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Stiff Drink: Arthur Duet #1 (Runaway Billionaires Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : March 28, 2017
- File size : 589 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 535 pages
- Publisher : Malachite Publishing LLC; 1st edition (March 28, 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06XPCL59X
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #36,548 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Why do I mention this? Because "Stiff Drink" is written in the same world as the others. Arthur's story doesn't immediately make it clear that this is the case, but it is. Other stories already written have happened, but you don't know that when the story begins. It's flawlessly done, really. We met him briefly in a previous book ("Working Stiff"), but you don’t need to have read that one first. There’s no prerequisite, so to speak.
Arthur is an interesting guy. He seems to be a total degenerate playboy, taking advantage of his family name and fortune. He drinks like a fish, sleeps with every woman he meets, and his jet-setting exploits are constantly in the papers and on the internet. His younger brother has decided to sue him to try and take control of the family fortune and strip him of his title… and this is where the story begins.
Gen is interesting in her own right, because she’s working hard to earn her place as a Barrister in a prestigious British law firm, but she’s socially handicapped by the fact that she was mostly raised in America. The other “Baby Barristers” have a huge advantage because they don’t have to analyze English social norms and behaviors as much as Gen does, to fit in. She sounds too “Texas”, acts too “American”, no matter what she does. Even with a brilliant legal mind and outstanding education, she’s floundering. At the start of the book, her mentor at the firm has died, and she’s lost the one person who was on her side. All of his cases are being reassigned, and just as she feared, she’s been given the one really hopeless case: Arthur.
The stage is set for a classic trope: a young, innocent woman forced to try and improve the public image of a reprobate billionaire, her own career on the line if she can’t.
But this is a Blair Babylon book, so nothing is as simple as it seems. There’s Gen’s personal life and mysterious past trauma to complicate things in a big way, and Arthur isn’t exactly what he seems, either. All these issues play out slowly over the course of “Stiff Drink”, and by the end, we’re just dying to know what’s going on. We’ve had a hint of deeper, darker secrets, and they add extra flavor to what’s already an expertly-mixed cocktail of a story. While I’m not a fan of cliffhangers, I understand why there’s a second half: the story is just too deep to try and confine it to one book, and like a good, stiff drink, one just isn't enough. I suspect most people would look at the length of the overall story and be intimidated. (On the other hand, since I read everything Blair Babylon I can get my hands on, I would have been excited – HAHA!)
I’m really excited to read the rest of Arthur and Gen’s story, and I think you will be, too. If you like romance with a touch of mystery, a healthy dose of humor and touch of heartache, you NEED to read this book, and then buy every other Runaway Billionaires and Billionaires in Disguise book by Blair Babylon you can get your hands on as fast as possible. You don’t need to have read ANY of them to understand or enjoy this book, but trust me: you WANT to read them. “Stiff Drink” is a terrific addition to this literary world, and all the books complement each other beautifully.
On the other hand, if you don’t like to read sex scenes, shy away from stories involving past trauma, realistically flawed characters with deep motivations, conspiracies, violence, love and loss (I could go on and on)… you might want to find your reading entertainment elsewhere. But I’ll be right here, eagerly waiting for the next amazing story.
Top reviews from other countries
I found it difficult to lose myself in this book at first, I found it slow going. But, I have to admit that it was short lived. Once the book took off, I was up and running. As the book continued I found myself riveted, refusing to turn the light out and finally go to bed. I repeatedly promised myself just one more page, falling asleep around 3:30am.
I immediately took to Gen as a character, she was open and caring and she was always looking out for others, especially if they were friends or anyone who she holds dear. Often I wanted Gen to put a certain fellow chamber mate in their place a time or two. I’m hoping she gets the opportunity in the future. I have to admit to being unsure of Arthur in the beginning. I found him shallow and self-absorbed. As the book continued I began to see that this wasn’t the case and I saw Arthur in a new light. It was plain to see that there was a much deeper connection between Arthur and Gen.
This story is full of mystery and intrigue. As always with any book written by Blair Babylon, what you see is not what you get…..you ALWAYS get so much more!
What is Arthur’s real job? Who is Elizabeth to Arthur? What is John’s real motivation in taking Arthur to court? Is there more going on than we think?
In short, to round my review up, all I can say is this…..I’m off to pre order book 2.
Added to this, the plot is familiar (rich Dom meets common girl with buried sub tendencies - because Rae stopped being a Domme dead quick - and they dance round it for a while), and EVERYONE knows the Queen, and the timeline between all the stories is actually very convoluted, even to someone who's read them all (which I have). She's zaftig and has no confidence, he's unspeakably beautiful, tattooed, and has Dark Secrets.
I'm not sure if I'm going to get the second book because the story is dragging on so much and I just can't find it in me to truly care about Gen and Arthur.
to find suddenly myself with "rest in volume 2" which is not even available yet!
Not only I did not know that for the whole book I will have to pay twice as I thought
but it does leave us at a very important point of the story, on the edge of a cliff so to speak,
so for me, this had a very un-satifying end, frustrating even.
I will look many times from now on, even if she writes well and uses allusions to old characters I loved, to buy any book from Blair Babylon. I really think no romance book should finish like this!