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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

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Butt-dialing the Billionaire by Annika Martin

Romance

2023 Frenzied Bibliophile Challenge Category: Romance

Rating: 4/5 starts


Will you like this book? You might if you like:


  • Grumpy billionaires

  • Hero in disguise

  • Fashion

  • Cacti

  • Great secondary characters

  • A well deserved comeuppance


This is the third book I’ve read in the “Billionaires of Manhattan” Series. I loved the other two I read (Just Not That Into Billionaires and The Billionaire’s Wake-up Call Girl) and I liked them a bit more but that has more to do with the troupes the other two explore than anything else.


Jada is a designer at a fashion house that is owned by a company owned by Jaxon’s family’s conglomerate which he has inherited after the death of his parents. During an all company meeting, Jada ends up making fun of Jaxon’s speech after she doesn’t hang-up on the call and Jaxon makes it his mission to find out who was making fun of him. He determines it is Jada’s company and goes undercover as a delivery guy to determine the culprit.


There are the normal tropes of a workplace romance - the evil boss, the supportive coworkers. Jaxon’s disguise is actually pretty clever and contributes some of the funnier moments of the books. As we would expect, Jada sees through Jaxon’s crusty exterior and her efforts to help him causes him to realize that he needs to be a better person.


The secondary characters are great in this book; both the ones that we have met in the previous books but also the ones that come with Jaxon; his lifelong valet, his old nanny, and his cousin Charlie (another Charlie! Can he have his own book too?). The best part of series is that starting the book is like reconnecting with an old friend; you can basically start in the middle of a sentence and just go (on the flipside, if you haven’t read the other books in the series, sometimes you don’t really get the backstory, so this can be good and bad).


Overall this was a fun book, I enjoyed it. You need to suspend a belief a fair bit to think that Jaxon would go to the trouble that he did to find out who was mocking him and that he had absolutely no understanding of office culture, but again, made for some funny moments. I liked Jada’s commitment to her craft and how much she cared for her coworkers. And when was the last time you read a book where a cactus had such a starring role?

DRAFTJS_BLOCK_KEY:5s2pdJada is a designer at a fashion house that is owned by a company owned by Jaxon’s family’s conglomerate which he has inherited after the death of his parents. During an all company meeting, Jada ends up making fun of Jaxon’s speech after she doesn’t hang-up on the call and Jaxon makes it his mission to find out who was making fun of him. He determines it is Jada’s company and goes undercover as a delivery guy to determine the culprit.

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