Francine is stunned when she discovers she’s been married – for the last ten years! – to Benny, the surly and nerdy frenemy she worked with one summer in Vegas.
How in the world did they end up married? They could hardly stand each other! Though there was that drunken night…
She tracks down Benny, sure he’ll be as shocked about the marriage as she is, sure he’ll be happy to dissolve their union ASAP so she can get the documents she desperately needs.
But Benny is now a cold and wolfish billionaire. And yes, he’ll sign the paperwork…for a price: she has to spend the next three weeks playing his doting wife.
|Just Not That Into Billionaires
|Billionaires of Manhattan (Book 6)
Second Chance Romance
|Point of View:
|First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
|Manhattan, NYC, US
|10th August, 2021
Deliciously nerdy goodness
I have never met an Annika Martin book that I haven’t adored – and Just Not That Into Billionaires is no different. But this book also has the added bonus of nerdy goodness to go alongside the romance, humour and sexiness you expect from Ms Martin.
This book is actually the sixth book in Martin’s the Billionaires of Manhattan series. While characters from the previous books do make cameos (for the most part as singles rather than in their couples) this book stands completely alone and features a brand new couple who get their very own HEA.
Francine is a ballerina with a very singular problem – she needs a divorce in order to go on tour with her company. A divorce from a man she didn’t even know she was married to. Despite this, she’s fairly upbeat about the whole situation. While she does find ways to get back at Benny when he makes his outrageous proposal – she never takes things too far and is genuinely a nice, kind and likeable person. She’s also extremely hard working and just a little bit kooky. I adored her. She was a complete hoot and I want her as my bestie.
But hold onto your pocket protectors because Benny is about to rock your world. Back when Francine first met him, Benny was a shy, awkward nerd who was just a little bit kooky and a whole lot anti-social. Fast forward to the present day and Benny has worked very hard to turn himself into the wolfish billionaire business mogul – even if he’s still very anti-social! But what tugged at my heart-strings was the way he hadn’t really left his nerdish ways behind him. Underneath, he was still the awkward and shy guy who feels like an outsider and that no-one really understands him. I just couldn’t control myself – this is what I want for a hero in my books and in my life. 100% Benny the nerd all day long.
Together, Francine and Benny were perfection. They were opposite enough to compliment each other but similar enough to create a lasting bond. They brought out the best in each other and my stomach would explode into butterflies over and over again as our pair navigated their way towards their happily ever ending. They had chemistry for days and as such, their sex scenes were singe-worthy – especially when Benny left the Sexorator 2000 at the door.
Which brings me to Annika Martin’s signature comedic skills. She was on fire with this book and I found myself laughing out loud again and again. Her comedy skills are second to none! But don’t think that because you’re laughing that you’re not feeling any other emotions. I found myself a bit teary at times (but not overwhelmingly so) and, obviously, we have the lashings of love and romance on top of that.
This book – this whole series – and Annika Martin herself – have been a revelation for me; a deliciously hilarious, emotional, romantic, sexy revelation! I have loved every minute of it and hope there are still more Billionaires of Manhattan who need to find love. For this one, the nerdy deliciousness made my heart skip a beat. Add to that the romance, the humour and the love, and you have a book that will make your heart happy. It’s perfection in romance novel form and I cannot recommend it highly enough. 5 stars and one of the best of the year, hands down
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*
Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers.
She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.