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The Billionaire's Private Scandal (Invested in Love Series) by [Bayley-Burke, Jenna]
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Megan Carlton’s secret affair with financier Brandon Knight ended when he pulled off a hostile takeover of her family’s hotel empire and then kissed another woman. Broke and alone, Megan starts a new life and learns to stand on her own, then Brandon finds her serving coffee and surviving on tips and tries to pull her back into her old life and his arms. She thought she was over him, and she certainly can’t ever trust him again. But what her head knows and her heart feels are two different things.

Brandon was used to always getting what he wanted, then the woman he loves disappeared without a word. When he finds her months later working as a barista, he wonders if she’s suffering from amnesia. Getting a scalding Americano to the chest proves she recognizes him, but she’s got the situation—and him—all wrong. Now all he has to do is prove it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (10 July 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072TZ1V8X
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Megan Carlton and Brandon Knight were happy and in love until he betrayed her. The hostile takeover he pulled off of her family's hotel empire cost her everything and now Megan is barely staying afloat serving coffee and surviving on the tips she earns. When Brandon walks into the coffee shop where she's working, Megan does her best to ignore him. But she should know by now that he doesn't give up when he wants something. Will Megan be able to forgive him for what he did or has he hurt her too much to be given a second shot at forever after?

What a captivating enemy to lovers story Ms. Burke has penned in this story, encompassing a heroine hurt due to the betrayal by the man she loved; and a hero determined to make things right and prove what the heroine believes he did is all a misunderstanding. The way this story started had me sympathizing with the heroine, as she's surviving the best she can and coming face-to-face with Brandon again brings everything she's tried so hard to forget to the surface. Will Brandon be able to win back Megan?

As for the main characters, both the hero and heroine were entertaining due to their history and the dialogue was intense due to how the heroine believes the hero betrayed her in more ways than one and the harsh name calling the heroine hurls at someone she believes is the 'other woman'. However, there were a couple of really good light-hearted moments that had me believing there was hope for this couple, even though Megan doesn't make it easy for Brandon to convince her of his side of the story. That he thought what he was doing was a good thing, and hoped she'd see it that way too, because of how much she loved her family's hotel empire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two sides to every story... 18 July 2017
By Elizabeth E Neal - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Brandon and Megan are in love, and have been together for seven years. However, nobody but them knows this as they kept their relationship a secret from everyone. Then a few months ago, Megan's world horrendously came crashing down, breaking her heart and ruining her trust in Brandon at the same time.

Brandon has no idea why Megan left so abruptly, cutting off all contact with him. He's looked for her non-stop ever since, never expecting to find her working as a barista when arriving for a business meeting.

Megan blames Brandon for all the hurt she's endured. He knew her Dad was involved in shady business dealings, knew Megan's family would lose everything because of it, and yet, he never warned her. Instead she was blindsided by all of it, and when she went to ask him about it, on her birthday no less, she's devastated to see him kissing another woman, Gemma, one he's always assured her was just a friend.

Brandon doesn't know what happened between him and Megan, but he does know she's the one for him and he wants, needs, her back. Unfortunately, she refuses to talk to him or let him explain his actions regarding her family's business. He was trying to help her, to protect her, but, when he truly listens to how it appeared to Megan, he sees where he messed up.

These two cannot be together without their intense chemistry sparking, nor the love they feel for one another coming through. When Megan informs Brandon she saw him with Gemma, after numerous thinly veiled, and some not, insults aimed at her, Brandon tries to explain she misunderstood the situation completely, that there never has been, nor ever will be, anything between him and Gemma, let alone any other woman. Gemma was in a bind, and, unfortunately, tried to solve it the wrong way, with the help of a man, a brother-like friend, that she trusts, not knowing of Brandon and Megan's relationship.

Can Brandon and Megan work through all the misunderstandings and find their way back yo each other? Will Megan believe Brandon when he explains what truly happened regarding what she saw? Will Brandon realize the damage he unintentionally did with his actions, not just now, but over their years together? Is there a HEA for these two?

One-click now and follow along as two people, in love with one another for years, must work through the issues keeping them apart.

