Saving the Billionaire – Justin Trainer #2 by Jane Harvey-Berrick

REVIEW

The exciting second and concluding part of the Justin Trainer series.

Trainer is an ex-marine turned close protection operative…essentially a bodyguard.  His current assignment is the multi-billionaire Devon Anderson.  Anderson has a few skeletons in his cupboard but with a new love interest he is trying to turn, his once sorry self, into a regular human being.

Trainer has is own love-life to contend with in the form of Anderson’s housekeeper, Rachel Smith, who continually turns down his offer of marriage.  Trainer is not a man to give up without a fight in any aspect of his life.

When an unknown person threatens to reveal Anderson’s dirty secrets, Trainer and his team are put to the test to prevent the reveal and track down the culprit but will they be too late and what happens when the threat becomes personal? Trainer has more than his job to keep safe.

Justin Trainer is the quiet, unsung hero of many a ‘Billionaire’ romance.  The man in the background protecting the lead role, but this time the focus is on him.

I absolutely adore Justin Trainer.  He is the rough-around-the-edges type with a heart of gold.  His love for Rachel is only paralleled by his love for his daughter and he would do anything to protect them both.  His interaction with his ex-wife is both funny and depressing (I really don’t like Carla no matter how often Justin thinks she is a good mum, she was a horrible wife!) but his inner-voice monologues are hilarious, which also includes when he’s thinking about his boss.  There are good and bad times ahead for Trainer.  Threats, tears and tantrums along with love, laughter and longing will encompass everyone at Wolf Point but like any good romance there will be a ‘Happily Ever After’ too.

Fantastic ending to a brilliant series.

ARC courtesy of Jane Harvey-Berrick

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job, even when he’s guarding a billionaire boss with too many secrets.
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He’s Justin Trainer.

You won’t notice me and you won’t hear me, but I’m always there, watching, listening and waiting. I’m armed, dangerous and funny as hell. 

I’m the bodyguard, and I’m the guy who’ll take a bullet for you. Although I’d rather not. I’m the man in black, saving my billionaire boss from blackmailers and computer hackers—but mostly from himself. 

THE NAME IS TRAINER. JUSTIN TRAINER. AND I’M THE BODYGUARD…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44590399-saving-the-billionaire)

 

Guarding the Billionaire by Jane Harvey-Berrick

REVIEW

I absolutely loved this book from start to finish.  Justin Trainer is a brilliant character, extremely loyal with an awesome sense of humour.  Mr Anderson is a weird-billionaire-genius with major issues.

If you are a romance reader then you will have come across the tormented billionaire story and probably fallen in ‘book-boyfriend’ love with him, however have you ever paid any attention to his bodyguard? The silent man in the background, the keeper of his secrets, and the one who see’s the man inside.  If, like me, you had more of a crush on Taylor then Mr. Grey then you will love Justin Trainer, the man ‘Guarding The Billionaire’.

Ex-Marine, Justin Trainer, now works in Close Protection, essentially he is a bodyguard.  Getting jobs from his former C/O turned security specialist he finds himself on some weird and wonderful assignments.  His latest job is Head of Security for billionaire Devon Anderson.  Devon is a closed-off businessman who prefers to stay out of the limelight, however he does harbour a very large secret and that is his need for self-flagellation and kinky (BDSM style) sex. Devon does not make Trainer’s life easy, often disregarding his advice and not telling Trainer pertinent information.

During his time with the elusive Mr Anderson, Trainer forms an attachment to Mrs Smith, the housekeeper.  He also has a sever disliking of Mr Anderson’s ‘family friend’ Mr Landon. And don’t even getting me started on his thoughts about Mr Anderson’s ‘meditation’ room!  So you maybe thinking this all sounds very familiar, you would right.  If you have read Fifty then you will notice a resemblance in the story and the characters. Don’t worry though, this is a different story, different perspective and… just different.

This book encompasses a number of genres – comedy, romance, BDSM and mystery/suspense. The comedy side is absolutely hilarious.  Trainer has a very dry wit and most of the comedic aspect comes from his private thoughts and opinions.

The BDSM side is based around Mr Anderson’s predilections and although these are touched on it is often from Trainer’s POV, there are some graphic descriptions but nothing too disturbing (in my opinion).

