, there’s something in how the story develops that touches my romance reader’s heart.
In the end, I must say, the story is beautiful and I think the characters are loveable especially Lizzie. I initially thought that this story is a dire attempt to follow Fifty Shades of Grey but I was so wrong not only after reading this but also in reference to the timeline that this book was first released. Sean and Lizzie have this unforgettable story that many can relate to. Lizzie is amazing especially in how she deals with things here and even how she handles Sean’s issues. I appreciate nurses even more in this book because of Lizzie.
There’s also a mention of pottery art in this book. This is written in dual-POV. I highly recommend this book and I’m giving it a close to 5-star rating.
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Book Title: The Billionaire (The O’Banyon Brothers #1)
Author: Jessica Bird (J.R. Ward)
Publication Date: Originally published 2007 as The Billionaire Next Door
Print Length: 183 pages
My Rating: 4.8-star
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