Type: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Forever Yours
My Copy: NetGalley
When it comes to love, this billionaire is all business . . . Software mogul Christina McKenzie has loved billionaire Sebastian Blake since they were kids. So when Seattle’s most famous bachelor-and perennial playboy-finally asks Christina out, her fantasies kick into overdrive. Things become hot and heavy . . . but what’s she supposed to do when she starts to fall for him? Sebastian’s never been one to settle down, and Christina knows she’s just another notch in his bedpost.
Sebastian knows that smart, kind Christina deserves better than him. But after the mind-blowing night they just shared, he’s ready to turn a sexy fling into the real deal. Keeping his freedom is one thing, yet keeping Christina in his bed-and in his life-is all Sebastian can think about . . .
Christina McKenzie is the CEO of her own software company, McKenzie Inc. Yet, she has spent many years fantasizing about her twin brother Caden’s best friend, Sebastian Blake. Caden and Sebastian have been best friends since they were in the first grade. They were both there when Sebastian’s mother left and know what the relationship between him and his father is. However, it annoys Christina to no end that Sebastian sees her only as the annoying little sister and not the woman she is today.
Christina fell for Sebastian in high school but kept him at arms-length. A few years back, she had run off to marry her then boyfriend in Las Vegas only to get her heart broken. Christina refused to make that mistake again and decided to keep her love for Sebastian a secret.
Sebastian Blake is the CEO and minority owner of Blake Hotels and Resorts that he started with his father. However, when his father dies, Sebastian is required to marry within a few months to keep the company or it all goes to his 25 year old step mother. The day his father passed away, Christina had shown up to his house unannounced. The walls he put up to keep Christina as his friend where destroyed the minute he kissed her. Sebastian needed her, desperately, but was also trying to hide the fact he fell for her when he was in college. He started to see her in all the places she fit in his life and decided it was time for her to know.
After the mixed signals Christina seems to be getting from Sebastian, they have a little heart to heart in which Christina offers to be his distraction. Words are spoken, feelings are hurt and the word “love” being put out into the universe is enough to make a woman come undone. Sebastian feels like a relationship with Christina would bring about all sorts of strings that he has spent years avoiding with various other women, except for one. After deciding to confide his true feelings for Christina to her brother Caden, Sebastian feels the need to straighten out the mess he made with her.
A funeral is enough to deal with but add on the fact that the girl you love is mad at you? Sebastian has no other choice then to go drink away his sorrows in a bottle of scotch and end up at Christina’s house.
“I can’t tell you how much it eats me alive to know I hurt you, but, sweetheart, I’m not what you need. You deserve the white picket fence and forever, and I’m not a forever kind of guy. I won’t use you that way.” ~Sebastian
Christina knows what needs to be done. Yet, Sebastian knows immediately that things will never be the same between them. Now, he just needs to make Christina see what he sees.
I enjoyed Winning the Billionaire. It is book #2 in the series and it can be read as a stand-alone. I really like the story line of Christina and Sebastian being friends for so many years before professing their love for one another. I also enjoyed the fact that the brother, Caden, had absolutely no issue with them getting together and actually helped facilitate it.
I give Winning the Billionaire by JM Stewart 4 stars!