Resisting the Billionaire by Allie Winters
Billionaire Romance/Contemporary Romance
October 22, 2020, Self Published
Review by Jen
Allie Winters is a new to me author and I chose this book because…well…I’m a sucker for the billionaire hot hero genre. It honestly didn’t pull me in quickly, maybe it was a bit too precious, nice, not edgy enough for my current reading tastes. I walked away for a bit. I picked up a dark romance book that has GREAT reviews and thought that would get me out of my funk. Holy crap…it was so violent, and there was this absolute passion for violence inside every character. I rarely DNF books…but this one was too much. I needed a giant cup of sugar to get it out of my head and picked up Resisting the Billionaire again. And, I liked it. It was just what I needed.
The story centers around rich “my dad has money” hottie, Gabriel, and lovely beautiful wedding planner Mackenzie. Gabriel (G) is one of three brothers (you see where this is headed…two more books with rich hotties) and he isn’t his dad’s favorite. Quite the opposite. His dad thinks G is a partier, doesn’t have the family businesses’ best interest at heart, and believes G to be an all-around jerk. After seeing what looks to be a compromising photo on social media, G’s dad decides the only source of redemption for his son is to marry the daughter of another rich family. G can seal their alliance and future prosperity. A bit medieval and eye-roll inducing, but G begrudgingly agrees.
Enter MacKenzie (M). She’s the wedding planner who is hired to handle every last detail of the event. G’s betrothed is Serena. Serena is as excited to marry G as he is to marry her. Which is to say, she’s swimming in despair. In fact, she’s crushing on G’s older, and somewhat boring brother, Archer. Serena shows no interest in planning the wedding. She isn’t rude or mean. And, I found myself feeling sorry for her. She’s trapped, just like G. However, unlike her fiancé, she chooses to avoid participating in the wedding planning at all. She gives the absolute minimum attention to the process, which forces the lovely M to spend a ton of time with G. Their relationship builds sweetly and G’s true personality shines. He’s a good guy.
The wedding looms, the marriage getting closer, and there’s a lot of, should we…should we not with G and M. In their defense, it’s a loveless (even, “likeless”) marriage that’s about to go down. They’re both tortured at the prospect of their future apart.
In the end, this was a cute story. I liked the characters, the plot was a bit familiar, but still engaging. I didn’t find myself staying up till 1 am reading on the edge of my seat, but I’d definitely try this author again. And, luckily there are two more books in this series, so I can.