HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.
3 Build Me Stars
Any time, Any place is a standalone and is part of the Billionaire Builders series. The series focuses on the Pierce brothers. This is Dalton and Raven’s story. Dalton is the carpenter (wood craftsman).
I felt like this book was written a little different from the previous book. Any time, Any place has a more serious dramatic tone. Raven and Dalton are interconnected. Raven’s father ran away with Dalton’s mother. This is kind of the theme of the whole book. It’s very tragic, but Raven wants to move on.
It’s hard to move on when Raven owns a bar that needs some renovations. Specifically she needs her bar refurbished and Dalton is the only person that can do it.
The story line is a bit more angsty in the sense that Raven knows about the parents and Dalton doesn’t. Dalton is a good guy and he loves working with Wood. I’ll admit he wasn’t my favorite brother, but my father was a carpenter so I get the love of wood. My dad hates it when people paint wood, it should only be stained.
Anyhow, I liked the banter between Raven and Dalton in the beginning of the book. Dalton flirts and tries to pursue Raven, but Raven wants to keep her distance and for good reason. I’m a fan of the Hero chasing after the Heroine so it was entertaining to read.
When things get a little serious between Raven and Dalton, Raven struggles with her feelings. It’s that secret right? I did like that there was plenty interaction between the two main characters and you see a nice relationship form. You also see Raven struggle a lot which adds to the tension.
Overall, if you like the Pierce brothers you will not be disappointed.
An ARC was provided
Any Time and Any Place #2 AMAZON
All or Nothing at All #3 AMAZON
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children's book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, "A Life Worth Living." Visit her website for more info!