Shopping for a Billionaire ~ by Julia Kent

RATING: 9/10 📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖📖

GENRE: romantic novel /chick lit/ billionaire series.

BOOK DETAILS: Shopping for a Billionaire 1-5 and Shopping for a Billionaire’s fiancée (the books of this series I read).

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Link to book details on Amazon.com  ~ Amazon.co.uk

SYNOPSIS: Shannon is single. Has been for a year or so. She is a mistery shopper, and one day while evaluating a men’s room she bumps into a really really Hot Guy. Want to find out what happens next?

Screamingly funny, while being extremely spicy!

Shannon Jacoby. She is not exactly perfect. And I love not-exactly perfect. She is allergic to bees. But she lives her life fully. She is smart. But she is not posh. She is avarage. But she is not plain.Well. She is a Jane Eyre in Boston. And I love Jane! As well as Becky Bloomwood. Except here you can peep through the keyhole and find out what happens behind closed doors. Because yes, something happened – between Jane and Mr. Rochester, Becky and Luke.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Shannon (with an annoying ex, a weird family, a fabulous bbf, wonderful colleagues and an irritating allergy to bees) and Declan (with a self-confident billionaire father, two brothers and a supportive personal secretary).

HOW I MET THIS BOOK: After an accurate reasearch on Goodreads, Amazon, the NYT and the Sunday Times reading lists/best sellers, and my favourite book blogs, I decided to go for this. I needed a quick funny read and something relaxing after a tough work time. Before this, I read a dreadful book so I wanted something absolutely certain and to be trusted. My aims were: relaxing – laughing out loud- dreaming of a billionaire ready for all girls in the world (with a soft butt – quotation here). I ended up reading the first set of 5 +1 of the best chick-lit/romantic novels I have ever read after Kinsella’s Shopholic series.

SOMETHING NEW I LEARNT FROM THIS BOOK: OMG, is there a job really called Mistery shopper? Where have I been all these years? And mostly,  why didn’t I end up working as a mistery shopper? And bumping into a billionaire (hot billionaire)?

HOW THIS BOOK WON ME OVER (quotes from the book):

I laughed a lot, almost crying, while reading hilarious witty scenes. However, the author has the ability to present also really deep thoughts with a light touch. That is what I appreciated most.

I really loved this novel! I kept on adding bookmarks to bookmarks, I can’t write them all down. Here below you can find only some I picked up because they are the most significant to me.

1 – “Take the job, Shannon. Worry about what-if later. You can’t spend your life worrying that the devil you don’t know might turn bad when the devil you know already is. Unemployment doesn’t suit you.” page 593

2 – What are Tiger Moms? The same women who rule over their piano – playing prodigies, the kids mastering Chopin before they were weaned, who make Yo-Yo Ma look like a drunk homeless dude playing a broken recorder in East Cambridge, who raise soccer players who make Luis Suarez look like Rainbow Brite – and they are lined up here at the mall with their kids, and they are not taking a “no” for an answer.

3 – Mommy Masochist. She has dressed the kid in all white and he looks like a cross between President Snow from The Hunger Games and a Ralph Lauren ad. He’s three. Three. And you put him in white? Mommy Masochist. page 611

4 – Thomas the Daddy Doormat is wearing white jeans (those are a thing? For men?) And a white turtle neck, with a red wool sweater the exact color of a Mommy Masochist’s shoes.

5- Sex ed classes shouldn’t teach abstinence, or the mechanics of sex, or even birth control. They should march those teens to the mall two days before Christmas and make them play Santa’s helper for a few hours. That would drop the teen pregnancy rate by a good fifty percent, tout de suite. Page 619

POINT OF VIEW: books 1 to 5 is Shannon’s; book 6 is Declan’s (I loved this one!)

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ADDRESS TO THE AUTHOR: Chapeau Ms. Kent! I wish we were best friends. You are definitively one of the few authors of romantic novels that can quote Pavlov and Yeats, while describing hot sex scenes without them seeming indecent.

This series threw me back to some years. Becky Bloomwood is back. Well, I don’t want to seem blasphame here (forgive me Sophie), but the main character of this series just reminds me of my dear loving hilarious sweet cute British Becky. Except Shannon, this is her name, comes from the U.S.A. and lives in Boston.

Scenes in the ER with the judging British doctor are breathtaking,  in sense that you are laughing so much you cannot literally breath. And this said by a European that loves Britain and the British. All in all, plenty of intercultural references can be seen here.

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