Pages: 336 pages
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Love in the Balance #3
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Love is a Deal Breaker... Millionaire ad executive Landon Downey has a policy: no romantic relationships allowed. So when he's saddled with his six-year-old nephew for a week, he doesn't think twice about asking Kimber Reynolds to act as live-in nanny. What he doesn't expect is the undeniable attraction to the woman he hasn't seen since they were kids. And not only does she like him back-she suggests they work their way down a list of extracurricular activities in the bedroom. How can he resist? Kimber wants to prove once and for all that she can love 'em and leave 'em with the best of them. All she has to do is keep her sixteen-year crush on Landon out of the equation. No problem... until she realizes she may not be the only one whose heart has gotten completely tangled up in their no-strings agreement.
The Millionaire Affair was my first novel by Jessica Lemmon and I had such a great time reading it. Jessica Lemmon may potentially become one of my go-to authors for fun contemporary romances down the road.
Kimber Reynolds was impulsive and often jumps quickly into long-term relationships that were meant to only be short-term--case in point, Mick. Kimber met him at a night club, started dating him and in less than a year they opened a vintage clothing shop together. Inevitably the relationship did not work out and Mick wanted to sell the shop, split the profits and go their separate ways. But the shop was Kimber's dream and she had to figure out a way to buy Mick's half of the store.
Landon Downey was ready to change his entire life after his college girlfriend got pregnant but she aborted their baby without letting him in the decision and shut him out of her life. Years later, wanting to distance himself from that time of his life when he let his heart blind his brain, Landon has sworn off getting emotionally attached when it came to romantic relationships with women. He instead put his energy on his very successful advertising agency.
But when Landon got stuck watching his rambunctious nephew for a week, at the same time needing to work on an important client's account, Landon knew he needed help. His sister suggested he hire her friend Kimber be his live-in nanny. Kimber was hesitant, not having any experience with kids before, but Landon was willing to pay a large amount of money, which she needed to buy out Mick. And it doesn't hurt that Landon, who she had a huge crush on when she was a young girl, was hotter than ever.
The Millionaire Affair was a classic buttoned up business man hero and free-spirited heroine kind of romance and I had a lot of fun reading it. Landon and Kimber were really likable characters. I liked Kimber's upbeat way of thinking and how she always find herself in funny awkward situations. And even though Landon was a list-making, pragmatic thinking sort of guy he still had a sense of humor, especially with his siblings. I really liked the Downey siblings' (and cousins') easy relationship with each other. They teased and ribbed one another but they never failed to support and help each other out whether it was last minute babysitting help or a small romantic push.
Similar to Jill Shalvis' novels, there wasn't a whole lot of conflict in The Millionaire Affair, the biggest hurdle to Landon and Kimber's relationship was Landon being closed off to emotional and potentially messy relationships. But the chemistry between the hero and heroine was there and the sex scenes were hot but not too hot (like Susan Mallery level of heat). It was an easy breezy engaging read and a perfect in-between book to pick up after reading more emotionally charged romances.
I had no big issues with The Millionaire Affair, but if I was being nit-picky the one very minor issue I had was the occasional (and unnecessary) description tag "his billionaire cousin" whenever Shane (a previous character in the series and cousin to the Downeys) was mentioned. It happened more than once--the first time I came across it, it took me out the story because it was during Landon's perspective and even though it was in third-person I didn't think it'd be a detail his character would include. The next couple times I came across the praise, I rolled my eyes. Okay, I get it. He's a billionaire. Don't gotta keep reminding me. Like I said, nit-picky.
I did not read the previous books in the series and I was able to get into The Millionaire Affair no problem. I don't plan on making an effort to go back and read the previous books but this book definitely won't be my last by Jessica Lemmon.