Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Hardworking Australian nurse Ben Adams inherits a substantial sum and decides to tour Europe. In Monaco, the home of glamour and the idle rich, he meets French billionaire playboy Léo Artois. After getting off on the wrong foot—as happens when one accuses a stranger of being part of the Albanian mafia—their attraction blazes. Léo, born to the top tier of society, has never known limits, and Ben, used to budgeting every cent, finds it difficult to adjust to not only Léo’s world, but also the changes wealth brings to his own life.
As they make allowances for each other’s foibles, Ben gradually appreciates the finer things, and Léo widens his perspective. They both know one thing: this is not a typical holiday romance and they’re not ready to say goodbye.
Stories don’t get any more Dreamspun Desiry than The Bunny and The Billionaire by Louisa Masters. Between that title which screams 60’s B or C romance movies (and the Harlequin Romance paperbacks this series pays homage to) right down to the storyline, everything about The Bunny and The Billionaire is one great shoutout to those types of romances we adore.
Here a great guy, a male nurse, who inherits a ton of money from his last client. Ben goes off to visit her favorite places, sees a mysterious handsome guy (part Arab Prince/part Parisian Aristocracy) who sweeps him off his feet, they romance around Monaco, then they live happily richly ever after. That’s sort of it, but in the hands of Masters, it’s totally works, the characters endearing, the dialog witty ,settings are charming and romantic. Believable? Ok, maybe not. But, the point it, that it’s thoroughly enjoyable and the relationship was a steady build right into your heart.
Especially Ben. He really stumbles into your heart, bad clothing and all. My only complaint? I wanted us to have his best friend, Dani, come there too. I adored her and we only got to see/hear her through Ben’s phone. Other than that, I loved Ben and his open heart. How could Léo Artois not fall for him?
Yes, it’s a fairly quick fall, but Masters makes a good case for it. Plus it all calls for a good suspension of belief anyhow so you’re just going with it. Things like this only happen in the movies right?
By the time the book ends, I’m sighing with total happiness over this couple, their friends and of course, hoping that Masters will bring them all back for another magical romance cruise for some love in Monaco! We can always hope.
Looking for a story that’s the very definition of sweet romance? Here it is.
Cover art by Bree Archer. Love the cover. Works great for the book and the character.