On a purely personal note, while I know it played into the premise of why Megan left, heartbroken, but I really wish it could've been done without another woman, one that's a close friend and a part of his life, kissing him. Regardless of the situation, that is an image a woman will never be able to stop seeing in regards to the man she loves touching lips with another woman, one she'll see consistently during their lives together. Also, Brandon states that he didn't push her away because of the awkwardness of the kiss, and knowing that there was no passion behind it, nor a future to it. Umm, that's not a reason to not stop another woman from kissing you. The reason to do so is because it's not the woman you supposedly love doing the kissing, and you don't want anyone doing so that isn't her. Lastly, I didn't like how Brandon defended Gemma to Megan, getting upset when she called her names, etc. No, your woman is hurt, and understandably so, because she saw another woman, a "friend only," kissing you, on the same day she learned about her Dad's wrongdoing, that you knew about it, oh, and it's her birthday. Oh, and let's not forget that her Dad regularly cheated on her Mom. Screw defending Gemma, understand where Megan is coming from, don't the two of you gang up on her instead, treating her like she's the one in the wrong, not the friend that kissed you, and proposed to you, because she needs to be married by a certain deadline. Why isn't he mad at her? If it wasn't for her actions, the months long separation between him and Megan might not have happened, saving them both pain and wasted time.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet Megan was here in front of Brandon- a smaller angrier version of the hotel heiress Brandon loved. Megand had not made Brando 13 July 2017
By Angel Hatfield - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Brandon stopped at the coffee shop there was Meagan and he couldn’t believe it. Megan was a socialite with a trust fund deep enough to buy this shop one hundred times over. Megan was suppose to be on a beach while her father avoided extradition for embezzlement. Yet Megan was here in front of Brandon- a smaller angrier version of the hotel heiress Brandon loved. Megand had not made Brandon’s drink she refused to and quit her job. Brandon begged Megan to talk to him even said that Megan owed him some kind of an explanation. Megan said she owed Brandon nothing that he was a liar and a cheat and she never wanted to see him again. Megan was intensely private and no one had known Megan and Brandon had been together for the last seven years. Megan was great at putting on a show and making the world think she had it all together even when things were falling apart. Megan shot the cup of coffee at Brandon before she quit. But Brandon followed her to her apartment. Brandon couldn’t believe the way Megan was living. Megan remembered back when she had went to a party with her older sister Ava at Brandon’s house and Megan had set her sights on Brandon. Brandon was fresh out of military school and wanted to have some fun. Every time Brandon turned Megan down she wanted him more. Megan even lost all interest in boys at school. Megan’s heart squeezed when she thought of how naive she had been to think she could change the world without it changing her. Megan seriously slept an hour at a time and usually jolted awake by a sound that terrified her. Soon Megan would have enough money to take some computer classes. She had already earned her GED in the last year. While at Brandon’s house the dog her had bought her - Cash- a cockapoo comes running to her and all Megan’s walls crumbled. Then Megan thought maybe she should take a page out of her sister Ava’s book. Brandon had said he wanted to put a ring on Megan’s finger but never bought one and he said he wanted them to become public with their relationship but never asked her out. The hope is what devastated her when she was going to Brandon for some answers and help on her birthday and saw him kissing Gemma then they went into his apartment. She had given Brandon her virginity - her first love, and first and only lover.
I loved most of this story. But I didn’t particularly liked the way the ending was written I felt it was just rushed. I like what it entailed just not how it was written. Otherwise I loved the story and the plot. I loved how much Brandon had truly loved Megan and never gave up on finding her and being back with her. I also loved how Megan loved him right back but was so lost and hurt. I felt bad for everything she had went through with no one to really turn to. I felt bad how hurt and confused and how she hadn’t felt safe in a long time. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend.
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 12 July 2017
By Samantha TBD - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm going to start my review off a bit different and tell you why I didn't like this book. Well, why I didn't WANT to like it anyway...

Miscommunication trope: Yep, the entire plot is a miscommunication. A simple, straightforward conversation could have cleared it all up. By the time they actually have that conversation though, the trust is ruined.
Dysfunctional/toxic relationship: What Brandon and Megan have is toxic. She is insecure and isn't honest with him because she is so sure every man will behave exactly like her father. And he does things he things are for her, but really he never bothers to find out anything REAL about her to know if its what she would want. Combine that with the stalking and demanding behavior, and I was left thinking that these two would be better off apart.
Ok, those 2 problems plagued me while I read. But you know what? I read the whole book in 1 sitting because it was like a train wreck. I couldn't NOT see it through. My heart went out to Megan. She was a rich girl with self esteem issues and is now a VERY poor girl, working 2 jobs and barely surviving. Her dad's betrayal stung, and it happened at the same time she caught her boyfriend kissing another girl. I didn't think I would enjoy the 'poor little rich girl' trope, but Megan is genuinely likable. She doesn't hide the fact that she was narcissistic and self centered when she had money. She didn't even graduate high school! So, when the book starts out with her broke, she doesn't sugar coat her previous life. She turns this event into a wake up call for herself on how ill prepared she was. It was actually really empowering.

