Tapping the Billionaire by Max Monroe
1st Standalone in a new series
Who the hell is Max Monroe anyway? I honestly don’t care as long as they keep churning out books like Tapping the Billionaire. Somehow the mysterious author duo took everything that is cliche in romance books and made it into a unique, sexy, funny, feel-good romance that I absolutely loved.
First, I need to address the title. I would usually never pick up a book with Billionaire in the title, and as hot as the guy is, the cover just made me feel like this was a quick, cheap novella. But let me tell you, it’s long, and has a lot more substance than I ever expected. But it takes a while to get there.
We start in the voice of billionaire Kline Brooks, raving about his sexual prowess.
“My fingers, my tongue, my cock–I can make you scream, “I’m coming!” before you even realize I’ve removed your panties with my teeth.”
While that’s hot as hell, I guess that, in combination with the title, had me rolling my eyes. Because I read the same thing in my last two books, even the over the top gay character. But I kept reading. It seemed Kline wasn’t really the playboy anymore. He was looking for more.
“It’s not that I didn’t enjoy nights out or the company of a beautiful woman. I loved women. I loved every fucking thing about them. I just didn’t love the idea of having drunken sex with some chick I picked up at a bar. I wasn’t a fan of Pussy Roulette, and when I ate one, I wanted to be able to remember the taste.”
Kline’s million dollar company was a dating app business, and all the single employees had a TapNext profile, including him, BAD_Ruck. Georgia is apparently a magnet for dick pics. The marketing manager for Kline’s company is beautiful and single, and of course had her own profile, TAPRoseNext. When she got the 4th dick pic of the day, it was not a pic anyone should be proud to send. in fact, “it was the gremlin of male members.” So Georgia snapped, texting back:
“Is that your dick? Really? REALLY?
Turns out it was a friend of his sending the photo as a joke. So Ruck and Rose struck up an odd online friendship/flirtation, not realizing who the other was.
Now, here is another kicker that almost made me DNF. Georgia (Rose) is a 26 year old virgin. Are you rolling your eyes? A billionaire and a virgin? Sigh….. But it worked! She wasn’t inexperienced. She had been with men, given BJs and received, she just wanted to save the final act for a guy that meant something to her, and she hadn’t met that guy yet. That kind of virgin I can deal with and respect. The sweet little innocent that never had an O? That would have been another story.
When Kline has to go to a formal function and doesn’t have a date, he quickly asks his beautiful marketing manager to accompany him so his mom doesn’t set him up again. Kline and Georgia don’t mix business with pleasure. So for two years, they never thought of each other in any way but professionally. But when he asks her out out of necessity, it all changes.
After a little first date mishap, I found myself laughing out loud. That doesn’t happen to me very often when I read, but it did here, and that was it, I fell in love with Kline and Georgia.
When they got together, HOLY HELL, yum.
“You’re going to melt on my tongue.”
“I think I’m already melting,” I whimpered, my head falling back on the bed.
“No, baby, you haven’t even started to melt yet,” he whispered, moving his tongue against me.
I loved Kline. Despite having money, his parents taught him values. He lives very modestly, and would never think about wasting money of ridiculous extravagances. I loved Georgia too. She was a New Yorker, a little brash, but totally the type I want to hang with! Besides them, I loved all of the other side characters, especially the parents. How refreshing! They both came from normal, loving homes! What a rare treat!
I also loved the relationship that Rose and Ruck were developing online, both feeling guilty they are continuing with an online friendship while they were dating ‘others’ in real life. But they weren’t! They were talking to each other all along. (This is not a spoiler, you know from the start).
- I laughed out loud several times and smiled the whole time.
- Lots of pop-culture references.
- I love online romances.
- Hot dirty talker.
- Smart heroine.
- Loved all of the side characters.
- Both couples had a good, happy upbringing.
- The New York tough in Georgia’s personality.
- I didn’t feel the cover or title reflected the quality of the book.
- Took a little while to love the story.
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.5-4.75 stars, 4.25 heat
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