4/5 this guy doesn’t know what hit him stars.
Buddy read with my excellent friend Brandy.

I won’t go on about they synopsis. You can read it and see what it’s about. Instead, I’ll focus on why I found it a unique read in a genre that is usually the same stuff re-hashed over and over in maybe six or seven different ways.

Yes, Xavier is a billionaire player. Same old same old, right? Not exactly. This guy has NEVER had a serious relationship. He blames his upbringing. His father was an alcoholic who beat his mom on a regular basis. To say this guy has baggage is the understatement of the year. But he’s good-looking and self-made wealthy. He’s never been shot down before. Until he meets Riley.

Riley is a bit insecure. She knows herself and her own faults very well. She has been hurt before and doesn’t want a repeat. That’s why she distances herself from Xavier. Her achille’s heel is that she gets attached too easily. But when the persistent billionaire tracks her down, she doesn’t turn him down twice.

Xavier gave me whiplash with his on again off again. One moment he can’t see her anymore. The next he wants to go out again. He can’t commit, but he can’t stay away from her either. Poor Riley doesn’t know what to think. The thing is, she’s not going to grovel for crumbs of his attention. And when another man asks her out, she doesn’t stay home and pine for him.

This drives him insane. My favorite part of the whole book is when he finally admits to Riley’s friend that he loves her. He actually touches his lips, he’s so shocked the words came out of his mouth.

I had a small pet peeve at the end that took it from a 4.5 to a 4.0. It was a bit unrealistic to me. Why did he bring Riley along to tell the guys they had to destroy the list? And why did Riley have to put in her two cents? The reader knows her and knows she’s not overbearing. His friends don’t. Even if they agreed to destroy the list, there’s no way they aren’t thinking she’s a pushy bitch and Xavier can’t stand up to her. Xavier may have to listen to Riley, but Julian and Davis are under no obligation.

This story is more about the journey than any stunning revelations. It is fun to see Xavier’s character growth and Riley come out of her shell.