Series: Billionaire Builders #2
Published by Gallery Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Any Time, Any Place is a sweet and touching story about two people learning to move on and move forward to finding their happiness.
When her father died in a car crash with Diane Pierce, a married woman with three sons, to run away, Raven Hawthorne swore revenge upon the family of the woman who took her father and made him abandon her. She swore revenge upon the family who then ruined her father’s reputation, leaving his paintings unsellable, and their image tattered.
Her father’s betrayal broke Raven, and it took her a while to get back on her feet and fix her life. Now, she has a beautiful house by the woods to call her own, and a business she is proud of. She’s done with temporary pleasures. She wants to settle down, and one night stands just don’t cut it anymore. Men constantly flirt with her––working in her bar, it’s a burden she’s learned to successfully deflect it without offending customers––who only want sex. And as fate would have it, Dalton Pierce, Diane’s youngest son, fancied her.
Dalton Pierce and his brothers frequent My Place without knowing who Raven really is. The family respects her for her no-nonsense attitude and amazing skills in her business. Dalton especially is attracted to her. Who wouldn’t be? She’s smart, amazing, and oozes sexuality. He’s flirted with her countless times, to no avail. He knows she rejects basically all men who flirt with her at the bar, but he feels like she’s colder when it’s with him. And he wants to restore the beautiful antique pieces in her bar/restaurant, but when he offered, she flat out said no.
My Place, Raven’s bar and restaurant, is well-loved by the locals, and has gained the attention of a high profile magazine. They want to write a feature on My Place and would visit in a month to interview her about her business and signature cocktails. Looking around her bar, she realized it’s in huge need of a rehab. And the only one who can help her is the one man she’s attracted to but most opposed to; the youngest son of the woman who stole her father from her, Pierce.
“The oddest shimmer of connection always sparked to life when they were close. As if the universe was playing the ultimate joke, forcing her to be attracted to the one man she could never be with.”
Despite the angst lingering throughout Any Time, Any Place, Jennifer Probst managed to lighten up the story and balance it with humor, banter, and sexual tension. I loved the gradual build up of Dalton and Raven’s relationship, and Dalton’s smile-inducing (and panty-dropping) flirtations.
I’ll be honest and say that although I wasn’t Dalton’s biggest fan at the start of the story, he slowly grew on me. By the time I finished reading it, I fell in love with him! He’s amazing with wood (hehe), sweet, understanding, and funny. And I really love how close he was to his mom, and how much of a romantic he is. And he loves listening to boy bands! How cute is that?! Add that with a body fit for a magazine and a face that could drops panties all over the world.
And!!! He has two adorable (and huge) puppers called Gandalf and Balin, who failed obedience school yet followed Raven’s orders the first moment she met them. They’re mastiff dogs who act like teacup dogs. ADORABLE. Huge dogs have no idea how big they really are. I love it!
Dalton and Raven are both likable characters who are inherently good people. Because of what happened to his mother, Dalton turned into a bit of a commitment-phobe. Despite that, he’s respectful to his past partners, and is upfront of his intentions. Raven is straightforward, and not mean about it. They’re both passionate about their careers, and love fiercely. The two obviously both have their demons they have to battle, so it was quite an adventure to watch them conquer it.
And I don’t know about you, but I looooved the last few chapters. After the fallout. It was realistic, and it made me love Raven even more. She stood her ground and knew what she deserved. It also made me giggle like a school girl and fall a little more in love with Dalton.
If you’ve read the Everywhere and Every Way, the first book in the series, you’ll know that some of the characters in that story continue to make an appearance in Any Time, Any Place. Dalton’s brothers, Cal and Tristan, and their significant others are witness to Dalton and Raven’s budding relationship, and were there for them when they needed it. I especially love the rapport between the Pierce brothers, how natural it felt. Realistic.
Any Time, Any Place is the second standalone in the Billionaire Builders series. A story about letting go and moving forward.
“Forgiveness is so much stronger than hate.”
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