Everywhere and Every Way (Billionaire Builders #1) by Jennifer Probst
1st standalone in a series about 3 brothers. Contemporary Romance.
This was the pitch: A sexy take on HGTV’s beloved Property Brothers, The Billionaire Builders series focuses on the three irresistible Pierce brothers and their family contracting business. Well, being an HGTV lover, and having a high-end interior designer in my family, I figured I’d really love Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst.
Caleb is the oldest of three brothers who haven’t spoken in years. He stayed at home working with their tyrannical father at Pierce Brothers Construction while they pursued their dreams. When their father dies, he leaves a will stipulating that the company, which had been in the family for generations, would be dissolved unless the three brothers found a way to live and work together, and start with $0 and return a profit in one year.
“It’s been in the family for generations! The company is worth millions – Christian would never give up all that money.”
“Yes he would. He’s always wanted the final word. Now, he’s got it. If we don’t play be his rules, we’ll lose everything we’ve worked for.”
There is a lot of focus on the brothers at the beginning. Caleb seems like a bit of a control-freak asshole to tell you the truth. But he loves what he does, and just wants to build custom homes for people who will live in them and love them. So when he is approached, in a not-so-nice way by a bossy, take-charge, uptight designer, Morgan, who is determined to hire the best to build her Hollywood client’s home in Harrington for a movie, he isn’t interested. Being the kind of company that is hands-on, they are also booked, and can’t build a custom home in the 6 months allotted.
Until Morgan manipulated the situation to where Caleb had no choice.
“Lady, with you in my corner. I don’t need enemies. Next time you want someone this bad to build your house. I have a great idea; be nice.”
There was no question about it, these two were hot for each other.
“Of course, the man was a raw specimen of primitive male, from his rock-hard body to those come-and-let-me-do-very-bad-things-to-you eyes.”
But they also hated each other at first. Morgan in her white clothes, living in her hotels, and manipulating his business was the last thing Caleb needed. But he loved the banter.
‘Oh yeah. Morgan Raines was gonna be a hell of a lot of trouble. But also a hell of a lot of fun.’
There was a lot about the business, and about building, and if I had no interest in that, it would have been a little boring perhaps. But honestly, it moved a bit slow for the first half. But once they finally start doing the nasty, it gets better.
“You think you’re the wild bad boy of the town, Caleb Pierce? Think you’re gonna shock my poor little southern heart by standing there, half naked, with an erection? Think I won’t take your dare, Charming? Think again.”
- I like the whole premise of the series. The three single brothers are all very different so you won’t read the same story twice.
- Not a lot of angst.
- The dogs totally stole the show.
- I for one, enjoyed the home building talk.
- I liked Morgan’s inner voice.
- The sex was hot. Caleb was a dirty talker.
- Morgan’s pink hat and hammer, and how she really got down to work with the guys.
- I never fell in love with either character. I had trouble getting past Morgan’s initial manipulation, but I eventually liked her, just not love. And Cal was alpha in some ways, but not in others. And in some ways he was a total ass.
- I had some issues with the pacing. It dragged at parts and went a little too quickly at others.
- Some of the sex expressions (“slick folds”) were overused.
- A little too much focus on the family feud.
- 3rd person.
The Down & Dirty
Rating: 3.5 stars, 4 Heat
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