Hellion (Billion-Dollar Bastards, Book 1)

Author: Emmy Joel

Type: Romantic Suspense (skating very close to erotica)

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Release date April 11, 2017

Reviewed by 2shay

Rating: 3 Stars


Addiction has a name.

Once a coldhearted brawler who ruled the streets with his fists, now a billionaire contractor who rules society with his wealth, Malcolm Bradshaw has only one priority: Pharaoh Construction. Built on lies and ghosts that need to stay silent, it’s his gateway to Texas elite. But when he agrees to restore a centuries-old estate for the wedding of American royalty and long-buried human remains are found during excavation, his self-made kingdom is put in jeopardy. He’ll walk through hell before he backs down from anyone—especially Cate Lois, the introverted archeologist sent to look over his shoulder. From the shyness of her smile to the secrets in her eyes, she’s a drug he knows he shouldn’t touch.

It looks like sin. It talks like temptation.
Mysteries of the past and backroom business dealings don’t faze Cate. Taking what she needs and walking away was never a challenge before. But shadowing Malcolm, who beneath his expensive suits and easy charm is a tattooed son of a bitch, rattles her. What started as a plot to appease her blackmailer and steal a collection of rare artifacts becomes irrevocably complicated the moment Malcolm strips her down to bare skin and naked lust.

And what it doesn’t destroy, it turns into pure, decadent ecstasy…

Look for more in the Billion-Dollar Bastard series…

RIVAL – A battle for property and power has Jackson Rollins and Daisy Odair on opposite sides, but Jackson is determined to pursue Daisy by any means necessary—including bringing her darkest fantasies to life. Coming in May, 2017

SAINT – Miller McAvoy has paid his debt to society, but he can’t forget Faith Gallery or the secret they share—it’s the one thing he hasn’t atoned for. Coming in July, 2017.


There is sex on page one. Yep. Really. Many times that would make me scream…oh, hell no!…I don’t like erotica.

I kept reading, and I’m glad I did. There is a lot of sex between two people who barely know each other, but that’s life. It happens. The sex scenes are well written and not quite explicit enough to cross that fine line into true erotica.

There is also a pretty good plot! It’s a little short for my taste and the characters could use a bit more fleshing out, but pretty good just the same. I learned more about Malcolm from the blurb than from the story. Cate was more compelling. She was being pushed hard from several directions. I liked her. She’s had an interesting life.

I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series. Jackson and Miller sound fascinating. Get your copy now and…



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