Really looking forward to reading the next in the series – Saving the Billionaire

ARC courtesy of Jane Harvey-Berrick

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

It’s a black comedy, no wait, a romcom … um … a thriller, maybe suspense, and erotic with a bit of BDSM and a super hot bodyguard looking after his billionaire boss. 

It’s definitely not all black and white…

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44590388-guarding-the-billionaire)

BOOK BLITZ – Guarding The Billionaire & Saving The Billionaire By Jane Harvey-Berrick

Genre – romcom/comedy/suspense/thriller

Release Date – GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE – 9 June & SAVING THE BILLIONAIRE – 19 June

GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE, pic 3

Synopsis

Guarding the Billionaire #1 (out 9 June)

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job.

He’s Justin Trainer.

I work close protection. I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room. I’m the eyes watching you. I’m the ears listening to you. And I’m the dirty-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, guarding my billionaire boss.

Saving the Billionaire #2 (out 19 June)

He’s a fast-talking, hard-hitting guy who goes to work with a weapon in his holster. He’s also sexy, loyal and damn good at his job, even when he’s guarding a billionaire boss with too many secrets.

He’s Justin Trainer.

You won’t notice me and you won’t hear me, but I’m always there, watching, listening and waiting. I’m armed and dangerous because I’m the bodyguard, and I’m the guy who’ll take a bullet for you.

I’m the man in black, saving my billionaire boss from blackmailers and computer hackers—but mostly from himself.

GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE, pic 2

Extract

Prologue – The bodyguard and the billionaire

Billionaires. Don’t ya just love ‘em?

Money coming out of their asses. They get their people to call your people, and that’s just to schedule time to take a piss.

I should know. I’m one of the ‘people’ that gets called. Since I left the Marines, I’ve worked for a lot of millionaires, billionaires, gazillionaires. I’ve guarded European royalty and Saudi princes. I’ve stood next to politicians who’ve had death threats, and boybands who get mobbed by women wanting their babies. I’ve seen every vice and virtue, found every flaw, watched the shadows that darken lives.

And now, I’m working for the darkest, most twisted fucker that ever wore an Armani suit. Probably.

I work close protection.

I’m the silent bodyguard at the back of the room.

I’m the eyes watching you.

I’m the ears listening to you.

And I’m the foul-mouthed grunt with the gun who’ll take a bullet for you. Although I’d prefer not to, and if I do my job right, it’ll never come to that.

Intel is everything, so if anyone got the lowdown on my new boss, the media would have a field day. Why? Because the guy who signs my paychecks is a sick fuck, into bondage, domination, sadism and masochism—and that’s before breakfast—with a drawer full of files on his fuck buddies, submissives, who get tied up in his attached dungeon. Usually one at a time, but you never know. Still, at least he’s honest about who he is.

He’s a billionaire.

Extract 

The bodyguard and the camel

I step forward, keeping an eye on my surroundings as Talal sweeps his arm toward a stable in the middle of the front row. It’s slightly larger than the others and a puff of cooler air spills out as the door is opened.

“This is my treasure,” he says proudly. “Her name is Nabila. It means happiness. Isn’t she beautiful?”

He sounds like a proud parent and I briefly wonder why he keeps his woman in a stable when I finally realize that my bodyguarding duties are required by a large, dun-colored female camel.

A tawny head on a snake-like neck peers out, making a noise like a frat-boy puking his guts.

“Look! She’s calling to you!” Talal says happily. “She likes you!”

He rubs the camel’s long nose, cooing to her in Arabic. The camel’s eyelids droop and she snickers softly.

“She’s worth more than ten million dollars,” he states.

My jaw hits the floor.

“Nabila has won me more than three thousand Dirham, or twenty million of your US dollars in races.”

 Now, I get it. That is a fuck-ton of money.

Talal continues proudly.

“And her brood mare fees will significantly increase if she wins the Mazayen Al-Ibl next month. Her offspring will be very valuable. There have been threats from my rivals,” he says darkly. “Twice, ground-up glass has been found in her feed. But it was found in time, Inshallah.”

I look up at the security cameras and the armed guards, and understand what Mason meant about it being an inside job. And I’m the biggest outsider Talal could find.

