Sunday, November 2, 2014

ARC Review: Billionaire with Benefits by Anne Tenino

Billionaire with Benefits (Romancelandia #2)
From the blurb:

Before confessing his gayness to his best friend, Tierney Terrebonne’s sex life is -strictly restroom. After confessing his gayness to his best friend . . . it doesn’t improve much. Why bother trying when the man he’s loved for fourteen years (see: “best friend”) is totally unattainable? Good thing Tierney is an old hand at accepting defeat; all it takes is a bottle of bourbon. Or fifty. Repeat as needed.

Dalton Lehnart has a history of dating wealthy, damaged, closeted, lying, cheating, no-good, cowardly men, so of course he’s immediately attracted to Tierney Terrebonne. Fortunately, Tierney is so dissolute that even Dalton’s feelings for the man would be better described as pity. Which becomes sympathy as they get to know each other. Followed by compassion, concern, caring, and hopefulness as Tierney struggles to change his life. When the man comes out very publicly and enters rehab, Dalton finds himself downright attached to Tierney. And as everyone knows, after attachment comes...
Uh oh.

But post-rehab Tierney can’t handle more than friendship, so Dalton should be safe from repeating his own past mistakes, right? Right?

Heather's rating:

I'm a HUGE Anne Tenino fan with 11 of her books under my belt. And while this was good, it wasn't good. It didn't give me that giddy feeling that I get when I've read something amazing.

I loved the first book in this series, Too Stupid to Live, and so I think my expectations were a bit too high for this one. "Billionaire with Benefits" was much angstier than I was expecting. It was a heavy read, missing the lightness of most of Anne Tenino's previous works. It was also was less hot than most of her other books, which I've been known to bookmark and *ehem* revisit at later dates.

There is a lot of back and forth between Tierney and Dalton, lots of miscommunication issues, and also a lot of chemistry. While I didn't love them as a couple, I could sense how drawn to each other they were. They were believable as a couple.

While some people might not like Tierney's attitude, which see-sawed from jerky to profusely apologetic, I didn't mind it. I felt sorry for him, and I always have a soft spot for closet cases. I also liked the seeing Tierney go through changes in his life to become himself. He really grew up throughout the course of the book, and I admired him for that.

While this book was very readable and overall enjoyable, it wasn't the follow-up that I was expecting. I was expecting something lighter, or with more moments of lightness, especially considering that cover, which doesn't read "angsty" to me.

I hope Miller's book knocks it out of the park! *Fingers crossed*

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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Catch ya later, guys!

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