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Title: Penthouse Player
Author: Tara Leigh
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, SWERVE
Series: Billionaire Bosses #1
Word Count: 80K
Abandoned by her mother and spurned by her father, Reina St. James is tired of being treated like a dirty little secret. It wasn’t easy making her way into the high-risk, high-reward Wall Street world ruled by financial kings and trust fund tyrants. But now that she’s got a stiletto-clad toe into one of the swankiest firms in Manhattan, Reina is determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face hiding an ugly past.
For Tristan Xavier Bettencourt IV, escaping the shadow cast by generations of family fortune has been difficult, and success hasn’t come without sacrifice. Tristan has always put business before pleasure… Until Reina’s curved lips prove an invitation he can’t resist.
Walking away from their explosive night together won’t be easy, even if the heat between them might consume both of their careers. Will Reina and Tristan risk everything by betting on each other?
It’s been a while since I’ve read a romance that didn’t have the female character trip over herself for the male lead, and this is exactly that. You have Reina St. James who’s essentially been living like an orphan since her father died, even though she still has two biological parents, one of whom left her behind with nothing but a Post-It note. Reina’s sperm donor of a father won’t legitimize her as his daughter, and her mother was blinded by the money and the lifestyle it brings, so Reina lives the life of someone who feels as if she has to work twice as her colleagues to make it in the investment banking world, and a relationship is the very last thing she needs to distract her from her ambition.
Tristan Bettancourt, the fucking IV, apparently has a reputation of being a bit of a player when it comes to the ladies, however, I never actually got that feeling from him. Throughout the book, he’s lamenting about all the women who are social climbers and only want the rich investment banker for the status and potential party-throwing that could happen, but not once did Tristan exhibit any “player-like” actions. Honestly, the only one who seemed to be the “player” in this book was Reina; she didn’t have any regrets about all the men she’s had sex with until after she hooked up with Tristan (almost halfway into the book).
Despite my issues with the book (which weren’t many, I’ll be honest), I actually really enjoyed reading this book. All of the investment banking jargon, as well as all the talk about hedge funds, flew over my head, but I loved the bantering between Tristan and Reina, and I also loved that there’s no eventual separation like there is in other romance novels when one character gets scared or breaks up with the other for whatever reason. There was an attempted breakup, but one party wouldn’t hear of it and fought to keep them together. That was refreshing. It’s a fun ride, and a nice, quick read. Definitely worth it.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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About Tara Leigh:
Tara Leigh attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.