REVIEW: The Billionaire Bad Boys Club by Emma Holly
Dear Ms. Holly:
You popped my erotica cherry WAY back in the day with your Black Lace release, Menage. I’ve always enjoyed your contemporary set erotica/erotic romances, but stopped reading your books as your paranormal voice did not work for me. So when a Dear Author reader suggested that I try this book, I jumped at the chance.
Zane and Trey have known each other since high school. After a particularly nasty confrontation with his dad, in which Zane is struck, he runs off. Little does he know, his next door neighbor, Trey, has witnessed the incident, and follows Zane to the high school they both attend. Zane is a star football player. A good looking jock who has no problem getting girls. But when he and Trey start to talk, Trey realizes that Zane is bi-sexual. Soon the boys are acting on their mutual attraction and become lovers. They head to Harvard together, and when they graduate, decide to go into business together – an exclusive club called The Bad Boys Club. In short order, the business becomes a global success, making Zane and Trey millionaires. Even with their millions, no one knows that the boys are lovers. They see women publicly, but conduct their relationship in absolute privacy. Until they decide to open a restaurant and meet Rebecca. She’s a rising star chef, and is a perfect fit for their restaurant. Little does she know, back when the boys were in college, she waited on them at a restaurant, and made such an impression on Trey that he’s searched for her for a long time. So when he has the chance to hire her, he acts on it immediately.
Rebecca has raised her two younger brothers, who are now in college, since her mom died and her dad walked out when she was 16. She struggled with all of the issues a young parent has struggled with, but through hard work, has started to gain a name for herself as a chef. She desperately wants to work for the Bad Boy Lounge, making it a premier eatery. When she sees Trey, she’s immediately attracted to him, but knows he’ll be her boss, so nothing can happen. Until Trey acts on his attraction and ends up sleeping with Rebecca. Almost immediately, they agree that it can’t happen again, despite the mind-blowing nature of their encounter. When she meets Zane by chance at a college photo shoot for his magazine, she finds herself attracted to him as well. Zane is also very attracted and soon they are also having sex. When Trey walks in on Zane and Rebecca, he initially angry, but then proposes that the three explore a menage relationship. The trio begins some very spicy encounters that build not just their attraction for each other, but also their feelings for one another. But when one of Zane’s ex’s show up and tries to cause trouble, will the trio be able to keep their private relationship private?
This book requires a big suspension of disbelief. First, that the boys were able to found a mega-million dollar business called “The Bad Boy Club” (cheesiest name ever), but then, that Rebecca is so easily accepting of the boys’ secret and that there seems to be little to no jealousy between the boys, who both seem to have growing feelings for Rebecca. Also, Rebecca’s brothers are completely accepting of the relationship. And once the news hits the public, there seems to be no blowback of any kind.
That being said, it’s a seriously hot book full of great chemistry between all of the leads, your trademark inventive and truly hot sex scenes and likeable characters. While this isn’t my favorite of your books, it’s darned hot and a read that I blew through in about three hours. I found myself enjoying it a ton. I give The Billionaire Bad Boys Club a B-.