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Alpha-licious in the most unexpected ways, Kaden Barnes always gets what he wants.
Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Until Lexie Parker arrives. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.
When their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, Kaden may think he’s calling the shots, but for this billionaire bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.
Let me start this by saying that I am Carly Phillips fan. I love her Dare to Love series, Dare NY, Serendipity’s Finest, those sexy Chandler brothers books and Hot Zone. Wow, that’s a lot of Carly Phillips, right?
As you can see it’s not a hard sell to get me to pick one up even though some of the latest ones have been hit or miss for me. But from the moment I picked up Going Down Easy it had me hooked. Kade is delicious. Commanding and brilliant. But he’s also a little bit broken and I don’t mean his idiosyncrasies that make keeping an assistant impossible. His back story is tragic and I guarantee it will piss you off. It will make you want to hunt down the woman who gave birth to him and go after her Sons of Anarchy style.
Enough about her.
There’s chemistry between him and Lexie from the moment they met. She’s bossy with a soft touch and completely used to dealing with difficult people. Sometimes I wonder if she’d know what to do with herself if her life wasn’t packed full of drama. Her family has heaps of it and she happily plays the martyr for them at the risk of her education, her love life and hell, her life in general.
Together they both find they just might want more than what they’ve allowed themselves to have and that makes for a damn good romance novel. Watching them both come into their own and realize the past doesn’t have to be the future was a part of Going Down Easy that really stuck with me.
But there were parts that frustrated me, namely Lexie’s inability to hold her sister accountable for her actions. Sure she’s bipolar but that doesn’t absolve you of every bad deed you’ve ever committed, especially when you know better. One might argue—and I did—that Kendall got as bad as she did because Lexie never made her own up. Not even when she nearly cost Lexie everything did she finally say “It’s time for you to put on your big girl drawers and act like a grown up!” Nope, Kendall figured it out for herself.
Overall I really liked this story. There was a lot of the amazing sex scenes you can pretty much always expect from Carly Phillips, fun fast-paced dialogue, and a great group of friends to pull the hero back from the edge.
This is a great start to the new Billionaire Bad Boys series.