#XOXperts Review | Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst
Title: Any Time, Any Place
Series: Billionaire Builders, #2
Author: Jennifer Probst
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: XOXO After Dark
HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.
Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...
Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.
ANY TIME, ANY PLACE is a standalone in the Billionaire Builders series featuring the handsome Pierce brothers. Dalton is the brother who works as a carpenter; a magician with wood, if you will. He’s known for his fun and slightly wild personality. A real sweetheart too and clearly, super talented. He’s unaware of the pain and drama that connects him to the stony-faced Raven and him. But he wants her. Badly. So, of course, he shamelessly flirts with her.
Raven on the other hand, wants to keep him at a good distance. She’s ready for renovations on her bar, and who better to get it done than Dalton. She struggles with her feelings towards him because of a secret, and we can certainly see and feel her dilemma. While I liked Dalton instantly, it took a bit longer to connect with and like Raven to be honest. She’s very hard and closed off. Definitely a complex character, but it takes serious work to break her down.
There was quite a bit of push and pull with these two. Normally I enjoy this aspect, but it got to be a little tired at one point. They did have amazing chemistry and really great banter. I adored the epilogue and it tied the whole story together nicely for me. There was less humor in this one, but still managed to have some light parts to brighten the more serious tone and moments. I loved how dramatic this story’s plot line was. Things get pretty angsty too. It had a very different tone than the first book.
I wasn’t a big fan of the first book in this series, but I wanted to give this one a shot. I really love Jennifer Probst’s writing, so I had high hopes that I would like this one. Secrets and drama? Sign me up! I enjoyed it much better than the previous book. I’ll be giving the third book a chance too!
Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She is the NYT, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon's Best Books for 2012, and spent 26 weeks on the NY Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a "romance phenom" by Kirkus Reviews. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com. Sign up of her newsletter at www.jenniferprobst.com/newsletter for a chance to win a free book and receive exclusive material and giveaways.