Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Shopping For A Billionaire's Wife (Shopping for a Billionaire #8) by Julia Kent - ARC Review

Released: 23rd March 2016.


Who needs a SWAT team to escape from their own wedding? Me.

My Momzilla turned us into hostages at our own ceremony, so Declan and I are getting married the good old-fashioned way, just like everybody else.

By calling in his private security team, stealing away before the ceremony by helicopter, connecting to his corporate jet and heading for Las Vegas.

The Boston wedding of the year is about to become a trashy Elvis drive-thru ceremony.

Until the best man spills the beans and Mom, Dad, my sisters, his brothers, my maid of honor, my friend Josh, and even my cat, Chuckles, all come along for the ride.

I can’t win, can I?

Oh. Yeah. I already did.

Love conquers all.

Even my crazy family.

Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife is the 8th book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series. After Declan convinces Shannon to escape from their own wedding minutes before the ceremony begins, the madcap adventures are just getting started. When the mother of the bride pries their location out of the tortured best man, the whole crazy crew follows the bride and groom to Las Vegas in this romantic comedy from Julia Kent.

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: March 2016.

I became obsessed with Shannon and Declan over the course of a few days, I started on book one needing a break from heavy, emotionally draining titles, I binge read seven books in a row, desperate for more of this couple, Shannon was hilarious, quirky and exactly what I needed, the chemistry she shared with Declan was off the charts, sizzlingly sexy, irresistible, when I reached the end, I waited desperately for the next chapter in their lives together. Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife picked up right where the previous book left off, with Declan and Shannon escaping their wedding from hell. I think as women we're conditioned to dream of our wedding days, I myself had a wedding far bigger that I ever expected, coming from a small family I had always envisioned something small, intimate, my husband and his family had other plans, while my guest list reached only 400, a small cry from the over a thousand Shannon was expecting, in my moments of panic leading up to my special day I understood her need to run far away, taking with her only the clothes on her back and her soon to be husband, thankfully my special day ended sans the great escape that Shannon's had, being privy to a front row seat as Declan and Shannon navigated momzilla, an extravagant bridal budget and an air chase that had the TSA on alert was the perfect reminder of why I fell in love with this series in the first place.

I was expecting a funny, wild ride for Shannon and Declan in the latest instalment of their story, and while I certainly got that, I was blown away by Kent's ability to make me feel every second of their confusion, doubt and even fear as they navigated the road they found themselves on, both growing up in two completely different worlds, one of wealth and expense, where nothing was ever wanted for, but lacked that feeling of a close knit family, compared to one where financial constraints dictated so many choices, and yet one where the familial bond was so strong that it was almost stifling. The true beauty of this story was gaining insight into their relationship, from beyond their sexual chemistry, far beyond the quirky Shannon and business mogul Declan, being able to revel in the foundation of their relationship left me swooning and sighing, because for all of Declan's self assured silence, stood a man who truly knew Shannon, saw her like so few people before had.

"I was about to tell you that you're stronger than you think, but those aren't the right words...People say that all the time - you're stronger than you think. What they mean is that you have to learn to suck it up. That's not strength. That's being groomed to accept suffering.  You Shannon, are more powerful than you think."

Despite Declan's wealth, and Shannon's truly crazy mother, there was a sense of realism here, beyond the fanciful locations they found themselves in, their journey both together and alone was mesmerising, it never felt abstract for me, I felt as though I truly knew these characters, I was laughing and cheering with every tiny scrap of ground they made, every time Shannon said no to her meddling mother, every time they squirreled away time together seeming to outwit their entourage, every time Shannon ninja'ed her way into another secret latte, but more than that when those moments came along where Declan and Shannon took an honest look at who they are and tried to decide what they needed from each other I silently smiled to myself, heart full to bursting, because these two just got it, inherently they understood that there's more to fancy cars, and nice clothes, and fighting over how extravagant gifts should be. Kent took this fun, sexy tale and gave it a depth that made it so darn easy to read. For lovers of this series Shopping for a Billionaire's Wife was uproariously funny, I found myself giggling into my pillow, desperately trying to stifle the loud guffaws so as to not wake my sleeping husband, not only did Kent leave me deliciously stated and yet simultaneously desperate for more of Andrew and Amanda and whatever comes next for this crazy bunch.

About Julia Kent:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent turned to writing contemporary romance after deciding that life is too short not to have fun. She writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

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