They eventually get the misunderstanding thing out in the open. But these two have to be the most stubborn, immature characters ever. How Brandon became a billionaire is a mystery to me because he never seems that bright or thoughtful! I understood why Brandon made the decisions he made, and I understand why Megan felt the way she felt. But, I never quite warmed up to Brandon because he seemed to think that because he did what he did for a reason, he should be forgiven now that that reason turns out to be bad. It was frustrating. So, for Megan, the book was 4 stars. For Brandon, the book was 1 star. For the fact I devoured it like pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, the book gets 5 stars. So, I am averaging it: 5 + 4 +1=10/3=3.3 stars! (ok, so 3.5!)
4.0 out of 5 stars A great, quick fun read! 11 July 2017
By Liz Thompson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The Billionaire’s Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-Burke was a quick read with an intriguing story. A fallen socialite and a billionaire in love and so many misunderstandings and secrets, what can go wrong, right?

Megan Carlton had everything she wanted in life. A secret affair with a sexy billionaire, money and status. She never wanted for anything. Then her world fell apart and when she ran to the man she thought she could always count on, she lost the little bit she had left.

All Brandon Knight ever wanted was Megan. Their secret affair suited him fine, until it didn’t. Determined to have her, he put a plan in place to protect her, but instead it blew up in his face. But he loved her and was determined to protect her at all cost. All he had to do was find her.

Though I liked Megan and Brandon, communication would have gone a long way between these two. When we meet Megan, she was at her lowest. Having lost everything after the man she loved did a hostile takeover of her family’s business and kissed another woman, all in the same day. She is broke and barely surviving. But she is determined to move forward and continue the charitable legacy her grandmother founded. Though she struggled on a daily basis, her determination pulled her through.

Brandon is a man accustomed to getting everything he wants. He is a fair man, sexy, charming and caring, but determined just the same. When the woman he loves disappears, all he wants is her back in his life. However, when he finds her, it’s at the last place he ever imagined and not the welcome he imagined.

Brandon and Megan never stopped caring about each other, however, so many misunderstandings and secrets got in their way. Hurt, broke and heartbroken, Megan ran away from her life to survive. Brandon only wanted to protect Megan, but not understanding how his actions may look, he drove her away instead. Can they find a way back to each other or is there to much hurt and secrets between them now?

This was a great quick read. I read this in one sitting. I loved the banter and friction between the two main characters. Neither was willing to budge, but both cared too much to let go. The push and pull, throughout the story will keep you invested and rooting for them.

Happy reading!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good! 11 July 2017
By LJT - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
​​​​​The Billionaire's Private Scandal by Jenna Bayley-Burke, is a fun and sexy novel, which at times was quite sad. It is a fast-paced read, replete with an engaging plot, well-defined characters, and a very seductive romance. This is the third book from the author's Invested In Love series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Megan Carlton was a very happy socialite, until she became an outcast. Thanks to her father, the name Carlton is now synonymous with embezzlement, evading the law, and deceit. Her family's once thriving hotel conglomerate was purchased by her secret boyfriend of seven years, billionaire and financier Brandon Knight. While her two sisters escaped all the drama by moving out of state, Megan made a home for herself on the seedy side of Pasadena, in order to ensure that the charities her family once supported continued to help those in need. In addition to being homeless and penniless, she caught Brandon kissing another woman, which truly left her with nothing.

Brandon has loved Megan since the moment they first met. He never meant to hurt Megan or her family, but Megan's father was embezzling money from his own company, in addition to stealing from his daughter's trust funds. The kiss Megan witnessed was truly nothing, but at that point her ability to trust was non-existent. Keeping their relationship a secret was always Megan's idea, and Brandon went along with it because he believed it made Megan happy. Finally locating her after months of searching, he only wants to keep her safe. Megan has a hard time trusting him, but their sexual pull is overwhelming, and she loves him as well.

I enjoyed this book, even though the ending was disappointing and left me bereft. Megan and Brandon are a hot couple and their sexy times are very steamy. The love between them is executed beautifully, and their connection to each other is tangible. Ms. Burke is a passionate writer, and the love she feels for her characters is easy to experience from her expressive words.

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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