“You, Mr. Trainer, will watch Nabila around the clock. You will keep her alive. You will keep her safe.”

Nabila puckers up her hairy lips and comes towards me for a smooch. I back away, but not fast enough, and she sends a stream of saliva dripping down the front of my best suit.

Talal claps his hands, a huge smile on his face.

“This is a good omen, Mr. Trainer!”

Yup, lucky me. I’ll be sleeping in a stable for the next month.

What the hell, I’ve slept in worse places for a lot less money.

Nabila nudges my shoulder and I pat her nose.

“Just you and me tonight, hot stuff. I sleep on the left, right?”

“Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”

I’m not sure if that means yes or whether I’ve just struck out.

 

Quick Quotes

  • “If you liked 50 Shades, you’ll love this. And if you hated 50 Shades, you’ll love this even more!”    –    Monica Lomond, author
  • Close protection, bodyguards, we’re deeply misunderstood. We’re not unthinking, uncaring masses of muscle and testosterone, we have feelings, too.  I’m a guy totally in touch with my emotions: I fucking hate my ex-wife.
  • Who wants a woman who does exactly as they’re told all the time?

GUARDING THE BILLIONAIRE, pic 1

Author Links

Amazon – Guarding The Billionaire

Amazon – Saving The Billionaire

Goodreads – Guarding The Billionaire

Goodreads – Saving The Billionaire

 

 

 

Fixed Forever – Fixed #6 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

A great continuation in the Fixed saga.

Hudson is keeping secrets from Alayna again but this time it is to keep her safe from an unknown threat.  Someone is sending letters and seems to know all about Hudson’s past.  Tracking down the culprit is harder than he thought, both physically and mentally.  After having three children Alayna is feeling the distance from her husband.  Believing his lack of interest is boredom in their relationship, Alayna’s possessive obsessiveness starts to make an appearance.

With the reemergence of ‘old friends’, can Hudson and Alayna work as the team they need to be to find out who is behind the threats before it goes too far.

I loved this story. Hudson is back in his over-protective, controlling role but he still hasn’t learnt to open up completely to Alayna, forgetting that she is stronger than she seems.  Alayna has had a tough time and, although I do not have the obsessive compulsions that she suffers from, as a mother I can certainly sympathise with her worries over baby care.  An exciting end to this story that I did not see coming.

Some lose ends were tied up but it was still left open enough to allow for further books.  There is a another spin-off which will focus how Celia met Edward which sounds really interesting.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Hudson Pierce-

You act so high and mighty, you and your perfect pregnant wife Alayna. With your perfect child and your perfect home.

You weren’t always perfect. Your past is filled with misdeeds.

Does your wife know all your secrets?

Would she stand behind you if she did?

You think because she’s on bedrest you can protect her? How sweet.

Sleep tight, you two.

-An Old Friend.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36042937-fixed-forever)

Chandler – Fixed #5 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Taking a side-step from Hudson and Alayna, this book focuses on Hudson’s younger brother, Chandler Pierce.

Chandler is the opposite to Hudson in that when he finds a woman he falls in love fast, this would be ok if the women loved him in return, so over the years he set himself a plan – One-time only, no repeats.  This was working just fine until he met Genevieve Fasbender.  Now he wants the repeats but Genevieve is reluctant and pushes him away at every opportunity.  Little does she know that she has got under his skin and Chandler will stop at nothing to be with her again and again and again.

Chandler is such a sweet character.  His sense of humour is great, especially when he is winding Hudson up. As the youngest sibling, he was sheltered as much as he could be  from the family antics of Sophia’s drinking and Hudson’s scheming, but he was not completely oblivious.  Working at Pierce Industries he is finally coming out of himself and proving that he has what it takes to be a Pierce.

A great story that introduces new characters that will continue to appear in future books.  This book really needs to be read in order as the 5th book in the Fixed Series to fully understand all the characters and backstory.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

I’m good in a boardroom, but I’m better in the bedroom. Much better. I can charm the skirt off any woman in one encounter. I’ll even give her an orgasm before I put her in a cab. Or three. No more or she’ll start making plans for the future and I’m not into that.

