Series: The Billionaire Bachelors
St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
They're single, they're rich, and now these billionaire bachelors are heading to Sanctuary Island, where love awaits.I really enjoyed reading Lily Everett's Billionaire Bachelors novellas so when I was offered an early copy of the fourth book in the series, I grabbed it right away. When I actually started to read this book, I figured out right away that this was not a new book at all. This book is really just an omnibus of the three novellas that I read two years ago with an added epilogue. I jumped ahead to the epilogue and didn't find it to be worthwhile at all.
Leo, Zane, and Cooper made a pact to stay bachelors and enjoy the single life forever, and when they receive an invitation to their friend Miles' wedding, they head down to Sanctuary Island determined to talk some sense into the errant groom before he makes a life-changing mistake. But Miles knows his own mind, and he makes a vow of his own: before he walks down the aisle, he'll have Leo, Zane, and Cooper changing their tune about matrimony. Because Miles knows, better than anyone, that all it takes is a little Sanctuary Island magic to turn romantic cynics into true believers.
If you haven't read the novellas, they are really nice stories that can each be read in a couple of hours and I would recommend this book. I remember reading each of them while I sat with my mother during her chemotherapy treatments and they were a nice way to pass the time. If you have read the novellas, you will want to skip this one because there isn't really anything new that adds anything to the story.
My original reviews of the individual novellas:
The Fireside Inn - The Billionaire Bachelors #1I enjoyed this novella and would rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars. The novella was well written and the story was interesting but I found myself wanting more depth in several areas.
At the opening of the story, we meet Miles, Leo and a couple of their wealthy friends. Miles is getting married and make a bet with his Billionaire friends that if they come to Sanctuary Island to help him get ready for his wedding that they will also fall in love. They agree and go to the Island.
Leo has been given the task of performing a reading at the wedding. Leo often sounds poetic so this should be good fit for him. He decided to go to the local library where he meets Serena, the librarian. Leo convinces Serena to help him with the reading and also tells her that he plans to seduce her. They grow close while working on Leo's assignment.
This novella had several areas that I would have liked to see a bit more. I think a more complete back story into Leo's past would have developed his character quite well. The same really applies to Serena. The main conflict between this two characters is based upon their past so understanding exactly what they had gone through and what they had felt would have added to the plot. I also would have liked to see what each character was doing during the time between the conflict and the wedding. This just seemed like the ideal time for one of the central characters to reach out to the other.
Even though I would have liked to see more in some areas of the novella, I did thoroughly enjoy the story. I really liked the author's style of writing and plan to look for one of her full length books which may give me that "more" that I seem to want.
Bonfire Beach - The Billionaire Bachelors #2I found this book to be simply charming. This was a definite solid 4 out of 5 star read. It was short enough to read in one sitting and told the story of Zane and Felicity quite well.
This is the second novella in The Billionaire Bachelors trilogy. I enjoyed this story more than the first in the series, The Fireside Inn. The first two novellas can be read as stand alone stories. There are a few overlapping characters and scenes but nothing that would prevent the reader from enjoying these stories independent of each other.
Zane is on Sanctuary Island to help his friend, Miles prepare for his wedding. Miles has asked Zane to help with the planning of the wedding. Felicity has been hired as the wedding planner for the wedding. Zane and Felicity disagree on almost every aspect of the wedding and reception at the beginning of the story, including the location for the reception. Zane encourages Felicity to have fun with the planning of the wedding and in turn they have fun with each other.
Zane and Felicity both have emotional scars from their childhood. I love that both of the characters are upfront with their past. They have a lot of chemistry as a couple as they learn to compromise and trust each other.
This novella delivers the Happily Ever After that most romance readers are looking for. I would recommend this story to anyone who loves a charming romance. I look forward to the third installment in this trilogy and other future works by Lily Everett.
Lantern Lake - The Billionaire Bachelors #3I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. I would rate this story a solid 4 out of 5 stars. This is the third book in the Billionaire Bachelors trilogy. I was lucky enough to have the chance to read all of the books in the trilogy in order but I each novella could be read as a stand alone. The novellas do share several characters and a bet that ties everything together but the focus of the each story is the individual romance.
This story picks up at the wedding of Miles and Greta. Miles has bet 3 of his billionaire friends that if they came to Sanctuary Island to help him get ready for the wedding they will fall in love.....or they can have his luxury helicopter. Cooper is jolted when he spots his former love, Vivian at the wedding. Vivian broke Cooper's heart 10 years ago. Cooper decides on the spot to punish Vivian by seducing her and then leaving as she left him so many years ago.
Cooper soon realizes that he does not want to leave quite so soon. Cooper and Vivian decide to work on the cabin she has recently purchased in a business deal. After spending more time together, Cooper learns that he did know everything that happened to cause Vivian to leave so many years ago. Vivian has been through a lot in their years apart and she eventually shares everything that has brought her to the place in life she is currently in. The book does end with a Happily Ever After ending that most romance readers enjoy.
I would definitely recommend this book to any reader that enjoys romance. It is a short novella and can easily be read in a couple of hours. I plan to look for future works by Lily Everett.
My Final ThoughtsI do think that the way that this book is being presented is very misleading. It was marked as book #4 in the series on Goodreads and at every retailer that I checked. The description does not mention anything about this being a repackaging of works that were published two years ago. I really do wish that publishers would be very clear any time a new publication is simply a re-issue of previously published material. I really feel bad for any fans of Lily Everett that purchase this book only to find that it contains material that they have already read and purchased.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
About the Author
Lily Everett grew up in a small town in central Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although she’s lived many other places since, from college in Philadelphia to her first publishing job in New York City and her current home in Austin, Texas, she never forgot the beauty and warmth of her little hometown. She is thrilled to be writing the Sanctuary Island series full time because it allows her to combine her longstanding love of romance with the memories of her childhood home.
Lily’s alter ego is Louisa Edwards. Under that name, she is the author of the Recipe for Love series, sexy contemporary romances with hot chef heroes set in the high-stakes, fast-paced world of professional restaurants.