Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips (Billionaire Bad Boys #1)

Going Down Easy by Carly PhillipsAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.

Enigmatic and exacting, he’s unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She’s no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She’s also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden’s dirtiest fantasies.

As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control theexplosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he’s calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.

I’m starting to think Carly Phillips can do no wrong because once again she has delivered a book that had me emotionally reeling. I think the thing that set this apart the most was the central theme of mental illness and how others perceive it. I applaud Phillips not only for writing about something so few want to talk about, but doing it in a way that had left the characters with dignity.

One of three friends who has created an uber popular phone app, Kaden goes through personal assistants like water. Mostly due to his demanding natural and unbendable habits. His quirks and attitude have driven away everyone he’s attempted to work with. Until Lexie Parker shows up unannounced, brought in by one of his business partners without his knowledge. She seems to have no problem standing up to him or dealing with his idiosyncrasies and something about that really excites him.  Women have never been a constant in his life, leaving at the first chance they get, but Lexie is slowly opening him up to the idea that not everyone leaves.

With a bipolar twin sister and a highly depressed mother, Lexie is no stranger to dealing with mental illness. Putting her own life on hold time and again to be her sister’s keeper is how she’s always lived her life. Her sister always comes first. Lexie’s new boss, Kaden is sexy as sin and completely demanding and definitely won’t be willing to deal with her families issues. Yet the more she gets to know him the more she suspects he might actually understand. As the lines between boss and lover become blurred they’ll both need to make some concessions in their life that they swore was never an option.

Again, I really enjoyed this book. I thought the take on mental illness was well done, realistic and wrote with knowledge on the subject one might only get with first hand accounts. Mental illness wears many masks, everything from anxiety to bipolar disorder and I liked how Phillips encompassed several different forms and how each affects not only the person but the family as well. It took Kaden quite a while to open up to Lexie about his quirks and how they affect his daily life and I liked that he didn’t tell her everything right away (and in return, she didn’t open up completely about her family either), because both were afraid of the ramifications of talking about it, used to other peoples judgement.

As always, Phillips write sex scenes with a ton of heat, especially since branching out into the self pub world. Kaden and Lexie worked well together and the story moves seamlessly through the chapters. Not a dull moment was to be had with this one. Lexie’s compassion coupled with Kade’s need to keep women at arms length made this a dance Lexie was sure to win.

I enjoyed learning about these men who have worked so tirelessly to build their empire and look forward to each of their books. I’m even hoping for a 4th book for Kade’s long lost brother, and maybe even one for Lexie’s twin who is working so hard to get her life in order. I want her to have someone she can call her own too.

Going Down Easy is a fantastic romance story with an important central theme focusing on the stigma of mental illness. Wrote with heart and compassion, this is definitely one for the keeper shelf.

I give Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips 4 stars! 

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