Reviewed by Tori
Favorite Quote: “Best worst first date ever.”
Greer has pinned after Asher for years. When she decides he has grieved enough for the loss of his ex-girlfriend and their relationship, she takes matters into her own hands to show him she is the woman for him. Using Gretchen and Hunter’s costume themed engagement party, Greer dresses up as a sexy flapper from the 20’s and begins operation ‘Seduce Asher’. Unfortunately, as with any well laid plan, something goes awry and what should be the best night of her life turns out to be the most disappointing, She is left disillusioned, heartbroken, and pregnant.
Asher has always regarded Greer fondly; she is one of his best friends. Having spent the last few years cleaning up the mess his ex girlfriend made of his life and company, he hasn’t been very relationship friendly. Seeing Greer all dolled up and sexy throws him for a loop. Well, that and the numerous drinks he’s had. Little Asher takes over for big Asher and needless to say, the term ‘whiskey dick’ is real. He plows through Greer with a single-mindedness fueled by alcohol. He messes up the finish, fails the dismount, and disappoints the judges. He attempts to make amends but Greer isn’t listening.
When Greer realises Asher is not going to declare his everlasting love for her, she gives up on him and runs to her father’s home hoping the separation will make the heart grow less fonder. Asher, upset she’s avoiding him and unsure why, uses his resources to locate her and discovers he left her with quite the parting gift. Asher struggles to make Greer realize that he loves her and the baby but she isn’t buying it. But Asher isn’t giving up. What Asher wants Asher gets.
Jessica Clare once again pens an outrageous and chaotic romance in her fourth book in her Billionaires and Bridesmaids series that brings two friends together with an unexpected surprise and lots of laughs and steamy interludes. This series is a spin-off of the Billionaire Boys Club series and this particular book seems to run parallel to book two in that series-Beauty and The Billionaire. I have only read sporadically through both series so I wasn’t as up to date on Greer and Asher as I wanted to be but that didn’t take away from the story at all.
The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake is a fun romance overall. Not exceptionally emotional but enjoyable to watch play out. The smoothly laid out storyline and witty narrative engages you at page one and holds you hostage till the end. Clare handles the multiple plotlines with the skill of a pro juggler while keeping the protagonists firmly planted front and center. The romance is a frothy confection of drama, love, acceptance, and crazy hijinks. Previous characters from both series pop in to add their advice and help set up future storylines. Greer’s father had to be one of my favorite to dispise characters of late. An overblown Dutch version of Hugh Hefner with the emotional depth of a toothpick. He and his pseudo harem left me giggling while wanting to choke them at the same time. Asher is a rakish charmer who delights the reader once we get past his rocky start. Greer’s adorably sweet. Her intelligence and intense need to please is offset by some delicious snark. While I enjoyed getting to know her, I found her attitude and actions towards Asher childish at times.
First off, I do feel the premise is a little misleading. Greer isn’t tossed aside. She runs away angry and hurt that her plan didn’t turn out as she expected. She runs away a lot. She went to Asher with rose colored glasses on and when they were rudely stripped away, she blamed him for falling off the high pedestal she placed him on. I wasn’t keen on the fact she doesn’t take a much responsibility for the part she played in this fiasco. She knew he was drunk and still choose to be an active participant. Asher screwed up royally and should have stopped what he was doing when he realised what was what. He was horrifically drunk and not in the best of mental or physical shape but she could have also said no and walked away, waiting for a better (more sober) time and place to show him they were perfect for one another. Then we go on to hear about everything she has done for him, which makes him seem like an oblivious arse when in reality she’s just been operating on a whole different wavelength concerning Asher.
Asher’s outlandish plan of action to get Greer to accept him in her’s and the baby’s life has its moments. It’s the classic story of having the worst possible thing in the world happen that leads to getting your heart’s desire. You just have to get out of your own way. And boy, is this couple forever getting in their own way. His creation of an entire faux event in order to spend time with her had me both cheering and cringing. Manipulation is never a good idea in matters of the heart and all I could do was watch and wait for the fireworks to start. Of course, their sex lessons only added to the overall humor of the situation. I found Greer’s naivety and Asher’s good-natured acceptance of the mess he made hilarious. Unfortunately, the continuous hoops Greer made him jump through only impressed upon me her need for a little more maturity. I did understood her reluctance to take him as his word though. It’s hard to learn the love of your life is not the prince charming you thought but more the frog-warts and all. Her trust had been severely broken and he needed to earn it back.
Regardless of my issues, The Billionaire’s Favorite Mistake is sure to delight fans of the series who have been waiting patiently for Greer and Asher’s story and those who love a good friend to lover romance that indulges itself with plenty of laughter and heat.