After being screwed over by her now ex-boyfriend and not getting the promotion that should have been hers, Rachel Foster decided to toss in her marketing job and become a bartender instead. She's enjoying the freedom, and isn't in the market for another man yet. But the moment she lays on Taggart Crane, she can't helped but be intrigued, even if their first meeting leaves Tag with the wrong impression of why she's apartment sitting for an older man in the hotel Tag owns.
Taggart 'Tag' Crane could have any woman he wants, but he has one hard and fast rule -- he doesn't do commitment. So, the fact that Rachel isn't impressed by his charms or his Billionaire status has him working extra hard to win her over. With business in the Guest & Restaurant services department of Crane Hotels not doing as well as expected, Tag needs to find a way to turn things around and Rachel may be his only hope. Can he convince her to help and at the same time convince her that his standpoint on happy ever after has begun to change?
Having absolutely loved Tag as a secondary character in the first book of this series called The Billionaire Bachelor, I couldn't wait to discover more about him, and I've got to say that story was everything I'd hoped for and more. Right from the beginning, this book was highly entertaining, fast-paced and I loved how it started. Rachel doesn't know how to tell her parents the truth of what's happened in her life recently, and so she needs advice. But is the person that offers it giving her the right advice?
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the heroine. She has major trust issues after what her ex-boyfriend did, yet she gives Tag the benefit of the doubt because of all that he does by trying to win her over. Then there's what happens to Tag's brother that brings the Crane family even closer together. Eli needs them so much, and it's up to Tag and his other brother Reese to stop him from pushing everyone away, which isn't easy. However, there were some light-hearted moments that had me smiling or laughing. The tight friendship Tag has with Lucas was the best. The way Lucas teases Tag about his love life, whether he's found the one and the advice he gives the hero made me really like Lucas.
Both the main characters were riveting, and I looked forward to every moment they conversed. Rachel is strong, brave and I liked how determined she is not to rely on anyone. She needs to move forward with her life after the disaster of her last relationship, and the best way to do that is by not accepting favors from anyone and doing everything possible to get her life back on track. By the way of finding a new job and a new apartment all on her own. While Tag, he's confident, charming and I liked how determined he is to prove he has what it takes to turn things around for Crane Hotels when it comes to their Guest & Restaurant services department. He needs to make every effort to please the Hotel's board members and hiring Rachel is the best decision he's ever made, which is proven with the ideas she comes up with.
Overall, this was an incredible addition to the Billionaire Bad Boys series for Ms. Lemmon where the strong chemistry between Rachel and Tag exploded onto the pages in a nicely-detailed romance. The way this story ended was perfect, as Tag proved his love for Rachel by doing something that he normally avoided. Luckily, everyone at a certain event that he'd normally never attend with a date was charmed by his speech. I would recommend The Billionaire Next Door, if you enjoy sexy Billionaires or a heroine determined to move forward with her life after an ex-boyfriend's betrayal.