TeriLyn's thoughts: **The Billionaire Takes a Bride generously provided by tour host in exchange for an honest review.**
My first Jessica Clare Billionaires book and certainly not my last. The Billionaire Takes a Bride provides a uniquely, zany story about a woman broken after a terrible tragedy and the Billionaire who takes exemplary notice. Sebastian Cabral and Chelsea Hall need each other for more than just the quickie marriage they arrange to solve their problems. The exploration of their friends to lovers relationship unfolds intriguingly throughout the course of this story.
Tainted by an unspeakable tragedy, Chelsea has put up walls around her heart, mind, and body that are impenetrable. Sebastian, jaded by the exploits of his wacky and notorious family, guards himself against woman using him to get noticed for their own fame. The two are paired together for a wedding of mutual friends and bond right away. Each of their stories are uniquely them. Their hobbies are uniquely them and provide such great conversation points once they each discover the others talents. The safety of their bond provides an easy out for the problems plaguing them both. A hilarious and endearing ride through their lives together ensues while the reader can do nothing but sit back and enjoy.
This book is full of quirky anecdotes, interesting secondary characters, and a H/h who are so comfortable with each other you can't help but love them. Sebastian Cabral is a more a beta male than alpha male. A beta billionaire. And he is so damn sexy because of it. He gives, his heart is open and full, he's understanding and supportive - Sebastian Cabral reminds Chelsea to live and love at her full capacity. Chelsea is broken yet full of vigor. Her smile and laugh are infectious to even the reader, her quirks and acceptance so honest. The two are quite the match. Their ride to their HEA is a ride worth taking.
Starting this book I had zero expectations and what I got from it was just a fun story. All of the pieces fit together perfectly and the added enjoyment of the wacky world of women's roller derby was such a treat. Jessica Clare holds a great story-telling ability with a real niche for unique and satisfying characters to carry her plots. Though, the writing in places got a bit wonky and there were a few transitions that threw me as to who was speaking making it necessary to go back and re-read. Overall though, I was engaged from beginning to end. If you like contemporary romance books that are fun and flirty with very low angst and great characters I highly recommend The Billionaire Takes a Bride.