Or I wasn’t until Genevieve Fasbender. She’s the first woman in five years that I want to spend the whole night with. And she’s the first woman who’s told me I’m not what she wants in a lover, even after multiple O’s. She’s brash and bold and stubborn as hell, and she doesn’t believe it’s possible to satisfy her.

But I’m up for the challenge.

And after an incident in my brother’s office closet―a downright dirty incident―I think I’m just the guy to deliver.

Genevieve Fasbender will never know what’s coming.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25977796-chandler)

Hudson – Fixed #4 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Hudson is the Fixed Trilogy told from Hudson Pierce’s POV and must be read after the Fixed Trilogy (See below for reading order)

Hudson Pierce, business tycoon and game player of people’s emotions, has finally met his match, but is it with Alayna Withers, his new game piece and woman who will change his world, or is it Celia Werner, childhood friend and game partner.  Hudson has lived his life believing that he has no capability to love.  The emotion is out of his reach and so he spends his time watch and experimenting with other people’s emotions especially their desire to love.  Celia falls victim to one of his experiments and from that moment on Hudson’s life will spiral further into the darkness, that is until the light of Alayna shines on him and makes him hope for a better future.  But leaving the game is easier said than done.

I really enjoy this type of companion book to a series as it provides greater depth and meaning to the characters. It also helps explain some of the their actions and the thoughts behind their decisions, which is not easily established when a story is told from only one side.

A great addition to the Fixed Trilogy.

Rating 4/5

Synopsis

Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he’s wanted for almost nothing. He’s never experienced love, however, and he’s seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He’s studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it.

Until he meets Alayna Withers.

Now, the games he’s played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning?

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21417430-hudson)

Fixed Series reading order

  • Fixed on You
  • Found in You
  • Forever with You
  • Hudson
  • Chandler
  • Fixed Forever

The Fixed Trilogy – Fixed #1-3 by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW

Alayna Withers has just graduated business school and is on her way to achieving her dream –  being manager at the nightclub, The Sky Launch.  She desperately keeps herself busy in an attempt to not fall into old, bad habits.  When he appears at her bar she knows that her resolution is close to breaking point.  But will he break her or can he fix her?

Hudson Pierce, renowned business tycoon, always gets what he wants.  For him life has been a game and people have been his pawns.  That was his past, now he wants Alayna in his future, but is she just a another pawn or could she be the one to finally bring the game to an end?

This series is a heart-breaking, heart-warming mix of emotions.  Trust, secrets, lies and deception intertwine until, as the reader, you don’t know who to trust or who to believe.  Hudson’s past exploits linger at every turn and with his childhood friend, Celia, constantly in the background it did make me wonder whether they were truly in the past, and with Alayna’s obsessive compulsions he does seem to play these to his advantage.

I’ll be honest, it took me a while to warm to Hudson. I wanted to believe that he felt something for Alayna but with his continued secrets and connection to Celia it made it very difficult.  Alayna didn’t help matters either.  She kept her own secrets, which at times I thought Hudson dealt with very well.  For all their talk of communication they seemed to be sadly lacking.

This is one of those series where you spend most of the book thinking ‘I don’t know if I like him’ but somehow he works his way into your affections and you don’t want the series to end.  Good News! There are several follow-on books and a spin-off series which I will be reading and reviewing over the next two months.

Rating 5/5

Synopsis

Fixed on You (Book 1): Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out–move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous–the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it. Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

Found in You (Book 2): Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the kind that makes her obsessive and stalker-crazy. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she’s determined to break down the remaining walls between them so they can build a foundation that’s based on more than just amazing sex. Except Hudson’s not the only one with secrets.
With their pasts pulling them into a web of unfounded mistrust, Alayna turns to the one person who knows Hudson the best–Celia, the woman he almost married. Hoping for insight from someone who understands all sides of the story, Alayna forms a bond with Celia that goes too far–revealing things about Hudson that could end their love for good.

This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn’t spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway…

Forever with You (Book 3): Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won’t be easy for the scarred lovers, but they’re committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves.

But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond. Promises that were made are broken, and Alayna learns that Hudson still has very potent secrets–secrets that will tear them both apart. As much as she feels for him, her ability to forgive and forget is tested beyond her limits.

Even though she found the only man who could fix her, a forever with Hudson seems more and more out of reach. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21420473-the-fixed-trilogy)