I absolutely adored Derek and Cassie! Truly, from the beginning of their story until the very end, I was smitten. Derek is determined to hold and grudge and make Cassie suffer the humiliation he felt at hearing the hurtful words young Cassie spewed to her friends. However these two people are no longer young and that connection they felt to each other as teens has blossomed into full blown lust as adults. With one apology, Cassie starts breaking down the walls Derek has erected around his heart and Cassie shows him that she isn’t who he thought she is, or was. From the beginning they begin to heal a breach and when secrets come to light, Derek realizes that not only was he wrong about Cassie, but that she just may be the soul mate he is looking for. Cassie is breathtaking real and down to earth. She’s gotten a bad lot and is treated horribly by not only her brother, but her father too. Derek sees she is hurting and soon his plan for vengeance is replaced by the fierce desire to make Cassie’s life richer and easier but more importantly, to protect her. They have a very potent sexual chemistry…seriously, it is off the charts hot! But they also have a very deep and emotional pull towards one another that makes this story even more romantic. I could not get enough of the heartfelt love that was being gifted to Cassie by Derek, but even more of a surprise, was the compassion and understanding given by Derek’s mother. Overall, this plot moved at a fast and easy pace, and did not bog you down with petty details or meaningless conversation filler. It was epic and sincere and most definitely my favorite book of this series. With each book Ms. Phillips write, I fall in love deeper and deeper with her storytelling and the ability she possesses to make you feel like you are part of the story, not just simply reading it. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love second chance romances with a little bit of angst and alot of feeling. 5 stars.
Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys Book 3) by Carly Phillips
Date of Publication: February 21, 2017
A stand-alone Billionaire Bad Boys novel.
Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.
Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He’s sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he’s never been good enough for.
She’s desperate to save her family company and there’s only one man who can help. But Derek isn’t interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he’s never been able to forget.
His plan? To screw her out of his head. Except once he’s had a taste of Cassie, he doesn’t want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won’t allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who’s going down hard.